Before You Come

Requirements

You will need at least a bachelor's degree, plus a TESOL certificate. The IEEA provides online TESOL training developed specifically for this environment for a fee. Those working with the IEEA are required to take this online training. General information can be found here. You will be given more information when you apply.

Documentation

Once you inform IEEA of your intent to teach in Hainan, we will ask for the following documentation:

The most difficult piece of paperwork is the health form.

You must complete this form with a doctor's signature then get it notarized.

For more information on what your Chinese Embassy requires for teachers, click on the following links:

Shots

Concerning shots, it's best to visit your local physician to find what's currently required or recommended. China has had no malaria outbreaks, so malaria shots or pills are not necessary, but teachers often prefer to get typhoid shots, hepatitis A and hepatitis B shots.

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Packing

It's best to pack light, because airlines will generally charge more for bags heavier than 50lb.

Toiletries

Most necessities are available in Haikou, though there are a few exceptions:

Don't bother packing shampoo, toothpaste, or conditioner.

See the Summer Workshop packing page for further tips. But note that some packing suggestions are specific to the summer workshop program.

Clothes

Every hiring school requires teachers to dress professionally in the classroom. This means men must wear collared shirts with clean-cut hairstyles, and women must avoid suggestive attire.

Although Hainan is a tropical island, it still offers wet, chilly winters (40 F, 10 C). You should pack clothes for layering in winter. Windbreakers are also very smart buys.

It's good to remember, too, that Chinese people are, generally, small and petite.

Hainan does have many shopping districts where you can purchase tailor-made clothes of any material and any size for extremely reasonable prices.

See the Summer Workshop packing page for further tips. But note that some packing suggestions are specific to the summer workshop program.

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