Paid TEFL Internship in China (Shanghai) - Travel, Teach, Earn - Premier TEFL
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TEFL Internship in China

Get paid to teach and travel whilst experiencing China’s exquisite culture.

Start: Apr, Jun, Oct, Dec

5.5 months

Was: £1,349 Now: £599.50


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

120 Hour TEFL Course

70+ page Grammar eBook

In-depth Lesson Planning Guide

Flight reimbursement of RMB¥2,000 (US$300/€250/£220)

Airport pick-up & transfers

3-5 day orientation


Mandarin lessons

Cultural excursions

Visa assistance

Ongoing in-country support

Personal Support Coordinator

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TEFL Internship in China

Get paid to teach and travel whilst experiencing China’s exquisite culture.

Was: £1,349 Now: £599.50


Find out more, we will call you


Teach in China by grabbing the Chinese Dragon by the horns and immersing yourself in the fascinating culture.

Earn while traveling and take an adventure you’ll remember forever, create lifelong memories, friendships, and treasured experiences.

While there try out the famous Longjing tea (also called dragon well tea) or pick up some of the renowned silk umbrellas and fans the region is famous for.

On arrival, you’ll have completed our 120 Hour TEFL Course, allowing you the best preparation possible for standing in front of your class.

From the moment you board the plane for China, relax knowing you will be picked up on arrival and enjoy the three to five-day orientation.

Get to know your fellow English teachers. Enjoy a cultural excursion as part of your induction by visiting famous landmarks, such as The Bund waterfront area, experience some of the delicious fish and duck dishes the region is known for, you’ll have the time of your life.

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Group size: up to 15

Internship requirements

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

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 English teaching adventure made simple. There’s no two ways about it, we love teaching English abroad! Passion for what we do at Premier TEFL is in abundance. Every. Single. Day.

And, from all of our combined experience, we know that embarking on a TEFL adventure is simply life-changing. We can’t wait to support you to get started…

Getting there

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

What do you need to organise?

  • 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 first five – seven weeks plus excursions etc
  • Visa cost: You’ll have full support to obtain your visa.
  • Insurance: It’s really important to sort your travel and health before you go!
  • You’ll have full support to obtain your visa (and need to budget US$400/€330/£290 for visa invitation administration plus the visa fee itself)

Your teaching experience

During your working week, you’ll enjoy 25 hours of face-to-face teaching, with the help of a classroom assistant, helping improve student’s reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

You’ll also have lots of time for grading, parent teacher meetings, and observing classes, a whole 15 hours extra.

You’ll enjoy a small class size of 10-12 students. Your students will be aged between 4 to 12 years old and are waiting for your high-energy classes.

Your internship will take place in a language center. A typical working week consists of two days off (not consecutive and vary from week to week). You will work on average 8 hours each working day.

Friends and couples who wish to apply together are recommended to apply as early as possible due to limited availability.


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.

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Outside the classroom

Take trips around China on your days off, visit the Great Wall, relax in tea rooms, experience a traditional tea ceremony, or even go shopping for “couple suits” (traditionally worn by couples and friends) for you and your newfound friends in your spare time.

You’ll make China the experience of a lifetime, go wandering around the ancient monasteries, indulge in local cuisine, or sift through the souvenir-filled markets.

One thing you definitely need you pick up on your travels is a traditional Kimono, they are deliciously comfortable.


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.