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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TEFL teacher Jordan posing at Zhangjiajie (Avatar mountain)

The Good life. Teaching English at UP school in Chengdu, Southwest China

My experience in China was more than what I could have imagined- the lifestyle, the culture, the job, my students, the friendships made, the food- my goodness I miss the food! If you are an open-minded, hard-working, experience-hungry individual who loves to be immersed around different people from all walks of life, then China truly is the place to be. I write this with a heavy heart as it has been only 2 months since I left the beautiful city of Chengdu and the sweet, 2 and half year memories are vivid and aplenty. Living in the City For 2…

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