My experience teaching in China for 7 years. Working at EF, Wall Street English training schools and Nanjing and Shanghai Universities

My name is Georgina and I come from the UK. I worked in China as a teacher for over 7 years. The first thing I remember is getting off the plane at Shanghai Pudong Airport when I arrived in 2009 for the first time and instantly feeling the humidity. This was something that was completely different from back home. I come from a small village near Manchester in the North West of England and the highest temperature we usually get is around 23 degrees. However nothing prepares you for the weather in China if you come from a cooler country.…

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Standing on the frozen Songhua river in Harbin

Big city, big company, big dreams. Living and working at EF Chengdu.

I found myself in a situation where a lot of people find themselves. In the early summer of 2017 and I had just graduated. I was feeling very proud of myself, let out a sigh of relief then asked myself, “So now what?”.  Whilst looking for jobs I saw a job ad for teaching English in China and I thought I’d at least apply. Within a week of applying I had completed the interview process and received my job offer from English First (EF). I was going to live in China. Prior to starting my job, I had absolutely no…

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TEFL teachers apartment at Ef school in Beijing

My experience working at an EF English school in Beijing

I’m Justina, and I’m from London. I recently took a gap year away from my journalism career to teach English to children in Beijing as well as learn Chinese myself. Working I taught English at what is referred to as a language training centre (as opposed to a public school) in central Beijing. This means that students come for classes after school or on weekends. I worked for Education First. EF, as it’s more commonly called, is one of the largest companies offering English teaching in China. My workplace was known as BJ08. It is one of the 19 centres…

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A Year at Depu Foreign Language School in Chongqing

‘Good morning Miss Clark, here’s your welcome pack and your school will be picking you up this afternoon.’ I had just arrived in on a flight to Beijing for TEFL training. Panic and anxiety flooded into my system, it began to sink in that I was going to be an actual teacher whether I was ready or not! Applying to be an English Teacher in China I applied to go to China through the British Council and in 2018 I managed to secure a place. The process of getting a Z visa is notoriously difficult and requires a lot of…

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