Good job Matt, good job. I choose to send you this through your post or email because I just want others to know it too. Generally China is a great place to work. Great difference in terms of student's attitudes. As I've always said, there's always the temptation to go to big metropolitan cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou (Canton), etc. However, there's a joke here about Guangzhou: "Everybody in Guangzhou gets robbed". A good friend of mine insisted he needs to move to a big(ger) city so he chose Guangzhou where he got an offer immediately. Just got news two days ago that since mid-February, he'd been robbed twice. No details provided. That's once every 2 months!
Also I want to know how was the interview with Faye? She's a great person. I will continue to help her find more teachers too. If you chose to work with her, that would be great. However, if you want other options, my new employer is also in desperate need of foreign English teachers...mostly for Sichuan province.
I'm applying for work in Riyadh but I havent gotten in touch with this firm. Its unfortunate what you've experienced. Try Paradigm Talent also known as ICEAT or European Recruitment Agency, I've gotten in touch with them from www.seriousteachers.com Both agencies have been professional and prompt with their responses.