Receive $200 if Hired to Teach Abroad through Promise Opens Doors


As world travel begins to reopen, Promise Opens Doors celebrates those who decide to make the move and teach abroad. Now, anyone who applies through Promise to work with our partner English First receives $200 when they arrive at their initial international school placement. For those who are trained through Promise’s 120-Hour Comprehensive TEFL Certificate Program for In-Person and Online Teaching, this $200 payment means a return of nearly half of the program tuition.


Promise Opens Doors is a non-profit organization that pioneered real-time online EFL instruction in 2004, and we are proudly partnered with English First as an employer for our graduates. Based in Boston, with an international office in Shanghai, English First is one of 16 divisions of Education First. EF was selected as the 2019 Best Education Company to work for in Asia, and they have been chosen as the language interpreter for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyongyang, South Korea, the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan and the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.


There are positions available for teaching kids and teens abroad in China. The Kids and Teen Division of English First serves students from ages of 3 years to 18 years at over 300 schools in 60 cities across China. The classes are separated into four age groups, each with assistive classroom technology such as interactive touch screen TVs and white boards. Teachers are at the school for 35 hours per week, which includes 16-18 hours of teaching.


EF provides extensive support and benefits for their teachers, such as:

  • visa processing

  • airport pickup on arrival

  • meet/greet with staff and colleagues

  • housing support

  • city orientation

  • an online EF community

  • EF co-pay on health insurance

  • a free hotel for the first two weeks at EF

  • weekly EF-sponsored social/cultural events

  • $1900 - $2000/month salary based on qualifications

  • $1100 flight allowance

  • 10 paid annual leave days plus 11 national holidays

  • career growth opportunities for those who continue with EF after their initial teaching year.


Reminder: Applicants accepted through Promise receive $200 upon arrival at initial international school placement.


Employment requirements include the following:

  • a bachelor’s degree in any discipline (or up to one year before graduation)

  • a TEFL certificate

  • a passed background check

  • the ability to live abroad for one year

  • a valid passport from the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand


An application may be submitted at any time, including up to a year before the applicant graduates with their bachelors degree. The anticipated start date is usually within 3 to 5 months from the accepted application. For more information, contact Promise through our Career Center at https://www.promiseopensdoorstesol.org/career.