Before You Come
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.
Once you inform IEEA of your intent to teach in Hainan, we will ask for the following documentation:
- Scanned copy of college diploma.
- Two letters of recommendation. You can get these from college professors, headmasters, or former employers.
- A completed medical examination form
- Any other extra documentation required by the specific school for which you will be teaching.
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:
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.Return to top
It's best to pack light, because airlines will generally charge more for bags heavier than 50lb.
Most necessities are available in Haikou, though there are a few exceptions:
- Deodorant - Pack enough for your stay here, because the island has none.
- Lotions - Most Chinese believe that the whiter the skin, the better. Thus, many lotions here contain bleaches. You may want to bring your own.
- Hair spray - It can be difficult to find America brands of hair spray and mousse
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.
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.
- Men - If you are taller than 6'1", wider than 40, or have feet larger than US 10 (UK 44), it's best to bring all the clothes or shoes you will need during your stay in China.
- Women - It's safe to say that if you're not petite, you should bring your own clothes. Dresses and skirts are especially hard to find, since Chinese styles tend toward miniskirts.
Although clothing can be ordered online, should you need something later. And some stores do now carry larger sizes, especially in Sanya.
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.Return to top