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Travel to China on a Budget

World Explorers is the the ideal program for adventure travelers, a gap year or traveling on a budget. You receive a private room and three daily meals in exchange of teaching English for 15 hours weekly to your host family.

The rest of the time is yours to explore as you wish!

Neither degree nor experience is required. You also don’t need to speak the local language. 
Your Destination


Famous City
Popular Dish
Chow Mein
Main Tourist Attraction
The Forbidden City
$1 buys $7.25 Chinese Renminbi

From architectural landmarks like the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, to the vast and beautiful countryside, to cosmopolitan cities like Shanghai, China is without a doubt worthy of being on everyone’s travel bucket list. As one of the oldest known civilizations in the world, Chinese history is rich with tradition. This tradition is woven into the fabric of the hustle and bustle of contemporary Chinese society. Modern China also happens to be the most populous nation in the world as well as one of its fastest developing economies.

CHI works with trusted partners in Beijing to carefully screen and interview our host families. Placements may be available in other areas, but we appreciate your flexibility. Once your application is received, our partners work hard to find a family that is the right fit for your personality. You will have a local coordinator that you can contact for support when you are a World Explorer in China. Your coordinator will help you to fill your free time and connect with a network of international tutors. You don’t need to speak Chinese – but if you are interested in signing up for Mandarin classes, we can help you do so at an affordable price. Extra teaching opportunities may be available.

Beijing is one of the biggest and most exciting cities in the world. With over 20 million inhabitants, there are endless sights to see to keep you busy. Even going to the store is an adventure! Beijing offers several historical sights, excellent public transportation and easy access to the Great Wall of China. Our host families are extremely hospitable and are great guides. Chinese people are very proud of their culture and enjoy sharing it with foreigners. If you are thinking about getting certified to be an ESL teacher, World Explorers is for you. You will gain hands-on experience teaching English in China while making long-lasting friendships with your hosts.

Tutors that successfully complete 100 hours of tutoring may be awarded a stipend based on the quality of the services provided.

We offer unique opportunities in China including:

FREE Educare Internship in China
Work as an Au Pair Abroad

World Explorers in China falls under our lowest price bracket. A 90 day program in China costs just $9.99 per day. Remember, you won’t have to pay additional fees for your accommodation or for your meals with your host family! When you think about it, that’s even cheaper than staying home!

Some of the overseas partner agencies we work with place restrictions on age. We recommend this destination for travelers ages 18-60+. Some older candidates may be considered, but we cannot guarantee it.


In order to teach English in China, you must:

Be at least 18 years old

Be a high school graduate

Be flexible and adaptable to a different culture

Be respectful of your host family’s rules

Be a fluent English speaker *

* from the United States, Canada, UK, Australia or New Zealand. Residents from other countries may only be considered if they are completely fluent in English
Travel options from 30 to 90 days

Program Costs

CHI is a non-profit organization, but we still have fixed costs that are necessary for running the program. Our overseas partners are actually for-profit, and we must take that into consideration as well. Our partners do the work to find and screen excellent host families that match your interests and needs!

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Experiences abroad

I went to China for a month last summer. I had already been to China twice on high school trips and had taken 6 years of Mandarin classes so I already relatively had a good handle on the language. I still ended up having a lot to learn and managed to improve my language skills in a way I wouldn't have in the classroom. I lived with a family in Beijing that had a 6 year old boy that was already learning English in school. My lessons with him quickly became very informal (at his parents' request). Most days we would play or go somewhere with his parents and speak as much English as possible. World Explorers also set me up with language classes during the week, which I would suggest. Even though the other students were a lower skill level than me, it was a great way to meet other English speakers. I ended up becoming good friends with my classmates and hanging out with them a lot. Overall I would definitely recommend it if you are interested in going to China. World Explorers has a lot less structure than a lot of other study abroad programs (and it is more difficult because of that), but the amount of freedom you are given also makes it much more interesting.
Cullen G.
World Explorer in China
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