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Free TEFL Programme - English Teacher in China

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9/ 10

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    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Compensation & Benefits

    9

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    10

  • Day to Day Life

    8

  • Community

    7

Right choice for me

i arrived in China with my boyfriend in September 2017. We decided on Hangzhou because it meant to be the next super city in China and big companies like Alibaba are there. My boyfriend is a bit of an entrepreneur so we both thought it would be right. I finished university in June but hadn’t really had a full time job before teaching. I decided to go with Echo because i only wanted to teach primary school kids but my boyfriend went with a training centre because the salary was a little higher. . Turns out he has to teach double hours.
The TEFL programme is quite easy and it saved me a lot of money doing with ECHO… BUT i dint really start to understand teaching before i got to CHina and started training with Daniel

My verdict is still out on CHina. Some days are great but the city is very busy and my boyfriend got food poisoning 2 weeks ago and ended up in hospital… Echo actually helped him because his school didn’t really care. Looking forward to the spring festival because i get one month off.. yeah!! A big thanks to echo from me and my boyfriend... won't forget your help last week

Overall Rating

10/ 10

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    9

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    8

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    9

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    10

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    10

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    10

Awesome experience but 2 years was enough

I spent 2 years with as a kindergarten teacher in Deqing outside Hangzhou. I was aware before i arrived that i would be in a more remote area of the city so i prepared well. I'd done a fair bit of travelling beforehand so i was used to facing new challenges. I had previously taught high school in Thailand so it took me around 2 months to adjust to younger learners. Echo always showed me good support in learning and helping with problems. looking back i think my salary was on the lower side (8,000rmb) but i only taught 12 hours per week and supplemented my salary with private lessons.

My Chinese become pretty good quickly because i lived in a purely Chinese area. Only complaint i had was in my second month my shower broke and it took 3 days to fix. Overall i really think they do a great job. Two years was enough for me... i felt i achieved as much as i wanted from China and i missed my family back home. It was great time and i look back with fondness.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

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    10

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    8

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    8

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    10

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    8

  • Community

    9

My experience as a British Nigerian

From Viki Obi

below are my thoughts on echo and overall on my life in `china after 6 months living here. I’m British with a Nigerian father, so i’m going to talk a little bit about perceptions of “black people” in China also.

Firstly, i was very reluctant at the beginning to choose Echo as i’d read a negative review on google from 2014. It was quite damning and i think it probably dissuades a lot of applicants. But i spoke in great detail to Coco and they sent me a video, pictures and put me in touch with some other teachers. It turns out the Echo are legitimate and they are very good at setting up new teachers and training. I know there are more and more teachers now and the managers have changed. Teachers are difficult.. i think I’m also difficult but I’m happy with Echo and my school.

Really one of my only problems is that i think Chinese society does have lower perceptions of mix raced people. The younger people and the children are ok… but, in general, i feel the older people in China hold to strong stereotypes that an English teacher should be white and middle class. This is irrespective of their qualifications and experience. I can’t say i’ve suffered any direct discrimination, not from Echo or my colleagues at school but i think other candidates from a similar background should mentally prepare themselves

I’ve taken good use of the free online Chinese lessons and my Chinese has improved. I’ve got good friends here but i think after 2 years i will try to move to Japan. My plan is to use China as my gateway into teaching.. in that respect Echo Education has worked perfectly well as they paid for my TEFL and trained me

Overall Rating

7/ 10

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    10

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    9

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    10

  • Compensation & Benefits

    7

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Host School or Placement

    8

Standard ESL set-up with good support

i think there’s around 200 teachers at echo now. Most seem to be happy.. some moan about money and office hours but it depends what school i suppose. Personally I’ve never had a problem and always treated me well. Into my third year now.

My tip is bring things like painkillers here with you. Hard to get here.

Steven Green, Stockport UK

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Community

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

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    10

  • Compensation & Benefits

    8

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Host School or Placement

    7

Harder work than thought but great friends made

Teresa ask me to write this (like 5 times!) ... yeah really enjoying life in China. Some days are difficult but i've made some great friends here . If i have any major problems i usually get Teresa from Echo to sort it. I'm happy with the school but sometimes wish the classes were slightly smaller. It's ok though, you get use to it quickly and the teaching hours are low. Pay isn't bad... enough to have a good life and travel. Sometimes go to Shanghai on the weekend.
Download a VPN before you get here. China are cracking down and it's difficult to do it inside china. Add me on WeChat if you come to Hangzhou and we'll meet for a beer. Stephen

Overall Rating

8/ 10

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    10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

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    10

  • Compensation & Benefits

    7

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Host School or Placement

    9

No regrets but learn some Chinese beforehand!

Disclaimer... i was asked to write this review by Echo but fair enough. I've worked for them for 2 years and they've always been on the ball and upfront with me. They're quite big now and look after a lot of teachers. Overall i've had a great time in China. Worked in a public school for 2 years but next year will go to a private training centre. I'm actually getting married to a Chinese woman next year.... who'd have thought....
My only suggestion to new teachers is learn a little Chinese before coming here. Life can be difficult at times. Echo look after you when you first arrive and translate stuff, speak to people... but you can't expect people to do this for you forever... learning Chinese is best way.... for me no regrets

Overall Rating

10/ 10

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    10

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    10

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    10

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    10

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Native speakers have it easy!

i'll be honest... esl teaching i thought would be a bit of giggle! but yeah it turns out the job is a bit of graft. `meet some great people and echo train you up to speed. I wouldn't change it for the world. DINT BELIVE A LOT OF THE CRAP that's said about ESL in china.... overall it's worth it

Overall Rating

9/ 10

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    10

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    9

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    8

  • Support Services

    10

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    9

  • Community

    10

Loving life ... and the food!

been in Hangzhou since August. Echo sorted my visa and work permit... arranged my accommodation. Can't complain about anything really... top social life here in Hangzhou. School life isn't too busy... about 12 hours teaching a week.. not bad. Money is reasonable and they teach you everything you need to know. Had the first week in a lush hotel. Couple of days of pollution in December but nothing serious... best bit about China so far is the food... and really cheap. Loving life for now.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Community

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

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    10

  • Compensation & Benefits

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Host School or Placement

    9

Great first time teaching support

I started teaching with through Echo Education in September 2017. It's my first teaching job and first time in China. Their support and guidance has been invaluable. All information and docs supplied beforehand. My salary is ok for entry level at 10,000 RMB plus free accomodation. They've also paid me back for the notarisation of documents which was great. Overall they've made things very easy