The WorldTeach Global Education Fellowship (GEF) focuses on the intersection of globalization and learning in the 21st century.

As one of our China Global Education Fellows, you will live in and experience a country that makes up 20 percent of the world’s population and is on the brink of becoming the world’s largest economy. What does this mean for the future of global trade and the global workplace? In what ways does China’s modernization impact Chinese society overall and its next generation of entrepreneurs, teachers, and professionals? How are traditional cultures and norms being impacted during this period of rapid industrialization and urbanization? These questions will be among those posed and explored during your fellowship. Serving as a full time teacher in a local school in Hunan Province, you will also participate in experiential reflection projects, either on your own or in collaboration with other Fellows. As a China Global Education Fellow, you will develop highly coveted 21st century skills and Chinese cultural expertise while participating in ongoing Chinese language training, making you more competitive in the global marketplace. In return, you will serve as a teacher and role model for high school and middle school students who are facing a highly competitive educational and employment market themselves.

Placements for your fellowship take you to a town or city in the Hunan province. With a population of more than 65 million people, Hunan Province includes the large and vibrant capital city of Changsha as well as smaller, but still urban, town centers.


WorldTeach began its presence in Hunan in 2003, building a strong and longstanding relationship with the Hunan Provincial Department of Education. Over the years, WorldTeach’s reputation has grown and our teachers have been among the most sought-after English teachers in the province. In this time, we have been able to solidify relationships and logistical structures in order for you to be able to focus on your teaching and learning experience. Our program is evolving alongside China and its people as the country strives to become one of the biggest economic powers in the world. In this evolution, you, as a Global Education Fellow, will need to balance teaching, reflection, and professional development, serving as a window to the English language for your students while also objectively observing the environment in which you and they live.
Be prepared for an exciting time. Be creative and persistent in the classroom. Step outside your comfort zone and make a real effort to immerse yourself in your community.
- China Alum


This Fellowship will include a rigorous and multi-faceted professional development program.  Fellows are expected to participate in reflection  according to areas of interest and career objectives while considering the overall Fellowship theme of how 21st century globalization is affecting education and learning.

While in China, your role will be to teach English in middle schools throughout Hunan province for 16-20 hours per week. Middle Schools in China include grades 7 through 12. The class sizes in China are one of the most jarring things to experience with an average of 50-60 students per class, and behavior management specifically addressing this is covered during orientation. You will also engage in extracurricular activities and cultural excursions, perhaps leading an English club or other optional classes where you’ll have more freedom to teach about subjects you or your students find interesting, such as English songs and dances.

As a fellow, you are at the heart of your experience, a teacher, fulfilling the requests of our government partners. In addition, the China Global Education Fellowship has professional development components including:

  • Intercultural Development Inventory © (IDI) assessment and coaching program (optional)
  • Experiential Reflection that deepens your understanding of how the intersection of globalization and education impacts students’ futures or learning.
  • Professional development seminars focused on the forces of globalization and their impacts on education and national development
  • Accredited TEFL certification (optional)
  • Mandarin Language Track providing formal weekly training (optional w/ an additional $950 fee)
  • Career mentoring sessions upon fellowship conclusion
  • Network of over 7,000 WorldTeach alumni


Your housing placement in China is likely to be with at least one other Fellow. Occasionally there are individual placements or a school gets more than two teachers, but pairs are the norm. Since all Fellows are placed within Hunan province, you are relatively close to each other. It is certainly possible to visit other Fellows with some simple planning. WorldTeach is not alone in teaching English in Hunan so some placements may have other foreign English teachers as well.

You are provided with teacher housing on the grounds of the school, and most schools have apartments set aside for foreign teachers. They are furnished and often quite large. The space you have to yourself would normally house a family of three, and comes with kitchens, internet, and warm showers. They do not have heat, however, so the winter months can be chilly.

The China Global Education Fellowship program is fully funded by the Hunan Provincial Government. This includes visa*, housing, monthly living stipend, supplemental overseas health and emergency evacuation insurance, orientation and additional training conferences, 24-hour in-country field director support, access to a remote teacher quality coordinator, alumni support and networking. Please note that travel to and from Hunan at the beginning and end of the program are the responsibility of the Fellow.

*Visa fees of up to $140 USD for regular processing

Participants in the China Global Education Fellowship program must:

  • Be a native-level English speaker
  • Be TEFL or TESOL certified* OR have at least 2 years of post-college work experience
  • Have completed their undergraduate degree by June 1st
  • Be between the ages of 21 and 60
  • Be highly flexible, mature, and have a genuine interest in teaching English

*Applicants for the China Program can get TEFL certified through a modified WorldTeach TEFL Certification Program during pre-departure. The deadline to complete the online certification is May 15th.