I asked this question three years ago on many ESL & TEFL message boards and got flooded with PMs telling me how fun. cheap, and great it was to work in China as a teacher. Well now that I actually have been teaching for almost two years in China I have to say I was bamboozled by all those recruiter. Yes,I have fun (whenever I am not working or sleeping, or using my one day off to pay pay bills, do laundry, amd run errands. This means the “fun” I have here in China is in my dreams and during holiday vacations. My BF sent me this link and I hope everyone thinking about working here reads it. http://opnlttr.com/letter/43-foreign-tefl-teachers-get-cheated-every-day-china-usually-their-own-employer-or-recruiter
And if you still end upcoming, for the love of Jesus, come legally with a Z visa and a real university degree. Don’t believe the recruiters – they DO arrest and deport foreigners left and right. 8 of our school’s 27 foreign teachers were arrested and jailed in 2017. For the low wages they pay here, it is not worth having a criminal record imo. If you are like I was you have many questions. Here are most of the answers in a humorous format. https://www.reddit.com/r/ChinaTeachers/comments/7bjxhw/who_and_what_to_believe_here_are_the_top_ten_lies/
1 March, 2018 at 12:12
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Well, it starts off fun and games until your first payday rolls around and you get some unpleasant surprises. You were told your salary would be 12,000 but they hand you an envelope with 7,000 and as your eyes begin to water up and your temperature rises you are told that they deducted 30% in taxes, some 2,000 deposit to pay your fines if you are ever late for class and the agent fee of course. Now you start wondering what did your contract really say in Chinese? Quite a few of these unpleasant surprises will come your way and they are listed at http://reddit.com/r/chinateachers and http://eslwatch.info/forum/china. You will either learn to live on street food and roll with the punches or just go home in 90-180 days like 50% of all expats do.