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At 10:45pm on October 29, 2017, Valentina Wallace said…
I graduated Alcorn back in 2011.. I’m leaving Jackson on January 2nd. If you have Facebook add me on there my name is Valentina Wallace on Facebook (hahaha)! :)
At 8:55pm on October 29, 2017, Valentina Wallace said…
Yay ! Nice to meet another Mississippi gal! I’m from Jackson not the Delta area, but I have tons of friends from that area I met at Alcorn!! Did you go to JSU??
At 12:15am on August 27, 2017, Benjamin Homer said…
Hey, they put all the trainees in to a decent hotel. For my group it was a Holiday Inn express for 2 weeks. You get your own room but you will often want to meet with your fellow trainees to explore the place :) That's great that you have an unlocked mobile device! They will take you to China Mobile to get a new SIM where you can start using your iphone in China straight away. I will start training later this week (they leave you alone for apartment hunting on your first and second weekend).
At 6:11pm on August 25, 2017, Benjamin Homer said…
Hi Sierra!
My first day in Shenzhen with EF was very smooth and well organised. Got driven to the hotel on arrival and they pay for 14 nights at the hotel. In the following morning i went with my training group to the EF center to get a bank account and mobile contract sorted (they put you on a cheap 58rmb a month). Then you just sign your contract and they take you on a food tour! I loved it and they ease you in to the experience :)
At 2:00pm on August 16, 2017, Miriham Walle said…
Hi! Yes, I will be in Foshan! Everything is going pretty well. Just waiting on my work visa! How about you?
At 8:52pm on August 11, 2017, Mabel Allen said…

I finished the 1st module of tefl but haven't even started on my visa yet. I'm going to try and head to the police station to do my background check today. 

At 8:19pm on August 11, 2017, Mabel Allen said…

I'm good just starting the tefl and visa process. A little overwhelming but I'll handle it lol.

At 5:05am on August 11, 2017, Brandon Kemp said…
I had access to Netflix with a VPN before, but I wouldn't worry too much. It's fairly easy to find free streaming sites for shows and movies in China. I've forgotten the names of some, but having an external hard drive with movies also helps!
At 6:15am on August 10, 2017, Brandon Kemp said…

Hey Sierra,

I've had really good luck with Astrill VPN during past stays in China. It was recommended to us before my semester in Beijing, and my understanding is that most of my peers had better luck with it than Express VPN (which I believe Apple stores have taken down now anyway, sadly). Good luck. 

At 2:45am on August 10, 2017, Lisa said…
Hey Sierra! It seems like ExpressVPN has strong reviews. Not sure if there are better deals around though. As for what to bring, everyone seems to suggest spices, particularly any brands you're attached to that might not be available. I'm also bringing a mini pharmacy of basic meds- I'm sure they're available but I don't want to have to track them down if I'm not feeling well right off the bat. Momentos from home for the homesick days. On clothes, remember the climate and situation. Anything in non-Asian sizes, quality shoes, clothes that dry quick. Feel free to add me on WeChat! nelsolis17
At 9:25pm on August 9, 2017, Tara O Mahony said…

Hey Sierra, I haven't looked into them properly yet but a few people have sent me recommendations but will be looking into the VPN in detail next week so will update you! :) I haven't really seen accommodation properly, kind of just expecting that to fall into place when I arrive and staying in the hotel. Once your visa stuff comes through and you email your recruiter, you get an email with details of how the first 2 weeks will be planned and there is a whole 2 days set aside to help looking for accommodation etc! :) 

Will keep you posted once I'm settled there and try give advice as to what I should have done before arriving :P Ya I do - tazz-93 add me whenever! :D

At 11:04am on August 2, 2017, Lettecha Johnson said…

Have not done a formal apartment search yet since I heard it is best to wait until you get to Shanghai. However, I will start browsing more intensely once I get the last of my Visa paperwork in. I will most likely look for a roommate ...would be nice if I could pair up with another EF teacher who will be in Shanghai around that time or is already there and will need a roommate.

At 11:00pm on August 1, 2017, Lettecha Johnson said…

My TEFL is done is done as well :) Felt good to get that off my list.

At 9:18pm on August 1, 2017, Lettecha Johnson said…

Hello Sierra! I also just want my paperwork over with! 

At 2:42pm on July 24, 2017, Antanina Hudson said…
Hi Sierra! All of my blue card documents have been submitted so I'm just waiting to hear back after the review and translation for my next steps.
At 10:25am on July 21, 2017, Deja Willis said…
Hey how has your experience been?

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