Overview: Teaching Abroad at MLES

Maple Leaf Educational Systems (MLES) is the largest employer in China with 10 locations, 320 BC-certified teachers and administrators, and 7,500 students. BC offshore programs are offered at MLES’ eight International High Schools and two Foreign Nationals Schools in the cities of Dalian, Wuhan, Tianjin, Chongqing, Zhenjiang, Shanghai, Luoyang and Yiwu.

As a growing employer of BC-certified teachers, a career at Maple Leaf offers the opportunity to not only teach full time, but to hone your skills, and advance into a leadership role. Descriptions of each location and campus are found in the ‘New Teacher Handbook’ on the MLES website.

Community Culture and School Profiles

Maple Leaf International School – Chongqing
Chongqing is a port city in southwestern China known as the “Mountain City”. It is surrounded by dense forests, mountains, rivers, and natural beauty. A popular activity is taking a cruise up the mighty Yangtze River and Three Gorges. There is also the Chongqing Zoo where you can visit to see Panda bears.

Maple Leaf International School – Dalian / Maple Leaf Foreign Nationals School – Dalian
Dalian is a large port city in the northeastern province of Liaoning. The city’s mild climate, gorgeous beaches, hot springs, and ski resorts make it a popular destination for tourists. As a port city, you can expect excellent seafood restaurants. Football is a popular sport in the region.

Maple Leaf International School – Luoyang, Henan Province
Luoyang is an ancient capital city located in an area where the Yellow River and Luo River intersect. The city of 7 million is of considerable historical importance where it is the site of many historical attractions including Longmen Grottoes, Shaolin Temples, and White Horse Temple. Peonies are grown throughout the city, and the city has been described as the “Poet’s Capital.”

Maple Leaf International School – Shanghai
Shanghai is a metropolis of over 14 million residents on China’s central coast. There are endless opportunities for entertainment and recreation. For active individuals, you join a sports league, rock climb or take in a Yoga class. The city is also a shopper’s paradise and a dream destination for a gastronome. Not only is it China’s financial capital, it is also China’s fine dining capital. Shanghai boasts more than 72 museums, and it is quickly becoming China’s cultural hub. Travel to Shanghai’s suburbs to explore ancient water towns with rivers running through them.

Maple Leaf International School – Tianjin
Tianjin is a modern port city in northeastern China. It is the fourth most populous city in China. The city’s streetscapes are shaped by historic nineteenth and early twentieth-century European architecture. There are a variety of attractions including museums, temples, and parks. Tianjin is also known for its stand-up comedy and Chinese opera.

Maple Leaf International School – Wuhan / Maple Leaf Foreign Nationals School – Wuhan
In the interior of China is Wuhan, the capital of the Hubei province with a population of over eight million. There are a variety of historical sites in Wuhan including the Yellow Crane Tower, and many antiquities housed in the Hubei Provincial Museum. There is an active nightlife in the city too. You can go to a movie with friends; dance or sing at a Karaoke club.

Maple Leaf International School – Yiwu
Yiwu is a city of about 1.2 million located in South East China. It’s where international wholesalers gather to conduct business. As such, the city has a large multicultural population of Muslims and Koreans. Popular attractions in the city include the Shuanglin Temple and Iron Pagoda, Octagon Hall of Huangshan, and Desheng Cliff.

Maple Leaf International High School – Zhenjiang
Zhenjiang is a busy port city located on the massive Yangtze River. The city enjoys a subtropical monsoon climate, and residents enjoy four distinct seasons.

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Salaries and Benefits

Salaries range from $50,000 at Step 1 to a maximum of $64,000 at Step 10 plus an additional $1000 for a Master’s degree. Salaries are paid monthly over 12 months in Canadian dollars and/or Chinese RMB with the option of direct deposit in Chinese and Canadian bank accounts.

Teachers are enrolled in a premium international health plan. They receive annual return flights from their point of hire to their schools in China and a small stipend for orientation expenses. Teachers have found that they can accumulate significant savings without sacrificing an enjoyable social life and travel opportunities.

Staff are also involved in professional development activities throughout the year. New teachers are sent to their schools in mid-August for an orientation period that precedes the all-staff professional development.

How to Apply

For initial inquiries, please send a copy of your resume to the Teacher Recruitment Manager, Don McCahill, at don.mccahill@mapleleafschools.com.

A full list of documents and procedures is found on the Maple Leaf website.

Map of MLES Schools

MLES School Locations

  1. Maple Leaf International School - Chongqing

    Chongqing, PRC

  2. Maple Leaf International School - Dalian

    Dalian, Liaoning Province, PRC

  3. Maple Leaf Foreign Nationals School - Dalian

    Dalian, Liaoning Province, PRC

  4. Maple Leaf International School - Henan

    Luoyang, Henan Province, PRC

  5. Maple Leaf International School - Shanghai

    Shanghai, PRC

  6. Maple Leaf International School - Tianjin

    Tianjin, PRC

  7. Maple Leaf International School - Wuhan

    Wuhan, Hubei Province, PRC

  8. Maple Leaf Foreign Nationals School - Wuhan

    Wuhan, Hubei Province, PRC

  9. Maple Leaf International High School - Yiwu

    Yiwu, Zhenjiang Province, PRC

  10. Maple Leaf Foreign Nationals School - Yiwu

    Yiwu, Zhejiang Province, PRC

  11. Maple Leaf International High School - Zhenjiang

    Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, PRC

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