Teach English in China with Aihua International Education

Teaching English in China is an unforgettable experience if you join the right school who can support and inspire you. Aihua English is an English school dedicated to creating a fun learning environment for its students. Since 2002, our passion has been not only to nurture talented young children in the local community, but to also create a safe and positive working environment for aspiring teachers wanting to experience an exciting new world.

When Dr. David Cotter came to China from Ireland in 2002, he discovered an exciting place that was almost like another planet. There were many English language schools, but very few with foreign teachers. The few teachers he did meet were unhappy with their jobs and felt lied to by their employers. They were on the wrong visa and working excessive hours for low wages.

So here was the vision:

• Build a successful school committed to improving the reputation of the English learning profession.
• Create opportunities for foreign teachers to discover Beijing safely and legally.

16 years later, Aihua has improved the English ability of thousands of students and has hired hundreds of talented individuals to teach English in China legitimately while learning to become a first rate teacher.

At Aihua, we don’t see education as the filling of a bucket, but instead as the lighting of a fire. Our students don’t learn English in order to just pass examinations, but instead to communicate in a friendly and interesting way.

Teaching English in China will be one of the best things you will ever do but you will still have challenging days. We have both foreign and Chinese management and operate with an open door policy where staff can easily communicate with us if they have any questions or suggestions.

Transparency is important to us as we know this helps new candidates research our school and see what it’s like to live in Beijing. Feel free to read our foreign teacher blog posts to follow how others found their experience teaching English in China with Aihua English.

If you think you could be the next great Aihua teacher, please contact us here. We look forward to hearing from you!

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We are now hiring foreign teachers for the spring term 2019!

Contact us to take the first step on an amazing adventure, and a rewarding career.

Teach English in China with Aihua – Latest Blog Posts

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My First Three Months, by Sorcha Smith

When I arrived in Beijing, I was one of the last of the teachers to arrive. We quickly delved into everything that needed to be done; bank account set up, mobile and service provider set up, visa registration, etc. Honestly, the first few weeks were all a blur. The training was intense, which suited me as […]

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Teaching at Aihua

Have a look at this great video introducing the way we teach at Aihua.

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Secret Meat, by Aoife O’Donnell

My first dining out experience which I had in China was with my new found co-workers at a restaurant called ‘Meizhou’. With most of us having not a word of Chinese, we relied on our more experienced colleagues to do the ordering. Aware that there was at least one vegetarian among us, they ordered accordingly. […]

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My most interesting nature experience in Beijing, by Robert

Nature is relatively scarce in Beijing because the place is about as metropolitan as the definition of the word allows for. It’s not unheard of to catch a glimpse of natural beauty here, though. The parks are quite nice, my personal favorite being XiangShan, or “fragrant mountain.” Its rolling hills, green foliage, and beautiful police […]

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Beijing GAA, by Simon Holland

The first thing I did before I arrived in Beijing was get in contact with the chairmen of the Beijing GAA club through Facebook. He wrote back to me in a matter of minutes expressing his delight that I wanted to join the club. He informed me that there was a massive social and completive […]

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My worst mistake when ordering food in China, by Francis Dorfling

“It will get easier.” That is a phrase I’ve heard so much since I got here, and it sure does even when it comes to ordering food. Not easy though, just easier. Don’t confuse the two. The first big meal I had here was with all the new teachers, a few of the Chinese staff, […]

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My most fun cooking experience in Beijing, by Nicholas Flesch

Not long after arriving in Beijing and starting my new job teaching English—in fact it was during the first week of training before classes started—I decided to have a get together over lunch in order to get to know my coworkers better. I was far too reluctant to buy any meat from the super market, […]

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How to avoid traffic in Beijing, by Kimberley Adda

Welcome to Beijing, one of the largest, most populated cities in the world. Though the Chinese have basically mastered public transportation, and are trying to limit the number of cars circulating around the city, traffic is still a huge problem at pretty much all times of the day. Knowing how easily frustrated I can get, […]

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What Are Our Expectations? by Marco Rodriguez

“What are our expectations… which of the things we desire are within reach? If not now, when?   And will there be some left for me?” –Anthony Bourdain   It has been three months since I’ve landed on Chinese soil; China with a capital ‘C’, it feels like just yesterday that I was greeted by the […]

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Taxis in Beijing, by Weston Dean

With an extensive and affordable public transportation system, Beijing is an incredibly easy city to get around in. But the subway does close fairly early, making it difficult to stay out in the city for any time past 11:00. And sometimes, you want to get around a bit more quickly.  And other times, understandably, you […]

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Fun in Chinese class! by Grace Liu

Our Chinese classes are getting better every week! Last week, when we were learning about food, one student asked me the question: “Why do Chinese people usually ask me ‘吃了吗’ (chi le ma?) or ‘吃饭了吗’?(chi fan le ma?)” I smiled and asked: “Has anyone else gotten the same question?” All the students raised their hands. […]

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Movie Magic, by Evan Noonan

I have been wanting to write something about movies, and the cinema- one of my favourite past-times, along with the majority of the population I’m sure. Before I moved to China, I of course knew that the entertainment and movie business was censored. To what extent, I didn’t know, but I soon found out. Cinema […]

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My most fun bargaining experience in Beijing, by Diarmuid Crowley

When I started working in Beijing, one thing that surprised me was the fact that a lot of the teachers own e-bikes. Surely they’re all crazy I thought (and maybe they are, they’re living in China after all!). But as time passed, it started to make a lot of sense to me. In a city […]

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My best breakfast in Beijing, by Robert

I was in Beijing for a few months before I discovered the jianbing. It’s basically a pancake filled with sausage, onion, egg, and lettuce — a perfect breakfast, really. Well, you can get them in several varieties, but they all have this key ingredient in common: grease. Something about street food to note, that. You […]

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A sneak peek into our Chinese class, by Grace Liu

This week, the new foreign teachers in our beginners Chinese class learned about two kinds of characters, Associative Compounds and Pict phonetic Characters. First, the teacher wrote 休 on the board, as the students had already learned 人 and 木. They quickly grasped the meaning of休, which is a person leaning against a tree, which […]

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Shan bright like a diamond, by Andrew Cooper

After I had completed my CELTA and had begun hunting for a job that would get me out of rural Scotland, I was pointed in the direction of Aihua (thanks Teachers for Asia!). Previously, I had unthinkingly dismissed the idea out of hand as the thought of relocating halfway across the world to a smog-choked […]

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Love overseas, by Eoin Galvin

If you’re reading this, you’re either contemplating moving to China to be an English teacher, or you’re my mom (hi, Mom!). Assuming you are not my mom, there are a great many advantages to living and working in China, but it is still something that requires a lot of thought beforehand. It is not a […]

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My most Chinese experience in Beijing, by Evan Noonan

I have quite a few “Chinese” experiences in my time here in Beijing, but the one that stands out most is from the day I visited the Ikea store, here in Beijing. It had never hit me until that day how different and crazy things could be here in China! Like most Ikeas, the store […]

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Remember to explore! By Henrietta Koortzen

So you find yourself in Beijing, doing your best to teach Chinese children some English. You might be doing it because you enjoy teaching and working with kids. Maybe you are here to save up some money or maybe you are just here so you can say that you have lived and worked abroad. Whatever […]


Teaching English in China is an unforgettable experience if you join the right school who can support and inspire you.
Competative salary and new adventures await you at Aihua English in Beijing.