A teacher recruitment agency based in Shanghai, china.

We helping teachers to find their dream positions in china, matching our candidates with the best opportunities.

Our Belief

At Zhiyu we believe in the power of education and the power of teachers. We strive to help schools in china provide the best education for their students by providing them with the best educators.

Whether you are a licensed public school teacher dreaming of contributing to the education reform in the public school, or a graduate looking to teach English and experience life in an china, we have a wide variety of exciting opportunities with reputable schools all over the world. If you're interested in teaching abroad check out our international teaching jobs. Or if you're curious about joining the Zhiyuteam in Vancouver, check out our careers page.

We pride ourselves on our human approach to recruitment and the belief that taking the time to provide a more personalized service, to both teachers and schools, is the only way to ensure that the position is filled by the right person. And with over 98% of our teachers completing their contracts, our approach works.

Recruitment requirement

As of 2016, there are 4 primary and common requirements to teach in China:

  • Native English speaker
  • Bachelor degree
  • Two years teaching experience(need proof, e.g. reference letter), or teaching certificate (e.g. TESOL, TEFL CELTA etc.)
  • No criminal records

Please note that these are what SAFEA recommends, and it's also working visa requirement. We can ensure you if you meeting these requirements we can find a job for you. Also please note that employers are free to impose their own requirements (more on this below) and it’s not uncommon for the best jobs to be just as strict as those back home.


What They Mean Bachelor’s Degree

The Chinese government wants to ensure that the teachers who are educating their youth have gone to school as well.  With this goal in mind, they prefer teachers have at least a bachelor’s degree, though the subject does not matter.  In the US this is generally referred to as a 4-year degree whereas in the UK it only takes 3 years.


Two Years Work Experience

China prefers their teachers have a bit of work experience under their belt before jumping into a classroom.  However, there are plenty of schools and recruiters, that accept less or are willing to trade experience for a teaching certificate.


Native English Speaker

In our experience, this is the most enforced of all the requirements, but not for the reasons you’d think.  It’s usually the schools that insist their teachers be native English speakers due to the fact that the students and their parents demand it.  If you’re a good teacher then the work experience might not matter so much, but if you can’t speak fluent English or have a thick accent, you will find it harder to get a job.

It is not, however, impossible, and if you fall into this category we don’t suggest giving up hope – there are plenty of good (and bad) teachers in China that can’t claim English as their native language.