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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


Hello, my name is Jake and I will be going to Chengdu In June. Anyone else going to Chengdu?

Anyone already there that can give me some information about Chengdu? Such as, things to do, places I should look for apartments near the centre, etc?

Looking forward to meeting everyone!

Added by Jake on April 8, 2017 at 3:08pm — 30 Comments


How long did the invitation letter and whatnot take get to you guys with the EF Visa officers!?

Added by Christin Booker on March 22, 2017 at 8:14pm — 6 Comments

Set to depart August 2017

Hey everyone! 

My name is Alexis, I'm 21 years old, freshly graduated from college as of 3 months ago, and I'm headed to Shanghai to teach in August 2017. 

I just graduated with my Bachelor's in Human Services with plans to start graduate school to get my Master's in Mental Health Counseling. Before I even started, I was burnt out from already working in the field. I came to the miserable realization that I had just spent 3 and 1/2 years working towards…


Added by Alexis C Selby on March 14, 2017 at 8:56am — 2 Comments


So is it better to have a roommate or no? I see a lot of roommate posts, but does anyone live by themselves? Is the rent too expensive?

Added by Christin Booker on February 1, 2017 at 11:51pm — 2 Comments

Some of my favorite things.

Coconut oil, honey and FRUIT.

These are some of my favorites things.

As I count down the days my deep concerns range from what I'll be putting into my mouth to the people I'll be doing life with.

I'm relocating to China! A country I never imagined in my whole 30 plus lifetime I would ever visit, let alone live in. Funny how life is. March 2017 is not so distant anymore. Feel it. It is here. I certainly do.

Back to my favorite things, hope I'll be able… Continue

Added by Mahalia Macingwane on January 28, 2017 at 5:53pm — 2 Comments

Room available in an apartment in Jing'an Shanghai

I am moving out of my apartment and I need someone to take over the lease.The apartment is on 123 yanping road in Jing'an. There are grocery stores, convenient stores, bars and a gym just outside the apartment. 15 minute walk to EF headquarters (convenient to join the Chinese lessons and wellness classes). It is also easy to get around. 10 minute walk to Jing'an Temple (line 2,7) and 7 minutes walk to Changping (line 7).The room has big windows (balcony room) and receives good sunlight. You…


Added by Mapula on January 21, 2017 at 5:22pm — No Comments

Moving to Shanghai January 18th

Hello Everyone!

I am excited to be joining the EF team!! I will be working at the online center in Shanghai starting next week. It is crazy how time flies! Is there anyone in Shanghai looking for a roommate or do you have any tips to help me find an apartment? Any information would be helpful! I see a lot of people are starting this journey in the next few months. I am rooting for you! Enjoy the adventure while you can.



Added by Jennifer Forbes on January 12, 2017 at 4:24am — 2 Comments


Is anybody going to Tianjin in April?

Added by Christin Booker on January 7, 2017 at 4:52am — 1 Comment

Newbie in Chengdu..bie

Ok, well I'm not actually in Chengdu yet. I will be from April 2017, though. Currently going through the visa process and studying for the Foundation TEFL over at training.ef.com - if anyone else is doing the same, get in touch and maybe we can help each other out, whether it's to do with the material itself or just the occasional nudge for motivation to keep our progress on track.

This will actually be my second time heading to China for a teaching role, though it is my first…


Added by Tom Bradbury on December 20, 2016 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

New beginnings

Hi to my fellow teachers

Things are getting really exciting now, or they are when I think about my new venture and new adventure soon to begin in Shanghai. There have been such a lot of emotions felt in this process of joining EF. just for background, this is my first appointment as an ESL teacher, I have in the past been involved with training within business, everything from skills training to organisational change and I loved it, it was great. There has been the excitement…


Added by Stephen Prescott on December 17, 2016 at 11:21pm — No Comments

Just weeks away!

I'm so excited to join the EF team in Beijing! More nerves are surfacing but its all part of the excitement. Packing started and at first was way too much but I've got it down to about two bags!  I've been so crazy busy trying to finish my job here in the states which involved the election that I really haven't been doing the networking I should have. So, with that said, if there is anyone arriving at the same time, let me know. I have been toying with the idea of a roommate and I will have…


Added by Elizabeth Cochetas on November 20, 2016 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Can't wait until I Touchdown BJB (Beijing Bound)

Beyond excited about teaching in Beijing, China. I'm curious about the adjustments I'll have to make but I'm ready and open to change. Can anyone share their first day experiences or anything noteworthy?

                                                           From Memphis,TN to Beijing, China August 2017

Added by Willie Boone on November 20, 2016 at 2:30am — 7 Comments

searching for an apartment

since I will be starting my employment with EF in March, would anyone be willing to provide me with some good places to move into an apartment in Shanghai? or perhaps, are there any teachers that are going to Shanghai about the same time as me who would be willing to share living in an apartment?

Added by sean patrick christadore on November 14, 2016 at 5:14pm — 1 Comment

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