training and support



To receive a work visa for China, participants must undergo TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) training or possess a valid TEFL certificate. This certification can cost over $500 USD. However, for AYC participants without a TEFL certificate, our program will cover your certification cost, and you will be awarded an official TEFL certificate upon completion of orientation. The TEFL certificate is provided by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) 中国国家外专局.

The TEFL teachers from the State Administration of Foreign Experts Afffairs are highly qualified with not only teaching but also cultural experience.

Training is divided into online and in-class sections: the online courses must be completed before your visa can be processed, and are complemented by a week of training during orientation in Shanghai. Online portions are completed independently; however, when you arrive for in-country training at our Shanghai headquarters, you will be collaborating with other new Educational Ambassadors and getting to know potential lifelong friends from around the world!"


This year, Ambassador Year in China is working with schools to provide

one-to-one, in-person Mandarin Chinese tuition and learning support (two sessions per week).

These onsite courses will be taught by a fellow school staff to provide a more efficient and convenient way of language learning.

In addition to our onsite courses, Ambassador Year in China is partnering with Mandarin House to provide


one-to-one online courses (1 session per week).

You can check out more about Mandarin House on their website here.


When you arrive in Shanghai, there will be an orientation before you depart for your host school. The orientation includes the second phase of your TEFL training and a final exam, training in the use of teaching materials, information about living and working in China, and a chance to see Shanghai and create community with your fellow AYC participants. At the end, everyone will leave for their respective cities, but hopefully, you will have spent a fair amount of your time networking and making new friends, so when you want to travel around China, you'll have a place to stay!

Check out our 2018-2019 orientation video here on our Facebook and Instagram page!



Alumni network and communication is available through our WeChat regional placement groups. Educational Ambassadors are placed into a communal WeChat group which can provide added support for current and future work/study opportunities.



The AYC Shanghai office is always available to contact for support regarding any issues with miscommunication, language/cultural barriers, work disputes, etc. This is made possible through our WeChat support group which sends out newsletters once every 2-3 weeks and Regional Placement Liasion (RPL) communication.

To learn more about program benefits, click here for one of our alumni’s blogs. For the evolution and history of Ambassador Year in China, click here. Ready to apply now? Have the experience of a lifetime.