Teach English in Shenzhen – Updated 2023

Shenzhen is one of the most impressive, vibrant and exciting cities not just in China, but in the world. Those who teach English in Shenzhen will find it be a wonderful place for foreigners to live. The nightlife is vibrant, the scenery can be incredible, and there are numerous beaches along its coast to spend a lazy weekend. Living in Shenzhen also has the unique benefit of sharing a border with Hong Kong and being a short boat trip from Macau. 

We work with a number of employers in Shenzhen who actively recruit native speaking ESL teachers for public schools and kindergartens in every district in the city. No teaching experience is necessary to apply for the position, we just want to see that you’re excited and motivated to begin an incredible journey in China! 

Job Description

Kindergarten and Public school positions are open for application all year. Start dates are flexible. Ideally you would be in place for the beginning of the school semester in either September or February. However, we know that this is not always possible and we will always try our best to accommodate you with deferred start-dates. 

Applicants must meet the criteria for the Z-Visa, which is a requirement of the Chinese government. The salary on offer is up to ¥22,000 per month (including housing allowance), while you will also avail of almost three months holiday each year! Check out how this compares to how much teachers get paid in other Western countries.

Teaching in the public school system is often more relaxed than in international schools or training centers. You will only be expected to teach a maximum of 18 forty minute lessons each week, and often you will not be required to adhere to any office hours. You will also receive ongoing teacher training, Mandarin lessons and the employer organizes regular social events for their teachers.

A member of staff will also meet you at the airport and introduce you to the city.  They will also help you with opening a bank account, getting a Chinese SIM card and any other administrative tasks that there may be. 

Apply to Teach English in Shenzhen

If you are interested in finding out more about teaching in Shenzhen or applying for the position please firstly check that you are eligible for the China Z-Visa. If you meet the criteria, please email your resume to tom@esljobcenter.com, specifying your preferred location in China – you can list more than one option if you wish. 

We will review your resume and set up an interview with the employer. Following a successful interview, most candidates will have their visa approved within weeks and be ready to begin their exciting new chapter in China in less than two months!


Tom Bogues

Tom is the Director of ESL Job Center. He has been working in the TEFL industry in one form or another since 2016 and is now using that experience to match quality teachers with quality schools across China.