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AYC :: Ameson Year in China
  • Spend a year
    in China

    Spend a year gaining valuable teaching, cultural & linguistic experience in China. Make a difference in your host community and learn in the process. Apply now to reserve your spot and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime! Read More
  • Get your TEFL

    Training fees for participants totaling about $600 are covered due to a generous grant from the Ameson Foundation. TEFL certification opens the door to teaching jobs world wide. Find out more details here. Read More
  • Making the most
    of your year

    AYC reserves ten hours per week for participants to study Chinese, visit sites of interest, and experience life in China. These personal and professional enrichment opportunities will help you to get the most out of your time in China. Read More
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Teach for a year in China

AYC is designed for college educated, open-minded people seeking to expand their horizons and enhance their careers. Any native English-speaking degree holder is welcome to apply. Spanning one academic year, AYC is designed to enrich career development and personal growth. Immerse yourself in the heart of Chinese society; improve your competitivity in job applications in China, at home and around the world; learn Mandarin – an asset in business, government and non-profit organizations. What you learn in China can also enhance academic opportunities at graduate schools upon your return. In addition, you will have the ability to travel and experience the vibrancy of China, with plenty of holiday time.

Placement sites

As a participant in AYC, you will teach for one academic year in China. AYC placements vary from "off the beaten track" locations where you can make the most impact to the downtown centers of the world's biggest cities. Students range from kindergarten to college. The vast majority of AYC partner schools are public primary or secondary schools in and around large and medium sized Chinese cities.  To learn more about the different AYC placement sites, click here:

Where should I go?

AYC provides:

  •  full legal working status in China
  •  a monthly stipend of 5,000 RMB (about $800)
  •  lessons in Chinese
  •  free housing
  •  7,500 RMB  (about $1200) travel allowance for your flight to and from China granted at the end of the program
  •  TEFL certification
  •  pickup at airport and arrival support
  •  and more, all with no program fee!

Apply online

Contact AYC

For direct enquiries, contact our Washington office.

To apply, fill out our online application form

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  • losch

    "What separated [AYC] from other programs is that it seemed to be more focused on the cultural exchange, and making sure that you had a cultural experience…and just the idea that you are encouraged to really be culturally immersed and that you’re not just there to teach.”

         --Adrienne Losch, placed in Suzhou, from Palo Alto, CA


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Enrichment opportunities

With 10 hours per week reserved for you to study Chinese and experience Chinese culture, you can accomplish a lot in a year. Take a look at some of the enrichment opportunities that will help you make the most of your year in China.


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