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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…


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

Arrival date in Guanzhou for me is September

Hey Girls,

I will be teaching kids and teens, arriving in September. I'm willing to room with someone that is teaching with me at the same center. I saw  a beautiful  house In Guangzhou online that had five bedrooms and three baths, but I'm sure it will be taken or just a prop. Anyone in Guangzhou, now ? IS  the arrival date  the day we start teaching or need to be in china, Also can we go a week before our due date to get set up ? How many suitcases can we bring, I have a…


Added by ANNIE C ALMENDAREZ on August 1, 2017 at 3:15am — 8 Comments

Guangzhou September intake teaching Adults?

Hi, I'm leaving to Guangzhou in September and would love to connect with teachers arriving same time and will be teaching adults.

Feel free to add me. Would love to journey along side you and chat more about these exciting times :)

Added by Iunisi Vaiaku on July 30, 2017 at 9:00pm — 7 Comments

Starting in Guangzhou in September

Hi guys,

Hope you've managed to get your visas sorted and you're feeling excited about the upcoming adventure.

I am putting this out there as I want to connect with others who are starting to prepare to travel out like me or those who are already working in China. It's not long now before I start my journey to Guangzhou and it's both exciting and nerve-wracking. Definitely want to get to know some of you before I travel out.

Anyway, feel free to get in touch. It'll be…


Added by Danny on July 30, 2017 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

Housing in Beijing

Hi, I'm Jess! If my visa documents stay on track I should be moving out to Beijing sometime in September. I'd like to do my research ahead of time so I'm not frantic for a place to stay when I get there. Can anyone out there give me advice on the best neighborhoods to look for an in an apartment in or an agent they'd recommend. Even general advice about the teaching hotel and my experience there will be like would be helpful.

Added by Jessica Lynn Pappas on July 26, 2017 at 3:20am — No Comments

Housing in Shanghai Mid Aug. 2017


My name is Kyla Bivins, and I am scheduled to move to Shanghai in mid to late August. (I am still waiting for my visa to process by the Chinese Gov, so I am not sure about the exact date).

I was wondering if anybody was looking for a house/suit/ room mate this upcoming school year?

Let me know :)

My email is Kyla.Bivins@aic.edu

Added by Kyla Bivins on July 11, 2017 at 5:40am — No Comments

Building the right work culture

Sometimes in life we face challenges, but do we be chicken about it and run or do we face the challenges, find solutions and grow our weaknesses into strengths. I feel the biggest challenge I am faced with at the moment is accepting that I am exposed to a new environment but I believe that one thing that should not have changed is work culture and standards. I believe every organization should hold the highest level of integrity, treat their employees fairly, show support, offer…


Added by Elmarie Furell Coles on July 3, 2017 at 11:11pm — 2 Comments

Going to Guangzhou anybody else.

Hi guys and girls my names Woody from the UK, I am hopefully going to Guangzhou in October and I would love to chat to anyone in a similar position. 

I've been to China before so I know a small amount about the country. It is truly and amazing country especially rural areas. I have visited Hong Kong, Beijing, Shenzen, Zhanjiaje, so if anybody needs any advice I shall try my best to help.

I would like too meet people from other countries, and form a long lasting friendship (bit…


Added by Dawood Azam Khan on June 29, 2017 at 7:30am — 9 Comments

Shenzhen in September?

Will anyone be arriving in Shenzhen in September?

Added by Whitni Young on June 27, 2017 at 2:04am — 2 Comments

Fitness Enthusiasts - Powerlifting or Bodybuilding

Anyone heading to Beijing (or there now) into bodybuilding or powerlifting? I've read the gyms aren't that great and are expensive over there. Just want to network with other gym folks and see the lay of the land. 

Added by Terence Jordan on June 17, 2017 at 6:27am — 6 Comments

Anyone Leaving for Beijing in November?

Hello, my name is Hailey, and I was wondering if there was anyone that will be leaving to Beijing around the same time as me. Would like to connect with other teachers before arriving at Beijing!

Added by Hailey Bendewald on June 17, 2017 at 5:02am — 8 Comments

"The End" is just a new begining - Gettiing Ready for China

. I have two regrets in life : Not becoming a MarineMP  and a school teacher.  Well , now I can fulfill my dream of being a teacher. I always talked about becoming a teacher when i was in grade school.  My mother told me I would play by myself under our house for hours playing teacher. Then the police academy movies came out and my sister went to the marines, so I wanted to be a marine and a police officer. 

I took the placement test for the marines and I passed . I thought I was…


Added by ANNIE C ALMENDAREZ on June 14, 2017 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

Is anyone leaving to Guangzhou in September?

Hello my name is Andre'a and I will be leaving to Guangzhou in September. I would like to hopefully get in touch with someone before than so I won't be totally alone. If anyone is in Guangzhou now or going there I would like to chat. I am very sociable and nice so please feel free to message me.

Added by Andrea Peterson on June 7, 2017 at 9:09am — 17 Comments

Apartment sharing in Guangzhou

Hey all! I'm hoping to be settling into Guangzhou in mid-August. I will be looking for a roommate or two. If anyone else plans to share space and is interested in connecting with me, please give me a shout out. Also, my WeChat is PipSqueak2238 if you wish to connect that way as well. Have a great day!

Added by Ann Marie Alexander on June 3, 2017 at 1:00am — 13 Comments

Any Advice for First time teachers moving to Beijing?

Hey guys, 

I have lived all my life in London UK. I have travelled and spent some a month or so in other countries. But my main point is that I feel once you live in a western country such as the UK you become accustomed to how there is a system, how everything is organised and well quite frankly it becomes very very difficult for you to move to a country that is not developed or western such as the UK. 

I need some advice regarding my ambition of living and teaching…


Added by Waheed Sahebzadha on June 2, 2017 at 3:26am — 4 Comments

This is a bit of a stretch but....

Anyone flying into Taiwan on June 13th with an 11:45min layover? Then going to Shanghai on the 14th arriving at 10am?

Added by Jake on May 23, 2017 at 4:40am — No Comments

I survived the 6 month mark

Sooo.. it's almost 7 months that I've been here in China and it's longer than I expected I'd be. I am really proud that I survived the changes in my life and took on the new adventure with a positive mind.So far I have visited Thailand, Bangkok and Phuket and I have visited Wuyi and Hangzhou. I have many more adventures on my list.

EF has been great. I have turned up at 3 TRT events now and they have all been so much fun. So that extra opportunity to explore and make new friends is a… Continue

Added by Elmarie Furell Coles on May 17, 2017 at 11:19pm — 7 Comments


Anyone have a good VPN recommendation?  I am shopping around for VPNS and the best ones seem to be Astril, Express VPN, TorVPN, Purevpn, I don't mind paying for one because the free ones are not that great..

Added by Jake on May 12, 2017 at 12:24pm — 8 Comments

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