Finding a Teaching Job in China
There are a few ways to find a job teaching in China. If you are new to this teach abroad life, I would recommend joining a program like Teach Abroad Squad, where a professional can provide you with trusted job boards. You want to make sure your job is the real deal. A worthwhile salary and a solid contract are essential! There are also recruiters who work for different schools. If you know a trusted recruiter, this is another great way to look for a job. They may even be able to put you in contact with other recruiters that they know and trust. You don't want to end up working at a school in a terrible location or not making the kind of money you should be making. I chose to join Teach Abroad Squad because I wanted a real life person to meet with, to talk about this journey, and to help me every step of the way. I personally don't know anyone who has taught abroad, and I am nervous about such a big change for my whole family. I actually ended up not finding my job through my mentor there, but once you are in the squad, you stay in the squad. So I know I will be able to ask for help in my next job search.
How I Found My Job in Hainan
I was looking for a very location specific job, so I went about my job search the best way I knew how: social media stalking!
I did a Facebook search for "Teaching Hainan". I sorted through so many public posts. Finally, I came across a post by a woman who was a teacher at a university in Hainan. How lucky! I decided to reach out to her and send her a Facebook message. I hoped she would receive it and that she wouldn't think I was a weirdo! As my good fortune would have it, she received the message and did not think I was totally strange. She has been so incredibly helpful in every aspect of my job search. Shout out to Carol for being amazing!
I asked her a million questions. She told me about the university she worked at. She shared her experiences living in Hainan. She told me everything I needed to know. She put me in touch with the Teacher Liaison from the university. I began to message him on WeChat (Chinese social media). He sent me all of the information about the job, benefits, and what I would need to apply. Within a few weeks I completed my virtual interview and I was offered a teaching position!
Taking a Pause
It was at that point my husband and I talked and decided to put the dream on hold. (You can read more about that HERE) Everyone at the school was so kind and understanding. We maintained contact on WeChat over the past few months. That left the door open for me to message him when our situation changed. Right now I am sending him all of the documents he needs to process my teaching application.
Where You Can Start
If you aren't sure where to start, I would highly recommend joining this FREE Facebook group: China Teach Abroad Community. There are a lot of knowledgeable people there with experience teaching in China. There are also many new people like us who ask great questions! There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of jobs available to teach English in China. It's just a matter of finding the one that is right for you and your family. There are high salaries, great benefits, and fantastic locations. There is an entire Teach Abroad world that I am just now learning about. Everyone's dream life looks different. Mine involves seeing the world and exploring other cultures!
Thank you for following our adventure! -Michelle