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General » looking for advice on a visa for china!
You need to apply for a "Z" visa when going to work in China. You also neet a degree to apply for a "Z" visa. When you get to the city where you're working your will go to the PSB (Public Security Bureau) to change it to a resident visa. This visa has multiple entries and will be valid for a year. That is the law in China. But you are going to China. Each province interprets the law differently. Some provinces are given latitude to interpret the law to tailor it to meet the needs in the province. Then there is the corruption factor. There are many kindergartens that do hire without a degree.

I strongly recommend you find a school that will process the visa for you if China is your destination. You might look at a website eChinacities.com and travelchinaguide.com
General » Horrible School in China!!!
Over the past 4 years the teaching situation for foreign teachers has deteriorated across the board. Pay remains about the same as it did 4 years ago. I have 4 peices of advice:
1) make sure you know what you want.
age of students for example, or the type of school; private or government
2) what kind of living conditions can you tolerate?
3) ask yourself why you are coming to teach ESL.
4) research: e-chinacities.com is a good start to finding out what expats say in China. Take it with a grain of salt though, there's a lot of compaining.
General » Frightened of taking the final step
How's the polution in Jilin Andrew? I'm Don. I come from Edmonton. I am in Tai'an. Only 15 minutes from Jilin by high speed train. 6 other Canadians are here too.
General » recommendations of recruiting agencies for teaching in China for first time teacher.
There are a few recruiters you can try. Enfee Placement in Chengdu, or Buckland in Guangxi province. When I started I was in for some surprises. I hope your the adventurous type. These recruiters will get you jobs in the interior of China. Both of these are on this site. The pay isn't high but neither are the number of teaching hours. And in the interior of China the cost of living is very low.
General » recommendations of recruiting agencies for teaching in China for first time teacher.
There are a few recruiters you can try. Enfee Placement in Chengdu, or Buckland in Guangxi province. When I started I was in for some surprises. I hope your the adventurous type. These recruiters will get you jobs in the interior of China. Both of these are on this site. The pay isn't high but neither are the number of teaching hours. And in the interior of China the cost of living is very low.
General » Anything in Qingdao????
Hello Adrian. My suggestion: Get married before you go to teach in China. Get a job anywhere in China. You should be prepared to show your red book to the school that hires you if you live on campus. Most schools are skitish when it come to morals in China. If you have a degree it will be easy for you to pick and choose. On the other hand; if you have a degree, the only thig stopping you from geting a job in these cities you mentioned is a lack of experience and/or your teaching preferences. Look on Dave's ESL cafe too. Oh, I am assuming your bride to be is Chinese.

Married to a Chinese girl and a teacher in China: Welcome to the club
General » Living in Shanghai
Only if your accomodation and utilities are provided. But your lifestyle will be the largest factor.
General » Discriminatory Job Postings
Well said. A close friend of mine from Edmonton is a fourth generation Chinese-Canadian at the time he looked for a teaching job in China. He just manager to get a job in Taiyuan teaching English at a university. He looks Chinese but doesn't speak Chinese. So the discriminaltion makes it difficult, but not impossible.
General » Work easy to find in Changsha?
Without a degree you may end up working outside the major cities. (like Changsha) Yes, having white skin increases your chances as the perception is white teachers speak english better than other races (not true in reality). I work in Shijiazhuang. I am also from Edmonton. If you do come to china before getting work you can expect to travel out of China to obtain your Z visa. 3 years ago I had to make a trip to Hong Kong. I am not sure what the rules are today, but I have heard that you must go back to your home (Canada) country to get the Z visa. ( I could be wrong on that one)
General » Discriminatory Job Postings
Whose morals? TESOL has not broken any Canadian Laws nor does Canadian law apply to other countries. We do not live in a perfect world. If TESOL were to do as you suggest then the entire ESL industry would be affected. My point is that I should have the choice based on information I have. TESOL provides me with some information I want. It is up to the individual to research that information and make a choice. I do care about discrimination. The labour laws in China are not consistent with the labour laws in Canada. That does not mean ESL teachers should not teach in China nor does it mean TESOL should stop advertising positions in China or any other country. Yes I am a native speaker of English. The jobs advertised are marketed towards English Native speakers.