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 2020!

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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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 […]

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Misunderstandings in China, by Greg McInerney

Misunderstandings occur in Beijing on a daily basis if you’re a clueless foreigner like me with only a pocket full of poorly pronounced Chinese phrases to rely on. I suggest you incorporate a daily game of charades into your routine before coming here because miming is an essential tool to try and minimise the gravity […]

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My Adventures in China! By David O’Leary

“I did not tell half of what I saw, for I knew I would not be believed’’- Marco Polo. China is a splendiferous country! Once you get over the sheer madness of the Beijing road system (the green man does not mean it’s safe to cross…) and no longer miss the halcyon European days when […]

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My Most “Western” Experience in Beijing, by Andrea McMullen

My most “western” day was probably in Sanlitun at a place called the Bookworm. This is a restaurant, café, market, and bookstore all in one, and has a fantastic atmosphere to be with friends, do work, read, or shop.  I went there one day with a friend during Christmas time, so the Bookworm had many […]

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The strangest thing I ever ate in China, by Brittany Hancocks

When most people think of China the first thing that may come to mind is the strange food. Synonymous for bugs, frogs, seahorse and just about fried anything, China also has some really good food. When I first got here I was quite surprised at how good most of the food actually was here, despite […]

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Unpredictable Beijing, by Rene Jordan

In Beijing, things change rapidly. You can go away for a week or two, and when you return the ATM you used to frequent has vanished into thin air. The escalators in department stores change directions weekly, like something from a Harry Potter book. You can go to the food court for lunch as usual […]

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Skiing in Shijingshan, by Rob

So it finally happened. After years of wondering and speculation, it would appear there has always been a ski slope near our home in Shijingshan, Beijing. Even the local Chinese people who I asked in the past have denied its existence. Thankfully, on page 106 of the Beijing trip adviser app, we found the details […]

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Working and learning Chinese, by Rob

China has been gaining more and more popularity among different people from around the world. Some foreign expats come to China for work with the intention of picking up some of the local lingo. Many other foreigners will come to China specifically to learn Chinese. Whichever category you fall into, learning Chinese is inevitable regardless […]

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An introduction from our Chinese Teacher- Grace Liu

One of the best things about living in Beijing is the being able to learn Chinese. We have a great Chinese teacher at Aihua who is there for any foreign teacher who wants to improve their Chinese. Our teacher would like to introduce herself to our new teachers and anyone thinking of joining us in […]

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Making friends, big and small- by Eoin Galvin

The majority of foreign teachers (myself included) come to Beijing by themselves, and that can be a daunting experience. How will I make friends? Will the other teachers like me? Will I like them? Will they like the same things as me? My worries were put to rest almost as soon as I got off […]

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How to live in Beijing, by Hillary Arieux

If you want to live Beijing, here are some tips to help you along the way. 1. Get a job: If you want to live in Beijing, the first thing you will need to do is to secure a job in Beijing. This is important for your visa application. For example, once I got a […]

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China & Culture Shock, by Brittany Hancocks

And what a shock it is! I’ve been in Beijing, China for approximately four months now and still there are so many things I have yet to discover that are completely different from the Western world. One cannot understand the concept of China until you have experienced it for yourself. Before I got here I […]

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Welcome to China, by Barbara Bolustrom

From the moment I stepped off the plane onto Chinese soil, I was immediately transported into a parallel universe, where any life rules that you had previously adhered to back home, goes out the proverbial window! I have been here three months and have to say “I love China”, but it does take some getting […]

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This is China! By Wikus Janse van Rensburg

Before I came to China: The only thing I knew about the country was that Jackie Chan was a citizen. I had an island mentality and while I knew about cities like Beijing I knew nothing else about it. Back home: In my home country I got into anime and pop culture. There are several […]

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One year teaching little kids? I don’t know… by Rachel Reger

I entered this job with a feeling of trepidation.  I had taught both adults and children in South America—I absolutely loved teaching adults and felt so-so about teaching children.  So—honestly—I was a little nervous that I’d totally hate a year of teaching children full-time.  But, after interviewing with Rob and feeling great about Aihua itself […]

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Coming to China, by Niamh Gaskin

Possibly the toughest thing about coming to China so far were the three days before I left Ireland – I think I cried roughly every 2 hours for 3 days straight. The magnitude of the move I was making hit me like a truck and uncertainty plagued my every waking minute. Why on earth was […]

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A Harmony of City and Nature, by Aoife O’Donnell

Two months ago I vividly remember nervously navigating my way through customs at Beijing’s airport, too many bags in hand and with too many cold weather clothes on. As I battled with my array of baggage and fumbled with my documentation for security, a wave of uncertainty came over me as I practically forgot my […]

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Beijing’s Knight Rider, by Karl O’ Dwyer

I needed to explore China, but I also wanted to be productive in doing so. I was fresh out of university and had absolutely no interest in finding a 9-5, Monday to Friday with some future wife, a buddle of rascals and a mountain of bills to keep me tied down for the next 40 […]


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.