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TEACH NEXT TO CHINA’S NUMBER 1 SKI RESORT! 50+ days paid holiday, 3 days off per week, excellent work life balance & financial package, very low living costs, 22 hours per week, paid training, sponsored work visa, no boring admin work!

Posted By: Joy English Language School <[email protected]>
Date: Saturday, 28 September 2019, at 6:14 a.m.

TEACH NEXT TO CHINA'S NUMBER 1 SKI RESORT! 50+ days paid holiday, 3 days off per week, excellent work life balance & financial package, very low living costs, 22 hours per week, paid training, sponsored work visa, no boring admin work!




The Opportunity:


Enjoy an incredible work life balance teaching English to motivated young learners on the doorstep of China’s number 1 ski and snowboarding resort Yabuli. You will benefit from 3 days off per week and an incredible 50+ days paid holiday per year. You will receive our outstanding salary package (15,000 – 18,000 per month), plus a large annual bonus (equal to 1 extra month’s salary) plus a 500 RMB monthly full attendance bonus AND accommodation in private furnished modern apartments in new buildings with all utilities (including high speed internet) paid. Coupled with incredibly low living costs you will have amazing disposable income for saving and enjoying life. Unlike many other schools our foreign teachers have no additional boring administrative responsibilities, giving you lots of free time to enjoy the amazing location of our school.

After your fully paid, comprehensive training you will teach our fun and engaging curriculum to highly motivated young learners using a wealth of advanced teaching tools. You will be part of China’s leading English language Education brand Joy English School, with over 500 locations in over 100 cities throughout China.

You will benefit from lots of free time to enjoy your life in China with minimal office hours, short lesson prep time (due to the comprehensive curriculum and teaching tools), a comfortable teaching schedule, 3 days off per week, very long paid holidays and no boring administrative responsibilities.

You will achieve very high disposable income with an excellent financial package, fully paid private accommodation and extremely low living costs. Our city enjoys some of the lowest living costs for a major city in China. Our teachers enjoy an extremely comfortable life, typically travelling extensively while still saving a large proportion of their earnings.

You will receive a high level of support to adjust to living in China, with dedicated support staff to help you acclimatize and get oriented, regular free Chinese language lessons, sponsored social and cultural events and a highly supportive team.

We believe that taking excellent care of our teachers and providing them with opportunities to grow and develop is the key to a successful school. As a result we go far above and beyond the standard in China to ensure that our teachers are satisfied with their career with Joy. As a result our average length of service is typically over 3 years, which is almost unheard of in a Chinese language school.

  • Our excellent training, fully developed curriculum and great support network make us an ideal choice for new teachers

  • Our admin free schedule and 3 days off per week offers unmatched work life balance for experienced teachers tired of grinding office hours, doubling their workload

  • Our structured career development program offers a true career path and is open to all

  • Our outstanding earning potential, coupled with our city’s low living costs and extensive paid holiday make us a great choice for anyone

Most importantly, unlike many schools in China we always support and treat our teachers fairly and always keep our promises.


Shangzhi – Our City

Shangzhi is a clean and peaceful medium sized city in Heilongjiang province. It has several distinct advantages. It is right on the doorstep of China's premier ski resort Yabui (no other city is closer) and another excellent resort Maoershan. Yabuli has outstanding skiing and snowboarding facilities for all ability ranges, multiple resorts and public slopes. Skiing and snowboarding as well as a host of other winter pursuits are incredibly cheap, making it incredibly accessible to take up as a hobby, especially considering you have so much free time. There is even a luxury, five star Club Med resort. Yabuli has volcanic hot springs which have been turned into spa resorts and a wide range of activities for the winter as well as becoming a wonderful hiking area of natural beauty in the summer. Find out more about Yabuli here:


Shangzhi is only 45-50 minutes on the high speed train from Harbin. Harbin is the provincial capital and the 8th largest city in China, world famous for its winter Ice and Snow Festival. Originally a Russian city it has a unique mix of Russian, Korean and Chinese influences. Harbin has a very large western community and great nightlife, easy to enjoy with your 3 days off per week. The climate has 4 seasons, with a long hot Mediterranean summer, mild spring and autumn and a cold winter, similar to a Canadian border city. You would be almost guaranteed a white Christmas, but can wear T-shirts and shorts all summer long.

Shangzhi still has all the western conveniences you would expect from any major city, but the city is much less crowded and has excellent access to nature right inside the city. There is a beautiful mountain and river right inside the city excellent for walking and cycling. Joy English School in Shangzhi has 2 branches and over 1000 students. There are about 50 Chinese staff at the school as well as a small team of foreign teachers. Shangzhi enjoys an incredibly low cost of living (one of the lowest for a Chinese city), much less than half the living costs of major cities like Beijing, Shanghai or anywhere near the south coast. This means your money will go a long way, affording you a wonderful lifestyle and real financial independence.

Shanzhi is in the heart of historic Manchuria, birthplace of both the Manchu culture and the Mandarin language. The most standard form of Mandarin is spoken in Shangzhi, so it’s the perfect place to study Chinese and to benefit from our free Chinese lessons.



Michael the owner of the school is a really nice guy who speaks excellent English and takes very good care of his team. He even has a gym and pool table inside his branches for his staff to use for free. Foreign teachers who have spent years working for Michael in Shangzhi really enjoyed how livable the city is. Michael pays for his staff to travel as a team during holidays, which you would be welcome to participate in. They have taken trips throughout China and even to Thailand in the past. Shangzhi has few foreigners in the city so getting a genuine Chinese cultural experience and immersing yourself completely in the culture would be very easy to do here. However, should you long for a large Western Crowd, just hop on the high speed train and in 45-50 minutes you will be in Harbin, able to enjoy being part of the social network of 50 other Joy teachers and the large fun loving western population.




  • Joy classes all follow a structured curriculum. All materials, books, teaching guides, flashcards, props, etc. are provided at the schools. There is no need to search the internet for class ideas or materials.

  • Most of our classes use interactive smart boards, with pre-designed lesson content and fun classroom activities already built in, making lesson planning much less of a chore

  • You will receive comprehensive training on our curriculum and teaching methodology from our experienced training team

  • You will have the opportunity to observe other teacher’s classes, have assistance preparing your lessons, and practice teaching before you start your first live classes

  • Your trainers and the rest of the management team will provide a high level of feedback, coaching, and ongoing support to enable you to excel

The atmosphere here is very light-hearted and fun in the classrooms, but we are dedicated to providing the best education for our students. Joy's motto and approach to teaching is: “Learning is Fun”. We incorporate lots of activities and games while teaching English to our young students. Class sizes are small and focused to ensure our students receive a high level of individual attention.

Our curriculum and methodology achieves outstanding results for our students and we believe in building long term student teacher relationships, so you can really see the positive impact you are making with your students over the course of your career at Joy.

Salary and Benefits:

  • Starting salary between 15,000-18,000RMB per month (depending on experience).

  • Annual contract completion bonus (equivalent to additional 1 month’s salary)

  • Additional 500 RMB Monthly full attendance bonus

  • Free fully furnished private modern apartment with all utilities paid

  • Comfortable teaching schedule 22 hours per week

  • Minimal office hours and no additional admin work

  • 3 days off per week

  • Three fully paid long holidays each year totally 50+ days plus all Chinese public holidays

  • Free medical and accident insurance

  • Free Chinese lessons – Free Chinese text books and subsidized HSK exam.

  • Fully sponsored legal working visa and support throughout the visa process

Career Development:

  • Our Senior Teacher Management Development Program is available across our school network.

  • Senior teachers are trained to take on additional responsibilities such as; training, curriculum development, coaching and management.

  • Opportunities to develop into management positions throughout the school network across China.

Joy English School guarantees a supportive working environment, excellent financial freedom, a great work life balance with plenty of free time to enjoy your new adventure, while making a real difference in the lives of your students. We have built a high performing and dedicated team many of whom have chosen to make Joy and China their long term home, settling down, marrying, having children and purchasing property here. Picture yourself on the slopes with a healthy bank balance and a smile on your face. Make the right choice for your ESL career and apply now.

Job Requirements:

  • Native English speakers from the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, or South Africa

  • Teaching experience is preferred but not required as full training will be given to selected candidates

  • Bachelor's degree

  • 120 Hour TESOL/TEFL (Or 2 years of teaching experience)

  • Only NATIVE English speakers should apply

Candidates may apply by emailing a cover letter, resume, college degree, TESOL/TEFL certificate and recent photo to:

[email protected]

Please include when you are available and outline any previous teaching experience you have or experience with children, as well as any questions you might have at that time.  Initial contracts are for one year.

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