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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

Good things come to those who wait (hopefully)!!

Hi everyone

Nice to meet you!

My name's Charlotte, I'm 28 and from the UK.  I applied to teach Kids and Teens with EF back in January and was accepted to teach in a place called Fuzhou (near Taiwan) starting 3rd May. Obviously that date has passed - hence the blog title- and I was just wondering how many other people are in a similar situation wherein their arrival date has been postponed. 

So far I have ticked the following EF…


Added by Charlotte Sturley on May 8, 2017 at 1:52am — 14 Comments


Can anyone recommend a VPN that charges you in GBP not USD? Everything I can find is in USD, if I use one of these I'll be charged for a currency conversion.

Added by Shanika Imali Gunasekera on May 7, 2017 at 10:37pm — 2 Comments


If anyone would like to connect on Wechat, my ID is: Jshap914

Added by Jake on May 5, 2017 at 1:06pm — 3 Comments

Heading out to Hangzhou

Hello everyone :) 

I'm heading out to Hangzhou in mid-late June and was wondering if anyone else was heading out there or who is there already. Also looking for tips on what to take out. Just to introduce myself I am from the UK and I have a BA in archaeology from Cardiff, UK and then studied for an MA in World Heritage Studies in Cottbus, Germany where I also taught English as a foreign language. Taking some time out to teach English whilst hopefully doing some more research into…


Added by Emily Louise Bowyer on May 4, 2017 at 11:00pm — No Comments

China TEFL

Hi all, I will be coming to Shanghai On July 18 to arrive on July 19. My questions are as follows:

A) I was only given a 10 facts study guide to use for the China TEFL exams. This study guide I found not to be quite resourceful. Are there any other study guides/tools/ resources to use for this these exams? My second set of exams come out in May.…


Added by Greg Shue on April 18, 2017 at 7:39am — 1 Comment

TEFL training course

Getting through the units fairly well. That was until I hit Unit 4, my goal for tonight. My feelings right now involve much confusion, as well as hope. I totally was not ready for this. However, I will do my absolute best! At this time of the hour my brain most likely wants to shut down. Determination is definitely key throughout this process for those who have not yet reached this process. My advice is to practice pronouncing along with the Instructor. Also, I'm not sure why my puppy is so… Continue

Added by Jeana Daniels on April 9, 2017 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

teflinchina online course

Did anyone else have trouble accessing the teflinchina online course?? i signed in with my email i used for registration and the password given to me by my recruiter but it is still telling me there is an error and that my password/screenname is wrong

Added by Holle Williams on April 8, 2017 at 11:51pm — 14 Comments

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