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English Teacher for Shandan Bailie School

Group standing in front of statue of Rewi Alley and George Hogg - founders of Shandan Bailie School
Group standing in front of statue of Rewi Alley and George Hogg – founders of Shandan Bailie School


NZCFS seeks suitably qualified people to fill this position each year. Currently the position is vacant September 2019), and a new teacher is sought to start as soon as possible.

A degree or teaching qualification is required. Salary offered is 4500 rmb (around US$700) per month.  Airfares and accommodation are provided as part of the package.

Shandan Bailie School has a unique nature through its legacy with Rewi Alley, and the educational approach of ‘hands and mind together’ – combining academic and vocational training. NZCFS has had a long term relationship with this school, and teachers living and working here can enjoy the benefits this brings. NZCFS has also assisted with developing and funding of small rural development projects based at the school.

Shandan is in Gansu province, on the “Old Silk Road”, and experiences hot summers and very cold winters. The position requires an adventurous person who will enjoy the opportunities of the school and be stimulated by the demands of the location.

While this is essentially a volunteer’s position, the salary is more than ample to live on. A one year position is preferred. However one semester placements will also be considered. Semesters start in late August and late February. To get an idea of a teacher’s life at the school and in Shandan, the current teacher has written her impressions here.

For further information or to have any questions answered about this position, please contact the NZCFS at [email protected] Please note that teachers are regularly required to teach at SBS. If you are interested in this position, but the timing of this vacancy does not suit you, please indicate your interest in future vacancies in your email. This position is filled by New Zealand applicants whenever possible