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
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
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.
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.
Meet the Academic Manager – Sam
Sam is the Academic Manager at Ruijin campus of Shane English Schools Nanjing. He is, however, often the one who welcomes in new teachers for all the other campuses, too (including Vivian’s Wonderland) as he is super friendly and passionate about his job.
Sam is from the UK but spent 15 of his younger years growing up in Spain. He moved to China 5 years ago after hearing great things about teaching there. He loves making the students laugh and getting them enthusiastic about learning. He recommends all new teachers try the local food and get themselves an e-bike as soon as possible. He says the sooner you become familiar with the surroundings, the sooner you’ll find comfort in living in a place so wildly different as China.
More about 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!