Tertiary Level TEFL Instructor

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

Multiple Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) are needed to serve as University TEFL Instructors for the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE). CEAIE focuses on facilitating international educational cooperation in China. The Government of China regards the education of its people as a fundamental component in the country’s development, and during this time of rapid change, the large-scale advancement of fluent English-speaking professionals is a key priority. Therefore, the Chinese Government has requested the collaboration of Peace Corps in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Teacher colleges and universities in China currently are experiencing a shortage of qualified English teachers, and Peace Corps is seen as a strategic partner in addressing this shortfall. In addition, the current system of teaching English focuses on the grammar-translation method, which does not enhance students’ ability to speak and use the language; it is hoped that PCRVs will be able to enhance the variety of educational opportunities available to students.

Multiple University TEFL Instructors with TEFL experience are needed to conduct the equivalent of a full teaching load of TEFL instruction for an academic semester at various universities and colleges in the country. These teaching assignments could include oral English, writing, listening, speaking, reading comprehension, business English, and tourism English. The PCRVs will have opportunities to design and deliver sessions, and to develop their host country colleagues’ communicative capabilities and interest in incorporating new communicative teaching techniques into their classrooms. In addition, the Volunteers will work to educate students, faculty, and administrative staff on the mission and goals of Peace Corps in the hopes of creating a better understanding and support for future PCV placement. The Response Volunteers will also have the opportunity to participate in summer projects with currently serving Volunteers, conducting two weeks of teacher training for teachers from rural areas currently teaching in primary and middle school. Peace Corps TEFL Volunteers will help to meet the ever-growing demand for strengthening English language learning and teaching at all levels of institutions across the country by teaching TEFL at colleges and universities in China.

Due to legal restrictions imposed by the Chinese government, applicants to the People’s Republic of China Peace Corps program must conclude their service prior to the age of 65.

Please note that this position is one of several that will depart for service in China at the same time. It is unlikely that the departure date will change and applicants will be notified if the date does change. Please only apply if you are available on the date listed and if you can serve for the entire duration of the project.

Partner Information

China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE)

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s Degree in education or a related field
• TEFL experience
• Experience teaching at the university level or at a secondary school
• Prior international work or volunteer experience
• Willingness/ability to teach large, multilevel classes
• Ability to gain credibility and support from students and staff with an understanding of the implications these relationships have for future Volunteers and the reputation of Peace Corps.

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations in China

  • China may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: asthma, including mild or childhood asthma; dermatology; gastroenterology; insulin-dependent diabetes; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications supportt; seizure disorder; urology; ongoing counseling. Note: applicants departing for China have additional medical screening requirements.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified. 
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: peanuts and shellfish.
  • After arrival in China, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.


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