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.
Teaching ESL will make you stand out on your next job application
A good chunk of this blog’s foundation is teaching English abroad. For good reason, I’ve been teaching English around Asia for nearly two years now. It maintains a large chunk of my resume up to this point. While most days I do enjoy it, it’s not overly demanding and boasts a whole whack of other benefits I’ve written about previously, it’s not something I plan to do forever.
Make money from home by ESL teaching English online
I’ve written about how great teaching English can be for someone who values time freedom, traveling, and saving serious money. But despite these benefits, you still have to get up everyday and travel to a school. In spite of having over 2 months of holidays, you are still bound by when the school chooses to take those holidays. And if you suddenly get assigned more classes, you probably aren’t going to get paid any more.
I’m not sure I’ve written nearly enough about my secondary source of income related to teaching ESL. And that’s teaching English online. Most months I generate more money working on the evenings and weekends than I do at my day job teaching at a public school in China.
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.