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Shanghai November 28

Hello Again!

Who is arriving on November 28th?

Added by Catherine Anna Templeton on November 15, 2017 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

New Arrival Date!

Hello everyone!

I hope all is well! Due to visa processing my new date of arrival for Beijing will be early January! Although I am very excited to begin this new journey, I am glad I will be able to spend the holidays with family and friends. Just in time for Chinese New Year in February!

Anyone departing in January?

Jasmine

Added by Jasmine Williams on October 31, 2017 at 5:51am — 3 Comments

Hello! Hola! Nei2 Hou5? Ciao!

Thank you so much for your interest in my blog post! I wanted to add a little about me so maybe we can be friends. As you can tell by my post title, I love languages. I am an American born Chinese and currently living in the United States. This will change hopefully by January 2018! I am suppose to be in Guangzhou then so I am totally stoked.

Hmm. Let's see. What else about me? I really enjoy:

  • Reading - anything and everything! as long as it peaks my interest, I am…
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Added by Michelle Nhin on October 25, 2017 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Shanghai in November

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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Added by Keith Downing on October 2, 2017 at 10:52pm — 1 Comment

Happy Greetings!

大家好!我的中文名字是舍睿秋。 你可以叫我秋秋。我很高兴认识你们!Hello everyone! My name is Rachel. I am very excited to start working for English First within the next couple of months. I will begin teaching kids and teens in Beijing sometime in November. This will be the second time for me to be in China. Last time I was in China, I had the opportunity to study abroad at Beijing Normal University. I come from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania also known as the “Christmas City.” I come from a large family with five siblings. I have…

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Added by Rachel Ann Cimera on September 23, 2017 at 1:54am — No Comments

WeChat Groups

Can anybody recommend some active WeChat groups for music, traveling, meeting people? Pretty much anything to get involved with people in China. I would like to meet more people.

My WeChat is TrillTrax - Feel free to add me ;)

Added by Terence Jordan on September 14, 2017 at 11:03am — No Comments

Guangzhou in 12 days! ANYBODY ELSE?!

G U A N G Z H O U 

Hi everyone. Excited! I will be in Guangzhou on the September 13th, so 12 more days. Im picking up my visa coming Monday.

Anybody else arriving on the same day?

I have noticed that most of you are…

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Added by Iunisi Vaiaku on September 1, 2017 at 6:37pm — No Comments

Shanghai in November

Hello all,

I will be coming to Shanghai November 8th, let me know if you are coming the same time or close to it. 

Quick question anyone have any recommendations on Mandarin Chinese language books?

Added by Catherine Anna Templeton on September 1, 2017 at 7:29am — 7 Comments

I've got only a few (million) questions

Hello fellow EF teachers!

I am due to embark on my Chinese adventure in a little over a month- you can catch me in Chongqing after October 25th! I spent a semester of college in Europe studying abroad, and even with the travel experience I gained over those months I have a thousand curiosities about what life will be like in China (I mean don't we all?!)  I'll list some of my current questions below, and would truuuuly…

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Added by Breda Bosch on August 31, 2017 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Beijing

Hello Everyone,

I am new to this site, still trying to get the hang of it.

I am currently set to go teach children and teens in Beijing within the next month or so. I am very excited and nervous at the…

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Added by Darcie Kuchcinski on August 25, 2017 at 9:39am — 1 Comment

Guangzhou Fantasy Football League

Hello,

Any teachers in Guangzhou looking to join a fantasy football league message me for details!

Added by ryan gandolfo on August 21, 2017 at 5:57pm — 3 Comments

Shanghai bound in October

Hello fellow EF people,

I have been active on this site but will now do a formal introduction. My name is Lettecha Johnson. I am about to leave NYC after 7 years and am a Boston native. I have travelled a lot before - travel is my passion but this will be my first time  living abroad. I am excited to finally become an expat, something I have dreamt of since childhood. I am an artist  and web producer with a degree in educational technology. As a web producer, I trained…

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Added by Lettecha Johnson on August 21, 2017 at 11:59am — No Comments

Chengdu Bound!

Hello Everyone!

My name is April and I'm from Georgia, my expected arrival date to Chengdu is November 2017. Will anyone else be headed to Chengdu or already in Chengdu?

Added by April Montfort on August 15, 2017 at 10:02am — 1 Comment

August Arrival in Beijing

Nihao everyone.  

I'm Peter from Murphy, Texas.  I graduated from UCI.  Go Anteaters (yes that's our mascot)!!!  I'm also an ex-Navy Bubblehead.  I just started learning the guitar southpaw style.  I like reading books and drinking Mocha Frappucinos at Barnes & Noble.  I sold my cruiser so I can't do scenic routes in the countryside anymore.  My next one will definitely be a Harley just so I can say I had one.  I'm JV level at playing tennis and I can't shoot a 3 pointer unless I…

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Added by Peter Le on August 15, 2017 at 6:20am — No Comments

September Arrival in Guangzhou (anticipated)

Hi all,

Just thought I'd introduce myself properly; I commented on a few blog entries already so you might recognise my face...

I'm Keir Robinson from Scotland; after some paperwork hitches I eventually managed to get everything submitted and now awaiting my work permit (so I can get the visa), which we're hoping will arrive in time for an expected arrival date of September 12th. I'll be working in the Kids & Teens division.

Obviously I did the Foundation TEFL…

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Added by Keir Robinson on August 15, 2017 at 12:28am — 1 Comment

Beijing in January!

Hello everyone

I'll be teaching kids and teens in Beijing January! I'm hoping to connect with some fellow expats on here before I arrive.

Added by Mabel Allen on August 10, 2017 at 8:16pm — 1 Comment

Arriving in Guangzhou on the 23rd of August??

Hi guys, 

I'm set to arrive on the 23rd of August for induction. Anybody else starting around the same time? 

  • What is everyone's advice in looking for accommodation? I know we are staying in a hotel for the first 2 weeks to get ourselves sorted, is everyone waiting until then to look? I will be looking to share with people who are located around the same place as me - think I am in Tianhe district. 
  • Any advice for what VPN to download? 
  • Any essentials ye…
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Added by Tara O Mahony on August 8, 2017 at 7:45pm — 7 Comments

Soon to be expat in Beijing!

Hello all - My name is Jasmine and I am currently going through the visa process to teach kids and teens in Beijing this upcoming fall (approximately late November mid-December)! This will be the second time I will living abroad since I studied in England for a semester during my undergraduate career three years ago! (Wow, I feel old lol). I am very excited to be embarking on this new journey in China!

Looking forward to connecting with everyone, especially those who will be arriving…

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Added by Jasmine Williams on August 7, 2017 at 8:33am — 1 Comment

Housing in Guangzhou

  • Hello, if my paperwork stays on track ill be arriving in Guangzhou in November.  I was wondering has anyone found an apartment website fornthe area. I"m not. interested in sigining any agreements yet, I just want to look. If anyone has any information about some good areas to stay in could you l et me kno w. 

Added by Sierra on August 7, 2017 at 12:30am — No Comments

Soon to be expat Englishman in Foshan!

Hi all - first post. I'm from Manchester, England and if nothing goes wrong with the final stages of the visa process I'll be in Foshan (close to Guangzhou) in three weeks' time. Oh my...it sounds even scarier when I actually type it. It's nice to see some of you will be Guangzhou based but is anybody else going to be in Foshan. Hope all your preparations are going well :)

Added by Daniel Mee on August 1, 2017 at 5:53pm — 6 Comments

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