Teach English in China – Work with Students & Teachers

Teach English in China, a land of archaeological and cultural wonders.  Share your native English skills with Chinese children, teens or adults in one of two distinct urban centers. We launched our program in 1996 to teach English in China and build a bridge of friendship and respect. Work with students or teachers – or both! – to leave your personal service legacy. Review the standard volunteer work schedule to teach English in China.  

FAQs: How to Teach English in China

  • Teach English in Xi’an, China

    In Xi’an, you teach English lessons to secondary or university students with all levels of language abilities. Use texts, games, stories and your own creativity to make the English lessons your own! You’ll often teach alongside a Chinese English teacher, but you may also be asked to tutor small groups of Chinese students and explain English lessons. Lessons might be English idioms for advanced students – or common phrases for new learners. Use our English teaching guide and teach individually or with a partner. After school, you can join your students in shopping, sight-seeing trips, musical events or any number of cultural activities to extend the day’s English lessons. Whether you’re a current or retired teacher – or not – your knowledge of English is a valuable resource in China. Engage students in classroom practice and “real life” learning situations to maximize your contribution as a China volunteer.

  • Teach English in Kunming, China

    Imagine each day, teaching English in a Chinese classroom where eager students stand to greet you, or grateful teachers await your English lessons and practice sessions. Our community partners assign you to English teaching projects that draw on your creativity and unique skills, and guide you in preparing truly useful lessons. In the summer, you lead a group of Chinese teachers of English in conversations to help them improve their English pronunciation, and broaden their repertoire of English language games and activities to apply in their own classrooms. This is a 2- to 3-week “staff development” English program run by Kunming University – for an intact group of Chinese English teachers from elementary, middle and high schools in the area. During the winter months, teach conversational English to primary and secondary school students in lively classrooms. For many Chinese students, your English conversations are their first extended experience with native speakers of English.

Food and Lodging

Your health and safety are our highest priorities when you teach English in China. Your “home” in both Kunming and Xi’an is a comfortable tourist-class hotel in the downtown area. The double-occupancy rooms are air-conditioned and generally feature two twin beds, a desk and chair, closet, small dresser, safety deposit box, mini refrigerator, television, telephone and laundry service.

  • Air conditioning
  • Television and telephone
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Laundry service
  • Fitness center
  • Single room available for an extra fee

The variety and quantity of the food in China are legendary. You’ll most often be served stir-fried dishes of vegetables and meat, sweet & sour pork, Chinese dumplings, and fried rice. Bottled water is provided in Xi’an. In Kunming, a water dispenser is available in each hotel room. Vegetarian diets can generally be accommodated.

“A bridge of friendship has been built between us. Even if you are leaving, the friendship will live forever. We will miss you as our teachers amongst us, and also as cheerful friends who brighten our days. We won’t forget the lessons you gave us, and the honesty and generocity you demonstrated. Most of all, however, we will benefit from the gift of confidence you brought to us every day.”

Yuan Pin-jieXian high school student

“Chinese teachers want to make their English lessons engaging and relevant. This is where we come in. We give them our best ideas, resources, and so on, with the idea of sharing these with the entire team. More than simply teaching English, we’re engaging them in conversations and activities that interest them – and model the use of the language. We extend friendship – using English as a vehicle.”

Jim May5-time Kunming volunteer

“Two weeks are not long for us young students. But this brief but invaluable experience has changed my life. I’ve learned so much which I can never gather from books or describe in words. It seems that they cannot be seen and touched. But they are indeed in my heart and beginning to affect me silently like a spiritual shower which helps me in considering what kind of meaningful life I will have.”

Lauren XueXi’an college student

“Through lively conversations about life in America, and songs, dances and games, we help them return to their classrooms with slightly improved English and new ideas to use in their classes. But most importantly, we help renew their enthusiasm for their job as teachers. I think I can guarantee that volunteering in Kunming will be an experience not to be forgotten.”

Esther Schak4-time China volunteer

“My experience teaching under your auspices in Xi’an was a learning experience for me, perhaps more than it was for the students I taught. I have an appreciation of the Chinese culture, the goodness and quality of their people, that I wouldn’t have known without this experience. Your programs are truly two-way streets!”

Alex DoyleChina Volunteer

Be The Change.

When you teach English in China, and take time for personal adventures, you’ll learn about the Chinese people and remain forever invested. Our time-tested and proven philosophy of service ensures that you help advance our partners’ vision and goals and are accepted as family. Our commitment to work in partnership on long-term community projects enables you, in just a short time, to serve as a critical link in a chain of volunteer support spanning three decades.

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