Location: Vivian’s Wonderland English School & Kindergarten
Based in: Wuhu, China
Start date: Immediately
Vivian’s Wonderland English School & Kindergarten is looking for English teachers to teach their adorable students. Teachers must be native speakers, 25 years old or above, and enjoy working with young learners. Relevant experience is certainly an advantage.
Wuhu has a low cost of living compared to other cities and offers a great opportunity for teachers looking to save money. The salary package on offer is excellent for the area and comes with a very relaxed working schedule.
Salary and Benefits
- 11,500 RMB per month for TEFL/CELTA certified teachers
- 12,000 RMB per month for TEFL/CELTA certified teachers with experience
- Flight reimbursement 3,000 RMB
- End of contract bonus 2,000RMB
- Housing allowance 1,500 RMB or Free accommodation provided by the school.
- Airport pick up
- An arrival hotel or school accommodation will be provided until an apartment suitable to the teacher can be found.
- Health insurance is provided. The teacher can join the School’s group insurance scheme, of which the premium will be paid by the School. Or the teacher may opt to purchase his/her own insurance and receive an insurance allowance of 1,300RMB.
- Paid leave. The following days will all be paid vacation days:
- All Chinese public holidays
- Christmas day
- Chinese New Year (This is usually about a week)
- 1 month summer vacation (with half monthly pay)
Working Hours and Classes
- 5 days a week with Saturday and Sunday off
- 25 working hours per week
- Working hours fall between 8:30 and 16:00
- 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 (No TEFL? No problem. Find out more about Saxoncourt’s FREE TEFL.)
- a clear criminal background
Why Teachers Love Wuhu
Wuhu city has a couple of perks for those looking to teach there. From a financial point of view, it is a good place to save money as the cost of living is lower than its nearby neighbour, Nanjing, and considerably lower than the big cities like Shanghai and Beijing.
Those worried about air the quality in China should certainly consider Wuhu. Not only does Wuhu have some of the best air quality in the country, but its location at the very top of the Yangtze river also gives it bragging rights to some of the best water quality, too.
The city itself has a very traditional feel to it, with the local people being known to be more friendly and down to earth as compared to their big city counterparts. It also has a reputation for having some very unique local flavours, so foodies should get their chopsticks ready!
More about Vivian’s Wonderland English School & Kindergarten
Vivian’s Wonderland is a technical extension of the Shane English School in Nanjing. While it may use a different name, it is still run by the same management team from Shane English School Nanjing and also follows the Shane curriculum and textbooks.
The teaching schedule is very relaxed with football class, story class, and new words class making up part of the day. In the morning, classes begin at 8:30 and run through to 11:00. Teachers can then enjoy an extended lunch break from 12:00 – 14:30. Afternoon classes run from 14:30 to 16:00. Students fall between 3 and 6 years old, and the average class size is 10 -20 students.
How far will your salary go?
According to www.expatistan.com, here’s what you can expect to pay in Wuhu:
- Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district – 36 RMB
- Combo meal in a fast food restaurant – 31 RMB
- 0.5L domestic beer in the local supermarket – 4 RMB
- 1 bottle of good quality red wine – 75 RMB
- Basic dinner for 2 in the neighbourhood pub – 213 RMB
- 2 tickets to the movies – 81 RMB
- Cappuccino in the expat area of the city – 45 RMB
- 1 pint of beer in the neighbourhood pub – 17 RMB
- 1-month gym membership – 200 RMB
Why Teachers Want to Work at YOUR FANTASTIC SCHOOL
Teachers would love to hear about what it’s like to teach at your school from you and your teachers, so paint a picture. (And also include some pictures.) What makes your school special, if not unique? What’s the team like? Do you have any fun amenities at the school or nearby? Anything to make your school look and feel like a special place to be will go a long way towards bringing in the kinds of teachers you want.
It might also be nice to include the number of students, the size of the team, and a bit about them in a short description. And please save yourself a few thousand words of description and send us some photos of the school (approximately 1000 words per picture or so we’re told). Teachers will feel a lot safer putting that pen to the dotted line when they can see what they’re signing up for.
I’m a teacher. This place is awesome. Would recommend teaching at YOUR SCHOOL to any of my friends, their friends, and their hairdressers.
I gave this school the best 15 years of my life. Worth it.
Great students. Great staff. A joy of a work environment.
Best group of people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. And the school lunches were good, too.
I love my time at YOUR SCHOOL. I’m moving on to a Director of Studies position in OTHER SHANE SCHOOL, but I’ll miss everyone.
Meet a Current Teacher: Gareth
My name’s Gareth and I’m a teacher at the Shane English school in Shiz, I came over to China over a year ago looking to see more of the world outside of the UK and challenge myself through new experiences.
I love living here and have found the city to be a busy metropolitan hub of activity, on my day’s off I’ve travelled far and wide across the North and love finding out new things and unravelling all the mysteries that make this culture so special.
Shijiazhuang is a compact brand new city that’s easy to travel around and explore, it’s grown so fast that basically, all the people here come from everywhere else, giving it more of a modern vibe than most cities in the North. It’s accessibility means finding things to do is simple, and it’s a fantastic travel hub to every other place here.
I’ve found China to be different in many ways from life in the UK but I’ve had lots of help fitting in here, from my colleagues at the school and the good people of the city. In my time off work I love travelling around the city, drinking coffee and watching sci-fi series.
Meet the Manager – Jack Chou
Jack is the manager of both Shane English School Nanjing and Vivian’s Wonderland in Wuhu. Growing up in Taiwan, Jack attended Yuan Zu University where he did an EMBA. He has plenty of teaching experience in multiple fields such as Chinese, math, and sport. In his free time, you’re likely to find him chilling out and reading business magazines or playing basketball with friends. When asked what he thinks makes a good teacher, Jack says that having a positive attitude is key to being a leader in the classroom.
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.