Sunday, April 2, 2017

2017 Chinese government requirements for expat foreigners to teach ESL & TEFL in China do not include TEFL certificate


We get at least 20 emails every day from new TEFL and ESL teachers asking "which TEFL certificate must I have to teach in China?".  The answer is that there no mandatory legal requirement to have a TEFL certificate to teach in China by law. It may be rquired by a large training center chain like English First or Wall Street English. 

However we here at the CFTU have been pressing the Ministry of Education to include a requirement for a 120 hour TEFL certificate - not obtained electronically. That is a TEFL course taught live, face-to-face in a classroom setting where there can be a live teacher-student dialogue and the ability of all students to participate. We are firmly opposed to software-based and online TEFL courses for five reasons, all of which outweigh any "convenience" factor.

1) Roughly 90% of the TEFL scams we see today and over the past 10 years have come from online TEFL programs and recently those that sell DVDs, or just a TEFL certificate without completion of any training at all.  If the TEFL course was taught at a local university, through a registrar's office, the fraud would be eliminated. Recently employees of one UK company was caught selling "answer sheets" for the company's TEFL test for $99 online.

2) TEFL software and Online courses provide no assurances that the trainers supervising the program are certified by any educational body nor standard and could just be a TEFL mill, as most of them are today.

3) Without a classroom dialogue and live critiques by teachers and peers, a TEFL student will not get the same benefit as learning in a classroom setting, and the retention rate of anything they may have learned online will be far less.

4) At present, there are no standards for TEFL training friends. We have recently even found individual recruiting agencies selling their own brands of TEFL courses which is nothing more than a money grab. 

5) In country TEFL courses can be monitored and the certificates would have to be honored and recognized in that country if offered through an accreditted university.

At present 23, companies all claim that their TEFL certificates are recognized world-wide. In fact however, this is not true and some certificates are only recognized in third-world developing countries like Haiti, Ethiopia, Croatia, etc.

Some people assume that the bigger the company that is dumping a lot of money into online advertising is the best place to get a TEFL certificate. As you can see from these complaints, BIG does not equal best.

http://www.teflspin.com/2008/07/volunteer-to-be-sucker.html


http://chinafraudpatrol.blogspot.tw/search?updated-max=2013-04-29T16:06:00-07:00&max-results=7


https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20130503170222AA7AW44


http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/specific_search/Laowai%20Career%20Center


Although the CFTU does not endorse any company or service, the teachers we talk with are most satisfied with the CELTA TESOL training they recived based on the feedback we are getting. We are now urging 16 universities in China in five provinces to adopt their program locally within China and their response has been positive. In the interim, please be advised that the below are the official requirements for a foreigner to teach English in China.

* At least 22 years of age

* Fluent in the English language - native English speakers preferred

* A verifiable bachelor degree (it will be checked starting on January 1, 2017)

* A certified police certificate proving no criminal record in your homeland

* 2 years of verifiable previous teaching experience

* A valid Z visa in your passport upon day 1 of your employment

Although the Chinese government has implemented a new Expert Work Permit program with three categories of "experts" (A.B, & C), this program currently excludes teachers below the Phd. level. http://en.safea.gov.cn/2016-09/29/content_26941136.htm. 

So now that you know the facts about the mandatory qualifications and requirements to teach in China, donot let any agent, recruiter, school, or TEFL sales rep, blow smoke up your butt and pressure you to buy anything you don't want or need. http://www.opnlttr.com/letter/foreign-english-esl-teachers-tricked-buying-tefl-certificate-courses-fake-china-requirement

One last word of warning... If you get caught teaching in China with a fake diploma, police certificate, or TEFL certificate, or are caught working without a genuine Z visa (one that matches your employer and invitation letter) you WILL (if caught) be arrested, jailed, fined $2,000, and deported from China as a convicted felon, with a 3-5 year reentry ban - even if you are enrolled in a Chinese university or married to a local Chinese spouse. At present, there is a "Zero Tolerance" enforcement policy in place and you may want to read this here: http://www.opnlttr.com/letter/record-number-foreign-expat-esl-tefl-teachers-lose-china-jobs-after-being-arrested-deported


If any recruiter, agent, or training center gives you information different than the above. please report them to report@chinaforeignteachersunion.org

Also see if that source is blacklisted at:


Monday, March 6, 2017

China Foreign ESL & TEFL Teachers are Identity theft Targets even before they arrive in China! Here's how to protect yourself expat job seeker...

First, the bad news... About 35% of all the online ads for ESL, TEFL, & AP teaching jobs in China were posted by more than 3,000 known identity thieves. The dream jobs are fake and they only want your resume a,d then after a fake skype interview - your passport scan. Then after you accept their fake job offer they will ask for your "Taxpayer Identification Number" (aka social security or national ID number). Because you think you are about to get a $40,000 or even $60,000 job teaching in China, you do not hesitate. And then you get the bad news that particular job was filled. But they offer you another China job at half the pay scale. Whether you take Job B or not, you may have just been victimized for identity theft that you won't even know about for 3-6 more months, when the police come to arrest you. 

Of course, you will sort it all out and the cops will apologize after you spend a few nights in a Chinese jail and your family spends $5,000 to hire an expensive lawyer for you. (they always charge more when someone is in jail). In 2016, over 1,600 expats working in China learned a very expensive and embarrassing lesson about sending their resumes to strangers. https://chinascamwatch.wordpress.com

At present, if you do not do your due diligence homework applying for a job in China, you have a 1 in 5 chance of becoming an identity theft victim. Your odds are better playing Russian Roulette with a loaded revolver gun!


Now the good news... you can prevent all of this and eliminate the risk that you will also be a victim, even if you are already a target.

1.) Never give your full name on your first resume. For example, if you are Patrick Steven Walker. Your resume should say: P. Steven Walk.

2.) Never include your personal home address or telephone number on a resume which can reveal your true identity. Use your email and mobile number for contact.

3.) Edit your Skype profile so it does not contain specific information.

4.) Do not ever send passport scans unless and until you have a VERIFIABLE written job offer from a known employer whose website provides a phone number for you verify. Do not trust phone numbers given to you by recruiters nor agents as the numbers could simply belong to one of their friends (shills) who will pretend to be an HR Director or FAO of a China employer. Then provide your passport scan directly by fax or email to ONLY the direct employer - not to agents and recruiters.

5.) You need not ever disclose your social security number or national ID card to any employer in China. You must provide them a photo and your passport Number.

Of course, your China job agent and recruiter will tell you to ignore all this advice and the CFTU and maybe even call us a troll or "troublemaker". We care about your safety in China - not what agents and recruiters think about us. Here are some links you can give them to shut them up...

https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/scams-fraudes/id-theft-vol-eng.htm
https://www.identityprotection.com/education/stay-informed/how-posting-y...
https://lifehacker.com/118742/identity-theft-via-online-resumes
https://www.cityweekend.com.cn/beijing/article/scam-alert-headhunter-fraud
https://hamiltonwriting.com/job-offer-scams-a-new-trend-in-fraud-and-identity-theft
https://www.cityweekend.com.cn/china/article/fake-disney-recruiter-scam
https://chinascampatrol.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/fraud-warning-china-for...
https://thecareerexperts.com/jobseekers/tips-strategies/is-someone-steal...
https://www.cityweekend.com.cn/beijing/article/scam-alert-foreign-teache...

Also to reduce your risks to less than 1%, we recommend that you motivate yourself to contact China employers directly (refer to our China White List at http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion.com- scroll down and look for the blue angel pages) and eliminate all middlemen (agents and recruiters). Furthermore, you should not reply to ads at the below websites since most are fictitious "magnet ads" as explained in the above links (Fake dream jobs designed only to collect hundreds of resumes).

* thebeijinger.com
* echinacities.com
* craigslist.com
* gumtree.com
* sinocities.com
* eslcafe.com
* laowaicareer.com
* eslinsider.com
* eslteachersboard.com
* chinateflnetwork.com
* chinateflsearch.com
* chinatefl.cn
* chinaesl.com & chinaesl.cn

And whenever you come across a new employer with very little background information, be extra cautious and check here just to be extra safe and sure: https://www.scam.com/showthread.php?704467-UPDATED-China-Liars-List-ESL-...

Still can't find the information you need to be comfortable? Try this link here at : http://Reddit.com/r/chinascamcentral.

IMPORTANT: Remember that all employers of foreigners in China (for any job) must be registered with SAFEA and hold a valid SAIC business license. If employers refuse to share scans of their SAFEA certificate and SAIC business license with you, just hang up the phone and block their email, skype, and phone numbers because they surely are not legitimate.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Almost 3,000 foreign employees arrested and deported from China in 2016 - Almost 90% were foreign English TEFL & ESL teachers who accepted illegal jobs from blacklisted agents.

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The Public Security Bureau of China is on a mission to find, arrest and deport 5,000 illegal foreign workers from China in 2017.  Mostly because most of them are unqualified English teachers from abroad that local Chinese claim are stealing teaching jobs from more qualified bi-lingual Chinese graduates who actually majored in English abroad in the U.K., Canada, America, or Australia. Who makes better teachers for Chinese children is a separate debate.  But  what is beyond dispute is the following reality;

* In 2012, only five years ago, less than 1,000 foreign teachers were expelled from China, only one-third of the current number. Back then teachers caught working without a Z visa were simply warned or fined.  Today they are booted out after spending 30 days in jail, paying a $2,000 and sent home as a convicted felon with a 3-5 year reentry ban.  Most will never be able to get another travel visa the rest of their lives because they are now tagged as "illegal migrant worker" and "convicted felon" in the many databases of global law enforcement.

* In 2016 the PSB conducted more than 2,000 random visa check visits in 27 Provinces compared to only 827 in 2014 in six Provinces.  Clearly they have expanded their hunting grounds.

* PSB undercover agents have resorted to posting over 1,600 known sting job ads in thebijinger.com, echinacities.com,  eslcafe.com, gumtree.com, sinocities.com, and craiglist.com.  At first, their bad English gave them away, but in 2016 they must have hired foreign proofreaders because now the ads are undetectable. The PSB claims over 700 foreigners using fake diplomas and illegal visa were caught in their sting operations in 2016.

* The PSB obtained a 6% budget increase to expand their visa enforcement operations in 2017 and are now hiring and training 745 new visa enforcement officers and 210 special investigators to help grow their sting ops.

* 2016 was the first year that the PSB actually started to jail the black agents and recruiters caught selling fake diplomas and TEFL certificates and/or telling new arrivals to China it was okay to work without a Z visa.  Arrested agents were given a choice to pay a 100,000 yuan fine and turn over their phones and hard drives to the PSB (to find and entrap more illegal teachers working in China) or go to prison for 6-12months.

* The PSB increased their public reward from 5,000 rmb to 10,000 rmb to informants who provided information leading to the arrest of illegal foreign workers. One TA we know of earned over $80,000 in just one year snitching out expat workers her boss sold fake university degrees to.  More details are found here:  https://eslwatch.info/en/forum/china/76-china-foreign-teachers-unite-report-fake-unqualified-teachers-to-the-psb.html?start=30.  Our source at the PSB said that roughly 20% of the informants work at the same school as the teachers they reported, which is a bit disturbing in our opinion.

The above chart is self explanatory. Once again, we urge all ESL & TEFL teachers coming to workin China, to follow the law and not the advice or unlicensed recruiters who will not lift a finger to help you, if you get yourself arrested in China.  Here are some links where you can educate yourself BEFORE you send anyone your resume for a job placment in China...


https://eslwatch.info/en/articles/asia-articles/141-china-in-asia-article.html


http://chinateachersalliance.wordpress.com


http://chinafraudpatrol.wordpress.com

Working on an F, M, or L Visa like the one below can get you arrested and jailed on the spot in China, no matter what your job recruiter told you!




Sunday, February 19, 2017

2016 CFTU annual foreign teachers survey reveals that 73% of current ESL & TEFL expat teachers will not stay in China another year creating 18,000 job vacancies.

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This year's annual China Foreign Teachers Union annual survey gave us quite a few surprises - some good and some bad.  First the good news... Identity theft victims in 2016 were down 6% from last year and 27 black ESL job agents were finally arrested and were given a choice to pay 100,000 yuan fine or spend six months in jail. The PSB vows to continue their hunt for agents telling foreigners it is "no problem to work without a Z visa".  13 agents were caught selling forged university degrees and were not given any such choice - they were sentenced to one year in prison.

Some more good news... On average the pay for foreign ESL & TEFL teachers has increased 9% over last year due to the supply shortage of expat teachers and now the average wage for a native English speaking teacher in China is 18,000 yuan per month. Those holding education degrees are earning an average of 22,000 yuan per month. For non-native English speaking teachers with no education degree, the average salary is now 15,250 yuan per month and those holding an education degree are earning an average of 16,500 yuan per month.  If you are not earning this much, it is time for you to demand a raise!

Now the bad news... (although there may be a silver lining in this for some of you who decide to remain in China).  According to our survey results, a whopping 73% of expat foreign teachers now working in China, say they are making this their last year in the Middle Kingdom and will work elsewhere after their contracts expire in June.
Here are the reasons they cited:

1) Air and water pollution are now at dangerous levels (42% of the 73%)

2) Salaries are much higher in Korea, Japan, and Singapore (39% of the 73%)

3) Cheated by employer, agents, or recruiters,  (10% of the 73%)

4) Worried about the Hepatitis epidemic in China (7% of the 73%)

5) Family issues back home (2% of the 73%)


Although the Chinese government has pledged to clean up the pollution, and they have actually begun to do so by shutting down 7 of the 212 coal burning plants in China, the net improvement has not been that noticeable. Perhaps by 2025 we may no longer require air filter masks if they keep closing 7 coal plants a year.  This documentary film about China's horrific pollution problems received over 30 million views in just 1 month. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6X2uwlQGQM#t=45 Of course, the pollution in China varies by region as this regional map explains quite well:


And the below chart indicates just how toxic the Beijing and Shanghai air becomes five months of the year. Researchers at Berkley even say that it is better to smoke a pack of cigarettes every day than to breathe Beijing's air!  This is not a choice anyone whould have to make in our opinion!  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3201954/Breathing-Beijing-s-air-equivalent-smoking-FORTY-cigarettes-day-Smog-map-China-reveals-shocking-extent-pollution.html
In 2016 the air pollution got so bad that the Ministry of Education closed the public schools for five days and warned parents to keep their children home because the API index exceeded the toxic level. No such warning were issued to the foreign teachers however. The photo below shows the difference between a summer and winter day in Beijing:



Some more bad news is that 27% of our foreign teachers in China that were surveyed say they now do not feel very welcome in China and some have even been insulted by students and parents when they were caught making spelling or grammar errors in the classroom. Even the Chinese government is growing more critical and less tolerant of unqualified or low-skilled expat teachers as reflected in this recent Global Times newspaper   article:  http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/981575.shtml

But the worst news for 2016 is that a record number of foreign teachers were arrested, jailed, fined, and deported from China, mostly for two reasons; 1) Working without a real Z visa in their passport, and 2) Caught working with forged university degree. Of the 2,987 foreigners that were deported, 2,712 were deported for the above reasons. Other were ejected for acts of violence, "bad behavior" or discovered to have a contagious disease (ie. Hepatitis, HIV, TB, etc.)

Now about that silver lining... Since there will be almost 18,000 ESL & TEFL job vacancies next September, those of you who decide to stay in China can demand a huge pay increase of at least 5,000 rmb per month and/or a housing allowance since the cost of housing has increased 7% over last year in the big cities on average. Over the past 5 years this housing increase was 31% on average, while average wages for foreign teachers increased only by 10.5%.

Some things never change from year to year as foreigners working in China still give high marks for the variety of delicious foods, tourist sites, and for the friends they have made here. In 2016, 8% of those surveyed claimed to have found their soul-mate in China and have either married them or plan to soon.

Our complete 2016 Annual report is available to members by email and will be published in the March CFTU newsletter.


Additional Reading:  http://www.floridatoday.com/picture-gallery/news/2016/11/17/poor-air-quality-plagues-china-as-authorities-issue-a-warning/94023712/ and also http://pollutionpictures.blogspot.sg/2011/01/woww-most-polluted-cities-are-in-china.html

NOTE:  Our 2017 Blacklist and White List were both recently updated. Just scroll down to view or visit http://www.chinaforeigntecahersunion.org

Friday, February 10, 2017

CFTU Updates 2017 China Foreign Teachers Union Blacklist of Schools, Recruiters, & Agents

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Although we recommend that any and all ESL & TEFL teachers coming to work in China simply use a white-listed school that is SAFEA registered and SAIC licensed, we get demands for updates on our blacklist, so it is was update as of January 15th and just released after being prrof-read.  Please do your own due-diligence and remember that agents and recruiters using only Chinglish names like "Victor Li" or "Jane Zhang" should be avoided if they do not show you their original government ID card showing their true and legal Chinese names. To know what this card looks like, please see the example posted here:  https://www.scam.com/showthread.php?704467-UPDATED-China-Liars-List-ESL-TEFL-Teacher-Job-Scams-Internships-Exporters-etc-BLACKLIST

You will also find other good advice there as well. The 2017 CFTU Blacklist now contains 927 blacklisted entities. Many of those outed in the past simply started using new names and emails. Many have changed the name of their companies. This is why we now update the list every three months and you can read it at this address. http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion.org

Also remember, IF you are a native English speaker you should not accept any part or full time work that pays less than 250 yuan per hour or 20,000 pe rmonth. If you are native ENglish speaker with an Education degree you would be cheating yourself to work for less than 300 yuan per hour or 25,000 yuan per month 

Also be aware that since 2014, you have plenty of rights as a foreign employee if you are in fact legally hired with a Z visa. You can review your rights and contract tips at the below links.  Good luck and enjoy your China adventure peng you!

https://www.eslwatch.info/en/articles/asia-articles/141-china-in-asia-article.html 

We also warn you not to even send your resume to anyone related to a China teaching job, until you first read three links to help keep you safe from scams:

http://ChinaScamWatch.wordpress.com

http://ESLWatch.info/forum/china

http://ChinaScamWatch.org

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

CFTU Publishes 2017 White List of China Schools For Foreign ESL & TEFL Teachers

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Welcome to 2017 friends and colleagues!  With more China schools and training centers than ever before (1,598), this looks to be a promising year for China foreign teachers who have chosen China to advance or begin their teaching careers.

Before you scroll down and look for a safe white-listed school among the almost 1,600 that had the fewest complaints and most teacher endorsements, we want to warn you all that to completely avoid scams, it is best to avoid agents and apply directly to the FAOs (Foreign Affairs Officer) at all the schools. Why?  Because when you apply to online ads you find at Beijinger, SinoCities, Echinacities, Craiglist, ESLCafe, you will seldom, if ever get the fake job that was used as bait, and sending your resume to unlicensed black agents can easily end up costing you $10,000. How? Read this http://chinascamwatch.wordpress.com.  To learn more about working in China visit http:/ESLWatch.info/forum/China or scroll down and read our archives about contracts, teacher's rights, and dealing with shady agents.

Our blacklist was also updated on January 1st, 2017 and can be scanned for free here: http://www.chinaforeignteacherssunion.org. So without further adieu we are pleased to present you with the below white-listed China ESL & TEFL employers for 2017 that are registered, licensed, and legally allowed to hire foreign employers and sponsor a Z visa that is required by law: (Please allow up to 3 minutes to load)


If you are a CFTU member,please visit the member's page and log in with your membership number to obtain all 967 pages or send us an email at members@chinaforeignteachersunion.org. You can also get your copy at http://chinascamwatch.org.







Sunday, December 25, 2016

The CFTU sends holiday greetings to all 29,781 China Foreign ESL, TEFL, & AP Teachers!

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It is that time of year again when we want to thank all the Foreign ESL, TEFL, & AP tecahers trying give Chinese kids in 32 Provinces the opportunity and training that will give them the chance to become international and more creative students in the world. Your efforts do not go unnoticed and we are proud of you for making all the sacrifices working in China requires. The volunteer staff of the CFTU salutes and commends you for another year of service to the Chinese community.

Of course we also thank you for your continue support of the CFTU and taking the time to report and identify abuses and exploitation of teachers and students. As we have since 2010, we strive to make the education profession and those that recruit foreign teachers more honorable, ethical, and proficient.

We have a free holiday gift to offer every foreign tecaher now working in China, whether you are a CFTU member or not... Your 15 employee rights as a foreigner working in China.  Just send us an email to holidaygift@chinaforeignteachers.org and allow 10 days for a reply. We are down to a skeleton crew for the holidays.

Also be sure to look for our new 2017 white and blacklists to be posted within the next 30 days, right here!  

In closing, we wish you and yours a safe, happy, and memorable holiday season with those you cherish most.  Happy New Year and we'll see you in 2017!

Best Holiday Wishes,

Gregg, Denise, Michelle, Ling, Roger, Phillip, Barbara, Debbie, Joanne, Rachael, Robbie, Keith, Pam, Tyson, and  Gwen.


Monday, December 5, 2016

CFTU Issues China Health Risk Alert to Foreign English TEFL & ESL Teachers - Hepatitis Epidemic & Toxic Air Pollution Are Biggest Concerns...

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URGENT NOTICE TO ALL CHINA FOREIGN TEACHERS:
Get yourself tested and vaccinated against all strains of Hepatitis NOW!

In the past six months 32 expat teachers were quarantined and deported after testing positive for Hepatitis and and another 57 for STDs.  China has the legal right, as do most countries, to revoke the visas of any visitor found to be carrying a contagious disease.  And if you worked in a large urban area in China for 3 years or longer, you have a 30% chance of testing positive for Hepatitis B,C, or E. This jumps to 50% if you worked in a rural area in China for one or more years.  The Hepatitis outbreak in China has recahed an epidemic level and is one of China's most guarded secrets to avoid scaring off tourists and badly needed foreign experts and English teachers.  These links will show you just how bad Hepatitis has become in China where 1 in 5 residents are now infected at last count in 2012.






So if you plan to stay in China, be sure to avoid being tested at Chinese hospital because if you do test positive for Hepatitis, STD, HIV, or ANY contagious disease the law requires that your visa be revoked and you will be placed in a quarantine facility for up to 90 days before being deported as a "Health Risk". With this designation you are highly unlikely to ever get a travel visa again. DIY Home test kits can easily be found on line but be sure to buy one that includes detection for all strains of Hepatitis. 



If you know anyone who has worked or studied at Mayflower Education in Wudaokou, please send them this leak since a former teacher who worked there claims he caught Hep C at the school. We have no way to confirm this but it is better to be safe than sorry.  Most black schools cannot afford "body checks" for their teachers and students and often just buy fake "health certificates" in case Ministry of Health Minisitry inspectors make a random visit for blood tests.

China has the highest Hepatitis infection rate behind a handful of African countries and Haiti.  Although many public posters and TV commercials urge the public to come in for a free test, most Chinese fear being stigmatized so they suffer in silence - and keep spreading the disease.


The other major health concern is the toxic air pollution of China's winter air which is full of carcinogenic coal dust and other pollutants that inflame respiratory systems of millions an average of 72 days a year.  Almost every foreign employee who comes to China the first time gets an immediate sore throat, itchy, burning eyes, and a chronic cough for a few weeks before they finally find salvation in an air filter mask. Air pollution studies done by various universities in Europe and China confirm that breathing the winter air of Beijing or Shanghai is actually worse than smoking two packs of cigarettes a day.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3201954/Breathing-Beijing-s-air-equivalent-smoking-FORTY-cigarettes-day-Smog-map-China-reveals-shocking-extent-pollution.html



More on Chins's air polltion:  
http://www.babwnews.com/2015/12/red-alert-chinas-toxic-air-pollution-is-out-of-control/ 

To check the air quality in real time anywhere in China for free just visit here:
http://aqicn.org/map/china/
Anyone with asthma should not come to China at all as the pollution here can truly be deadly for people with respiratory problems.  Because the many TEFL & ESL teacher recruiters avoid discussing these problems, the CFTU felt obligated to bring it to your attention to avoid any unpleasant and angry surprises.  So before signing any contract to work in China, be sure the contract specifies which city or town you will be working in exclusively for one year with "no temporary assignments elsewhere" and then look at the below map to make sure your duty station is NOT in the smog zone of China.


Last but not least we must inform you that the tap water of China is not meant for human consumption and contains dangerous levels of mercury,lead, iron, dioxins,and other contaminants. Every foreigner in China drinks only bottled water and you should as well.  It is a myth that "Boiling water purifies it". In reality boilng water does not remove heavy metals that cause cancer - it only kills living bacteria that will give you diarhea and other stomach problems.

We hope you will share this post with everyone you care about in China as there is noknwn cure for Hepatitis and once you have it, you must spend over $80 a week in medications just to tolerate its many debilitating symptoms.  No job in the world is worth losing your good health over.


Monday, November 28, 2016

CFTU Warns China Foreign ESL & TEFL Teachers of 379 New "Black Ghost' Schools Cloning Themselves With Alias Names!

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China Foreign Teacher Requirements         Breaking A China Teacher Contract

Although we do our best to keep you up-to-date about all the white and blacklisted schools operating in China, you need to be aware that the clever scammers we try to expose are not stupid. Once we out them, they usually just change their names and continue to recruit newbie ESL & TEFL teachers, or even veterans who may be too busy or too lazy to do their due diligence on Google & Yahoo. 

We recently met with officials from SAFEA and the China Scam Patrol to compare our lists of bad apples presenting themselves online under a variety of names recently created or adapted from names already exposed as frauds. For Example, CHINA ESL which is owned and operated by veteran scam artist Rebecca Tang in Beijing, now operates with 12 different alias names and uses no less than five foreign teachers to front for her.

So we are making a concentrated effort to recompile and update our blacklists, while every year 4-10 new entities wise up and fly straight so they can be white-listed.  On January 1, 2017 we will update our blacklist and on January 15th our white list.  For now, here are new addittions to the blacklist for those who may be looking for a new China employer over the next month. REMEMBER, these are just new addittions, so be sure to check the complete list at http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion.org. Also if you want to be extra careful, you can also check the China Liars List at Scam.com and at http://eslwatch.info/furum/china as well.

Blacklisted Addittions

EChinaJobs.com
EChinaJobs.net
EChinaJobs.cn
Laowai Career Center
English In China
Haida HR (Hangzhou)
China TEFL Network (Hangzhou)
HelenGroup.com (Hangzhou)
ESLJobLounge (under investigation)
Holy Global Education (Beijing)
Gao Si Education (Beijing)
Cambridge Global Education (Beijing)
Mayflower Education (Beijing)
Champion Education (Beijing)
Lake English aka Lake ESL (Beijing)
Focus Education (Beijing)
New World ESL
China ESL World
Bole Education (Chong Qing)
RMD International aka Zhouwen International Culture Excchange
Hongren English
Hopen ESL 
Wiseway Global Education, aka Wiseway ESL aka Wiseway Education

Newly Added Black Agents & Recruiters

TEFLHub.com
Global Teachers
Laowai Career Center
Sail ESL aka New Sailing aka New Sailing ESL
Eric Winder
ESL Insider
China TEFL Network
Haida HR
Teach-In-China.net

These entities below were submitted to us by China Scam Patrol and they are all on our 2016 blacklist:

Angelinas ESL Café
Adam Wang
Alice Chang
Monica Chang
Monica Cheng
ESLReady.com aka ESLReady aka ESL Ready
Eric Winder
TEFL Panda
New Talent Academy
Hongren English
Holy Flower English
ESLInsider.com aka ESLinsider aka ESL Insider
Amanda Li aka Amanda Liu aka Amanda Liao
China ESL
Lucky English
Worlda English aka Worlda International Education aka Worlda Cultural Services

i-to-i (online TEFL scam)
TEFLOnline.com (same online scam from UK)
Rebecca Tang
Expertise Education
Buckland Education Group
ABC Cowboy English
Focus Education
CCESL
CCIE aka Terry Tong aka Tong Tong
Qianshi Technology Group (many alias names)
TeachinChina
TeachAway
ChinaJobs.org
Michael Cavill aka Michael Cavhill aka Michael Cavell aka DFEA
ChinaTeachers
David Valley
Derek Yazwa
Echinacities.com
Aston English
Deric Yazwa
Panda Visa
Golden Bridge
New Life ESL
New World ESL
China International ESL
ChinaTeacherCafe
China Horizons
China Pathways
WorkinChina.com
hongniu.com
bodog190.com
chinajobs.com
China Wave
chinaprogram.com
chinawantsyou.com
Chinateachers.com
Sino English
Wise Way Global Education
Getin2China
Gi2C
Yuri Khlystov
Ben Tsao aka Ben Cao
Bi-Lingo China aka China Bi-Lingo
Lake Education aka Luke Education
American Christian School
Max Gen Education
Stanford English
Oxbridge
China4U2.com aka China4U2.org
JobsChina.com aka JobsChina.org
Charlie Chan aka Charlie Chang aka Charlie Cheng
Happy English
Owen English aka Ou Wen aka Oh Wen
Golden Tran Education
Carl Ge aka Carle He
CUCAS
Peter Zheng aka Ying Tian Zheng aka Zheng Tian Ying
Maple Leaf English
Disney English (Some Beijing & Chengdu locations only)
Disney Education Group
Jenny Wu aka Jenny Woo
Christina Zhang aka Christina Chang
Crystal Li
UFEIC
UFIEC
ABC English
EZ English
English Express
Danny Zhou aka Danny Chen

If you ignore these warnings and choose to work with one of these shadow or "Black Ghost" schools, this is what you can expect:  http://opnlttr.com/letter/over-1800-china-foreign-esl-tefl-english-teachers-arrested-chinese-govt-sting-operations-2016 

As always, we reccomend that you apply directly with white-listed schools and only those who are listed in the SAFEA's current directory and who can give you an invitation for a Z VISA in the same name that appears on their SAIC license.