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Observations after my first day

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:


  • I see a lot fewer children here than I do in the US.  Fewer families walking around together.  Probably because of the limit that is in place, where each couple can only have one child.
  • I don't see any dogs being walked, which is a huge difference from San Francisco.  I guess people here don't really have dogs?
  • There are…

Added by Rose Connally on September 17, 2011 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

I made it!

I'm in Shanghai!!! Everything went pretty smoothly. The two worst things of the whole trip were a) the in-flight internet I paid for didn't end up working, and b) I couldn't easily call or email my parents or my boyfriend right away after arriving.

That second part was actually pretty stressful, because the two guys from the hotel who were waiting for me at the airport were also waiting for another girl who was arriving today to teach for EF, and her flight arrived later. As it was, I… Continue

Added by Rose Connally on September 15, 2011 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Celebrity English Teachers

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

To-Do List Before I Move to China

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.

  • Go to the Consulate and get my Z-Visa (planning on getting this done tomorrow)
  • Book flight to Shanghai
  • Clean up and sell most of my…

Added by Rose Connally on August 23, 2011 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Hello from San Francisco!

Hi everyone!


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…


Added by Rose Connally on August 13, 2011 at 8:26am — 1 Comment

Do you know what's expected? Do you feel like you belong?

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…


Added by Stephen Farley on August 5, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Qingming Festival is April 5th - What are you doing?

The Qingming Festival is on April 5th this year which means that it is a public holiday in China. My question is what are all EFers doing this year? Do you have any plans? I would love for you to share some things with people waiting to come to China!

For those wanting to know a little about the Qingming Festival, I took the following from Wikipedia…


Added by Teacher Recruitment & Training on April 2, 2010 at 1:01pm — 1 Comment

First ever Shanghai teachers conference

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.…


Added by Simon on March 30, 2010 at 10:21am — No Comments

What is Teaching Chinese Students like?


Added by Teacher Recruitment & Training on March 29, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Southern Region Teachers' Conference 2

Hi All,

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!

Added by Cassandra Burgess on March 27, 2010 at 7:22pm — No Comments

Oli's Shanghai Blog


Added by Teacher Recruitment & Training on February 15, 2010 at 9:02pm — No Comments

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