Photo of Emma Andrews teacher at EF Shanghai

In Pursuit of China. Teaching at EF in Shanghai.

I remember sitting on the beach during sunset in my old home in the countryside of Hawaii. I was gazing out at the horizon, pondering the vastness of the body of golden water before me, and marveling in just how little I knew of what was out there. Sometimes, in a moment of contentedness, one is overcome with a strange paradoxical desire to shed this feeling of peace and seek something beyond that horizon. This moment for me changed my life, for it was this very moment that I decided to accept my recent job offer and move to Shanghai,…

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Skyline of Chongqing city at night with the bridge

My experience TEFL teaching at Meten English in Chongqing

After scraping by for over a year working in Spain, I decided that in order to make some money and get the experience I wanted working in a language academy, I would need to head to Asia. I interviewed for jobs teaching in Japan with Nova and in China with Meten. Although I really wanted to go to Japan, the job with Nova wasn’t as appealing to me because they couldn’t tell me where I would be going in Japan, the pay was lower and they have a really strict business dress code. I decided to take the job teaching…

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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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