FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the requirements/teaching qualifications necessary to teach abroad?
Teaching experience is not required. A Bachelor's degree in any field will qualify you to apply.
A TEFL or TESOL certificate is required if your Bachelor's degree is not in education. A TEFL/TESOL is easily obtained and not a requirement to apply. Your recruiter can provide you with more information on how to obtain one of these certificates.
If you have not yet completed your bachelor’s degree you may be eligible for an intern program. Please check with your recruiter for further information.
All applicants must be native English speakers, hold a passport, and successfully pass a criminal background check in order to be offered a position.
Is a airfare stipend/reimbursement provided?
Yes, your employer will offer flight reimbursement which is designed to cover some of the cost of traveling to China. Please note that different contracts offer different flight allowances so please choose your contract details carefully.
How long is the teaching commitment/contract?
You can expect to be offered an academic year, 10 month, contract; although longer and shorter contracts are available in some locations.
How will I receive my paycheck? How much?
Your employer will make arrangers for you to receive your paycheck in an account they will help you open or wire to your US bank account. You can expect to receive payment in Chinese yuan.
The amount of compensation is based on the location of the school (rural or city), benefits included in your contract, and is not necessarily based on your level of experience or degree.
Will my employer withhold taxes?
Your employer will not withhold US taxes but you may be subject to personal income tax. If so, income tax will be deducted directly from your salary and a record made on the pay-sheet. Income tax rates are determined by the Chinese tax authorities and may be subject to change. Government receipts noting salary earned and tax paid can be provided if required.
You should contact a qualified US tax professional regarding any specific tax questions and US tax liability relating to foreign earned income.
How do I apply?
We are seeking adventurous and motivated applicants who are ready to learn, teach and travel in 2018! Submit your application here and a recruiter will be in touch soon to schedule next steps.
Is housing provided? What about meals?
Housing accommodations will vary by location and can be a private or shared apartment, campus housing or dorm accommodations.
Apartments/lodging are fully furnished and include kitchen access, a living space, and a bathroom. In some cases, single housing can be arranged, if not already offered, but this may involve an added cost to the teacher. Teachers may be responsible for utility costs (electricity, gas, water, etc.) depending on if this is a benefit included in their contract or not.
Meals may be provided at school/on campus or may be your responsibility to purchase or make. Review your contract for all detailed specific to your location and assignment.
How are teachers matched to schools?
Teachers are encouraged to note desired location(s) on their cover letter when submitting their CV/Resume. If you are unsure of where you want to go, let your recruiter know your preferences, and the type of experience you are hoping for. For example: big city with lots of amenities; smaller location with a more traditional Chinese feel, North/South, climate, etc. Your recruiter will then be able to recommend suitable locations.
We work hard to find the best match possible so that the experience will be enjoyable for you.
Can I travel during my teaching assignment?
Yes! Travel is a big part of your time overseas. Your contract will include your number of vacation days. We encourage all teachers to take advantage of being overseas and explore.
Some locations may offer guided tours or a travel stipend.
What if I have an family emergency and need to return home?
Your employer and MIF are here to support you throughout your stay abroad. If you become ill or have to return home unexpectedly for a period of time or permanently, you should discuss this with you employer directly.
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