Teach English in Shanghai
Often referred to as the New York City of the East, Shanghai is the perfect place to experience China’s upbeat and exciting lifestyle. Its unique colonial past has intertwined itself with an opportunistic and positive future that shows no signs of slowing down. There will certainly be no lack of excitement for those lucky enough to teach English in Shanghai! Whether you’re next to a modern skyscraper or in a tiny dumpling shop, you’ll find culture and fun all around.
To teach English in Shanghai, you must have:
- A full University degree
- A TEFL certification (100+ hours). Schools give preference to teachers with 120+ hours or more. First tier cities like Beijing and Shanghai are now leaning strongly towards classroom based TEFL certifications or combined TEFL certificates that include online and classroom hours. If you are unsure about a TEFL course, go with a TEFL provider that will provide you with a certificate that does not have ‘online’ stamped across the front of it.
- At least two years of work experience post graduation AND be at least 24 years of age
- Some schools require teachers to have formal teaching experience
Laura W. - 2012 - An American in Shanghai
For anyone interested in moving abroad, I highly recommend Reach to Teach. I have worked with other recruiting agencies in the past, and from my experience, Reach to Teach has offered me the most assistance. I mostly worked with the China Recruitment Department, and was very impressed with the updates and callbacks post-interview. Reach to Teach matched me with the best job through Kid Castle. Kid Castle is an after school academy that relies on the Total Physical Response teaching method. I find this school a very effective program for teaching English, and am so happy with my job situation. From both sides, Reach to Teach and Kid Castle made a great effort to help me, up until I arrived in China. If I had questions, I continued to ask both sides for answers, and both provided the best solutions. I have heard stories of people never hearing from their recruiters after they take a job offer, but I never experienced this with Reach to Teach. I felt they were honest, listened to what I wanted in a job (rather than trying to fill the next available spot in any school), and gave immediate response to e-mails. I know that anyone going through Reach to Teach will find what they need.
Teach English in Shanghai – China’s Modern City
Shanghai is known as China’s international hub and attracts millions of tourists and travelers each year. Among it’s cultural highlights is the iconic Pearl CV Tower, the Bund along the Huangpu River, and the dazzling Jade Buddha Temple. No doubt you will come to enjoy the sights, sounds and shopping along Nanjing Road while ending your night with a fresh pot of tea in one of Shanghai’s many tea houses. If you’re looking for a lively city in China with an enthralling lifestyle, teaching English in Shanghai is for you.
Your Journey to Teach English in Shanghai Starts Now!
Rarely does a person look back on their time teaching in Shanghai and regret the decision to teach English abroad. With all the exciting things to do in Shanghai, it’s fair warning you may not find the time to try everything. Nonetheless, there is one area of Shanghai that you should not miss; the famous Xin Tien Di. This quarter epitomizes the city’s way of preserving it’s cultural past and embracing it’s modern future. Here you will find buildings that retain their ancient façades while the interiors boast some of the hippest restaurants, bars and cafes. Teaching English in Shanghai offers you a chance to be a living part of this dynamic and fluid city.
There is no better way to meet like-minded people, that is, world travelers with a sense of adventure, than to live and teach English in China. Each day will present the chance to form lasting connections with friendly Chinese neighbors or other teachers in the expatriate community. Chinese people are very welcoming and will often reach out to you as their honored guest. What are you waiting for? Shanghai is calling with new foods to taste, languages to learn and people to meet. There’s no better way to experience all of the above and more than by teaching English abroad in Shanghai!
What to Do and See in Shanghai
What was once a muddy narrow lane filled with tall reeds is today quite the different story. The Bund is a famous waterfront in Shanghai that is located on the west bank of Huangpu River and runs from the Waibaidu bridge for 1500 meters until you hit the Nanpu bridge.
This waterfront gives you a multitude of different architectural buildings from Gothic to Baroque, Renaissance to Romanesque. This is a very popular place for jogging, running, or just a pleasant walk in the sunshine. More well known are is the flood walls, also known as the ‘the lovers wall’ hailed as being the most romantic corner in Shanghai; There are ever been parts of the wall hollowed out so lovers can nestle in and watch the beautiful snapshot scenery of Shanghai.
The Jade Buddha Temple
Located in the western part of Shanghai is a famous Buddhist temple housing two very large white jade Buddhist statues. These two statues were brought to Shanghai by a monk called Huigen and were placed in the original temple. As the revolution to overthrow the Qing dynasty took place the temple was unfortunately destroyed.
The Buddhist statues survived and a new temple was built around them. The sitting Buddha is 190 centimeters high and the recumbent Buddha is 96 centimeters long and are both made of a sparkling white jade. The temple makes for a rich cultural experience’ as you walk through the incense laden rooms listening to the Buddhist’s chants, you can’t help but feel peaceful in the big city.
Do you like to shop in familiar modern day establishments alongside traditional stores selling high end jade and silks all in a metropolitan setting? Then Nanjing Road is the place to be. This street stretches for almost three and a half miles and is a top destination for shoppers.
The architecture of the street definitely exudes a metropolitan feel. Influences of Britain and the west are seen all along the road due to it once being a popular trading spot and international settlement. The streets are dominated with movie theatres, fast food restaurants, open air bars and stylish coffee shops. You can even take a trackless sight-seeing train to show you the sights. This coupled with the interesting sculptures and street music makes for a wonderful evening walk.
Looking to do more? Try the Shanghai tourism hotline on: (86) 962020
Looking to get around? Try this free hotline for booking rail tickets: (86) 95105105
Teach English in Shanghai – ESL Jobs at Reputable Schools
Deciding which school is the right place for you to teach English in Shanghai can be a difficult and stressful decision. These days there seems to be an endless number of English teaching jobs in Shanghai and they don’t always appear to be of the most reputable variety! That’s where Reach To Teach comes in. We carefully screen every school we work with and mean it when we tell you, “We will only place you at a school we ourselves would work at (and often have worked at previously!)” Reach To Teach cares about the happiness and well being of each and every one of the teachers we send to teach English in Shanghai.
Our careful interview and screening process means that not everyone who applies for a job at Reach To Teach will get one. If you are one of the few we accept, you can be sure we apply the same strict standards to the school locations and English teaching jobs in Shanghai that we discuss with you!