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TROPICAL ISLAND HAINAN: Good surf, clean air, blue skies, white sand beaches, coconut palms & mangoes… Desperate for English teachers (and a marine biologist).

Posted By: Hainan Jobs <[email protected]>
Date: Sunday, 5 May 2019, at 9:23 a.m.

We get you settled into the job on Hainan island that best suits you, chosen from a small selection of schools that we personally know and like, that have a good reputation as employers.

HAINAN ISLAND: a great place to live.
HAINAN JOBS: the best way to get there.

Email Barbara: [email protected]
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A general description of English teaching jobs in Hainan:

-Country: China.
-Province: Hainan (China's island off the south coast, between Hong Kong and Vietnam).
-City: Sanya and Haikou.
-Role: teaching children in English language.
-Contract length: almost always one year.

-School types (all private institutions):
*Primary schools,
*International primary school,
*Training centres,
*University (specialist subjects only)

-Student age range:
*2-6 at kindergartens,
*3-8 at training centres,
*7-12 at primary schools,
*18-22 at university.

-Working days:
*Most schools and kindergartens are Monday to Friday, business hours.
*Training centres are nights and weekends.

-Holidays… it varies:
*Training centres offer fewer holidays (2 weeks in summer, 2 weeks in winter)
*Primary schools offer loads (2 months in summer, 1 month in winter).

-Salary range… it depends:
*11,000 RMB per month for 16 working hours per week (Mon-Fri).
*Most are 14,000 - 18,000 RMB per month for a 28-35 hour work week (Mon-Fri).
*Up to 20,000 RMB per month for a 40 hour per week (nights and weekends).

-Accommodation… either:
*Free accommodation, or
*Accommodation allowance between 1,000 RMB and 2,300 RMB per month.

-Class sizes: it depends: some 12 kids per class, but usually 25-30 kids per class.
-Hours of work: 16-40 hours per week, depending on the school.
-Office hours / classroom hours: some, but not all, schools require you to work office hours as well as classroom hours. for example, if you work a 40 hour week job, then around 25 will be classroom hours and say 15 hours are office hours. Many jobs require only classroom hours, with no office hours.
-Airfares: almost all schools reimburse your incoming airfare at contract completion. Some offer both incoming and outgoing airfares, allowing 5,000 - 6,000 RMB per trip. It depends on the real and demonstrable cost of your airfare.
-Medical insurance: most schools offer this. If not, state insurance is available at say 400 RMB per month.
-Bonus: Some, but not all, schools may offer a DISCRETIONARY end of year bonus (say 6,000 - 10,000 RMB).
-Meals: most schools offer three meals a day at school, for free.
-Working visa process: this is crucial. Be prepared to supply legalised documents and allow plenty of time.


-Native English speakers who also hold passports of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America.
-(Two kindergartens can employ EU citizens with impeccable English).
-Bachelor’s Degree (any major, but preferably education).
-Career teacher with at least two year's teaching experience.
-Clear police record.
-Pass the medical check.
-Available either ASAP or from say 15 August to 1st September, 2019.


Roughly the size of Taiwan, Hainan is China’s southernmost province. Hainan island lies off the south coast of China, between Hong Kong and Vietnam.

Hainan is China but if feels more like South East Asia: white sand beaches, clean air, blue skies, good surf, green hills, mangoes, coconut palms and all that jazz.

In Sanya, at the southern tip of Hainan island, the temperature is 30 degrees C for much of the year, with a constant sea breeze. Winter temperatures plummet to sub-22 degrees C if there is a northerly wind blowing.

Two international airports connect Hainan with almost all large cities in mainland China, and many international destinations as well. It is a short flight from Haikou or Sanya to Hong Kong: about an hour.

Traditionally Hainan is about farming and fishing, and is pretty laid back. Sanya has now added tourism with its beaches and resorts, popular with sailors, surfers and kite surfers.

The rising middle class in Hainan is now able to educate their children at English private schools, therefore the English teaching industry has just taken off, thus the sudden and recent demand for a lot of native English teachers (and a marine biologist).

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