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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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Chongqqing bridge and skyline

My Experience Teaching at EF Language School in Chongqing, China

In August 2018 I decided to uproot my life and move across the world to Chongqing, China to teach English. I was hired by a company called English First which has language institutions all over China. There are 12 institutions alone just in Chongqing, and I worked at one of the biggest centers located in the Daping neighborhood. Before the Move Prior to my arrival, EF was amazing in helping me through the visa process and feel comfortable before my big move. They even have a person whose only responsibility is to help with the visa process, so that was…

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Oli at First Leap English in Beijing

My life in Beijing at First Leap English

My name is Oli Barton and I’ve been teaching English in China for one and a half years. I work for First Leap and I’m based in Beijing. School: First Leap has many centers spread all over Beijing, (and the whole of China too). The facilities at each center are very good. The classrooms are fitted with interactive whiteboards and air conditioning, the offices have computers for teachers and lots of resources to help you prepare for classes and make them as effective as possible, even with Nintendo Wiis for Virtual PE lessons. The centers are kept very clean as…

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