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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 boxes:

- Uploaded all documents to EF Bluecard page

- Sent legalised and certified degree certificate & criminal check to China (via EF office)

- Completed online TEFL survey

- Completed online China TEFL course/exam (hoping I passed!)

It would be super helpful if somebody who is further along the process could tell me what is still to do and how long this may realistically take.

I'd also love to connect with others looking forward to beginning their TEFL career in China and also to get the perspective from those already settled in to their schools and communities.


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Comment by Stephanie P. on July 3, 2017 at 12:07am
(Sorry to ask so many questions)
So you suggest to wait until I get to China and buy an internet router? About how much would that be?
Comment by Shanika Imali Gunasekera on July 2, 2017 at 10:30pm
None of them work that well out here. I have pure vpn and few people I know have express vpn. My suggestion is don't bother and, when you get out here but an Internet router with a built in vpn. EFs advice to make sure you buy one before you get out here is completely unfounded. I paid about £60 for a vpn which is so slow. If I'd waited I could of just bought a router with an inbuilt vpn.
Comment by Stephanie P. on July 2, 2017 at 10:13pm
Okay thank you for the info! Also another question, what are some good VPN's there in China? Thanks.
Comment by Shanika Imali Gunasekera on July 2, 2017 at 8:07am
They'll be a list of names in your induction pack. It's up to you to get in touch with them when you're here.
Comment by Stephanie P. on July 1, 2017 at 11:54pm
How do you get an agent Shanika? Do they provide you with one?
Comment by Shanika Imali Gunasekera on July 1, 2017 at 11:00pm
Finding an apartment was the most stressful thing. You have to use an agent as most people don't speak English. Once you've found somewhere and you're settled it's fine.
Comment by Krystina heidelberg on June 30, 2017 at 2:12am

Wow! Well hopefully my date will not be pushed back any further. How was finding an apartment and the first 2 weeks?

Comment by Shanika Imali Gunasekera on June 28, 2017 at 10:48pm

I actually ended up coming out earlier on 24th May. 

My visa was approved on the Friday, i got my passport back on the Saturday, my flights were booked on the Monday and i flew on Tuesday.

I didn't even have time to think about it.

I've been here a month and I still don't feel like i'm here. It still feels like a dream, lol!

Comment by Krystina heidelberg on June 28, 2017 at 7:33am

I am in the same situation. I also moved back home before leaving for China. Especially since I had not seen her in a while prior to accepting the position.

Shanika, did you end up starting on June 21st? I am set for July 19th assuming Visa info stays on track. 

Comment by Shanika Imali Gunasekera on May 9, 2017 at 3:08am
Hopefully, I should be starting on 21st June in Guangzhou, kids & teens. I'm desperate to get out there, as I've temporary moved back into my mum's before heading to China. I hope you get all your stuff sorted as soon as possible xx


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