Teaching hours are low: you will only teach approximately 12-15 hours each week. The rest of your working hours are usually spent planning your lessons or giving feedback to your students. Outside of this you might like to spend some time playing basketball or chess with your students! With the low teaching hours comes a regular Monday-Friday schedule and this makes for a great work life balance. Giving you plenty of time to enjoy the city on your weekends. There are more teaching hours at private schools, but with this the monthly salaries are higher.
Long vacations: If you prefer a longer vacation, you will get plenty of time off as part of public-school teaching job in China. You will have anywhere from 4-6 weeks off between January and February and for summer, schools close in July and re-open in September. If you are looking to explore China or travel around Southeast Asia, public school teaching gives you enough time off to do so. Do keep in mind, the holidays are not always fully paid. For example, during winter holidays you may get 50% salary and your full housing allowance. For summer you may get 50% salary for one month. It depends on your contract. Public school teaching definitely gives you a great work life balance but, if you are looking to save money consistently each month – private school teaching positions are generally the best paid teaching positions abroad.
Start dates: Unlike private schools, where you have the option to start every 1-2 months or so, start dates for public schools in China are not as flexible. The start dates are at the end of August or in mid-February when students return after summer and winter break respectively. For August we would strongly recommend getting in touch with us around March and for February it would be good to hear from you in October. This will give you plenty of time to get working on your documents and TEFL certification especially.