Our teaching internship program attracts participants of varied age and nationality, English speakers from across the globe with a common interest in experiencing and enjoying the unique culture and sights of China. The internship attracts a large number of student and gap-year travellers, with the majority of interns under 30, though we do have participants up to 55 joining the program.
You’ll start your stay in China with a 2 weeks Training & Orientation program consisting of intensive English language teaching methodology; a thorough cultural and practical orientation to China and conversational Mandarin lessons to help you get by. The comprehensive orientation program teaches you Chinese customs and culture with calligraphy and tai chi sessions, karaoke nights and other fun group activities. Sightseeing visits are provided to the Great Wall and Summer Palace before heading north to the city of Harbin.
An industry-standard 120-hour theoretical TESOL/TEFL course, completed online before you leave home, is complemented by a practical training component during these 2 weeks in China. This training includes lots of lively activities and interactive tasks to hone your skills, ensuring you are ready to teach in a Chinese school.
Participants are allocated a specific work placement which takes into account your own preferences for region and student age, the selection criteria of the schools as well as participant performance during training. The location of your placement may be in one of many different cities across China, from Shanghai to Inner Mongolia, Shanxi to Guangxi. You may be teaching kinder kids as young as 4, primary aged students 6 to 12 or those in high school up to age 18.
Schools in China are usually large, with between 2,000 and 5,000 students ! Many of the schools have foreign teachers and existing programs, but there are schools in China that are totally new to the concept. You will be placed with at least one other internship participant, usually someone from your training group but sometimes a participant following on with a second semester. As part of the ongoing support and guidance offered throughout your stay, you have access to academic support, teaching ideas and resources as well as 24/7 emergency assistance.
Accommodation & Meals
Your accommodation will usually be an apartment shared with another participant of the same gender, with your meals taken at the school canteen – the quality and variety of food on offer is excellent, you certainly won’t go hungry !
Weekends are yours to relax or to explore, and given that your main living expenses are taken care of already your monthly salary/allowance of RMB 2,000 (approx. $400) is all yours to spend on travel and entertainment – it may not sound a lot, but it goes a long way in China. A bonus of RMB 2,500 (approx. $500) is paid after successful completion of your placement, at which time you will also receive your internationally recognised TESOL certificate, the key to further paid teaching jobs.
How to Apply
There is an application process for this program, though nothing to be too concerned about – we will walk you through every step. The first stage is to register at www.totallytravel.com.au/apply
If your initial application is unsuccessful, then your deposit is refunded in full, but most applicants meeting the below criteria will have no problem being accepted: