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Q: teaching biology in China (level A, AP, IGCSE...)

Hello everyone,

Anybody working as biology teacher in China? I would like to know your opinion, and how u feel about it. Currently im teaching spanish at university in Sichuan, and i plan to change my job next year. My major is biology and i have a master degree about teaching biology, but i have no experience teaching biology in high school and so on, just in private classes. Moreover, im not native, american or british, im spanish. So im not sure if i have chances to teach despite i know quite a lot about biology and im familiar with the syllabus. Anyway, if someone have this kind of job, can give me some advices and tell me if feel satisfied or not, i need to say im so comfortable teaching spanish at university, i have a lot of free time but the salary compare to teach biology is too low, i realize the salary is high in biology teaching jobs. 

Thanks in advance!

4 weeks 5 days ago in  Teaching & Learning - China

 
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thank you for ur answers,

well, i need to say i have working visa, im working legally in china, just thinking about change my job. So i will no work ilegally without working visa,that is clear for me. I checked the requierements for biology teaching jobs and some of them dont require be native, but if the only way to get work visa in these jobs is being a english native then of course i will no do it.

icnif77:

I'd say, to switch from teaching Spanish to teaching Biology, you'll need new Residence permit, Z visa and all.

The same requirement used to apply at switching your employer.

... and 'exit China' to apply for new Z might also be necessary.

If you'll take the step toward new job, try and convince your new employer to manage new Z visa application/pick up in Hong Kong. For foreigners in China, HK is like a foreign country, i.e. not China. EU passport holder can also enter HK without Chinese visa with permitted stay of 3 months.

In old times (pre-2017 Z applications!), we always bugged new employer to get new Z application from Chinese Embassy in HK. That will save you a lot of traveling cost and time.

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I don't know how teaching subjects other than English affects things, but I know people who have changed teaching jobs recently with no need to leave the country.

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Yeah, I was thinking, I might be behind the curve with my old-way-HK-Z-application.

That Chinese Embassy in Wanchai and its never ending queue is over 5-years old ...

I was there standing in a queue often, thou ...

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Hi

I suggest you try another forum with your question.
This forum has been on life-support for the last few years so you are unlikely to get the sort of answer you are looking for,
I understand that there is a major exodous of foreign workers/teachers taking place at the moment as working in China is no longer an attractive proposition.

This combined with an increasignly hostile attitude to foreigners.
I suggest you try Korea or Japan if you want to stay working in Asia
best of luck !
 

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I'd suggest  ...

 

Asking on the Reddit forums, they're usually quite active.  r/China  r/sino   r/TEFL spring to mind but if you search there are probably more. 

 

Google the visa requirements for that job, if you don't meet them you're probably wasting your time.

 

Contact Chinese universities directly.

 

I wouldn't ususally suggest this but maybe contact some recruiters, if only to get an idea of what's out there and whether or not there would be opportunities for you.

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Good luck.

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While it is not impossible, it is a hard hill to climb since you are not meeting the visa requirements for teaching (especially at public schools). There is a huge shortage of foreign teachers in China currently, so it may be a good time for you. Desperate schools may have connections and find a way to get you in through exemption. Just make sure that it is all legal. 

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You will most likely experience problems especially if language to teach Biology in China is English, which almost certainly is.

 

Gov.'s requirement for legal work is a native English passport holder, which is more important than all your degrees.

 

IMO, it's not worth of all hassles to teach anything in English as a non-native English teacher/passport holder anywhere around the world.

 

Good luck!

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thank you for ur answers,

well, i need to say i have working visa, im working legally in china, just thinking about change my job. So i will no work ilegally without working visa,that is clear for me. I checked the requierements for biology teaching jobs and some of them dont require be native, but if the only way to get work visa in these jobs is being a english native then of course i will no do it.

icnif77:

I'd say, to switch from teaching Spanish to teaching Biology, you'll need new Residence permit, Z visa and all.

The same requirement used to apply at switching your employer.

... and 'exit China' to apply for new Z might also be necessary.

If you'll take the step toward new job, try and convince your new employer to manage new Z visa application/pick up in Hong Kong. For foreigners in China, HK is like a foreign country, i.e. not China. EU passport holder can also enter HK without Chinese visa with permitted stay of 3 months.

In old times (pre-2017 Z applications!), we always bugged new employer to get new Z application from Chinese Embassy in HK. That will save you a lot of traveling cost and time.

4 weeks 2 days ago
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Stiggs:

I don't know how teaching subjects other than English affects things, but I know people who have changed teaching jobs recently with no need to leave the country.

4 weeks 2 days ago
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icnif77:

Yeah, I was thinking, I might be behind the curve with my old-way-HK-Z-application.

That Chinese Embassy in Wanchai and its never ending queue is over 5-years old ...

I was there standing in a queue often, thou ...

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