An Expat Teaching in China – The Diversified Country of Opportunity

There are so many beautiful Southeast Asian countries competing for your native language and experience. So, why would I, as a native speaking ex-pat teach in China? China is a country that is unmatched by any of its Asian or even global peers. It is a large, diversified culture center, that a teacher can basically pick out and decide which province, which city, which culture, and which environment fits their preferences.

Beijing is vastly different than Shanghai, Suzhou is vastly different than Fuzhou, Xiamen is vastly different than Shenzhen, yet all these intriguing cities offer something for everyone…..And sometimes, a teacher with diligence may find the situation and conditions that not only match their teaching requirement but can make them a boatload of money.

Let’s talk about monetary conditions. IF your goal is to make money and save money, I would advise to stay away from Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen. These cities will pay you a decent wage, but they are also extremely expensive to live and mingle in. If I were a young teacher, looking for more of a cultural experience along with a hefty payday, I would choose a smaller tier-3 or tier-4 city, for example Wuxi, Kunming, Zibo, Huizhou, Shijiazhuang. These cities will pay comparable to the big cities because they are backed by good funding, yet the cost of living is 2X or even 3X less.

Now, if you are a teacher looking to meet other people to start up side businesses, I would definitely say Beijing or Shanghai is for you. So it is all a matter of what you want to accomplish in the short-term, medium-term, and long-term.

Synergy represents some very well-funded schools in Yiwu city and other small cities in China, where a teacher can get tremendous cultural environments and lots of bang for their buck in earnings and savings. If you are interested in finding out about our offers in smaller cities, and whether you are a fresh graduate or an experienced teacher, China has something to offer you. Please contact me at for a free consultation.

Witten by Robert Ritacca


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