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FREE HYBRID 150 TEFL. TEACH IN CHINA: TRAVEL & EARN

Based in Hangzhou, China. Echo Education is the market leader in recruiting and training American & British university graduates for English teaching positions across China....

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Free TEFL Programme - English Teacher in China

Position Information: - School Location: Huzhou city - Quantity of teachers needed: 2 - Starting time: ASAP - Job type: contract - Job responsibility: To teach Oral...

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Free TEFL Programme - English Teacher in China

Primary school English teachers needed in Cixi, Ningbo, China, by the sea School Location: Zhejiang province, China Quantity of teachers needed: 2 Starting time: February...

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Free TEFL Programme - English Teacher in China

Work with a reputable school in China through this job opportunity! A kindergarten school in Suzhou has two positions available for native English speakers. This is a full-time...

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Kindergarten Teachers needed in Suzhou, Jiangsu

Advance your career while adding your CV with a competitive edge! A lifetime teaching opportunity is waiting for you in Suzhou! The school has two positions available for...

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English Teachers Needed at a Language School in Huzhou

Nothing looks great on your résumé than international work experience. Boost your credentials with this by taking up this job offer in China! A modern, well-equipped language...

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Kindergarten position good salary weekends off

A well-established and highly regarded kindergarten in Hangzhou, China, is seeking an experienced Kindergarten or Early Years Teacher to join its team this September. Teachers...

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Echo Education Reviews

Overall Rating

9 / 10

“You don’t know what you’ve got tis it’s gone”

“You don’t know what you’ve got tis it’s gone”

I like this saying as it’s how i feel about the year i spent in China between 2016- 2017 teaching English. I have a tinge of regret about the experience, but not about my school, children or TEFL. It’s more that i didn’t cherish every moment i had out there. During my time teaching i sometimes felt flustered and pressured and i wasn’t always the most agreeable person. My decision to go to China was a quick decision largely because of a nasty break-up with a long term boyfriend…. if i’m honest i was running away from Dublin. So when i got to China i was immediately hit by a sense of dread and that i’d made an awful mistake. During the first 2 weeks i was very very close to quitting and returning back home with my metaphorical tail between my legs!
However, i persevered and found inner strength. i somehow unwittingly stumbled on the job and found myself over the other side of the world and not really knowing why i was there. After 2 months i appeared to get my act together. But i was always focused on my exit, just completing the 10 months teaching and returning home to say i did it! … i could hold my head high.

The problem is, retrospectively, the time was a lot more special than i realised. I really didn’t cherish or realise how beautiful the experience was at the time. It hasn’t been until I’ve been back in Dublin for 6 months that everything seems slightly dream like and surreal… but very special. I have no intention of returning to teach abroad. I’m not a particular good traveller, i’m a mummy’s girl at heart!! But my advice to prospective teachers is… really engage with the experience, embrace it and realise this kind of experience is special … take time to look at the detail around you, remember people’s names, smile when they smile, listen to the sounds of the city and the country… let it in

Program: FREE HYBRID 150 TEFL. TEACH IN CHINA: TRAVEL & EARN

Overall Rating

9 / 10

“You don’t know what you’ve got tis it’s gone”

“You don’t know what you’ve got tis it’s gone”

I like this saying as it’s how i feel about the year i spent in China between 2016- 2017 teaching English. I have a tinge of regret about the experience, but not about my school, children or TEFL. It’s more that i didn’t cherish every moment i had out there. During my time teaching i sometimes felt flustered and pressured and i wasn’t always the most agreeable person. My decision to go to China was a quick decision largely because of a nasty break-up with a long term boyfriend…. if i’m honest i was running away from Dublin. So when i got to China i was immediately hit by a sense of dread and that i’d made an awful mistake. During the first 2 weeks i was very very close to quitting and returning back home with my metaphorical tail between my legs!
However, i persevered and found inner strength. i somehow unwittingly stumbled on the job and found myself over the other side of the world and not really knowing why i was there. After 2 months i appeared to get my act together. But i was always focused on my exit, just completing the 10 months teaching and returning home to say i did it! … i could hold my head high.

The problem is, retrospectively, the time was a lot more special than i realised. I really didn’t cherish or realise how beautiful the experience was at the time. It hasn’t been until I’ve been back in Dublin for 6 months that everything seems slightly dream like and surreal… but very special. I have no intention of returning to teach abroad. I’m not a particular good traveller, i’m a mummy’s girl at heart!! But my advice to prospective teachers is… really engage with the experience, embrace it and realise this kind of experience is special … take time to look at the detail around you, remember people’s names, smile when they smile, listen to the sounds of the city and the country… let it in

Program: FREE HYBRID 150 TEFL. TEACH IN CHINA: TRAVEL & EARN

Overall Rating

2 / 10

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Echo is not an Honest Company

I came with Echo in September 2017, and within 2 weeks of me landing one employee(Chinese) had their wages withheld. One of the teachers was falsely impersonated in a reviews online, request for assistance are left on deaf ears. You are treated like a product,to be sold, and over promised about your results. You teach classrooms of 40+ once a week and are blamed for the kids lack of English skills. They take away money from your salary based on KPI which is hardly given from my experience and many other employees. If you do resign based on their 90 days they end up terminating your visa, and giving bad remarks on future visa applications. I would strongly suggest not taking the reimbursement for the paperwork as they won't give it back to you. They blatantly bully teachers due to their lack of knowledge. Honestly would strongly recommend going with EF, Wall Street, or other well known brands at least with them they do take care of you.

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Overall Rating

10 / 10

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Walking tall

The first thing to say is this ain't no holiday! If you’re looking to bum around in flip flops and waltz into class hungover from the night before then book a flight to Thailand or Cambodia because teaching in China isn’t for you…

I’ve been with Echo 20 months now. Having gone through most of the reviews below i think they are fairly balanced in general. I think one or two teachers want to take a long hard look at themselves though and really put things in perspective. It’s not like those with a gripe to bear are virtuous beyond reproach… it boils down to flexing for more dosh at the end of the day. Certain expectations and mindsets of some foregin ESL teachers are very blinkered… i think it’s the new snowflake generation where they melt away and crumble at the first sign of discomfort and challenge when they are no longer at the centre of the universe

I’ve put in the yards with this job. Tested myself more than at any other point in my life and i’m smashing it. I love this city and i love my school… do i want more money? Of course i do…. but it’s not always about that. I’ll be financially driven when i return to London and join the rat race again. life is incredibly short and beautiful. It’s a cliche but you really do have to seize the day and appreciate this kind of opportunity. I take nothing for granted out here. I treasure every moment teaching, hiking, partying, learning mandarin (& failing!) because i know one day i will be back to the mundane London commute … but it’s these memories which will propel me forward

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Program: FREE HYBRID 150 TEFL. TEACH IN CHINA: TRAVEL & EARN

Overall Rating

7 / 10

  • Host School or Placement

    8

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Compensation & Benefits

    7

  • Support Services

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    8

  • Community

    6

Take a deep breath!

I’m in two-minds what angle to take with this review… Whether to highlight the good aspects or go to town on the more challenging aspects of the programme and job. I’m going to try and be as balanced as possible and not necessarily spin it excessively to either side.

The first part of the TEFL programme is an industry standard online 120 course which is through TEFLexpress, a company ECHO partners with. It doesn’t necessarily take 120 hours in total, it’s really a guideline. Informative as it is (and challenging in places) you’ll never exposed to “real” teaching. The second part of the TEFL involves a mock classroom and conference room environment (with up to 15 other teachers)... some teacher to teacher teaching and some peer to peer instruction. Overall it’s good but I wasn’t exposed to onsite school locations until I moved to my designation school for observation lessons. I believe they are changing the programme in the future which will involve onsite lessons as well. Again, as the TEFL is gratis it’s still very strong despite the “rushed” feeling towards the end. I might add that I did extensive research in my own time. Watching PPP lessons on YouTube and carefully browsing the teachers resource centre before I arrived. I’n unsure whether other teachers took as much extra time as I did. I would say 50% of teachers in training already had teaching experience in some form or another. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions and learn from their lead.

Honestly, I didn’t particularly enjoy my first week on arrival. It was more my mindset ... I think I put too much pressure on myself and just couldn’t relax. The life orientation was good... I felt a little immature and lost at times asking “stupid questions” ... but the truth is., you have no choice., if you don’t know how things operate. All the information supplied beforehand was good . I felt I had a clear picture of what was going to happen. Nevertheless there’s always a bite to reality when it “actually” happens. I regret not relaxing and absorbing those first few days in China. I think I had a reflex action of stress and panic which was needless. Most the other guys around me seemed ok but this was my first time out of Europe, shall we say: things were a little enlightening!

I was also under the impression that the first time I met the pre-existing teachers at my placement school they were a bit stand offish. Handshakes seemed insincere and several off them constantly moaned about everything from office supplies to quality of toilet paper! After a couple of days I thought it best to really focus my mind on the positives and to remove myself from negative conversations. I think negativity is like a disease, it can spread from one person to another,

I’m happy to say things are going well now. I’m adapting to my teaching schedule well. I keep the positive people around me close and the negative people at arms length. I haven’t seen much of the city or any other cities in China for that fact as I’ve been etching away at teaching. I’m looking forward to the rest of this journey and I’m staying positive

Leon

Program: FREE HYBRID 150 TEFL. TEACH IN CHINA: TRAVEL & EARN

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