Paid TEFL China Shanghai Internship

Awaken your inner dragon and fan the flames of your passion for teaching English abroad! China welcomes you with a slight bow and open arms, eager to share her long history and warm hospitality.

You couldn’t have picked a better base for exploring China than the “Pearl of the Orient” itself.

Look left—marvel at sparkling skyscrapers, the future, and all its possibilities. Look right—witness tai chi in the park, an elderly couple walking their pet pekingese, and a stack of dumplings 12 steamers high.

The kids are cute and eager, the spices strong. A TEFL internship in Shanghai will never bore!

China Shanghai Internship

Start: Apr, Jun, Oct, Dec

5.5 Months

Offers End: November 29


What’s up for grabs?

Monthly allowance of RMB¥5,000 (US$760/€630/£560)

Flight reimbursement of RMB¥2,500 (US$360/€325/£280)

120 Hour TEFL Course


70+ page Grammar eBook

Mandarin lessons

In-depth Lesson Planning Guide

Cultural excursions

3-5 day orientation

Visa assistance

Airport pick-up & transfers

Ongoing in-country support

Personal Support Coordinator

Apply if you are:

  • Aged between 18 – 35
  • Native English speaker
  • Completed High School
  • TEFL qualified (included)
You'll Need
  • Passport holder from USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand
  • Be mentally and physically fit
  • Have dedication, cultural flexibility, organization, respect, creativity, enthusiasm and professionalism.

Accredited Courses

Hear from our past interns

Rolling up nine must-try things on your TEFL internship in China, past interns put you on track to experience the most incredible adventure.

How it works

  • Apply

  • Interview

  • Documents

  • Go to China!

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

Your Teaching Experience

From the moment you board the plane, relax knowing you’re arrival meet and greet will be waiting and enjoy a comprehensive orientation.

Let your nerves settle before jumping into the classroom—you’ll have ample time to hang out, participate in cultural activities, do a little sightseeing (it’s bund-erful!), and practice your freshly certified TEFL skills.

Placed at a language center, a typical work week includes two varying days off. Though not consistent and not always consecutive, TEFL interns in China love the variety in their schedule and workload.

You and a class aid will host ~25 hours of teaching, focusing on improving students’ reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

Your kiddos will range in ages from four to 12, but the small class size (~12 students) means you’ll get to know them on a personal level.

Spend leftover time grading, planning, and meeting with parents. You’ll love it!

Cultural Excursions

Wondering what you’re going to do with your precious free time? We’re glad you asked! We know your adventure bucket list is long, but make sure you tack these recommendations from past TEFL interns in China towards the top


Take a short train ride to Hangzhou for a quaint, peaceful, relaxing walk around XiHu, a lake that has influenced poets and painters throughout Chinese history.


Dine on Shanghai's famous steamed hairy river crab. Pair it with shaoxing style yellow wine—the locals swear it coaxes out the delicate flavors of the dish.


Don’t set foot on that plane home without belting your fave power ballad at the KTV with friends! We won’t give too much away, but karaoke here is next level.



5,000 Renminbi (RMB) as your monthly allowance and free accommodation during your internship gives you the opportunity to travel comfortably throughout China, as well as a 2,000 Renminbi (RMB) flight reimbursement is a great bonus when you finish up.

5,000 Renminbi (RMB) Per Month

Getting there

On arrival at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, you’ll enjoy airport pickup from our in-country team.

Get the Guide

After you settle in, you will spend between 5.5 months (one semester) teaching in one of our stunning placements throughout central or southern China.

  • Nanjing
  • Shanghai
  • Nantong
  • Lianyungang
  • Wenzhou
  • Zhejiang


Practice a few Mandarin phrases, learn about food and culture, plus get tips for moving to China as an English teacher that you won’t find in any guide book.
Join Today’s Tour

What do you need to organize?

  • International flights: You’ll need return flights (can be two one-way)

  • Police check: You’ll need a clean criminal record

  • Health check: You may need to provide a health statement

  • Vaccines: Consult your local doctor for advice

  • Budget: Spending money for your trips and souvenirs

  • Visa cost: You’ll have full sponsorship and support to obtain your visa

  • Insurance: It’s really important to sort your travel and health before you go!

Find everything you need to know about the China internship inside our free guide!

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