Public School Teaching in Shenzhen

At Teachers For Asia we are a market leading international teaching agency for public school teaching positions in China, with an excellent reputation. One of the best cities in China to teach English is Shenzhen located right next door to Hong Kong, this has been the main centre of our public-school placement programs in China for over 5 years. Together with our Chinese education partners in the city, we place and manage a large number of teachers in Shenzhen each year who are placed at schools throughout the city.

Public School Teaching in Shenzhen

Shenzhen is an ultra-modern city skyline combined with lots of clean, green space, and is often referred to as the Silicon Valley of Asia! There is a vibrant expat community in the city where English is widely spoken. Many of our teachers are already teaching in Shenzhen from our previous intake and many others have extended their contracts. This city has amazing nightlife, an endless array of restaurants, shopping, modern and cheap transportation as well as regular cultural and sporting events.
Shenzhen is located on the coast with a subtropical climate and great beaches. There are miles of seaside cycling and walking paths located around this green city, connected to Hong Kong via a short subway ride!

What makes public school teaching different from private schools?

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.


Salary & Benefits

  • Monthly Salary 10,000 – 12,000 RMB
  • Housing Allowance 3,000 RMB
  • Apartment rental assistance
  • Paid upfront flight OR Flight allowance: 5000 RMB in the first working month
  • Monday-Friday Schedule
  • Approx. 18 lessons per week (40 minutes each lesson)
  • Summer vacation (One contract period includes half monthly salary and one-month full housing allowance)
  • 2 free meals each day at school
  • Airport pickup
  • SIM Card
  • Legal Z work visa support
  • Social and accident insurance provided
  • Chinese language and culture courses for teachers


Requirements & Process

  • 1-2 Step interview process
  • Applicants with and without experience can apply
  • Clean criminal record
  • Positive attitude and an enthusiasm for teaching in China with professionalism
  • BA Degree required and a 120-hour TEFL certificate

What makes public schools different?

  • Low teaching hours
  • Long vacation time
  • Regular Monday-Friday schedule
  • Training and orientation with many new teachers upon arrival
  • Authentic cultural immersion in a public school
  • Opportunity to get involved in extra curricular activities

Interested in this job?

Discounted TEFL Course

If you are successful in securing a teaching position with Seadragon Education, you will be able to avail of a substantial discount on a 120-hour accredited TEFL course through TFA Academy if you do not already hold a TEFL qualification.

Interested in this job?

My experience with Teachers For Asia can definitely be described as wonderful. It took them only a week to arrange a Skype interview, provide me with all the information and get me on my way to my new adventure in China. Everyone at TFA is professional and prompt and I feel comfortable asking them for guidance should a sticky situation arise. I would definitely recommend TFA to my friends.

Jani (SHENZHEN, China)