Researching China

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  • Brit_SK
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    14 April, 2015 at 11:56
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    Hello,

    I’m currently teaching in South Korea in a public elementary school and considering a move to China.

    Guangdong Peizheng College has been recommended, does anyone have any experience of this place or the area?

    What can I expect from China, in terms of ups and downs?

    From what I’ve been told, its quite a rural area; is there life close by, are there social groups etc I can join to make contact with other foreigners?

    I’m currently in Seoul and am loving the amount and range of things to get involved in, is this similar in China?

    Thanks

    Jenny

    odo
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    18 April, 2015 at 23:33
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    I looked in to Peizheng College last year, but backed off after reading a few reviews I saw after Googling their name. Not that this is any reason you should avoid them, but it might be a good idea to ask some thorough questions in their case.

    odo
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    18 April, 2015 at 23:41
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    With regard to China ups and downs, I can only say that the only two weeks I spent in Seoul (visiting a friend, on a trip from China), I was impressed with the hygiene, courtesy and order there. From what I’ve seen from searching through job ads for Korea, you will make less money in China but also have a much smaller number of hours. Foreign teachers in major Chinese cities make as many expat contacts and get involved in just as much as their counterparts in Seoul, I would guess, but outside of the most popular cities, your options can be much more limited.

    I’ve only been in Guangdong briefly (Guangzhou and Shenzhen) and found these cities to be some of the least appealing in China.

    Hello!
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    20 April, 2015 at 11:22
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    Suggestion… Think again. The pay is China is almost half yet the scams are double.

    Brit_SK
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    21 April, 2015 at 11:30
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    Hello,

    Thanks for your messages.

    A current employee contacted me via another forum and suggested, saying they were always looking for people.

    What is the quality of life like around there? Is Peizheng College in a very rural area?

    I honestly don’t know where to start with doing this type of research…

    Thanks for any advice.

    J

    odo
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    24 April, 2015 at 0:12
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    Judging by Google maps, it is in a rural area, though Guangdong is heavily populated and built-over, "rural" will not mean quiet or idyllic. I haven’t been there, but I wouldn’t be inclined to go unless it were very well-compensated (hot, humid weather, not in striking distance of any interesting city, not in a naturally beautiful area, etc.)

    But it depends on what appeals to you. There are a huge number of good jobs in China (which is huge!), so there is no need to focus on just one recommended place.

    odo
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    24 April, 2015 at 0:25
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    As far as where to start with your research, I would begin by reading up on locations rather than employers (Wikivoyage, or your travel guidebook of choice). "Teaching in China" can be a completely different experience for different people, depending on what part of the country they are in, since China ranges from developed to third-world, sub-arctic to tropical, cosmopolitan to (very) provincial. Next,read up on what type of schools are available and what sort of work situation you want.

    Personally, I prefer working for public high schools (very decent pay in many cases, but with low work-hours requirements), and think Chengdu (in Sichuan) and several of Yunnan’s cities are the nicest places to live. But preferences vary from person to person.

    Karelia
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    25 September, 2017 at 10:09
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    Stay away from China and from Peizheng College in particular. Google their name and you will find some negative reviews on them.
    Salaries in Korea are also much higher and better than in China.

    Bandit
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    28 September, 2017 at 1:47
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    I suggest anyone interested in teaching in China do some serious due diligence before you even send of a resume since about one-third of China job recruiters are actually identity thieves fishing for personal information starting with resumes. Read and beware…

    http://chinascamwatch.wordpress.com

    http://www.chinascambusters.com

    http://reddit.com/r/chinascamcentral

    http://chinascampatrol.wordpress.com

    http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion.com

    Also search the China Liars List at scam.com and the CTA and CFTU blacklists before you choose any employer to be extra safe. Seriously, about half of all TEFL & ESL teachers in China get ripped off by their own employer and/or recruiter.


    Don’t get ripped off working in China. Check out http://reddit.com/r/eslscams

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