Sunday, August 24, 2014

Current Official Foreign Expat Teacher Requirements To Teach ESL - TEFL In China - What Certification Do You Really Need?

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There seems to be too much misinformation floating around as to what is really required to teach ESL or TEFL in China at present. For instance, we have found over 20,000 posts online at various ESL & TEFL & TESOL forums and message boards insisting that you "MUST" have a TEFL or TESOL certificate to teach in China. This is simply a false statement, but the repetition of this statement all over the internet and echoed by the many recruiters who are sales agents for the TEFL & TESOL training companies, makes it believable. One Chinese user at Yahoo "Answers" named "May" put up over 9,000 posts in the last three years spreading this lie. Considering that she probably earns a $100 commission for everyone she enrolls into a TEFL or TESOL Training program, May must be pretty wealthy by now.  But "May" is not alone, there are literally hundreds people just like May working for 19 different TEFL and TESOL training companies that use the same lie to enhance their sales.

So for the record, according to SAFEA (the official Chinese government agency that regulates the employment of foreign workers in China) below are the ONLY official requirements to teach in China:

1)  A bachelor degree from an accredited university
2)  A minimum of 2 years previous work experience
3)  Minimum 21 years of age
4)  A police certificate confirming no criminal record
5)  A valid passport and a work visa (Z visa)

Additionally the schools and universities will insist on their own requirement of "English Fluency". Until July of 2013, these above requirements were not strictly enforced and thousands of teachers circumvented the requirements by entering China to work on a tourist, business, or student visa. Today in 2014 however, enforcement has gone from one extreme (lax) to the other (very strict) and there is zero tolerance. Recently, over 1,600 foreigners were arrested, fined an average of $2,000 and expelled from China, with a 3-5 reentry ban, even though some of them are actually married to Chinese nationals.  See:

Now the TEFL/TESOL sellers are also using other lies to sell their certification programs that include the following - all of which are FALSE STATEMENTS:

* Most all the schools in China will not hire you if you do not have a TESOL or TEFL certificate. (In truth of the 19,239 schools/learning centers in China that hire foreign teachers, only 393 of them require TEFL or TESOL certificates, and 278 of these schools require thatyou buy training programs that they themselves sell!)

* If you do not have a TESOL or TEFL certificate you will only get the crappy jobs that pay less tha 10,000 yuan per month. (In truth 98% of the schools that hire in China do not even ask if you have a TESOL or TEFL certificate).

* There is a new law starting next month that will require every foreign teacher to have a TEFL or TESOL certificate. (a clever fabrication)

*  If you do not have the 2 years working experience, a TEFL or TESOL certificate is a substitute for that requirement. (A blatant lie) 

* If you do not not have a degree in Education the schools require that you have a TESOL or TEFL certificate. (Although this sounds logical it is also a lie) 

* You will earn a much higher salary in China if you have a TEFL or TESOL certificate. (We actually did a survey on this issue in 2013 and found that the only teachers who make more money than others are those holding a degree in Education, ESL, or are AP certified)

You simply do not need to have any TEFL or TESOL certificate to teach in China as any "REQUIREMENT".

Now then, have cleared the air on the " China teacher requirement" issues, we will say that taking a TEFL or TESOL training program is a good idea if you have never taught English before. About half of the expat teachers now working in China are not really qualified to teach from the perspective of experience and academic credentials. These are the teachers that would clearly benefit form a TEFL or TESOL program. 

But in this regard, there are only two such training programs whose certificates are recognized and accepted around the world (the Cambridge CELTA and The TESOL Institute program).  MOst all the other programs issue you certificates that are only recognized and accepted in very small and poor countries like Haiti, Guatemala, Somalia, etc.) And online programs are not going to make you a better teacher in 120 hours no matter how diligent your efforts are. If you choose to take TEFL or TESOL training, we urge you to do so in a live classroom environment where you can actual role-play and interact with real students or instructors.

Friday, August 15, 2014

New Life ESL May Not Be The Scam You Think It Is...

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In recent days we have received over three dozen inquiries about New Life ESL - a fairly unknown recruiter that operates no office in China. China labor and commercial laws mandates that placements of foreign workers in China be done only by recruiters/agents that maintain a registered and staffed office in China. New Life ESL is violating these laws - whether deliberately or by ignorance matters little.

We have noticed many people making allegations that New Life ESL, a fairly new ESL agency based in Phoenix Arizona is just another front alias for China ESL (owned by Rebecca Tang). Although she has been known to use several such alias companies and foreigners in the past, our investigation and inside sources at China ESL suggest that whatever Derrick Yazwa the owner of New Life ESL (pictured above) may or may not be, there is no hard evidence (yet) that he is affiliated with Rebbeca Tang of China ESL, as Mr.David Valley surely is.

Our investigation is ongoing, and to be frank, the CFTU has only received one complaint about the new agency - New LIfe ESL, and the teacher who filed it quit her job and moved back to her homeland where she says she will post her own story of alleged exploitation at various ESL forums. We have also ascertained that New Life ESL is not licensed nor authorized to do business in China and is not licensed in the State of Arizona as an employment agency. Their website went online in June of 2013. 

According to this link below, Mr. Yazwa had claimed to be registered in Hong Kong, but as of yesterday, there was no HK registration to be found for New Life ESL. SAFEA confrimed that he is not registered with them, and they in fact never heard of the agency. Ditto for the Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Commerce, and SAIC.  We think it is safe to say that New LIfe ESL has been operating in the gray ether of cyberspace, like most all of the Chinese job recruiters and self-professed "agents".

We are in no position to give New Life ESL our blessings in as much as they have advised teachers to go work in China on L, F, and M visas, which is actually a criminal offense.

So in view of all the above, New Life ESL does not merit being blacklisted unless and until more complaints surface and go unresolved beyond 30 days.  If  anyone has a problem with New Life ESL, now would be the time to step forward, openly or in confidence - as you see fit. But please stick to verifiable facts and we will do our duty to remain impartial and objective based on those facts.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

CFTU ESL Teacher Scam Alert! Beijing High School 80 Fraud -

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Beware of a pleasant foreigner fellow using the name "Jordan" and disposable hotmail and yahoo accounts pretending to be the FAO for Beijing High School No. 80 in Chaoyang district offering great paying jobs of 20,000 - 30,000 yuan per month. This is just a scam. He uses several Beijing mobile numbers. The school administration never heard of this guy and we are now notifying the principal and the police.  These scams are common during the summer months when the admin staff is on vacation.  YCIS was recently subjected to a similar scam.

This man may be an identity thief so be sure not to send him any of your personal information nor any money. If he has contacted you, please send us the telephone number and email address he contacted you from and the link to ad that you responded to. This will help us track him down.  Thanks.

Monday, August 4, 2014

CFTU Scam Alert! Some ID Thieves Now Masquerading As China Foreign Teacher Job Recruiters. They Want Your Original Photographs!

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We have issued a scam alert to all 6,839 of our members world wide that the ESL/TEFL job market of China has been infiltrated by identity thieves posing as recruiters and agents offering "great jobs".  The clever bandits are both Chinese and foreigners, spam hundreds of ads all over the internet baiting teachers to reply to the ads with their resumes.  The "friendly" and "helpful" thief posing as the recruiter will the call the job applicant and request copies of their passport scans and other personal information to be collected and used to open bank accounts and obtain credit cards in the name of the foreign teachers.  Those that ask for "two passport-size head shot photographs" will use the real photographs to make driver's licenses and passports in the name of the job seeker. Some women are being asked for full-body photographs which is insane.  Do not respond to these clowns no matter how nice they are or how much they may pressure you. 

As of today the requests for real photographs have been coming from an esl forum operator in New York and and a fake recruiter in Beijing
\To maintain their cover the ID thieves will then sell the resumes to real HR people so that the soon to be victim will actually receive real job offers, and may eventually come to work in China.  These shady scam artists are so smooth and convincing there is only one way to detect them... to use the below form letter designed by the CFTU found at this link...

Before sending resumes and passport scans to ads or strangers who call on the phone, applicants only need to send this form letter to the "recruiters" and demand that they fill in the blanks and return the form before further cooperation takes place.  Those that refuse or send back incomplete forms clearly have something to hide. As a victim of ID theft, you will not even know you were victimized until some three months later when police or bank officials suddenly want you to come in for a meeting.

CFTU Warns Expat Foreign Teachers Of ID Theft Job Scams From New York & Beijing

More about this problem that affects 20% of all expats searching for work in China can be found at this link:

The CFTU is now cooperating with the Beijing police, SAFEA, and Ministry of Justice to sting these fraudsters who are not all Chinese. About 40% of the thieves are foreigners.


Saturday, June 28, 2014

CFTU members cite top 10 best China cities for expat teachers to work and play!

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Hangzhou is top rated by veteran China foreign teachers and this photo compared with Beijing below explains why.

Those veteran expat teachers who know their way around China quite well say the extra money paid to foreign teachers in Beijing and Shanghai are not worth risking their health and safety.  Do you agree?  Our recent membership poll of this topic came back with some surprising comments.  Hangzhou, Fuzhou, Dalian, Xia Men and Qingdao, all clean ocean-front cities were cited to be the "best and cleanest place to teach in China" by 2,763 of our members, despite the pay being approximately 15% less (on average in those locations).

The high ratings of these five sea-side cities were based on...

* Environment
* Stress Levels
* Personal Health & Safety
* Local Entertainment
* Cost of Living

Beijing winters are almost unbearable and deadly if you have asthma thanks to coal dust and other pollution.

Here's the top ten list of cities China Foreign Teachers listed as the best place to teach in 2014...

1.   Hangzhou (But steer clear of Helen and TEFL Institute agency)
2.   Qingdao
3.   Xia Men
4.   Dalian
5.   Fuzhou
6.   Ningbo
7.   Zhuhai
8.   Shanghai
9.   Beijing
10. Yantai

For a free list of direct employers that are properly licensed and white-listed to hire foreign expat teachers in these top 10 cities, just send  your  email request  to:

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

CFTU Scam Alert: Yew Chung International School - Fake Jobs Offered to China Foreign ESL & TEFL Teachers By Impersonators...

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Attention Members & China Foreign ESL & TEFL Teachers:  Some scam artists have been contacting ESL & TEFL teachers falsely claiming to be from the very reputable and white-listed Yew Cheung International School offering good jobs with great salaries. They use both foreign and Chinese names and use both emails and calls to solicit teachers in China and abroad.  Thus far they have swindled more than 28 teachers.  This person asks for an up front processing fee. THEY ARE NOT AT ALL CONNECTED NOR EMPLOYED WITH YCIS!!! They are a fraud and need to be avoided. More details are available on our web site. If you have any doubts you can contact YCIS directly and only through their web site.  If you are contacted with this scam , please play along and send us their email and mobile telehone number, but do not send them any money. Thanks. Beware and be sure!

Names being used by callers:

Dr. Betty Chan Po-King
Dr. Ben Jacobsen
Recruiter Steve Wahl
Recruiter Megan Zhang
Academic Director Paul Schaeffer 

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

CFTU Issues Tax Scam Alert To China Expat Foreign Teachers In ESL & TEFL Programs

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Notice to fellow-teachers working in China. We have received about a dozen emails from members and non-members alike that a clever tax ruse has been used to obtain more money back from foreign teachers by dishonest school administrators. In essence these unethical principals and administrators are deducting up to 30% from teachers pay for "taxes" that are collected but never paid to any tax authority!

If you work for a Chinese public school or university, or a foreign-owned international school, you need not worry about this scam. If however you work for a private Chinese company, or get paid through an agency you need to pay attention and ask for the following:

On pay day when you are asked to sign for your pay, ask for "an itemization of all deductions including tax".  If no itemization is provided to you, send an email to the schools administrator and if you get back anything that shows a deduction for "taxes", reply with another email asking "Are these municipal, provincial, or central government taxes?"

If you get no cooperation at all from your school, send us an email in confidence, and we will check with the tax authorities without using your name in any way. If you want to know what you should legally be paying in tax here in China as an expat employee please use our free tax calculator at the below link, and remember, taxes vary by region.

In an unrelated matter, please be aware that a fake white list is being circulated by Angelina's ESL Cafe showing all of the schools they work with as being "safe" and "endorsed by SAFEA".

Be advised that SAFEA does not "endorse" any school, nor does SAFEA publish any "white list". This is just a shameful marketing ploy 

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

How to check out the reputation of any China foreign teacher job agent or school recruiter for free in 1 day...

Okay gang...due to hundreds of emails every month asking about this girl or that guy, we have decided just to show you how you can DIY - for free!  Let's face it, no agent or recruiter is going to tell you that they are not registered nor licensed to do business in China. Likewise they will not tell you that they are collecting 30%-50% of your salary from the school where they place you nor that the principal is in on the ruse for a kick-back.  They will never tell you their real legal names - unless they are honest and legitimate. All of these things you will usually find out on your own, AFTER you lock yourself into a contract with an agent or recruiter and you notice on the first pay day that your colleagues are making a lot more money than you!

So to avoid this grief, you need to avoid the bad apple agents and recruiters and depending on whether or not you are already in China or still abroad will determine what you need to do. If you follow the below instructions you will be 98% safe and secure against agent fraud. 

1)  If any agent or recruiter tells you to come work in China but does not provide you an invitation letter for a work visa ("Z" visa) they are dishonest and you need to ignore their calls and emails. So once you get past this initial litmus test here is what you do next if you are in Beijing. If you are anywhere else, just follow steps five and six below:

2) Visit Bldg. 6 of the Friendship Hotel complex (bring your passport or the guards will not let you go in). Go down the long corridor on the first floor until you pass the bathroom. The very next door opens into the international office of SAFEA and a woman named "Song" speaks English and will look up your recruiter in their system. She can tell you in five minutes if they are registered as a recruiter. 

3) Go to the Tuanjiehu or Liangmaqiao subway station (line 10) and go just West of the Canadian International School you will find the government licensing building and on the first floor they have a reception desk for Chinese and one for foreigners. If you give them the CHINESE name or the license number of the recruiter, they will look them up and tell you in a few minutes if they are legitimate and how many complaints have been filed against them.

4) Visit this website with a Chinese friend and enter the license number of the recruiter and see what comes back and see if the addresses, names, and telephone numbers match.

5) Visit this link and see if you find the recruiter blacklisted. For them to be on this list, three or more people would have had to file a complaint within the last year that did not get resolved (no I don't know what "resolved" means - I forgot - sorry).

6) If you are in a hurry or to lazy to do all of the above, just send the agent the below letter and ask them to fill it out completely then it becomes much quicker easier to know just who you are dealing with.

Please don't be foolish enough to think that only the Chinese agents will cheat you.  About 30% of the scam recruiters are in fact foreigners.  To learn about all their deceptions and what questions you need to be asking them, visit htttp:// . Good luck and welcome to China!

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Three New "Clever" Scam Alerts For China Foreign Teachers...

Received from one of our members - Too good not to share...

Three basic scams to watch out for. Not that these will necessarily make or break your trip but it's probably a bad sign. The smart money says just don't take the risk when confronted by any of these things.

1. "How quickly can you get here?" Not proof positive that bad things are about to happen but if they're trying to rush you, like any relationship someone too desperate who doesn't care who you are can be a red flag for two reasons.

One is that this tactic may be used to pressure you and get you to rush on over before you've had a chance to think things through. Two, it's also a bad sign because it may mean the previous teacher left in a hurry without notice. This may not be the schools fault but few of the employers I go on interviews for back here in the states care enough to give me the benefit of the doubt. It is important enough for you to have at least a decent experience and there are enough schools in China that you can be a little picky. Make sure a school treats you right and doesn't ask you to hop on a plane after the first date.

2.  "Let me hold that for you." This should go without saying. Never let your boss 'hold on' to your passport. Without it you kinda can't leave or have difficulty doing so at the least. Obviously they will try to hold it so you don't run away from them when you realize how horrible the school is. You may need to hand your passport over to get visas and other documents. Make sure you get it back and in a reasonable amount of time. A slightly related scam is they'll tell you to come here with a tourist visa and we'll get you a residence permit which may or may not ever happen. If they can legally get you a residence permit they should be able to get you the Z visa before you go there.

3. "I hate you, I hate you, I hate you" Another scam I've heard is that they'll try to force you out around the nine month mark or even right up to 10- 11 months. This is because after 12 months they have to give you another 7k-10k RMB for your return flight, but if you choose to leave because they're treating you badly or they are now all of a sudden unhappy with you then they save some money and they were bringing someone new in shortly anyway. Sucks to get that far and have a bad time. One advice is mind your p's and q's, don't give anyone any excuse and be strong for a little longer. You could possibly even take the hint and go. You might lose some money (and feel like a failure) but you're not leaving yourself vulnerable to who knows what.

This could jeopardize your contract though too, I know how legal these contracts are and if yours has penalties if you leave before a year. I'll say that it seemed like then, and still seems now that you are worth enough and have enough prospects for work that you can go without a contract. Unless there's something really wrong with you and you have a bad attitude from the start you'll likely be fine. You don't need a contract securing your right to work. Even if you did have a contract and you turned out to be that bad, I'm sure any sufficiently creative boss can and will get rid of you anyway, contract or not.

Skip the contract completely, don't mention it, if they bring it up tell them you'd rather not have one, or write your own contract if it is required by the state for a visa or RP. Keep it simple, "i work for you and you pay me this much each month." If they want to push you around later and renegotiate our verbal contract then you are free to walk without worrying too much about your lack of knowledge on Chinese law.

They will still want you to have a decent enough apartment that will keep you there, they will still have to pay you to keep you teaching. There's not much in your contract besides shelter and payment anyway, maybe work hours but again, we're adults we can reach a reasonable agreement and if you're unreasonable... well i guess with Chinese visa laws you can't just go somewhere else to work, even though there's plenty places, not without a release paper but you can go home. I don't know how legal these contracts are anyway nor if one is required for the residence permit. Going or staying both have some risks if someone is trying to push you out after 9 months it's because they don't want to pay you.

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Want To Learn Chinese For Free? Join The CFTU Language Exchange Program!

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So you have decided to learn Chinese but can't afford regular lessons at a school?  Or maybe there is not a class schedule that suits your needs? No problem, there are hundreds of Chinese university students wanting to learn English and are willing to do a language exchange with you. If you want to participate, please send your contact info with a brief bio and photo and indicate what district of Beijing or Shanghai you live in and our volunteers will try to find you a suitable match and you can call and introduce yourself. As always there is no charge for this service to members and non-members can do 10 hours of volunteer work with us to get the same service for free as well. Send an email to to take advantage of this program.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

CFTU Volunteers Joins SAFEA In Planting New "Foreign Experts Forest" in Huairou. CFTU to plant their own forest in Haidian.

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Last week a group of CFTU volunteers joined two bus loads of veteran foreign experts and the SAFEA leadership on a green adventure to Huairou where we planted 99 popular trees in a barren area of Huairou.  We were also joined by the Mayor if Huairou who then treated us to a very nice luncheon before giving us a tour of the Lake Yan Qi area where the APAC conference will be held later this year on October. See below photos.  We all had a great time and were proud to take part in promoting a green environment.  Plans are now underway with SAFEA to plant a CFTU Forest in western Haidian and we also plan to plant one CFTU Silvertip Pine tree on every university campus in China.  Foreign Teachers who want their primary and secondary school students to participate in the CFTU's "China Green Program" should send an email to 
BTW... if you are looking for a romantic getaway with your partner or you want to show your kids the last nature reserve close to Beijing (great field trip for students) bring them here to Lake Yan Qi. The Kempinski Hotel will soon open a very modern resort here with a 350 room capacity.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Beware of CUCAS Study In China Programs In Beijing & Shanghai - Investigation Underway

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We are not yet calling this a scam so no red alerts have gone out yet to our members. But we received some disturbing information as per this link below and we are now launching our own investigation which may take up to fifteen days. During this time we advise all expat teachers and foreigners abroad to use extreme caution in dealing with this entity until we sort out all the facts.


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Friday, February 7, 2014

China Foreign Teachers Union Now Offers Free Job Placement Service

Okay fellow expat teachers, we are tired of warning everyone about shady agents and by now you probably learned the hard anyway.  So our new board of directors looked at 129 suggestions received from our members across China and thanks to Heather in Shen Zhen we have agreed to offer a free job placement service on a trial basis in Beijing and if all goes well we will expand it to our Shanghai branch based on feedback. Again, we emphasize that like all the other services we provide, this new service is also free, so nobody will be taking a cut of your paycheck. In case you don't yet know why we need to do this in China you can visit this link for a crash course:

Here is how the program is set up to work and it is limited based on the fact that we only have 19 regular volunteers in Beijing helping us out and most of them have to deal with complaint issues so three of them will be assign to this new project.
We will send you a one page template which will also act as your cover-letter and when we receive your template back, we will send it with your resume directly to 10 Principals in Beijing based on the category you indicate you prefer to work as follows:

1) Kindergarten 
2) Primary School
3) High School
4) University
5) After School Tutoring
6) Business English
8) AP

We will not do anything more than make this introduction. If the school likes what they see it will be up to them to contact you for an interview.  We will not accept any payment from you nor the school for this service. We will not send your resume to any school that is blacklisted or not licensed to do business in China, or who is not authorized to hire foreign teachers (only about 60% of the privates schools are properly licensed.
Once this the school has contacted you negotiate your own contract and leave us out of the hiring process. We do not have the time nor staff to become your translator, lawyer, or negotiator. You must however tell us when you get hired since we will continue to send out your resume every 15 days for 90 days. After 90 days your file will be deleted whether you get hired, return to your homeland, or decide teaching is not for you any more.

Suggestions And A Request: If you participate in this program please do not embarrass us and be sure that you:

A)  Show up on time for your interview and dress professionally
B)  Read the website of the employer BEFORE the interview
C)  Take copies of your passport, current visa, and diploma
D)  Be prepared to hive a 30 minute demo class if asked
E)  Do not lie on your resume - it will always surface
F)  Dress to impress -  very professionally
G)  Read this link about contract clauses: 
      China Contracts - CAUTION!

DO NOT SEND US COPIES OF YOUR PASSPORT NOR VISA - WE DON'T WANT NOR NEED THEM.  SEND US ONLY THE COMPLETED TEMPLATE  AND CURRENT  RESUME  IN  MS WORD FORMAT.  Then please be patient it may take our volunteers 2-3 days to match your preferences and send out your resume.  At present we have 612 schools in Beijing that have offered cooperation. We hope to expand this to 1,000 by the end of August.  Do not call or email us for "updates" or "follow-ups". Once we send the school your resume, we will not contact them again. We will not send your resume to the same school more than once every 45 days. If you want to participate, you can request a template by sending an email to:

If you are an expat foreign teacher working in China you are welcome to request and use our other free services which you can request by email to the below email address. Here is what we provide you free of charge:

*  Free Scam Alerts By Email
*  Free China Job Interview Tips
*  Free Copy Of Current China Health Alerts
*  Free Copy Of China Labor Laws In English
*  Free Copy Of Our Expat Annual Salary Review
*  Free Copy Of Our Annual Report & Teacher Survey
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Free Cross Cultural Training Seminar Held Quarterly
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*  Free Participation In Our Social and Networking Events And Day Trips
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Remember that you only get one chance to make a good first impression.  Interviews in China are a bit different than back home so you need to prepare yourself accordingly or you may be shocked at some of the questions you will be asked. If you want some tips how to pass your interview send us an email to

Be advised that the CFTU is a non-profit volunteer organization established in 2010 and we neither sell  nor promote, nor recommend any company, product, service, religion nor political cause other than a clean and healthy environment for all of us. We don't offer nor provide legal advice other than what is posted on our web sites. From time to time we get smeared on the internet by people we have either exposed in the past or by a recruiter who perceives us as a disclosure threat. Our membership is free but limited to only expat teachers who are currently working in China. No we are not a legal registered "union" per se, but we adopted this name as it most closely represents what we do. We do have a good working relationship with the ministries of Education, Foreign Affairs, SAFEA, and the PSB but we do not under any circumstances share nor disclose any of our members by name, telephone, nor email. Any information you every provide us will bever be sold nor shared with any third parties unless you ask us to do so. All of our files are stored with 256 bit AES encryption. Please be wary of all internet job ads that offer full time positions that pay less than 10,000 yuan per month unless they are universities. The reason is explained  here: and If you do decide to use an agent, we highly recommend that you demand that they complete every blank on the below form to protect yourself from abuse and exploitation.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

China Foreign Teachers Now Monitored By SAFEA And Blacklisted For More Reasons in 2014

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We reported in 2012 and 2013 that we obtained a Chinea teacher blacklist kept and used by School principles in Beijing and Shanghai.  Shortly thereafter we discovered that SAFEA was publishing a list at this link:

Originally there were 259 teachers blacklisted on the SAFEA web site and after three months of discussion, we managed to get all but nine of the teachers removed.

However, in 2014 they will no longer publish the list so we will not know who nor how many teachers are on it (unless someone leaks us a copy as happened before). But we were also told there are now 9 reasons a teacher will be blacklisted whereas before there were only 7 ways to end up on the list. So pay attention and avoid these problem areas if you want to remain as a teacher in China and be able to renew your visa Z visa and FEC...










Yes we agree, that last one is a bit vague and we were unable to get any clarification but we will keep trying.  The big difference in 2014 is that if you get listed by SAFEA your visa will not be renewed when you go to apply - even from outside the country!  Further a 1-3 year reentry ban may be placed on you at the discretion of the PSB.

As you can see, they are getting fed up of flaky teachers who jump ship in the middle of a contract.  So before you sign a contract, be damn sure you plan to finish it as you may get yourself politely booted out of the country.  As onerous as this new policy appears, we can understand WHY they have resorted to these measures.  So, don't say you were not warned.

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