Teach English in China

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Teach English in China

Duration: from 4 months to 5 months
Countries: China
Working as a Lattitude English teacher in China will give you the chance to develop your teaching skills, learn a different language and experience a vibrant culture.

Teach English in China

Volunteer placements in China

In recent years China has become a major player on the world’s stage, both economically and diplomatically. However, many of it’s people are still living in poverty, especially those in the most rural areas. For that reason Lattitude’s placements in China are more vital than ever. Teaching English to young people can directly affect their ability to work in many professional fields which are vital to the country’s overall development.

Placement Locations

Placements are in one of seven provinces: Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujan, Guangxi, Yunnan and Sichuan. The cities where you will work are generally medium sized, with populations ranging between 250,000 and 400,000.

Is it for me?

If you are looking for a new cultural experience then China is for you. It is best to go to China with an open mind and open eyes: attempt to view things from a Chinese perspective and to understand Chinese ways of thinking. In China you will constantly find new doors opening for you. It is a truly unique cultural experience and will give you the opportunity to improve your students’ English language skills and future prospects. It will suit those who are enthusiastic, engaging, can think on their feet and have the confidence to teach up to 50 children at any one time.

Roles Explained

You will be based at a primary school (ages 5 to 11), middle school (11 to 18), vocational school (16 to 18) or college/university (19 to 23). Several of the colleges also offer teacher training. In collaboration with the Chinese teachers of English, you will be teaching conversational English.  You will also operate ‘English Corners’, offering enthusiastic students the opportunity to have more informal discussions and to learn about western culture and traditions— which Chinese people are often very interested in. In return, there will be an excellent opportunity for you to practise your Mandarin Chinese in weekly one on one language lessons. Chinese students enjoy team games and competitions. You may have text books to support you in planning lessons, but you can also use role play, songs and word games help students practise the language they have learnt in other lessons. Volunteers in China are regarded as teachers, not students, and having Lattitude volunteers in their school is considered by students to be an exceptional privilege.

Accommodation and Food

In most cases meals are provided by the schools, usually in the school canteen. Alternatively, you can self-cater or eat off-site relatively cheaply. Most volunteers live on-site in a furnished flat.  These usually have air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen (including washing machine, fridge and microwave) and separate bedrooms.  In most cases you will be placed with another Lattitude volunteer.  Your partner may be from the UK, Australia, New Zealand or Canada.

Interested in this; ready to enquire?

Apply now by clicking the button below and filling out the application form on gapyear.com. Lattitude Global Volunteering should then be in touch shortly to help with your enquiry.


Further Details

More information about this gap year opportunity...

Price details:



February / September


  * In depth matching process to align your skills and interests with a placement that really suits you
  * Assigned Volunteer Coordinator to help with all pre-departure support and offer guidance
  * Pre-departure briefing
  * Airport pickup
  * Accommodation & food
  * In-country orientation
  * In-country support
  * 24/7 support
Note:  Most hosts will provide food and accommodation free of charge.  Where there is not the case, you will be clearly informed in advance.

About Lattitude Global Volunteering

Lattitude Global Volunteering is a youth development charity that specialises in overseas volunteering placements. Since 1972, Lattitude Global Volunteering has sent over 40,000 young people to volunteer in over 17 countries around the world, where they’ve had the opportunity to work in areas as diverse as conservation, medical work, outdoor sports, community projects and teaching and for 3 to 12 months. 

We help young people from developed and developing countries to volunteer and make sure our placements deliver sustainable value for the children, communities and institutions that volunteers work in. We match every volunteer to a placement that really needs their skills and where they can have the most benefit as part of a larger, ongoing programme. No qualifications or previous experience are required.


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