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Warning to our ESL & TEFL teaching colleagues... In the last three months a dozen different "Online Schools" appeared like mushrooms on the internet to recruit foreign teachers to teach by Skype. Not a bad idea when you think about the convenience it can provide to both students and teachers. However, we believe that every teacher has a right to know who they are working for.
Some of these online schools are clearly scams that are phishing for your personal information to conduct identity theft, while others are swiping the famous names of universities and well-known names like Disney and Wall Street and even New Oriental and in truth they are not affiliated and only scamming customers - using us foreign teachers to help them cheat their victims.
So if you are going to work for one of these "Online Schools" here is what you must do to protect yourself from becoming a victim, part of a scam, or simply not getting paid for any lessons you teach:
1) Demand to know the location of their physical office and go visit it to verify!
2) Ask for a scan of their SAFEA and SAIC certificate and license, and then contact both agencies to verify. Don't think that they won't send you a photo-shopped copy of someone else's documents.
3) Do not accept Chinglish names like Robert Wu or Lucy Zhang. Ask for a face to face meeting and then aske to see their plastic government national identification card with their photo and full legal Chinese names - not copies If you do have a problem, the police have no way to track a fabricated Chinglish name. Copy the front and back for your own records. Don't be shy to ask for this, after all they want a copy of your passport right? You are entitled to their ID!
4) Check their reputation on line. If their website is less than a year old, you should look for another employer, and preferably a traditional school with a verifiable track record of at least 5 years.
5) Last but not least, check our blacklist at :
The convenience of teaching from your home on Skype is hard to beat, just make sure you are dealing with reputable people so you don't end up as a defendant in a fraud case or a victim yourself. Some teachers have actually taught over 40 hours of lessons and have never received pay for their work. Without taking the above 5 precautions, you have no way to find the people who cheated you, much less collect your wages!
Remember, when in doubt about any recruiter:
2018 UPDATE: CFTU WHITE LIST NOW EXCEEDS 2000
HONEST & ETHICAL CHINA EXPAT EMPLOYERS
Here They Are! http://www.slideshare.net/LaowaiCareerCenter/2018-cftu-white-list-of-china-tefl-teacher-employers
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