Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (University or College)

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Project Description

Peace Corps China requires people who are willing to work as professionals in the Chinese tertiary education setting. Volunteers who have succeeded here demonstrate a commitment to meeting challenging educational goals as well as building relationships in several, sometimes disparate, communities. The areas where Peace Corps Volunteers serve in China are changing rapidly, and we strive to change with them, providing opportunities for Volunteers to live and work in some of the most interesting and unexpected parts of China.

Volunteers in the TEFL Project have the primary goal of teaching English to students in colleges and three-year technical training institutes. Many of these students are training to become primary and middle school English teachers in rural areas, while others are preparing to work in fields such as tourism, hospitality, and nursing.

Though many of the students we teach have limited speaking and listening proficiency in English, Volunteers may be asked to teach literature, creative writing, research writing, or content-based classes. Much of a Volunteer's effort will be towards improving and strengthening the fundamental English language skills of your students. Primarily, Volunteers will be coming to China as a teacher of English as a foreign language and will be teaching Oral English.

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.

Required Skills

Competitive candidates will have a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any discipline and a strong desire to teach English

Desired Skills

Post desires that trainees have experience with lesson planning, experience with semester development/planning, experience teaching (as opposed to co-teaching), and classroom evaluation, ability to work in large classrooms (>45 students), ability to work with false beginners and in multilevel classrooms, ability to think creatively and develop projects that meet students’ needs both inside and outside the classroom, ability to work with young people who are eager to get to know the Volunteer, good inter-cultural communication skills, flexibility to adjust the Volunteer's personal definition of what it means to be a good teacher to that of what it means within the local context.

Required Language Skills

There are no pre-requisite language requirements for this position. Please take a moment to explore the Language Comments section below to find out more on how local language(s) will be utilized during service.

Additional Language Information

All Volunteers will be learning Chinese during their service.

Living Conditions

Please note: Volunteers will be living in mostly urban environments with campus apartment accommodation. Additionally, it is important to note that Volunteers typically live in communities with air quality/pollution and water pollution challenges.

Learn more about the Volunteer experience in China: Get detailed information on culture, communications, housing, and safety — including crime statistics [PDF] — in order to make a well-informed decision about serving.

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 also review Important Medical Information for Applicants [PDF] to learn about other health conditions typically not supported in Peace Corps service.


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