Join our team in Haikou, Hainan - China's tropical island!
"Work hard and play hard" is our mantra, and as we continue providing the best English training on the island, we also enjoy life to the fullest.

About us

The School

We are located in Haikou, Hainan. After partnering with Braemar College, Happy Town opened it's first location in September 2009. Our second location (a fully licensed kindergarten) opened it's doors in October 2012. Our third location - as well as head office, started providing classes in January 2013. Plans for an October 2013 opening of a fourth location are currently underway.

The City

Hǎikǒu is the capital and most populous city of Hainan Province, in the People's Republic of China. It is situated on the northern coast of Hainan, by the mouth of the Nandu River. The northern part of the city is the district of Haidian Island, which is separated from the main part of Haikou by the Haidian River, a tributary of the Nandu. Administratively, Haikou is a prefecture-level city, comprising four districts, and covering 2,280 square kilometres. There are 2,046,189 inhabitants in the built up area all living within the 4 urban distrcits of the city.Haikou was originally a port city. Today, more than half of the island's total trade still goes through it's ports. The city is home to Hainan University, which has it's main campus on Haidian Island.

Classes

We have four types of classes at Happy Town. You will be teaching a specific level - though in rare circumstances, you may be asked to teach a class or two in another level (B.E. may have a D.E. class, or C.E. may have an S.E. class).

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Schedule


Schedule For a 24 hour per week contract, you can expect one of the following schedules:

D.E. Teachers
Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm with an alternating 30 minute "Hello/Goodbye" shift as well as a 3 hour break from around 11:30 - 2:30.  Weekends are off.

B.E., C.E. and S.E. Teachers
Saturday and Sunday are when you'll be working the majority of your hours. 4:30pm - 8:00pm on three weekdays.

*All teachers have two consecutive days off each week.

FAQ


Do I get any vacation/holidays?

The foreign teacher will be paid for following holidays and festivals in China:
New Year’s Day, January 1 (1 day)
Spring festival (7 days paid, in addition to approximately 14 days unpaid holiday; approximately 3 weeks off in total)
May Day, May 1 (1 day)
China National Day, October 1 (3 days)
Christmas Day, December 25 (1 day)

Classes that are missed due to holidays are NOT required to be made up on a later date.

How much will I actually be working each week?

A standard Happy Town contract is 24 hours per week.  Therefore, you owe us 24 hours on campus, each week. There are no hidden or surprise working hours that might pop up. Occasionally, teachers may be asked to participate in a promotional event, doing games/activities in the park. We have brief meetings twice a month, while you're already at the school. When you're not on campus, your time is yours.

How will I get paid?

We will help you open a local bank account. Your salary will be transferred into it promptly on the 10th of every month. You'll be emailed your payslip within one week prior to payday for you to sign, so you'll know exactly how much you're receiving that month.

Where are your Foreign Teachers from?

As we are partnered with a Canadian school, we are only able to hire teachers from North America.

Is there a meal/travel allowance?

If you work during the day, the school will provide lunch. If you work in the evening, a daily stipend will be issued each month. If you must travel to your branch, you'll receive a travel stipend as well.

Can I travel?

Haikou is located in the perfect position for affordable flights to Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam and South Korea, so there is plenty of opportunity to explore other countries (and of course, the rest of China) during your vacation time. On weekends, trips to Sanya and other parts of Hainan Island are commonplace.

Why is there so little information about Haikou online?

Haikou (and Hainan in general) is a very small place. It's a relatively new city, with very little foreign influence. And as there has been limited visitation by English speaking tourists (it's been a Chinese/Russian vacation destination), there's not a lot of people writing about it! And besides - it's a tropical paradise, we want to keep the secret to ourselves!

Visa Checklist

Here are the checklists to make things as easy and organized as possible during the visa process. If you've got any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask! Please note that Happy Town is certified to hire Foreign Employees, and as such - will always provide full Z Visas for all of our staff members.

Teachers currently in China, with a "Z" Visa

* copy of your medical exam
This does not have to be re-done unless you've left the country, otherwise you can come to Haikou and we will take you to the 'Quarantine Centre' (which sounds scary but is more like a medical resort). Happy Town will absorb these costs.

* scan of your Foreign Experts Certificate
We understand that this might not be available to all teachers right away.

* reference letter
From your company in China- Please try to get it as soon as possible so that we can start your Visa Application Process right away. If you have to with till the final days of your existing contract to get a copy, there will be a chance that you will be working at Happy Town on your existing Visa and Foreign Experts Certificate, if your visa will run out before you start with us, there may be a short period of time you will be working on Tourist or Business Visa. if this is a problem for you, let us know and we'll deal with it somehow, there's ways around everything(bonus for being in China).

* scan of your passport page and the current visa

* resume
Including a job or volunteer position from high school, university/college and from your present school. Basic is great as Richard will have to translate it when putting your application together

* scan of the signed contract and signed handbook

* PDF file of a passport picture
(Chinese standard for passport pics are OK. If you go in to a photo shop, ask for 'hu zhao'(护照) and they'll take the passport pic)

* copy of your flight itinerary  
THIS WILL CONFIRM YOUR POSITION AT HAPPY TOWN

Teachers in North America, or in China without a "Z" Visa

The easiest and cheapest way to go about a "Z" Visa for China is by getting a simple "L" Tourist Visa and then switching this over once you're here. Regardless of what you may have heard, it is the most common way to go about it (the majority of us have done this, China works different than home). If you have a problem doing this then let us know, please do not decide not to come because of it. We cover all the costs of the application when you come here and process the work Visa and it takes only about a month, hopefully quicker to be completely processed. In the meantime, you can send us:

* scan of your passport page and the current visa

* resume
Including a job or volunteer position from high school, university/college and from your present school. Basic is great as Richard will have to translate it when putting your application together

*scan of the signed contract and signed handbook

* PDF file of a passport picture

* copy of your flight itinerary
THIS WILL CONFIRM YOUR POSITION AT HAPPY TOWN

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