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A Blessing in Disguise
Submitted by Jason Henry - Hangzhou | March 19, 2018
My name is Jason Henry and ECHO English has been a blessing in disguise.
Flash back to October 2016, the senior year of college, my life was a mess. All of my friends had offers to Fortune 500 companies or comfortable government jobs while I was stuck with a dead business I invested two years of my life growing but would go nowhere because of unforeseen government regulations passed in September 2016. I was confused and my parents were furious.
Like any emotionally unstable young adult, I thought to myself “I’m going to sign up for the Peace Corps.”
My parents pleaded with me, "Do NOT go to a third world country! You are NOT in the right state of mind!" They insisted I should take a construction job with my father or a desk job with a small company. “No!” I yelled. I was tired of life and needed something different.
On October 15, 2016, I marched into the career fair with the intention of locking myself into two years of service with the Peace Corps, but they never showed up. Instead, I found a friendly Chinese man named Jim who when I made eye contact with, opened his mouth to say “Interested in teaching English in China?”
That’s how it all began.
The date is March 19, 2018. I will be signing a second year with ECHO English. In this past year I discovered how beautiful life really is. I want to give you three reasons why life is beautiful.
The first, teachers are able to guide children to not make the same mistakes they made as children. Before this point in my life, my mistakes have been a waste of time but now my mistakes serve a tremendous purpose of saving valuable time for future generations.
The second, we humbly open ourselves to accepting advice since we don’t want to be seen as hypocrites who only give it. An Army Sergeant once told me, “you will probably only use 2/3’s of the advice people will give you, but 0/3’s of the advice people will give you if you don’t listen.” Before teaching, I didn’t listen to the advice people gave me (my poor parents). I was a fool! Fortunately, being a teacher I have now learned to listen and think about other people’s advice.
Thirdly, “the art of teaching is patience” - Principal Connie. Everyone grows at different paces and it's unnecessary to yell at someone when they don't grow at the rate you want. As you begin to learn patience you have less and less anger in your life. Maybe this is why the Chinese live such peaceful lives, because they are patient!
I highly recommend ECHO to anyone willing to see tremendous growth in a quick amount of the time. Echo provides you with an excellent job, they assign you a personal manager, and they help you grow by providing you with learning content and assessing your class twice a year. Teaching in China is like a master’s degree you are being paid for! But like all things in life, you have to be willing to work hard if you want to get the most out of it. Teaching in China is not a free ride and if you treat it that way you will waste a wonderful opportunity.
If you have any questions you can add me on wechat @ jasonhenry1308.
Submitted by Lois Raddison - Zhejiang | March 18, 2018
So here's the deal with Echo education. Firstly don't be fooled by the thought that "they are doing you a favour"... by hiring you and arranging your visa. It's a money making business and they basically rent you to Chinese public schools. Soooo is that as bad as it sound?
Actually it isn't ... once you sift through all the red tape it actually isn't that worse a deal.
Here's the thing... it's China! You can't do things by yourself. People coming in for the first time need this umbrella. This kind of company not only trains you but locks you into a genuine work visa and fast tracks things for you. I have no intent on staying with Echo beyond my second year now but I have zero regrets in using them to bed-in China. Overall I feel I've used them just as much as "they've used me". This is the bottom line when all things said and done.. If you're a new teacher you can do a lot worse then using this programme ... my advice is let them use you, you use them... then jump ship in your second or third year if you're serious about money and staying long term. Treat them with respect and keep your head down and you'll breeze through everything.
Amy in the orient
Submitted by Amy Bishop - Xiaoshan China | March 12, 2018
I’m very happy with this program. Overall i’d give this the thumbs up for security and peace of mind. I had a lot of offers from different schools and agencies which i felt was all rather overwhelming. I was surprised about how in demand graduates for teaching English in China are. The truth is i found it very confusing at first and there’s no sure-fire or concrete way of knowing who you’re dealing with or talking to is legitimate. I think there was a leap of faith involved accepting Echo’s offer. They gave me a huge amount of information which settled my nerves and clearly explained the information process.
So i’ve been in China 5 months now and things are going well. It’s gone quickly to be honest. I still wake up every morning and think to myself “jeez i’m in China, damn!” Everything’s cool though. The teaching is fairly full on at first because you kinda need to adapt quickly so i was grateful for the Tefl and orientation which i thought was solid. You're in the hands of HR when you arrive.. you just have to comply with everything they ask for and it gets done quite quickly. One note of discomfort is the Chinese government keeps your passport for 3 weeks when you arrive… when waiting for your residence permit. It’s standard practise, but i think it’s fair to say it’s a little uneasy when you don’t have your passport in your possession. Nevertheless that came back after 3 weeks with my residence permit.
My classroom management has vastly improved since January. I’m now at a point where i genuinely have a kick in my step when i walk into lessons and look forward to teaching. My salary has always been paid on time and everything Echo said i would receive i have received. I’m earning enough to save but originally i thought i could save $800 per month. I’m a little short of that target because i bought E- bike to help me get to and from school. Obviously i can always sell this and recoup the cost when i leave. E-bike is basically an electronic motorbike (never seen such a thing before coming here)
I live in quite an international area as i’m not far from the university. The social life is good but i miss live music! The local scenery is stunning and the pictures i’ve sent back home have made my sister and brother-in-law book flights to come out here and visit.
I’m happy to show any new teachers around the city. We’re trying to arrange a weekend hiking club so the more people the better
Blessed for this chance
Submitted by jose - Brazilla Brazil | March 06, 2018
The TEFL course has been very informative and I’m looking forward to arriving in Hangzhou. Yoyo has been a good help in advising me about the document process.
I’m grateful to Echo for this chance. I spent 3 years in America. But this will be my first time in Asia. I’m from Brazil and i hope other non-native teachers can get the same chance i have
Short and sweet....
Submitted by JAKE - Ningbo China | March 03, 2018
I’m not one for taking time out my day to place reviews on the internet. The only other time I’ve done it before has been to vent about services…. so i’ll keep this short and sweet!
Echo good points: Free Tefl, good life support with things like bank account and phone, translation. Easy and clear visa process, money back for notarising documents, Daniel from Academic Department (absolute hero), paid on time (after one month) and they have “influence” with the authorities so seem to get people out of any potentially sticky situations . Reasonable salary, full health insurance, short classes
Echo bad points: limited classroom training before teaching, large classes (sometimes 40), sometimes schools not centralised, other moaning teachers!
Put simply… Pro’s considerably outweigh the cons