School: Shinyway Education
Location: Hangzhou, China
Start Date: July 2019
Shiynway Education in Hangzhou is a well-established school in what is widely considered the most beautiful city in China. The school is conveniently located near both popular sights and local transportation. As part of a larger educational institution, this branch of Shinyway International has access to considerable resources and includes top-quality Chinese lessons for all teachers. And while not one of the best-known locations abroad, Hangzhou is a stunningly memorable place to teach and live.
- Monthly salary of 17,500 RMB to 19,500 RMB based on qualifications and experience.
- Yearly incremental pay rises.
- Up to 4200 RMB flight reimbursement.
- Contract completion bonus 4000 RMB to 7000 RMB depending on performance.
- We will offer training at the start of the contract depending on the needs of the teacher. We will also give ongoing support to the teacher to help with their ongoing development.
- Health insurance provided.
- Airport pick up and up to 7 days paid hotel if needed.
- One of our staff members will assist you to find a suitable apartment and help with any other things you need as you settle in. Such as setting up a phone number and bank account or finding the nearest supermarket.
- Teaching hours: 20
- Office hours: none
- Class size: 8-14
- We have 2 centres in Hangzhou. We try to assign a teacher to one location.
- We provide all the materials needed for teaching: Course guides, course books, interactive materials, etc. We also have a huge range of toys and games to help make the classes exciting.
- All of our classrooms have interactive whiteboards and WIFI access
- We always encourage teacher creativity. Although we provide a clear structure and materials for lesson planning teachers are welcome to use their own ideas.
- a passport from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, or South Africa
- a bachelor’s degree or better
- a 120-hour TEFL certificate or better
- a clear criminal background
Why Teachers Love Hangzhou
Hangzhou is located in Eastern China’s Zhejiang Province. It is a medium-sized city by Chinese standards at just over 5 million inhabitants. Just 45 minutes away from Shanghai by high-speed train, it has the feel of a dynamic, international city that is still small enough to retain a lot of its original culture. It has all the necessary facilities and amenities allowing teachers coming to Hangzhou will be able to experience “real” China while maintaining access to familiar foods and products from back home.
There is a vibrant expat community with many organized events, like a weekly trivia/quiz night, an Ultimate Frisbee club, hiking and biking groups, and many more. There are also several expat bars where you can meet like-minded people and make plenty of new friends.
Many people regard Hangzhou as being ‘the most beautiful city in China’. The city has been built around West Lake, or ‘Xihu’ in Chinese, which recently became a UNESCO Cultural Landscape thanks to its beauty as well as its impact on China’s history and culture. The large, manmade lake sits the centre of the city surrounded on three sides by hills and mountains, which are perfect for hiking, biking and painting. On the fourth side, it is flanked by the skyscrapers of the city’s Central Business District. The lake is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the centre of the city; it has many traditional causeways, pagodas, cafes, grassy areas, and nature.
Hangzhou also has numerous tea plantations where you can sit in cafes or at people’s houses, drink tea, and watch the world go by. There are also plenty of pagodas and temples to visit which make interesting tourist attractions. Hangzhou has great transport links, both within the city through numerous taxis, great bus routes and a far-ranging metro system. It also has extensive public transport links to the rest of China through the international airport, three train stations and four bus stations, perfect for weekend/holiday travelling to cities such as Nanjing or the traditional water towns of Xitang and Wuzhen.
How far will your salary go?
According to numbeo.com, here’s what you can expect to pay in Hangzhou:
- Basic Lunchtime meal – 25 RMB
- Mid-range dinner for two – 150 RMB
- 2 movie tickets – 80 RMB
- A domestic beer – 4 RMB
- Cappuccino – 28 RMB
- Monthly public transit ticket – 75 RMB
- Gym membership – 265 RMB
Why Teachers Want to Work at Shinyway in Hangzhou
Our school has been in business since 2000. While our department offers training in the English language, the company as a whole offers training in a wide range of subjects. Our main school is in the centre of Hangzhou next to one of Hangzhou’s landmarks, the West Lake Cultural Square. It’s a great place to explore with shopping malls, gyms, recreation areas, and access to the beautiful grand canal which is particularly impressive when lit up at night. We are just above the metro line so getting around couldn’t be easier. If you want to visit West Lake, you can hop on a bike/metro or bus for a short 15-minute ride.
We have 2000 students in the company and 400 in our English department. We have a total of 6 native English teachers and 18 Chinese staff just in our department. Our current native-speaking teachers are from England, America, and Ireland. Most have been with our company for between 2 and 5 years. We have a great reputation with teachers past and present, and many have returned to Hangzhou to work with us again after exploring other parts of Asia. We encourage anyone who is interested in a position at our school to have a chat with our teachers to find out more about what life is like here.
One thing teachers love about our school is the balance of free time and work time. We offer 20-hour teaching weeks and no office hours. Some lesson planning is required, but there is plenty of time left over to do the things you enjoy in your free time.
If you like shopping, there are endless options here. You can explore miles of shopping malls that you can reach just 5 minutes walk from the school. They are filled with all sorts of interesting restaurants that would take years to sample. If you like hiking, the West Lake is a great place to reconnect with nature. And if you explore all the tourist spots around the lake itself you can head up in the hills visiting tea fields, temples and mountains.
Many of our teachers sign up for a Chinese program at the school in our building. They offer a range of courses that will help you to acquire your HSK qualification and further enjoy your stay in Hangzhou.
I’ve been working at Shane English School, in Dalian, for approaching four years now. I honestly couldn’t be happier with my placement here. The school has expanded and relocated since I’ve been here which reflects the school’s ambition. When coming to China to teach and live it can be daunting as there are so many horror stories about how schools here can mess you around with pay or scheduling etc. I experienced this very thing at my first school here in Harbin. Shane is professionally run with a great and friendly team of Chinese support staff who will do anything and everything you need them to in order to settle in here well. The location of the school is perfect for everyday tasks such as grocery shopping but also close by to a hub for foreigners to relax and socialize. I can’t attest to every school here, but from the ones I’ve experienced here, Shane is by far the easiest and most accommodating to work for.
2015 to present
Shane English School has been a wonderful school to work for. From the initial process of interviews through the visa process and our first few weeks in Dalian, the Shane English team made my family’s transition from the USA to China simple and extremely welcoming. I have always felt comfortable being a member of the Shane English team in Dalian. The foreign teachers and the Chinese Teachers are friendly, helpful, and make the days at work enjoyable and fun. Any time I have had any questions or concerns, the staff at Shane have made themselves available to answer the questions and help find solutions. This was my first experience working for an English School overseas and it honestly couldn’t have been any better of an experience and I’m very glad to be a teacher with Shane English School in Dalian.
2018 to present
From the moment I arrived in China and was met at the airport – apprehensive, travel-stained and (very) jet-lagged – Shane’s staff were always on hand to ensure that I was able to adapt to life in this new country as quickly and smoothly as possible. They were always ready and willing to help with any problems or difficulties, both inside and outside the school. Living so far away from home, in a country like China it is really important to know that there are people there on hand to have your back in case of any difficulties. Shane’s staff definitely helped in this regard, allowing me to easily adjust to my new lifestyle.
In terms of classes, I thoroughly enjoyed my time teaching at Shane. Although inexperienced when I arrived, I found that I was quickly able to learn, adapt and develop as a teacher – and a big reason for this was the way in which other foreign teachers and Chinese staff were always on hand to offer help and advice whenever needed. Support was always on hand at the school, which helped me settle in and enjoy my time teaching.
While the lesson aims and expectations were clearly set out for me, I also had the freedom to adapt lessons to fit my own teaching style, including any additional activities I felt would be beneficial (and fun) for the students. Having the freedom to teach in a way which best suited me really made me feel valued as a teacher, rather than just being seen as a classroom ‘prop’, which was very important to me. Teaching hours were also not excessive, so I had plenty of time to explore in and around Dalian (and beyond) in my spare time.
Overall, as a city, Dalian is a great place to live, and as a school, I found that Shane was a great place to work. Classes are fun (although this is of course mostly down to you as the teacher) and the work atmosphere is open, friendly and co-operative. I have moved on now but if I were to ever go back to teaching kids in Dalian I would be more than happy to return to Shane.
2014 to 2016
China isn’t for everyone but I’m certainly glad I came here. Life in China is what you make of it. You can truly grow as a person and teacher if you open your mind and spirit. You will certainly look at the world differently than you did before. Chinese food, culture and society are extremely different than what you probably think it is. You certainly appreciate the different intricacies of the world in a greater context than you did before. I’ve also learned much about Irish, South African and British culture since being here since you work with people from various countries.
I teach a vast array of fluency levels within our school. I teach four-year-olds just learning the English language on Wednesdays and competent fifteen-year-olds eager to ask life about America on Saturdays. Most of my classes are filled by ten or eleven-year-old students. I enjoy interacting with the kids and putting a smile on their faces.
2016 to present
I have been with Shane in Dalian for a year now teaching English from small groups to one on one classes. Working with group of people from different countries, cultures and backgrounds is an amazing experience. Assisting new and old teachers with my background in teaching and life itself and also learning from them gives you the support needed to improve.
Dalian is an amazing city as you have everything you need to live comfortably. From western styled restaurants to Chinese restaurants, Walmart and Carrefour where you can find some western foods and ingredients if you love cooking. Winter snow and lights being put out for the Chinese New Year makes this city especially beautiful during winter times. All modes of transport; from using taxis, busses to using the subway makes it easy to travel through the city.
2018 to present
Meet the Academic Manager: James
James, from England, is the Academic Manager in our school. He has been teaching for over 7 years and been working in our company for 5 years. He first came to Asia to volunteer in Malaysia, which led to teaching in Cambodia and Thailand. After teaching in a few cities in China he fell in love with Hangzhou and the school and decided to stay. He is a relaxed manager who is friends with all the teachers and tries to help make the work environment as happy and comfortable as possible.
Meet the Teachers: Gunther and April
Gunther and April are our public school teachers. Both have been with us for over 3 years. They don’t usually work in our main school but they try to pop in whenever they can or meet up for social events.
Meet the Teachers: Colm and Mary
Our friendly Irish couple Mary and Colm are in their second year at our school. After their first year, they decided to try teaching in Vietnam but missed Hangzhou and our school so we are pleased to have them back as they are great friends and teachers. In their free time, they are learning Chinese and they are always happy to meet new friends and explore Hangzhou together.
More about Shane English School China
We focus on support and development of our teachers and this is done in various ways. On arrival, teachers go through a training session which covers all areas needed to teach the wide array of classes they will have. There is ongoing teacher development in the form of class observations, workshops and team teaching and a supportive and nurturing environment provided to ensure that teachers are able to grow to their full potential.
We feel that it is important that teachers who teach with us in Asia have a well-rounded experience. We encourage our teachers to explore the local culture and neighbouring countries during their time with us.
Our Head Offices are populated with Shane teachers who have grown and developed with the company and then moved up into varying roles such as teacher management, teacher training, teacher recruitment, marketing, sales and other roles.