How to get a Z visa to teach ESL in China
So you’ve read enough about the benefits of teaching ESL in China and have made the executive design to take the plunge and move to China. Great, congrats. Behind every great adventure is the untold, laborious task of getting paperwork in order. It’s going to require some time and money on your part, to get your ducks & documents in a row before China will open up it’s doors to you.
Should I teach ESL?
Sometimes I think to myself “I can’t believe I’m teaching ESL to children for a living”. Growing up, never one did I ever consider becoming a teacher. Yet here I am. Last year at this time, during my first year as an ESL teacher in South Korea there’s also no chance I ever imagined I would now be teaching ESL in China.
Yet, here I am.
Teaching English as a foreign language in Asia
Between 2016 and 2017 I spent a year teaching English in South Korea. I had considered teaching ESL for years. Despite a clear lack of training and experience, as is probably shared by 90% of all ESL teachers. After South Korea I was almost positive I would never teach again.
As amazing and truly life changing of an experience as it was, I had pretty much concluded teaching wasn’t for me. Ironically as I write this I’m standing on a metro train in Shenzhen, China.
And yes, I’m here teaching English.. Again.