Is it safe to work as Foreign Teacher in China?

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Re: Is it safe to work as Foreign Teacher in China?

Unread postby stewardly » 13 Feb 2014, 10:35

I will give my personal opinion here. Demand for teachers in China is relatively high and on daily basis the demand keep increasing due to the increasing demand for English proficiency as a requirement for hiring Chinese for jobs. The demand is for Persons who are native english Language Speakers or those with good western accents. This placed a lot more pressure on Parents to make sure that their wards get the best out of Education by insisting their wards are taught English Language. As a result of Chinese One Child Policy, Children get the highest attention from both parents due to the fact that they the only children at home. To the extent that some parents hire teachers to teach their Children one-on-one basis. There is a myth out there which deters others from venturing. I will also not just put it out there that the there is no incidence of cheating or scams these are evils in every society but it is good to note here that it is rewarding to be a teacher in china. It is only individuals who are in a hurry to make money and will not take time to recruit the teaching offers due to desperation that get cheated. It is also a fact that guanxi ( Social Connections) is a necessary social capital in china in order to succeed.
I Visited China 2 years ago on an internship program organised by a chinese company, where I got addicted to Mandarin and I wanted to learn it. I therefore returned to china again just to learn the language then I met a lot more agents who paid me like 130 RMB ($21) and as a student, I managed it till I completed and applied to my masters in World Economics on Chinese government Schorlarship which I got and had another teaching job paying me so well. I wont put the figure out there but if anyone cares to know, they can check up on line or better still, ask any friend living in china.
You need to visit china first and tour the place, know the people well, establish good contacts and be ready to learn. then you can come back again to make it big afterall it wont cost much. sometimes good connections could even get an individual all that is needed to comfortably stay in china without going through all the forth and back experiences I had.
This is my advice. Just play your cards well and Bingo !!!

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Re: Is it safe to work as Foreign Teacher in China?

Unread postby Worlda » 20 Mar 2014, 08:20

Great post, totally true. I feel much safer living and working in China then I did when I lived in Chicago!!

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Re: Is it safe to work as Foreign Teacher in China?

Unread postby Blink » 18 May 2014, 00:02

I think the OP is overly optimistic and may be promoting China in the shoes of a recruiter. Crime-wise China is safer than America or London. There are no street muggings or rapes, or murders, but every foreigner will eventually be swindled by an agent or a school, and have their bicycle and iphone stolen (China has the best pick pockets in the world). And if you are not on guard 24-7 you may be like 1 in every 5 expat teachers who suffer very expensive identity theft as you can read here...

The next biggest danger is from health hazards. China has horrible air and water pollution as well as a Hepatitis epidemic that the Chinese government plays down. 12% of the population is infected with the contagious disease. Thank god that it is not fatal, but if you catch it you will constantly be tired and the medication is super expensive ($80 per week). And if you do not wear an air filter mask in the winter, you will breath coal dust, dioxins, heavy metals, and other carcinogens into your lungs - all proven to cause cancer after only 1 year of exposure.

But the biggest danger you face when teaching in China starts before you even get here - when you sign your contract. This link explains what I am talking about...

So that is my personal take on "risks" and "safety" of working in China, and I have been here six years already. Believe who you like but take care and always guard your personal data.

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Re: Is it safe to work as Foreign Teacher in China?

Unread postby Abram » 02 Oct 2014, 11:54

Yeah i guess it is, i have been there while my visits to it and what i saw people over there are quite friendly which can help someone with staying there in a better way.
So yeah yeah there isn't anything bad with going and living there, i use normally for my traveling and they are quite good with their ways.
For my Traveling i have always used, and i must appreciate them for all their effort for their passengers.

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Re: Is it safe to work as Foreign Teacher in China?

Unread postby Nathan » 02 Oct 2014, 23:45

Clearly "Abram" is some Chinese recruiter who should be honest enough to say so and stop spamming his bus ticket business here. And for those who wonder is China is safe the answer is...

China is safe for those smart enough to spot and avoid scams! If you can't spot them by yourself, try these links:


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