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China FREE Teaching Placement

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China FREE Teaching Placement

Gain fantastic teaching experience and behold the marvels of Yangshuo while on your FREE teaching placement.

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Visit one of the oldest civilisations in the world. China has a rich and mystical history stretching back thousands of years, and is home to some of the world’s greatest treasures.

China is a big country in so many ways; it is a melting pot for many religions, languages and cuisines, not to mention that it is now the most populated country in the world and at the forefront of modern society. Nowhere else can you get the mix of modern and traditional life that China offers. A society in which old meets new at every turn and where old traditions are swept along on the wave of modern society.

Join this once in a lifetime opportunity completely FREE of charge and gain unforgettable memories and a fantastic teaching experience. Get a taste of the real China in Gongcheng, Guangxi Province, an area famous for some of China’s most beautiful limestone karts scenery, rivers, caves and temples and the bustling city of Guilin.

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  • It’s FREE!!!
  • Gain a unique insight into this fascinating culture!
  • Develop your practical work experience abroad
  • Create unforgettable memories and make lifelong friends


  • Applications must be received 2 months in advance
  • Aged between 23 - 50 years
  • Up-to-date resume / CV
  • Minimum 5 month commitment
  • University / Bachelor Degree 
  • English must be your first language


Location Gongcheng county, Guilin area, China
Activities TEFL certificate
Teacher training
Teach English
Create lesson plans
Improving written, verbal and reading skills
Developing pronunciation
Transport Pick-up from the airport
Accommodation Provided by the school


Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Dedicated personal Travel Advisor
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
In-country Food (week days only) 
Airport pick-up
Transfer to project
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


Your FREE Teaching Placement will take place at one of the participating schools across the region. This is an exciting opportunity for ambitious and adventurous travellers who want to experience the real China and to immerse themselves in Chinese culture. This project prepares you for being a professional foreign language teacher in China.

By participating in the long term Frontier China Teaching Programme, you will be helping your students improve their level of English and bringing a fresh approach to teaching styles and lesson types. Teaching is not just about transferring knowledge; it is about building confidence and trust and about forging friendships. Before long, you'll find that your students become like a family to you and you’ll enjoy attending local festivals or exploring China’s spectacular countryside with them.

In return for your commitment and helping Frontier to support these local schools, Frontier is able to offer this volunteering opportunity completely free of charge!


Your placement in China starts with 4 weeks intense Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) training in Gongcheng. This will include teacher training and introductions to Chinese culture. You will meet students and nearby schools, as well as observing lessons with both Chinese and foreign teachers. You will then have the opportunity to practise teaching with your peers and in the local schools before beginning the placement itself.

Once you have passed the training course and completed the 4 month placement at the school you will be issued with a TEFL certificate. Our local coordinators will help you to secure a teaching placement at a local school teaching around 20 hours per week. You will have the opportunity to make and implement your own lesson plans, giving you the perfect opportunity to experience real China, make a difference to future generations, immerse yourself in Chinese culture and make friends for life with your welcoming hosts and the wonderful children.


Upon your arrival at Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL) you will be picked up by a friendly member of staff who will transfer you to your accommodation. Once you have had time to rest, the local staff will introduce you to your project and the local area. Your in-country coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise and you'll feel at home in no time in this beautiful and captivating country.


As the project is broken up into two sections, the training and the teaching placement, you will stay in two different locations. Firstly, during your training you will be staying in dormitory accommodation at our volunteer centre. Rooms will be shared between volunteers (same sex) and there are western style toilets, hot showers and washing machines/laundry service available.

For the teaching phase of the placement, your accommodation will be arranged by the school to which you are assigned and so will vary slightly from school to school, although facilities are likely to be similar to those you enjoy during your training weeks. Most schools provide onsite accommodation for FREE, or provide an accommodation allowance if you choose not to stay in the accommodation provided.


During the training period you will be provided with three meals per day throughout the week Monday to Friday, offering you a great opportunity to experience the delicious local cuisine. At the weekends you will be responsible for sourcing your own food, giving you the chance to explore the local restaurants and markets.

Throughout the teaching phase of the placement you will be provided with lunch at the school canteen, which is therefore not available on weekends and throughout school holidays. You will be responsible for sourcing and paying for all other meals.

There are many different varieties of Chinese cooking styles, usually based on the region from which they originate. Many of us will be familiar with elements of Chinese food but you can expect the staples of rice and noodles served with fresh stir-fried vegetables, including regional delicacies like Soya beans, bamboo shoots and Bok Choy (Chinese cabbage). There are all sorts of meats and sea foods available along with soups and stews, all flavoured using different sauces such as black bean, Hoisin and Oyster.

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We highly recommend that applicants for the FREE teaching placement consider joining the China Intro Week which has been specifically designed to help integrate travellers into Chinese culture whilst at the same time enabling you to meet other like-minded travellers before setting off on your adventure.

You'll find plenty to do whilst on your teaching project in China. During your free time, activities such as hiking, caving, climbing, Chinese Mandarin language lessons, bamboo rafting, tubing down the Li River, hiring bicycles, acupuncture and massage may be available.

The region is a pleasant mix of both the old and the new, and throughout the region you’ll be amazed at the natural beauty and peaceful tranquillity of life along the Li River. The area has plenty to offer with a weekend trip to the famous Longji rice terraces in Longsheng, a scene of which is printed on the back of ¥20 bank notes, being very worthwhile. You can also explore the vibrant city of Guilin taking in the old town, lakes, the river and stopping off at the night markets. After your project, tours of the region or even further a field in China can be arranged for you including a range of adventure and cultural activities. If you prefer to explore these sites for yourself, our field staff can offer valuable insider tips and guidance to you and your new friends.


5 months US$0

Please note that to secure your placement you will be required to pay an initial holding deposit of US$510, which is then refunded to you upon completion of your placement.



We recommend that you do a four week placement prior to applying for this project. Speak with our advisors.


Minimum 5 months, with longer placements available.

This project is available throughout the Christmas period


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Dedicated personal Travel Advisor
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas and equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)


  • Food (week days only)
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Transfer to project
  • Project orientation and training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Guilin (KWL)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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