1. How do I apply for the Gap Year Teaching Program?
See the How to Apply section.
2. When do I have to apply by?
It is highly recommended that you apply as soon as possible, the deadline to start teaching in Mid-August is 30th June each year. The business invitation letter requires processing, furthermore, it does somewhat limit the amount of time that you have to organise a work sponsorship Visa. We do still accept applications throughout the year.
It ought to be remembered that places are limited so early applications are best in order to ensure that we can give you a placement in your desired school level and preferred locations.
3. Do I need to meet certain criteria to be accepted for the Gap Year Teaching Program?
We will assess whether you are suited to our Gap Year Teaching Program through your application form, CV Check and telephone conversation.
All applicants must have completed or be currently enrolled in a degree program. We are also looking for you to exhibit a strong academic record, and an interest in foreign travel and culture. Fluent English is essential; if you speak some Chinese and would like to practice your language skills we can find you a company where this is possible.
4. How do I obtain a visa for China?
See work visa processing section.
5. Are there certain vaccinations that are necessary for a trip to China?
It is advised to get vaccinations if you go to China and plan staying there for more than 3 months. This can be arranged through your local GP.
Certain vaccinations are often advised for China including: Tetanus, Polio, and Hepatitis.
We recommend that you consult your doctor prior to traveling.
6. What would I need to bring?
Please ensure you have at least casual smart for your teaching placements. You will also need to bring a laptop. Make sure you have some casual clothes, warmer clothes from October to March and lighter clothes from April to September. More information will be handed out in our pre-departure brochure.
7. What type of accommodation will I be living in?
Throughout your gap year teaching placement, you will be provided with free accommodation, with easy access to public transportation. You will have a good-size bedroom and share the kitchen, living room and the bathroom with two other participants who are also enrolled in the gap year English teaching programmes.
We will give you 24h emergency contact number in China to contact if you encounter any problems either at work or in daily life.
8. What support will I get with Mandarin Chinese?
Unless otherwise requested, all intenships will be conducted in English. Mandarin Chinese is still useful, however, when dealing with people in an everyday setting.
We do organise Chinese lessons in the evenings throughout your programme duration upon requests. If you would like to have introductory lessons before your trip, be they in the UK or in China, please contact us and we can advise you on where to get lessons.
9. How much will I need to spend on living expenses?
This is a difficult question as everyone spends differently. It ought to be remembered that food and travel is a lot cheaper in China than in England. A large beer would cost GBP1, while a meal from a street would cost from as little as 70p.
For an authentic Chinese experience, try eating from street vendors as this is often cheap and a good opportunity to try real Chinese cuisine. There are also a wide selection of Chinese restaurants and Western bars where you can buy food.