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Beware of China ESL & TEFL Foreign Teacher Employment Sc

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Beware of China ESL & TEFL Foreign Teacher Employment Sc

Postby Torino » Wed Jun 11, 2014 6:08 am

Last month I decided that I wanted to go teach in China after seeing about 10,000 ads pop up on Google. I did not realize that 85% of these ads all link back to the same five scam recruiters that tell people to come work in China on a tourist visa and they will "take care of it - once you get here." Anyway after talking to the reps of these agents below, I got such conflicting information that I got totally confused.

Hangzhou Helen
Angelina's ESL Cafe

But they all seem to have six things in common...

1. None of them will provide their license number or real Chinese names
2. They all evade questions about specific schools and guaranteed salaries
3. They all lied about the visa laws and fail to tell me that I would be deported if I got caught working on a tourist visa!
4. They all claim to be "part of", "affiliated", and/or "endorsed" by the Chinese government (Ministry of Education or SAFEA)
5. They all claim to be "foreign-owned" (and only China-Tesol is owned by an Australian)
6. All of them are blacklisted by existing China foreign teachers working in China at these web sites:

Over the last two weeks of doing my due diligence on China jobs, I learned so much that I decided to go work in in Singapore instead! Not only is the pay double but the scams are less than half of China. So if you are planning to go work in China, I suggest you do some serious homework first or you will have have some serious and costly risks to deal with.

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Postby zboy1 » Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:57 am

I've heard HORRRIBBBBBLLLLLEEEEE things about both China-Tesol and Helen TEFL China...which is based in Hangzhou. Friends tell me their basically criminal organizations masquerading as legitimate recruiters (and being protected by corrupt Chinese Communist government officials), which is all you need to know about those companies...
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