My first two weeks with EF have been great, not only have the people i`ve started my teaching journey with been very open and friendly people, the welcome from the company has been the "perfect parachute" landing to life in China. Jaimee(my recruiter), Amanda(my Mini-Centre liason), Ross(the Teacher trainer), Tess(the cultural "fish in water") and Erica(who makes all the red tape go away!)+ many others have all been very helpful. It feels great to be part of a proficient team. Welcome to…Continue
Hello to all!....My name is David, I have the opportunity to teach in Guangzhou and I am real excited about it. Is anyone here from New York City? That is where I am coming from, I am also curious what any of you have to say about Guangzhou as a city in general...any random responses would be much appreciated!...Thanks so much guys!....and I hope to meet some of you in the future!
Added by David Henao on December 12, 2011 at 10:11am — No Comments
Yes, I am still alive... just haven't posted in a while! I keep telling myself I need to make a real blog post here about how things are going, but then I feel like I have so much to share it is overwhelming!
Shanghai is beginning to feel like a second home to me, little by little. There have been some challenges to overcome, work-related and non-work related, but I think more and more I'm feeling confident in working and living here.
That said, it is still…Continue
It's kind of crazy how the weather has changed so much since I got here. The first few days I was here, it was very humid and warm, probably about 80 degrees F and it felt rather gross. I was glad, though, after a few days, it seemed to cool down a bit and not be nearly so humid outside. Since then we have had a few humid days, but nothing as bad as those first few. Now it's getting pretty cold outside and we had a very rainy day the other day! Time to get out the leather jacket, boots…Continue
Eleven to go!
So far, so good! I'm all settled in now, and learning more and more each day about living here, the language, and the culture. After the first couple of weeks or so of being here, things do get a lot easier, although I still won't say I love everything about being here... but I can't really say that about many places I've been, anyway.
Now I am mainly feeling bad about how lazy I have been with learning Mandarin. I have had about four Mandarin…Continue
Added by Rose Connally on October 15, 2011 at 12:18am — No Comments
I'm finding that I am forming a love/hate relationship with China. At least, so far. As I said before, it seems that every day, I meet some kind of opposition in whatever it is I want to do, whether it is getting from one place to another, finding something in a store, or, as I was trying to do today, simply retrieve cash from my bank account.
Word of advice to anyone coming to live in China: do not lose your ATM card. Bad, bad idea. Not because some stranger will…Continue
what a little R&R can do for one who has just recently arrived in a new country.
Upon arriving in China, I was instantly and intensely surrounded by a plethora of new sights, smells, sounds, situations and experiences. The culture and the way of living here take some getting used to, and being out and about requires immediate immersion into this culture.
Upon arriving here, I also was convinced that I must go on sightseeing ventures whenever possible, and…Continue
Added by Rose Connally on October 3, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments
I am starting to get used to living here. It still feels a bit weird to say "I live in China," and to think of this as my home. I think it will take a month or two more for it to really sink in that this is where I am staying for a year.
That said, I have been enjoying getting out and seeing some of Shanghai, although at the same time I have been learning a lot. Some trial and error, and some dumb luck.
Words of advice/warning/info for people who are going…Continue
Well, I've been here a day and a half so far, and it has been a huge learning experience already. Here are some interesting tidbits:
Added by Rose Connally on September 15, 2011 at 8:28pm — No Comments
Roundhouse kick English into your students' heads. Don't worry: You won't have to do this at EF--unless you want to...
Added by Teacher Recruitment & Training on September 5, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments
I have a tentative leave date of September 14th, which leaves me just a little over three weeks left here in the US. I have plenty to get done before I move, and to keep track of it all, I need to make a list. Here is the list of what I can think of right now, and I will surely add things onto it as time goes on.
I am moving to Shanghai very soon, and I'm getting excited! I just got my visa documents in the mail and will be going over to the Chinese Consulate of San Francisco next week to turn them in.
I love my life here in San Francisco, but I am very excited to try something new and go on an adventure for a year in Shanghai. I have never lived in another country before, let alone one where most people speak a different language! I don't speak any…Continue
I thought it could be useful to try and explain to everyone why we have built this site. I am happy to introduce you to what we think is an innovative way for you and other EF teachers and recruits in China to connect and communicate. I have trained, managed and recruited teachers for the last 20 years and things have definitely changed. Online community networking takes advantage of the latest social media tools to improve your recruitment and employment experience.
EF English First…Continue
Added by Stephen Farley on August 5, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Calling all teachers, this coming June will see the first Shanghai bi - annual teachers conference. It will be for teachers by teachers with workshops covering a vast range of academic and caereer development interests and issues. What can you do to help? Well if you have a passion for a certain topic and would like to share it with your fellow teachers by presenting on the day this is the time and place, or how about suggesting a work shop that you would like to attend.…Continue
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We're busy putting together the next Teacher Conference for Shenzhen and Guangzhou and wondered if you guys had anything you liked most or least about previous conferences you've attended - or if you've been to a non-EF conference you enjoyed and why. Hopefully we'll be able to use as much of your feedback as possible to make this conference fantastic!
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