CHINA EXPAT INTERVIEW
Do you want to teach in China and want to know how to get started? Well, my name is Kwadwo and I’m here with Peter and I’m here with my friend Vince, and I’m going to share with you how we got started really.
How did you get started, Peter?
Peter: My first job teaching in China, I found online. And the company that I’ve worked for was recommended to me. It’s hard to find someone that you trust to get a job with.
Kwadwo: It’s all the way across the ocean.
Peter: The company was recommended by someone that I know, a friend in Canada, and they had worked with them. They said the pay is not as good as some other companies, but they will treat you right because some companies will take advantage of foreign teachers because they know the difficulty of finding-
Kwadwo: That is true. You do not want to get scammed. Unfortunately, I do know a handful of people that got scammed.
Peter: Oh, I’ve been scammed. Even though my first job was good, my second job was good, my third job was bad.
Kwadwo: What kind of questions do you have about China? It’s a crazy world over here. Leave a comment below.
Where you got scammed from here in China or-
Peter: From someone that I thought I could trust. I got scammed. So it’s even difficult that way.
Kwadwo: If you’re in the States though, how are you going to find the job? What’s a good site to go to?
Kwadwo: And when you go there, you’re going to look at the site and be like, this site is not-
Peter: It looks sketchy. It’s a sprawling beast of a site.
Kwadwo: But there’s some legit stuff in there.
Peter: They’re international, they’re all over.
Kwadwo: But find somebody you can trust.
Peter: Don’t get scammed. One of my better experiences was finding a one month contract that turned into a full year contract. As the school really wanted me to stay-
Kwadwo: One month? Don’t go over to China on a one month contract. You got lucky.
Peter: There was no obligation to stay if I didn’t like it and I loved it and they wanted me to stay, so I turned it into a full year.
Kwadwo: How’d you get a visa?
Peter: I was already here.
Kwadwo: You were here already!
Peter: Yeah, I don’t think you’re going to get a one month contract and get a visa, not if you’re coming from the States, so there are different situations depending on where you’re coming from.
Kwadwo: Basically how to get started is you find a spot on the internet, like Dave’s ESL or we’re going to tell you another website, right? Is it recording? It is recording, right? Okay. They’re like whispering. I’m like, is there a booger?
Literally you’re going to look at a job listing and you’re going to want to make sure, can they give you a work visa, first of all, because if a school is like, come over on a tourist visa, maybe get a work visa.
Peter: Yeah, that’s not good.
Kwadwo: You want to make sure they can give you a work visa, and you want to make sure that maybe there were other foreigners at the school before. I don’t know how you’re going to figure that out, but you got to ask. Otherwise, you might show up.
And this is Vince.
Kwadwo: And speaking of somebody you can trust, he works for a company called Career China. And what do you guys do?
Vince: We basically connect people who want to come to China to work, with legit companies, and make their whole process coming to China as easy as possible, visas and moving them over here and getting them trained.
Kwadwo: Because it ain’t easy to get over to this country.
I like the Career China team, super positive people. I highly recommend you get yourself to China. I’m coming up on my 10 year anniversary.
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