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Good  Aipusen English Training Institute   Details
Key Words:  Guangdong  Guangzhou
Author: Ross <rrrrossb(at)yahoo.com>
Aipusen, formally called 'Options' was an OK organization to work for when I was there 5 years ago.
Ideally, it is a good school for new teachers, but certainly is not for most teachers with valid certification or experience.
Publish Date: 2004-2-22
Source: http://www.eslcafe.com/jobinfo/asia/sefer.cgi?display:1077513788-60371.txt
Good  Aipusen English Training Institute   Details
Key Words:  Guangdong  Guangzhou
TitleWorking for Aipusen ETI in Guangzhou for 4 years!!
Author: Aaron <the_fuman(at)hotmail.com>
I thought I could shed some light on some of my experiences working with Aipusen as well as my experiences working with companies in Asia over the past 6 years.
Publish Date: 2004-2-16
Source: http://www.eslcafe.com/jobinfo/asia/sefer.cgi?display:1076974061-10759.txt
Bad  Aipusen English Training Institute   Details
Key Words: Contract, Accmodation Guangdong  Guangzhou
TitleStay away from Aipusen in Guangzhou
Author: A teacher who knows better
Aipusen pushes you to the point where you no longer want to work for the company, and end up quitting, a move that is definitly done to make sure they make money on you, and not pay you the money you are owed. It has also been reported resently that Aipusen has blatantly broken contract, by not accepting 30 days notice of resignation
Publish Date: 2004-1-12
Source: http://www.eslcafe.com/jobinfo/asia/sefer.cgi?display:1073882348-39934.txt
Bad  AK-PRO Shenzhen
Key Words: Wages, Salary, Visa Guangdong  Shenzhen
TitleAK-PRO shenzhen/Gansu China
Author: BGHTY
Do not work for this school. They will offer you big wages but you will be working illegally on a tourist visa or an F visa and later when you come to either leave China or move to another school you will face a big fine. They will try to avoid giving you a contract and be late paying wages. The wages may also reduce for an unknown reason. This is a crooked outfit and should be put out of business.
Publish Date: 2004-1-1
Source: http://www.englishschoolwatch.org/notebook_detail.php?topic_id=1733
Normal  Bluesky Foreign language Training School   Details
Key Words: Salary, Wages, Accommodation, Work Visa Guangdong  Guangzhou, Panyu District
TitleBluesky Foreign language Training School
Author: Gary    Send Message to Author
I was told from the word "go" that this was a good school, but the clouds soon came in and turned it to a very dark gray. Pretty much the same as most of the other complaint on this site. Accommodation, visa, pay and so on ¡­¡­
Publish Date: 2005-4-24
Source: http://www.abroadchina.org/html/cache=article344.htm
Bad  Bond Institute   Details
Key Words: Contract Guangdong  Zhongshan
TitleAvoid Bond Institute, Zhongshan, Guangdong
Author: genshorten(at)yahoo.co.uk
I advise everybody to boycott Bond Institute. Everything negative you read about Bond IS true and it's probably much worse!
I am going on as many websites as I can find to tell people not to work for them.
Publish Date: 2005-9-8
Source: http://www.abroadchina.org/html/cache=article386.htm
Bad  Bond Institute
Key Words: Visa Guangdong  Zhongshan
TitleZhongshan; Bond Institute
Author: Jean
I¡äve been hearing some really bad things about ¡äProfessor¡ä John Chang at the Bond Institute. I asked about a ¡äz¡ä visa and gave me some rubbish about it, saying that most teachers come over with another visa and then they convert it for you. Has anyone got anything good to say about it?
Publish Date: 2004-1-1
Source: http://www.englishschoolwatch.org/webboard_detail.php?topic_id=1148
Bad  Bond Language Institute, Open Learning English School   Details
Key Words:  Guangdong  Zhongshan
TitleLanguage schools¡­BAD NEWS
Author: Tim Grieves <canduyaman(at)hotmail.com>
They care little for the person; and more for themselves. If you have nerves of steal, and , are easily immune to bureaucratic mind-changing, and impossible demands on
your schedule, who knows¡­.you might enjoy them. Their one and only concern is their pocketbook.
Publish Date: 2004-1-9
Source: http://www.eslcafe.com/jobinfo/asia/sefer.cgi?display:1073651980-587.txt
Normal  Bond Language school   Details
Key Words: Other Guangdong  Zhongshan, Shunde, Shenzhen
TitleBad and Good experiences in China
Author: <house_disco2003(at)hotmail.com>
When I first came to China I ended up in Zhongshan city in Guangdong and I worked for Bond Language school. That was a mistake they are terrible people. After that I was seriously thinking about leaving and going home back to Canada.
Publish Date: 2004-6-15
Source: http://www.eslcafe.com/jobinfo/asia/sefer.cgi?display:1087295727-95420.txt
Good  Canadian American School (CAS)   Details
Key Words:  Guangdong  Zhaoqing
TitleLittle Cities can offer more
Author: Gerard Denaro <g_denaro(at)hotmail.com>
The apartments are a little small but we have TV with English channels and computers with internet
access. The salary and conditions are adequate, although
having students from wealthy families does make teaching
a challenge at times. Having had classes of 60 in a government school however, we have been pleased have class sizes of 20 or less.
Publish Date: 2004-3-31
Source: http://www.eslcafe.com/jobinfo/asia/sefer.cgi?display:1080792747-79806.txt
Bad  Canadian International Children's English School   Details
Key Words: Work Visa, Accommodation, Insurance Guangdong  Guangzhou
TitleCanadian International Children's English School
Author: John    Send Message to Author
No overtime pay, no holidays (we had to work equivalent-to-the-minute overtime in advance just to get days off during national holidays, despite what our useless contracts said), non-existent teaching materials, ridiculous course books which they develop themselves--AJ barely being able to read--and endless excuses to withhold pay.
Publish Date: 2005-5-11
Source: http://www.abroadchina.org/html/cache=article350.htm
Bad  Capital Language School   Details
Key Words: Wages, Salary Guangdong  Zhongshan
TitleCapital Language School, Zhongshan, Guangdong-Flora Xu & Damon
Author: Chunping Alex Wu <chunpingwu2001(at)yahoo.com>
In less than a month, they told me that they prefer "White", and since my English was good enough for them, they would only pay me to the highest scale no more than RMB 3000 that a Chinese teacher would get, and they would like me to do some administrative work also, to which I refused. At the end, they paid me only a little more than 1000 for the hours I had taught at little more than 46.00 per period. Nothing for the overseas and domestic traveling expenses. I didn't have any place to go for all these unfair treatment.
Publish Date: 2005-1-14
Source: http://www.eslteachersboard.com/cgi-bin/review/index.pl?read=3943
Good  Dongguan Polytechnic University   Details
Key Words:  Guangdong  Dongguan
TitleDong Guan Summer Camp Polytechnic University
Author: Arielle Gabriel <ariellegabriel(at)lycos.com>
I feel I did not show enough appreciation for the great times I had in China, though there were certainly rough passages, the good people in China and their incredible attention to detail and helpfulness of me as a single person - I was becoming ill with a woman's health problem and had to come home to Canada - inspire me now to let those people know a big Thank You.
Publish Date: 2005-1-24
Source: http://www.eslcafe.com/jobinfo/asia/sefer.cgi?display:1106618086-47309.txt
Bad  English First Zhuhai (EF Zhuhai)   Details
Key Words: Wages, Salary, Accommodation Guangdong  Zhuhai
Title3 ESL teachers left the same day
Author: ZHUHAI
I taught at EF ZHUHAI for a few terrible months and I recommend that you go nowhere near it - ever!
When I was there they were in grave financial difficulties and were cost cutting all over the place. By "cost-cutting" I mean that they stopped providing us with adequate photocopying budgets, teaching resources, markers, etc. I left because they could no longer honour the accommodation clause in my contract. It was an absolute joke. Three teachers out of five left on the same day and the two remaining were only there because they couldn¡ät afford to leave. I¡äm an experienced school English teacher and I¡äve never seen an unhappier staffroom in my life.
Publish Date: 2004-1-1
Source: http://www.englishschoolwatch.org/notebook_detail.php?topic_id=1802
Bad  English Me Shenzhen, Language Me Shenzhen   Details
Key Words: Wages, Salary Guangdong  Shenzhen
TitleBeCAREFULL¡­EnglishMe in Shenzhen
Author: arodeorowdy
This agency will rip you off once you do anything at all that they didn't they didn't give you the okay to do.
They owe a girl, a Russian friend of mine 2,000 (two thousand!) kuai and they refuse to pay her. She worked for them for a short time, WITHOUT A CONTRACT, AND took a job with the school they sent her to, but she WAS NOT under contract with English Me.
Publish Date: 2005-3-12
Source: http://www.eslcafe.com/forums/job/viewtopic.php?t=21738
Key Words:  Guangdong  Foshan
Author: darren <darrenmail(at)hotmail.com>
I worked there for 12 months and at first it seemed like an OK place to work..but as time went on things gradually started to turn for the worst.
Here are some reason [not all] why I advise you not to work for them:-
They did not provide the Legal Z visa as promised in the contract.
They did not provide teaching materials as promised in the contract.
They did not give me any money for flights.
Publish Date: 2005-6-30
Source: http://www.abroadchina.org/html/cache=article376.htm
Bad  Fountain School Zhuhai   Details
Key Words: Contract Guangdong  Zhuhai
TitleFountain School
Author: <boycottfountainschool(at)yahoo.com>
The teachers were constantly hounded, often underpaid, and the contract, if it was adhered to at all, was used against us rather than for us.
Publish Date: 2005-1-19
Source: http://www.eslteachersboard.com/cgi-bin/review/index.pl?read=3950
Bad  Fountain School Zhuhai   Details
Key Words: Contract Guangdong  Zhuhai
TitleFountain School Zhuhai- NO ! NO ! And NO ! Again .
Author: DeepyD
Since February 2004 out of a total of 18teachers , 16 have resigned , been fired , or done a midnight runner . I¡äm one of the two who made it to the end of their contract.In the time I was there , the school consistently twisted and interpreted the contract ( ha ! Burst of mirthless, ironic laughter there at the use of the " c " word ) to their benefit and frequently added/changed clauses.
Publish Date: 2004-1-1
Source: http://www.englishschoolwatch.org/notebook_detail.php?topic_id=2526
Bad  Fountain School Zhuhai
Key Words: Wages, Salary, Workload Guangdong  Zhuhai
Author: Jack Russell <Lied2teacher(at)yahoo.com>
Stay away from FOUNTAIN SCHOOL in Zhuhai, this is one of the worse schools in the city. I know that since July 2004 till January 2005, 16 teachers and 1 principal were either fired or forced to resign. I¡äm aware that teachers also had problems with their wages, EVERY MONTH! The teachers were treated like factory workers and not like professionals, they were constantly threatened and intimidated by the boss/owner.
Publish Date: 2004-1-1
Source: http://www.englishschoolwatch.org/notebook_detail.php?topic_id=2484
Bad  Fountain School Zhuhai
Key Words: Wages, Salary, Contract Guangdong  Zhuhai
TitleAvoid Fountain School in Zhuhai
Author: Heavily Disgruntled
Fountain School in Zhuhai should be avoided at all costs. Since November - in a little over two months - the principle and the DoS have purged the school of all its teachers - each one experienced, qualified, and professional. During this time, the school has constantly tried to hold money back from teachers, and has used every opportunity to use the contract against them.
Publish Date: 2004-1-1
Source: http://www.englishschoolwatch.org/notebook_detail.php?topic_id=2474
Good  Guangdong University of Technology   Details
Key Words:  Guangdong  Guangzhou
TitleGuangdong University of Technology
Author: Michael    Send Message to Author
My experience was by and large a good one. The school never asked me to teach more than 16 hours a week without additional compensation. The classes weren't too big either, usually under 45 students.
Publish Date: 2005-5-11
Source: http://www.abroadchina.org/html/cache=article356.htm
Bad  New Oriental School
Key Words: Wages, Salary, Workload Guangdong  Guangzhou
TitleNew Oriental School in Guangzhou
Author: Paul F. Grenkow <paulgrenkow(at)hotmail.com>
I have read of another's very favorable experience at New Oriental School in Guangzhou. Well, the reality is different. It's not at all good. In fact, it's terrible. It's a slob school run by low level goof balls.
Pay is terrible, hours are terrible, administration is even more terrible and, frankly, it stinks.
You need to be careful because they constantly change the work hours and the salary terms without warning. Just my 2 cents.
Publish Date: 2004-8-28
Source: http://www.eslcafe.com/jobinfo/asia/sefer.cgi?display:1093687943-51440.txt
Bad  Oriental English College   Details
Key Words:  Guangdong  Guangzhou
TitleO.E.C. is B.A.D. in Nanhu/ GZ.
Author: Simon <grg02lau(at)hotmail.com>
1.20,000 RMB per month tuition.
2.Food cooked in an outdoor kitchen.
3.They claim "Total English Environment Created" when they actually teach "Chinklish"
Publish Date: 2004-6-1
Source: http://www.eslcafe.com/jobinfo/asia/sefer.cgi?display:1086156763-66928.txt
Bad  Oriental English College
Key Words:  Guangdong  Guangzhou
TitleOEC GZ wants students with $$ and no sinse
Author: G. Lauderdale <grg02lau(at)hotmail.com>
I am an american who taught at Oriental English College for 1 semister. Students were allowed to smoke in class as well as use alcohol. I m was awakened late one night to a female screaming. When I got up to see what was going on, I found all of the school administrators in the girls apartment. The word was the 18 year old girl had gotten drunk and was assualted by a fellow male student. The food was so bad that most of the time, I ate out. I'm not a disgruntled employee as I was assigned to teach the beginner students as well as the most advanced. I urge all parents to avoid this place at all cost.
Publish Date: 2004-1-29
Source: http://www.eslcafe.com/jobinfo/asia/sefer.cgi?display:1075388033-29013.txt
Bad  Shenzhen Yantian Foreign Language Primary School   Details
Key Words: Contract Guangdong  Shenzhen
TitleShenzhen Yantian Foreign Language Primary School
Author: Sarah Jones-Rhys <incognitowoman2002(at)yahoo.co.uk>
My contract stated no weekend work but¡­weekend work was expected and arranged and this caused some emotional upset - no overtime payment for that work. My contract said teach 16 periods but the leaders scheduled 18 with no extra pay. Nothing about office hours in the contract but you'll be bullied into ridiculously long office hours - like before 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for a pittance of a pay.
Publish Date: 2004-10-4
Source: http://www.eslcafe.com/jobinfo/asia/sefer.cgi?display:1096935634-39819.txt
Bad  Shenzhen Yantian Foreign Language Primary School
Key Words: Contract, Airfare Guangdong  Shenzhen
TitleCheated by Shenzhen Yantian Foreign Language Primary School
Author: susan
My experience at Shenzhen Yantian Foreign Language Primary School (Guangdong Province) breached our contract in a number of ways without any valid reasons. In particular, the ¡äGang of Four¡ä (the headmaster, Education consultant Ms Chan, Dean of Foreigners Zhou, and the accountant) very confrontationally told me they would not pay my flight money nor reimburse it. I can¡ät understand why, I honoured my side of the contract and thought I had good relationships with everybody.
Publish Date: 2004-1-1
Source: http://www.englishschoolwatch.org/notebook_detail.php?topic_id=2065
Bad  Shu Tong Longman English Training Center   Details
Key Words: Contract Guangdong  Guangzhou
TitleCheated and fooled
Author: Franco    Send Message to Author
My first experience teaching oral English here in China was so misleading that it almost made me give up wanting to teach (and I have taught for many years in the U.S.A.). I am not writing this as a disgruntled "ex-employee", but as WARNING to other foreign teachers to be careful who they work for.
Publish Date: 2005-8-31
Source: http://www.abroadchina.org/html/cache=article385.htm
Bad  Talent English Club   Details
Key Words: Wages, Salary, Visa, Contract Guangdong  Zhuhai
TitleTalent English Club - Xipu Village - Zhuhai GD
Author: Chris Flynn <chris_flynn(at)hotmail.com>
It's the same old story; promises of a Z visa, a contract, high salary, furnished accommodation and so on, but in the end it was all just one big lie after another.
Publish Date: 2004-10-26
Source: http://www.eslcafe.com/jobinfo/asia/sefer.cgi?display:1098849220-91279.txt
Normal  TPR Zhuhai   Details
Key Words:  Guangdong  Zhuhai
Titleresponse to tpr on the line
Author: Kristina Ringo <hesterprynne68(at)hotmail.com>
TPR is by no means perfect. It has many flaws. But it also has many dedicated teachers who offer a world of help to newcomers who are interested enough to take the help. However, we do not see "help" as supplying a disinterested teacher with last-minute filler activities in lieu of a lesson plan or even a passing interest or affection for the children.
Publish Date: 2004-10-2
Source: http://www.eslcafe.com/jobinfo/asia/sefer.cgi?display:1096649269-33437.txt
Good  TPR Zhuhai   Details
Key Words:  Guangdong  Zhuhai
TitleReply to TPR comments
Author: Stack
I was with TPR for almost 7 months. I still feel that TPR could be one of the great schools of southern China. Sure I had my issues with TPR just as people have problems with any type of employer in the West.
Publish Date: 2004-9-19
Source: http://www.eslcafe.com/jobinfo/asia/sefer.cgi?display:1095595569-41732.txt
Good  TPR Zhuhai, GLV, Fountain School Zhuhai   Details
Key Words: Tips, Advices Guangdong  Zhuhai
TitleShenzhen and Zhuhai
Author: John <ehomey(at)yahoo.com>
Teaching is an art and business, not a science.
TPR in Zhuhai has many points. Education doesn't matter. But, it is very organized.
GLV and Fountain are better in Zhuhai. The pay is a bit less, the work a bit more, but the management is ethical and proactive.
Publish Date: 2004-11-5
Source: http://www.eslcafe.com/jobinfo/asia/sefer.cgi?display:1099665915-54619.txt
Good  Walton Foreign Language School   Details
Key Words:  Guangdong  Guangzhou
TitleWalton Language School
Author: Kim Anne <kimanne(at)libero.it>
I have worked there for only 6 months and decided to share my opinion with you all, in the most honest of ways.
I personally never had big problems with the bosses.
Payments were always on schedule and so were any other basic necessities such as place to live and visa issues.
Publish Date: 2004-9-29
Source: http://www.eslcafe.com/jobinfo/asia/sefer.cgi?display:1096464218-7902.txt
Bad  Walton Foreign Languages Centre   Details
Key Words: Wages, Salary, Workload Guangdong  Guangzhou
TitleWarning- Walton School, Guangdong
Author: Nicki <avgkid(at)hotmail.com>
-although your contract specifies that you only have to work 20 hrs per week, you will be scheduled for more without prior notice.
-although your contract states that you will be paid overtime for working more than 20 hrs per week, the boss will do and say anything to avoid paying you.
-you will receive a lower salary for the first month 'for training' but you will receive no training and very little direction.
Publish Date: 2004-8-5
Source: http://www.eslcafe.com/jobinfo/asia/sefer.cgi?display:1091697974-89596.txt
Normal  Xingpeng Chinese English School   Details
Key Words: Visa Guangdong  Yangjiang
TitleXing Peng, Yang Jiang
Author: Dawid & Joanna <beriskorf(at)interia.pl>
Our Chinese visas issued in Hong Kong, which we believed to be three-month, were long expired ¨C Peter obtained only five-day ones to Shen Zhen Special Economic Zone, not to the mainland China (!). We can only believe that it must have been partially because of the new Chinese foreign policy and thanks to the school¡¯s president that finally we were not fined. But it turned out that there is no possibility for us to stay in China any longer ¨C we had to leave immediately. Thankfully the president eventually managed to obtain visas prolongation and we were given another two weeks to prepare to leave China. Our days in Yang Jiang were over.
Publish Date: 2004-1-13
Source: http://www.eslcafe.com/jobinfo/asia/sefer.cgi?display:1074027345-88216.txt
Good  Zhuhai Polytechnic College   Details
Key Words:  Guangdong  Zhuhai
Titlewonderful place: Zhuhai
Author: G John Murphy
The Zhuhai Polytechnic College is probably the best place I have ever taught in. The conditions are great and the salary is high. They have a large swimming pool and six tennis courts, and of course basketball courts and soccer pitches. I enjoyed teaching there since the conditions were fine and modern and the students cooperative and friendly.
Publish Date: 2004-7-5
Source: http://www.eslcafe.com/jobinfo/asia/sefer.cgi?display:1089081698-884.txt

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