Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (University or College)
You can only have one active Peace Corps Volunteer application, so choose a position that best fits your skills and interest. You have the opportunity to tell us if you’d like to be considered for other openings and more about the ones that interest you most!
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 Language Skills
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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; ongoing behavioral health support; seizure disorder; urology. 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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