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Guangzhou Fantasy Football League


Any teachers in Guangzhou looking to join a fantasy football league message me for details!

Added by ryan gandolfo on August 21, 2017 at 5:57pm — 3 Comments

Shanghai bound in October

Hello fellow EF people,

I have been active on this site but will now do a formal introduction. My name is Lettecha Johnson. I am about to leave NYC after 7 years and am a Boston native. I have travelled a lot before - travel is my passion but this will be my first time  living abroad. I am excited to finally become an expat, something I have dreamt of since childhood. I am an artist  and web producer with a degree in educational technology. As a web producer, I trained…


Added by Lettecha Johnson on August 21, 2017 at 11:59am — No Comments

Chengdu Bound!

Hello Everyone!

My name is April and I'm from Georgia, my expected arrival date to Chengdu is November 2017. Will anyone else be headed to Chengdu or already in Chengdu?

Added by April Montfort on August 15, 2017 at 10:02am — 2 Comments

August Arrival in Beijing

Nihao everyone.  

I'm Peter from Murphy, Texas.  I graduated from UCI.  Go Anteaters (yes that's our mascot)!!!  I'm also an ex-Navy Bubblehead.  I just started learning the guitar southpaw style.  I like reading books and drinking Mocha Frappucinos at Barnes & Noble.  I sold my cruiser so I can't do scenic routes in the countryside anymore.  My next one will definitely be a Harley just so I can say I had one.  I'm JV level at playing tennis and I can't shoot a 3 pointer unless I…


Added by Peter Le on August 15, 2017 at 6:20am — No Comments

September Arrival in Guangzhou (anticipated)

Hi all,

Just thought I'd introduce myself properly; I commented on a few blog entries already so you might recognise my face...

I'm Keir Robinson from Scotland; after some paperwork hitches I eventually managed to get everything submitted and now awaiting my work permit (so I can get the visa), which we're hoping will arrive in time for an expected arrival date of September 12th. I'll be working in the Kids & Teens division.

Obviously I did the Foundation TEFL…


Added by Keir Robinson on August 15, 2017 at 12:28am — 1 Comment

Beijing in January!

Hello everyone

I'll be teaching kids and teens in Beijing January! I'm hoping to connect with some fellow expats on here before I arrive.

Added by Mabel Allen on August 10, 2017 at 8:16pm — 1 Comment

Arriving in Guangzhou on the 23rd of August??

Hi guys, 

I'm set to arrive on the 23rd of August for induction. Anybody else starting around the same time? 

  • What is everyone's advice in looking for accommodation? I know we are staying in a hotel for the first 2 weeks to get ourselves sorted, is everyone waiting until then to look? I will be looking to share with people who are located around the same place as me - think I am in Tianhe district. 
  • Any advice for what VPN to download? 
  • Any essentials ye…

Added by Tara O Mahony on August 8, 2017 at 7:45pm — 7 Comments

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

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 — 6 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

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