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Promise Opens Doors is a non-profit organization which pioneered real-time online EFL instruction in 2004. We are proudly partnered with English First, a division of Education First, to share with you this highly sought-after opportunity to travel abroad and teach in a legitimate and well-recognized establishment. 

Based in Boston, with an international office in London, English First is one of 16 divisions of Education First. Focusing on language training and world travel, Education First has over 40,000 employees, 500 schools and offices, and locations in 107 countries. English First (EF) was selected as the 2019 Best Education Company to work for in Asia. EF has been chosen as the language interpreter for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyongyang, South Korea, the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan and the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.

Teaching English in China with EF offers three different school types.  After a year in one position there is an opportunity to transition into another teaching experience.  Kids & Teens School – students age 3-18 years, separated into 4 age groups, with interactive touch screen tvs /white boards; Adult School – classes from complete beginner to upper advanced, students range from university undergraduates to professionals and Online Teaching Centre – a bright, spacious teaching center in Shanghai with 100 teachers offering 20 minute, 40 minute and private online lessons to the Chinese community.

                ****Applicants accepted through Promise receive $200 up front upon arrival at school placement.*****

Requirements:   Bachelor’s degree in any discipline, a TEFL Certificate (EF TEFL Sponsorship available), pass a background check, ability to live abroad for one year

Support:  visa processing, airport pickup on arrival, meet/greet with staff and colleagues, housing

                support, city orientation, online EF community, EF co-pay health insurance, free hotel

                first two weeks at EF, weekly EF sponsored social/cultural events, 

                 $1900 – $2000 /month   based on qualifications, $1100 flight allowance,

                10 paid annual   leave days plus 11 national holidays  

Hours:   35 hrs/week which includes 16-18 hours of teaching

Application deadline: February 28th, 2021

Graduates in May 2020 or Summer 2020 are eligible to apply immediately

Anticipated start date:   3-5 months from accepted application

Valid Passports accepted:  US, UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand 

To find out more/apply, use this link:
Or email your resume directly to:

In response to COVID-19:

Here at EF English First, our mission has always been to “Open the World Through Education”. Despite the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, we remain committed to our mission, and continue to work at full capacity!

During this unique period, we wanted to provide some updates of the steps we are taking to protect our teachers and students, whilst continuing  to ensure that our classes don’t skip a beat:

  We continue to actively hire individuals to teach in schools all over China for an August 2020, or later, start date. 

  Our team will provide full support on the most feasible time to come to China, adhering to local and national guidelines.

  Our teachers currently teach from their homes in China 

  All centers are closed, but will reopen as local government regulations allow.

  The English For Angels initiative was initiated to provide FREE English language services to healthcare workers fighting the virus.

As things start to clear up in China with many schools preparing to open back up, we are here to assure you that we are Actively Hiring Now For Positions in China. 

We are all in this together. Rest assured we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will follow guidance from public health officials and government agencies, so we can continue to support our teachers and communities as needed.

Physical Address: 

Education First
Two Education Circle
Cambridge, MA   02141
Education First
22 Chelsea Manor St
London  England   SW3   5RL


Carol Verrone
877-636-1435 ext 1

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