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AIBE will work with you throughout the application, interview, and job placement process to help you determine the best fit for you and our partner schools. Expand your career options by taking on a thrilling new challenge. Your success is directly tied to ours.
Frequently asked questions
How does the application process work?
The process is very straightforward and easy.
Is TEFL Certification required?
TEFL/ESL qualifications are always helpful yet not required, except for some management positions (School Principal, Department Head) may require TEFL/ESL qualification.
What are the language requirements - do I need to be fluent in the local language?
Fluency in English is required in order to teach in China. While some knowledge or fluency of Mandarin Chinese is always helpful, it is not required. All subject matter is presented in English with support from Chinese instructors when available.
Can I apply without obtaining my Bachelor's Degree?
Yes - while a Bachelor's Degree (from an accredited university) is required, we stronly encourage both undergraduate/graduate students apply during your final year of study. American Institute of Bilingual Education (AIBE) partners with some universities to provide the opportunity to simultaneously complete a degree and learn about teaching and living in China.
When can I apply?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with priority given to positions requiring immediate placement (fall and winter semesters). AIBE will keep your application active until we find a position that best meets your needs, interests, background, and becomes available. We will keep your file active for one year, at which time, you should reapply.
What are the weekly work requirements?
They vary based on position and campus. There is a base time requirement in/outside class - teaching hours, lesson preparation, student evaluation, meeting with parents, etc., clearly outlined in your employment contract. This contract will also stipulate promotional opportunities, retention incentives, pay increases, etc.
Do I apply for a specific job?
AIBE partners with several Chinese school systems with huge footprints and plans for significant expansion. Positions are constantly added and updated the meet the ever-demanding need for foreign teachers. We mainating a database of positions; our scoring system ranks candidates and match their abilities, skills and talents with the right positions at the right schools.
What is the Salary/Benefits package?
Salary and benefits packages vary across positions. Foreign teachers can expect to earn a salary commensurate with experience and the requirements of the position.
What is the minimum time requirement?
Schools in China require a one-year time commitment, although a two-year engagement is strongly preferred. On occasion, there may be a summer or one semester experience available for foreign teachers.
Are the duties/responsibilities the same for all teaching positions in China?
Job requirements vary based on the individual needs of each school. One of our educators at AIBE will discuss your interests, background, experience and expertise during the initial screening interview. We will asses the information, calculate according to our scoring system, and match it with our database of schools/open positions. We will match you with one/two jobs that match requirements and provide you with the specific job description/position.
Do I need special Visa/Travel Documents?
A valid passport that will not expire earlier than six months prior to desired return to the U.S.A. is required in order to apply for a Chinese Visa. Application at a Chinese Embassay or China Consulate is necessary prior to departure from the U.S.A. If you move forward with a teaching offer, AIBE and your future employer will work with you to confirm deadlines for making applicaion, as well as ensuring you understand which documents are neccesary to meet all requirements for approval. We will help you throughout this process.
LIVING & WORKING IN CHINA
What is it like to work and live in China?
It's exciting, thrilling, most likely very different than your current location - it's an adventure. You have an opportunitiy to explore both the revered ancient history and culture of China, with an eye towards the future, taking place in China on every level.
Will my salary/benefits cover my living expenses?
Yes - your salary and benefits will cover your basic living expenses. Typically, your salary/benefit package, when properly managed, will provide you with some extra income that can be leveraged for travel.
Can a friend/partner/spouse join me and can we teach together?
Yes - feel free to apply with your friends/partner/spouse, or bring them along. Family members are welcome to come to China, although housing to accomodate more individuals may be a cost borne by you, based on capacity/availability.
Is it safe to live and work in China?
Yes - while there are no risk-free places to live in the world, AIBE and BCC know China. We live and work in the major/minor cities. We have relationships with the schools administrators, government, police, and community leaders. We actively monitor the safety and security of our teachers and administrators.