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Congratulations on being accepted for a position to teach in China. This group has been set up for you to be able to prepare for your up-coming adventure.

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We all know what it is like to be new and we hope that by participating in activities and discussions in this group that you will be better prepared.

As a member of the group you will receive a newsletter touching on topics to do with EF, China and teaching. Remember that the point is for you to enjoy your preparation and be pointed to material and content that is relevant to you at this time. There is the saying that the more you put in the more you will get out of it and we believe just that!

We also suggest that you join two other groups to start your networking opportunities. There is a group for you arrival month. This is a space for you to be able to help and be helped by people arriving at the same time as you. There is also a group for each city and by joining you will be able to start networking with current teachers, see what's happening and get a feel for your new home away from home.

So check for your newsletter each week and jump into the discussions below and in various blogs on the site.

Discussion Forum

Heading to Beijing in Feb 2018

Started by Claire Dickson-Timmins on Tuesday. 0 Replies

Hi everyone!I'm starting in Beijing next month (February) and was just wondering how you found the apartment hunting process? Feeling a bit lost looking at classified ads and wondered if there were…Continue


Started by Jessica Patrick. Last reply by Nicole Ndhlukula Sep 8, 2017. 5 Replies

Hello all!Who is interested in exploring and/or taking part in the creative/cultural scene in Shanghai this fall? If you enjoy attending film festivals or fashion shows, performing spoken word poetry…Continue

Tags: sightseeing, volunteering, nightlife, Shanghai, languages

Any veteran teachers that can answer a few questions?

Started by John Beegle. Last reply by Sonya Weatherbee Aug 29, 2017. 5 Replies

Hi, everyone. I'm set to head to Beijing in September and I just had a couple of newbie questions that I would be eternally grateful to have answered. First, I'm aware that receipts for passport and…Continue

Looking for others going to (or currently in) Chongqing

Started by Meaghan Andrews Aug 20, 2017. 0 Replies

Hello! I'm going to Shanghai for training either August 23rd (if my work visa gets back to me on time) or more likely September 6th, and then I'll be teaching adults in Chongqing! I was wondering if…Continue

Tags: Chongqing

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Comment by Mauricio Osorio on January 4, 2018 at 12:22am

Hello all. Any Canadians out there that went to University in the US? The Canadian consulate in Toronto will not authenticate my diploma because it is not a Canadian document.

The diploma has been notarized in London, ON, as this is where I live. Will the Canadian Consulate in Chicago accept a Canadian notarized document?


I'm supposed to start in Shenzhen in April 2018...

Comment by Sierra on September 1, 2017 at 2:59am
Can anyone tell me some supplies to bring with me to decorate my classroom with.
Comment by Andy Bateman on August 22, 2017 at 1:43am

Memrise Mandarin Chinese group.
As I couldn't search for a friend who is also using Memrise to help learn Mandarin, I've just created a group there instead. All welcome! Follow this link to join the 'China teachers' group and make your Memrise Mandarin even more marvellous:   https://www.memrise.com/group/183950/

Comment by Andy Bateman on August 10, 2017 at 4:13am

Hi Jack, fellow British bloke here also starting in November with Kids and Teens (but in Guangzhou not Shanghai). Sounds like you're discovering the joys of the initial medical form difficulties which I've also just been through in the UK. After a lot of research and several e-mails and phone calls, it became clear to me that it's simpler and far more straightforward to just book a private all-in-one 'visa medical' appointment with a specialist provider who's used to the Chinese form. There are only a few companies in the UK that do them and they're not cheap but my recruiter reminded me that EF are used to reimbursing these sorts of costs as many recruits come from the USA, etc. I'm heading down to London for my 'visa medical' this coming Monday. Let me know if you need any company recommendations :-D

Comment by Jack Edwards on August 10, 2017 at 12:33am

Hey guys, I'm currently working on my visa application to start work in Shanghai in November. I am having difficulty with my medical form however, as my GP is reluctant to sign off on a chest x-ray without actually giving me one, and I cant have one done, as there is nothing wrong with me. I was wondering if anyone h]else had this issue? How did you guys get your medical completed? I came to China on a student visa previously, and did the medical when I arrived instead of before.

Comment by Lettecha Johnson on August 8, 2017 at 1:54pm

Hello fellow newbies!

I will be coming to Shanghai in October 2017 . I will certainly be looking for a roommate (s). I am creative, clean and love to cook :) 

Comment by Peter Molloy on June 26, 2017 at 11:17am

Does anyone have advice about apartments in Wuxi? I arrive in August, but I'd just like to have an idea on where is best to live (and prices) so it's not all a mad rush!

Comment by Jessica Patrick on June 20, 2017 at 11:08am

Hi Jordan!

I'm looking for something a bit more permanent, but thanks for letting me know about the room! 

Comment by Jordan Doucette on June 20, 2017 at 8:14am

Hey Jessica, 

I will be looking for someone to Sublet my room in Shanghai for September and into October a week or two. I'm leaving next week for about 3 months and have a girl subletting July?August, but would love to fill the room the last month I'm, away as well!

Comment by Jordan Doucette on June 20, 2017 at 8:12am

Hey Bill, 

You can get fapaios for any address as long as you provide the details to the agent you're using (usually just rental address, your name, sometimes company name, amount and dates).


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