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Hello EF Teachers,

If any one has any questions about the on-boarding process, what to expect, or just generalized questions feel free to ask on this post. I have been in Shanghai for about three weeks and I work in the Kids Online department of EF. Currently, we are based at the Shanghai HQ , but will be moving to our new office space in the Pudong area. I know a lot of you have questions or maybe you feel like your situation is different than everyone else. Please feel free to ask, I know when I was going through the process no one could give me a straight answer about being married and moving your family abroad as   I am 30 and a lot of the new teachers are much younger. I am happy to help any way I can. 


Keith Downing

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Comment by Pertunia Senwamali on June 27, 2018 at 9:43pm
Thanks Keith
Comment by Keith Downing on June 27, 2018 at 9:42pm

Hi Pertunia,

I know that people are able to transfer money via We Chat, but in the states the concept of electronic wallets are still pretty new. I believe if you are from a place where We Chat is already widely accepted you should be able to transfer money that way. 

I have transferred and received money in Shanghai on We Chat without any issue. There are limitations in place that restrict the amount of money foreigners can send out of the country through Ali Pay so I assume that will be the case with We Chat. 

I hope this helps and if you think of any other questions don't hesitate to ask!

Keith Downing

Comment by Kierra Gosier on June 27, 2018 at 9:20pm

Thank you so much Keith for that information

Comment by Pertunia Senwamali on June 27, 2018 at 2:25pm
Hey Keith. Thank you for the clarity i also needed information on that. So you can't transfer via the we-chat account ?
Comment by Keith Downing on June 27, 2018 at 1:42pm

Hi Kierra,

This is a great question! There are a few different ways to send money back home.

The most secure way is to do a wire transfer from your Chinese bank to your bank back home. This way will require some information from your bank to make it possible and can also take up to two weeks. When you get your bank set up here they can explain in detail and give you some literature.

I work with a lot of people who set up a Chinese PayPal account and transfer to their own PayPal account back home and they all say it’s cheaper than the bank wire, but I am not a PayPal account holder so I can’t say for sure.

There are a few other ways, but I recommend the bank wire as it is the most secure. When you arrive speak to coworkers and see what they do, you will learn about the laws limiting the amount of money foreigners can send out of China. There are a few loop holes and some people will clue you in, but I am always optimistic of short cuts when it comes to my money. 

I hope this helps! 

Keith Downing 

Comment by Kierra Gosier on June 27, 2018 at 4:34am

Hi Keith, how do you send money back home?

Comment by Desiree Mogorosi on June 15, 2018 at 5:38pm

Thank you Keith for your quick response. I will do.

Comment by Keith Downing on June 15, 2018 at 5:01pm

Hi Desiree,

I now understand what you were referencing, the best thing to do would be visit the airport website from which you are traveling to confirm they have an exchange store on location. Every airport is different so if your traveling from a smaller airport you may not have the opportunity. There will be a location at PVG when you arrive if you are unable to find one at your local airport.

Keith Downing 

Comment by Desiree Mogorosi on June 15, 2018 at 4:05pm

Hi Keith,

I meant there is Travellex at the airport. So may I change all my money there before I board, or just a few notes and the rest in China.

Comment by Keith Downing on June 13, 2018 at 7:02pm

Hi Desiree,

There are places at the airport when you arrive that you can exchange money. I wouldn’t recommend exchanging at the airport because they will give you a lesser rate for your cash. If you decide to exchange anything at the airport just do a small amount. When you go to get you bank card set up,that is the best time to exchange money.

You mentioned TravelEx below, I used them to exchange money before I left the USA so I wouldn’t have to worry about trying to exchange at the airport , since you won’t set your bank card up until you’ve been in China about a week. 

I hope this helps !

Keith Downing 


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