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Teach ANYWHERE in China: 300+ Schools, 60+ Cities

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Compensation & Benefits

    10

  • Support Services

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Community

    10

International Teacher

EF English First provides many opportunities for people who come to teach in China - you just have to be proactive. There are many teacher events that you can participate in, and even organize if you have an idea! There are free Chinese classes in HQ (great for teachers in Shanghai). Within your center, you have multiple opportunities to become more than just a teacher'; whether it's creating your own Life Club, teaching Parent Academies, or organizing a dance to perform at the annual party. There are opportunities to obtain higher certifications and career advancement too. You're always paid on time and if you use your days off wisely and around the national holidays, you're able to take 3 or 4 vacations per year!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Compensation & Benefits

    10

  • Support Services

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Community

    10

Great country, honest company

I love being in China. This is such a pivotal time in this country's future, and being here to see/feel the change is unmatchable.

I chose English First because of how big it was. I was new to "world traveling" and I wanted to be certain that I would be safe and able to support myself. I heard/read horror stories visas not being legal, people not getting paid and having to work longer than agreed upon hours. Everything English First stated in the contract was carried out with no issues. I was beyond grateful for my placement in Hangzhou, the center in which I worked, the colleagues I worked with and the students I interacted with. I was surprised at how such a large company was able to run like it was a small startup (in a good way).

My only issues stem from how changes are dealt with. Sometimes it is an issue with the government suddenly changing things, but other times it has to do with the company implementation of new ideas. It could be handled better, but since this is my only issue I consider myself lucky. This a great company to enter into China with because it takes so many worries away. If you are looking to move up or continue your education, English First will also sponsor education.

Overall Rating

6/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    5

  • Living Situation

    5

  • Compensation & Benefits

    4

  • Support Services

    1

  • Day to Day Life

    1

  • Community

    5

Indescribable adventure

This training center was less than stellar. The focus was more money than the welfare of the foreign teachers. There is no training and it is expected as a native speaking for you to know how to teach.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Compensation & Benefits

    10

  • Support Services

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Community

    10

English Teacher, English First China

I find nothing more amazing than the team that is put together by this company. I've met people who have spent their whole lives travelling the world, others who haven't been outside of their home state or country until one day packed up and moved to China. I've met people who, like me, have studied earth sciences throughout university, people who have studied politics, dance, international relations, and of course those who have devoted themselves to education. The result of all this, is this crazy, beautiful, mix of people that all want a little more out of life, and most importantly, is a group that can be put in any sticky situation possible, and solve it in no time laughing the entire way.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Compensation & Benefits

    9

  • Support Services

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

  • Community

    9

Senior Teacher, English First China

It’s great to work somewhere like EF. Being a teacher can be busy and fast paced, but also fun. On my days off, there's always something to see and do.