Be a Chatteris English Tutor
Stop English Being A Barrier For Students In Hong Kong
By joining the Chatteris Graduate Development Programme you’ll have an opportunity to make a positive social impact while gaining practical work experience and exploring life in a new culture.
Whether you’re thinking about becoming a teacher in the future, looking to spend some time working for a non-profit organisation, or seeking professional development as you take your first steps in your career, the Chatteris Educational Foundation is an excellent starting point. We are extremely proud of the commitment and support we give to our staff on every step of their journey.
Through working with Chatteris, I feel I have cultivated my leadership and interpersonal skills whilst learning how to adapt to a new working culture. The experience has helped me discover which career path I want to follow in the future and has increased my awareness of the impact that NGOs can have on a community. I would strongly encourage anyone who wants to experience working abroad to give it a go!
Caroline , University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
My experience with Chatteris has been transformative. I have enhanced my leadership skills, adaptability, and other transferable skills which are important in many fields of work. The experience also provides the opportunity to participate in Chatteris’ community programmes, which highlight the impact of social initiatives on the wider society. I strongly encourage those seeking a fulfilling work experience, a beautiful culture, and a thriving international community to seize the opportunity.
Rajhe , Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China
Chatteris has been the best gateway into Hong Kong in my opinion. The support system you come into is like a family away from home so you will hardly ever feel lonely. I have experienced a lot of personal and professional growth through learning from senior Chatteris tutors and staff. The best way to enjoy Hong Kong is to come in with an open-mind, make friends with locals, learn a few key Cantonese phrases and just enjoy your time here.
Siyasanga, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
Why You Should Join Chatteris
Give Back To Young Minds
The right teacher can make a huge difference to a student’s future life opportunities. By helping students realise that English can be a fun, engaging language, you can be the difference that inspires a young mind.
Make Friends For Life
Join the programme and come to Hong Kong with a cohort of like-minded graduates from around the world, taking part in our social and cultural activities and exploring Hong Kong and Asia together.
Develop Your Professional And Personal Skills
Every year, we ask our tutors for feedback regarding what skills they have developed as a result of joining the Chatteris Graduate Programme. As a team, they stated that the most beneficial outcome of the programme was its impact on their confidence, teamwork, and communication skills.
HK$17,000 monthly salary
Paid school holidays
Support finding accommodation
Visa application on your behalf
Airport pick-up on arrival
Teacher skills training and extra professional development
Team building, social, and cultural activities
Opportunities for career progression
How The Programme Works
You will be matched with a school and placed there, full-time, for one academic year to develop the school’s English programme. To do that you’ll work with the local school staff and Chatteris to plan and deliver a combination of lessons, workshops and events which complement or enhance your school’s curriculum.
Outside of school
There are lots of projects and activities for you to take part in outside of school. For example, you can get involved in one of our many community projects, try learning the local language, or join one of our clubs or sports teams. Additionally, you will be able to take advantage of the school holidays to travel to other countries in the region.
How To Apply
Do you have?
A Bachelor’s Degree or higher qualification
Native-level English proficiency or a similarly high level of English
Passion for supporting children and teenagers
Creativity, initiative, and motivation to learn
An urge to explore new places and new cultures
If you meet the above requirements
Apply now to be the difference that inspires a young mind
Q1. What will happen during orientation?
Day 1: Arrival day- Fly into Hong Kong International Airport where the Chatteris team will be waiting for you. We’ll get you settled in, then you can relax.
Days 2-5 : Welcome to Hong Kong!- We’ll walk you through all the logistical steps of settling into life here, show you the city and you’ll even get to spend some time with students.
Weeks 2 and 3: Training- Your days will be split into morning sessions where you learn the skills you’ll need in the classroom and afternoon sessions with students so you can put what you learned into practice.
Q2. Will I be on my own in my school after orientation ends?
You’ll have programme specific training and sharing sessions every month and we encourage you to let us know if you need any extra help in school.
You’ll also have a Programme Manager assigned to you who will make regular visits to see how you’re doing in school, help with planning, offer support and give feedback.
Q3. Does Chatteris provide accommodation?
We provide accommodation during orientation and in that time our team will help you find a safe and comfortable place to live for the rest of the year. There are lots of housing options in Hong Kong and you should feel free to choose an arrangement that will best suit your needs.
Q4. Where are your schools located?
We partner with schools all over Hong Kong so you could be placed on Hong Kong Island, in Kowloon, or in the New Territories.
Q5. I am a qualified teacher; do I have to attend the orientation period?
Everyone who joins the programme needs to attend orientation. Orientation is not just a time to learn different teaching techniques; it serves as an introduction to the Chatteris approach and Hong Kong.
Q6. Are there opportunities to work for Chatteris after my contract ends?
You can either apply to stay on as a Senior Tutor or join our office as a member of our Programme Management Team.
Q7. Will Chatteris apply for a work visa on my behalf?
Once you’re accepted we’ll send you some forms that you’ll need to fill in and send back to us, then we’ll apply for the visa for you.
Q8. How long does the work visa take to process?
Visa approval typically takes 4-6 weeks, however this can be determined by a number of factors including your nationality and working experience.
Q9. How do I get my visa once it is ready?
Once your visa has been approved, we will send your work visa QR code to you via email. This will be shown to Immigration Officers at the airport.
Q10. Is a monthly salary of HK$17,000 enough to cover the cost of living in Hong Kong?
If you’re open to living like a local then you’ll be able to live comfortably and afford all the plane tickets you’ll need to take advantage of your holidays.
Q11. How many hours will I work?
Our tutors usually work 40 hours per week (8 hours per day Monday to Friday). However, occasionally you may be required to work at school functions on some weekends.
Q12. What if I have visible tattoos and multiple piercings?
Typically, all visible tattoos must be covered and facial piercings removed while working with students. Also, ear piercings are usually limited to a single pair
Q13. Why am I required to pay a HK$2,000 deposit?
The deposit has two purposes. Firstly, it helps to offset the pre-arrival costs of accepted candidates. These costs include work visas, training resources, activities and accommodation during the three week training period. Secondly, the deposit demonstrates that a prospective tutor intends to come to Hong Kong and participate in the programme. We regard the deposit as an indication of serious interest and commitment.
The deposit will be returned upon completion of the programme.
Q14. How much will it cost to move to Hong Kong and get settled?
We recommend that you have some savings behind you before coming to Hong Kong. There are always costs when moving abroad and there are a few expenses to be aware of, such as flights, insurance, accommodation, and living costs. Flight costs will depend on where, when, and how you fly but a return flight is typically between 800 – 1000 GBP coming from the UK. Insurance will also fluctuate depending on medical conditions but should be between 150 – 250 GBP. This is just a rough idea and will differ from person to person. Some initial costs will be returned at the end of your time in Hong Kong e.g. flat deposits and your Chatteris deposit. More specific information about set-up costs will be sent over before your arrival in Hong Kong.
Chatteris also provides an interest free loan scheme to help cover the initial costs of securing a flat in Hong Kong.
Additional financial support can also be given on a case by case basis. If you have any questions or would like further information please do not hesitate to get in contact. Please email email@example.com for more information.