Paid TEFL Internship in China (Homestay) - Premier TEFL

Home-tutor TEFL Internship in China

Teach English and explore China whilst experiencing its exquisite culture

Start: June, July, Sept

2 – 3 months

WAS: £999 NOW: £449

BONUS Lifetime Study Access
Offers End: May 30th

Monthly allowance of minimum RMB¥1,500 (US$220/€195/£170)

170 Hour Ofqual Regulated Level 5 TEFL Course

70+ page Grammar eBook

Flight reimbursement of RMB¥3,300 (US$485/€430/£375)

Completion bonus up to RMB¥3,300 (US$485/€430/£375)

Airport pick-up & transfers



2 meals a day

Mandarin lessons 2 hours a week

Cultural excursions

Ongoing in-country support

TIP You don’t need to have a degree or previous teaching experience to apply for this internship.

Home-tutor TEFL Internship in China

Teach English and explore China whilst experiencing its exquisite culture

WAS: £999 NOW: £449

BONUS Lifetime Study Access

Offers End: May 30th

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Fast becoming the trendiest place to travel to and a long-standing TEFL hot spot; China is an incredibly fascinating country.

Steeped in ancient culture and traditions, this internship is an opportunity unlike any other.

China’s capital city and a real bucket-list destination, Beijing boasts more than its fair share of world-famous landmarks.

From the Forbidden City complex to Tiananmen Square, it’s impossible to run out of must-see activities.

Whether you’re placed here or in Shanghai to the south, China’s high-speed bullet train connects these two megacities in less than five hours.

Before you arrive you’ll be fully prepared and confident to teach having completed the 170 Hour Ofqual Regulated Level 5 TEFL Course.

Immerse yourself fully in Chinese culture, put your taste buds through their paces and challenge yourself to master Mandarin during your stay.

An INCREDIBLE welcome is waiting for you in Eastern China.

Beginning with your two-day arrival orientation about living and working in China you’ll feel at home in no time.

Your family homestay experience is central to this internship so orientation is the perfect chance to learn about what’s expected of you.

Internship requirements

  • Aged between 18 – 30 years
  • Native English speaker
  • Completed High School
  • TEFL qualified (included)
  • Desire to be a cultural ambassador
  • To be physically and mentally fit
  • To be adaptable, patient, caring and flexible
  • To be culturally sensitive, well-mannered and respectful
  • To be creative and open-minded
  • Experience with young children is a bonus

How it works

Before you go, you’ll have an application form to fill out, a video chat, submit all your documents and then you’ll be on your way to China.


Getting there

All qualified applicants will fly into into Shanghai Pudong International Airport OR Beijing International Airport where you’ll be picked up.

What do you need to organize?

  • International flights: You’ll need return flights
  • Police check: Need to have police clearance
  • Budget: You’ll need to cover living essentials, eating out and any excursions etc
  • Insurance: It’s really important to sort your travel and health before you go!
  • Vaccines: Consult your local doctor for advice
  • Visa costs

Your teaching experience

Your role will be a combination of private English teacher, home-study tutor, mentor and cultural ambassador.

Your student’s family will also be your homestay hosts in this unique internship. 

Most placements will involve teaching one or two students ranging from young children to teens and English with varying ability levels.

School-based internships, by comparison, have around 30 students per class.

You can typically expect to teach up to 25 contact hours per week, plus some preparation time to lesson or activity plan. Remember this won’t be in a classroom so you will need to add some creativity in your planned activities.

As a successful home-tutor intern you’ll turn everyday routines into learning opportunities and games. And you’ll forge lifelong friendships with your Chinese family.

Your goal as an English teacher on this internship will be focused on conversational English practice, Western culture sharing and may be geared towards exam English such as IELTS.

You’ll be fully prepared for any IELTS preparation students as you’ll receive all the training you need through your TEFL course before you leave.

Outside of your 25 hours, you should join the family leisure time in sports, watching TV, social events and cultural celebrations.

It’s the ultimate way to really experience China like a local and if you can’t imagine leaving, you have the possibility to extend your stay.


Please note final decision on exact placement location will be determined based on your best family match. Almost everyone is placed in the capital city or one other location.

  • Beijing
  • Shanghai

Outside the classroom

Take advantage of the cultural inclusions in this TEFL internship by attending free Mandarin lessons. With around two hours tuition per week, you’ll be saying ‘nĭ hăo’ to a new skill!

Host families love to help their interns to fully experience local life and see the sights. You can expect to get the best tourist advice and know the hidden gems of your area in a flash.

Some families invite their interns to join them on short trips during festival weeks and a few are special guests at weddings.

Take a stroll around night markets and get your lungs in shape to impress your new friends at a karaoke (k-bars) spot.

For those based in Shanghai, you must take in the cityscape after dark and enjoy the panoramic view around the riverside of Pudong.

It is important to be respectful to your host family during your stay and when you plan to do some travel on your days off, keep them informed so that they won’t worry.


With 1,500 Renminbi (RMB) monthly allowance & 3,300 Renminbi (RMB) flight reimbursement upon completion, free accommodation throughout the internship and free workday meals, you are pretty much set to enjoy your time and be comfortable while traveling in your spare time.

You’ll also receive an end of internship bonus of 675 – 3,300 Renminbi (RMB), best spent doing some final sightseeing, if you ask us.

“I genuinely enjoyed the entire experience; it’s simply a different world. From the insanely beautiful surroundings to the abstractly modern yet traditional mindsets, truly everything is interesting (and almost too much to take in).

I was in Shanghai for six months… my favorite aspect of the trip was my interactions with the people there, my new friends that truly made my experience that little bit more fantastic. I was welcomed by everybody and was met with kindness from every angle.”– Rosey, TEFL intern in China