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Keith Downing
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  • Mineral, VA
  • United States
  • Shanghai
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Desiree Mogorosi commented on Keith Downing's blog post KON Shanghai
"Thank you Keith for your quick response. I will do."
Jun 15
Keith Downing commented on Keith Downing's blog post KON Shanghai
"Hi Desiree, I now understand what you were referencing, the best thing to do would be visit the airport website from which you are traveling to confirm they have an exchange store on location. Every airport is different so if your traveling from a…"
Jun 15
Desiree Mogorosi commented on Keith Downing's blog post KON Shanghai
"Hi Keith, I meant there is Travellex at the airport. So may I change all my money there before I board, or just a few notes and the rest in China."
Jun 15
Keith Downing commented on Keith Downing's blog post KON Shanghai
"Hi Desiree, There are places at the airport when you arrive that you can exchange money. I wouldn’t recommend exchanging at the airport because they will give you a lesser rate for your cash. If you decide to exchange anything at the airport…"
Jun 13
Desiree Mogorosi commented on Keith Downing's blog post KON Shanghai
"Hey Keith,  I would like to ask if I can change my currency at Travellex at the airport and wether they will not be any complications? Hope this finds you well."
Jun 13
Keith Downing and MC owl (Christopher Villanueva) are now friends
Jun 12
Keith Downing commented on Keith Downing's blog post KON Shanghai
"Hi Julie, If they book your flight for you, then you should have no issue upgrading your seat through either the airlines app or you can call them and upgrade over the phone. If it’s stated in your contract you should have no issues. I spoke…"
Jun 9
Julie E Sykes commented on Keith Downing's blog post KON Shanghai
"Hi Keith! I'm wondering if they book & pay for my flight for me - because that is stated in my contract - is there a possibility of me then paying for an upgrade on my own? I've sent an email to my recruiter just now after reading your…"
Jun 9
Keith Downing commented on Keith Downing's blog post KON Shanghai
"Hi Kierra, I chose to book my own flight because I have special requirements for leg room(I’m tall). I was able to get a flight for about 450 with United. Double check your contract you may have a flight allowance built into your monthly pay.…"
Jun 9
Pertunia Senwamali commented on Keith Downing's blog post KON Shanghai
"Thank you  Keith.. for the clarity "
Jun 8
Kierra Gosier commented on Keith Downing's blog post KON Shanghai
"Hey,back again lol.  Can you tell me if your initial flight was paid for? Also how long did it take you to get your work permit?"
Jun 8
Keith Downing commented on Keith Downing's blog post KON Shanghai
"Hi Pertunia, Thank you for your question!  You will have the opportunity to take a 10000 rmb advance to make finding and getting into your apartment a lot easier. It is common practice in China to pay 3 months rent and a deposit to get in the…"
Jun 8
Pertunia Senwamali commented on Keith Downing's blog post KON Shanghai
"Hi Keith I have a little concern regarding move to Shenzhen and I hope you can put my worries at ease. Regarding the 10000CYN that you ought to have..does it necessarily have to be that amount of money or can it be less?"
Jun 7
Keith Downing commented on Keith Downing's blog post KON Shanghai
"Hi Shidai, The medical check is pretty basic. They do an EKG, take your blood pressure, x-ray, vision test, ultra-sound on your abdomen and take two vials of blood. It takes about 30 minutes to do all the tests and its all in the same building. You…"
Jun 4
Shidai Petty commented on Keith Downing's blog post KON Shanghai
"Hello, I have a question about the medical procedures. When you go in for testing, what exactly do they do?"
Jun 4
Keith Downing commented on Mariah Seale's blog post Arriving in Shanghai mid June
"Hi Mariah,  Good to see more Florida people coming to Shanghai! Don’t worry about housing, you will have plenty of support when you arrive and may even find a roommate within your onboarding group! Check out my KON Shanghai blog to see…"
Jun 3

Profile Information

When will you join EF?
Current EF staff
What city will you be/are you in?
Shanghai
Which EF division are you with?
EF Kids & Teens Online
What nationality are you?
American
What excites you most about China?
Adventure, Culture, and Cuisine!
What kind of teaching qualification do you have?
TEFL, TESOL
Who's your recruiter?
Don Smith/Dan Smith/Janice Hu

Keith Downing's Blog

KON Shanghai

Posted on April 9, 2018 at 12:39pm 41 Comments

Hello EF Teachers,

If any one has any questions about the on-boarding process, what to expect, or just generalized questions feel free to ask on this post. I have been in Shanghai for about three weeks and I work in the Kids Online department of EF. Currently, we are based at the Shanghai HQ , but will be moving to our new office space in the Pudong area. I know a lot of you have questions or maybe you feel like your situation is different than everyone else. Please feel free…

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Shanghai in November

Posted on October 2, 2017 at 10:52pm 1 Comment

Hello,

My name is Keith Downing and I am scheduled to start teaching in Shanghai at the end of November. I believe my date will be pushed back as the document authentication took longer than originally expected. I am excited to continue this process now that I have all of my documents uploaded and authenticated. Over the last few weeks I reviewed many other blogs looking for insights on the obstacles others have faced while completing the tasks set by EF. I…

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At 3:40pm on May 12, 2018, Sierra said…

Hi, Keith my question is how much money should i bring. I’ll be in Guangzhou so apartments are very reasonable. I don’t want to clear out my savings. Also, will my American credit and debit cards work there. I don’t want to carry a large sum of money on me since I’ll have to go through customs and switch flights three times. 

 
 
 

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