Messages by Danilo

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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.
General » Graduate almost!
Hi, we need help! I am teaching here in Mianyang City, Sichuan Province, PRC. My contract with my employer is expiring and at this time I have already received 17 job offers with China plus 1 in Korea and 1 in Azerbaijan. China is truly desperate for English teachers. The schools and hiring companies that know us are asking if we know of foreign teachers who are available even if they can only teach part-time (if not available full-time). All graduates or would be graduates from Global TESOL are welcome to contact me through my yahoo email: for available jobs not only in Sichuan province but also in Shandong Province, Zhejiang Province, Jiangsu Province, Henan Province, etc. I got an offer for Jiangsu and the recruiter is a very nice lady who had been pleading for me to go there since February... I find it hard to say 'No' but I think I prefer to stay in Mianyang so instead of just saying 'No' to her, I want to introduce somebody to her as my replacement. The best part of working here are the "overwhelming opportunities" to work on the side for extra income. My income last March was more than doubled my basic full-time salary because of what I call "working on the side".
General » Guelph TESOL class
Hi Matt, it's amazing to know you have Middle Eastern roots. A former co-worker in Toronto was from Iraq... her father was Iraqi and her mother an Armenian...we became great friends.

Matt, if you wish you can also send your resume to me through my yahoo email. It's That way if anything good comes up I can consult with you first if you want it. This new company I am working for will focus mainly in Sichuan province...adjacent to Tibet. My boss introduced me to the visa officer at dinner an hour ago. He is in charge of issuing working visa here in our city.
General » Guelph TESOL class
Matt, if you are not yet on LinkedIn, please join and identify yourself as one in Education Management. There are several forums which are really valuable in connecting with your fellow ESL teachers. You can ask for help for any ESL teaching related issues and the more experienced out there in the field will be more than willing to help.
General » Guelph TESOL class
Matt, do what you have to do because the right job is waiting for you out there. You are much better off with all those credentials than many (of us)

Once you are inside the country of your choice, opportunities are endless. Individuals, private language schools and businesses will hear about you and pretty soon you will have your hands full of offers for income 'on the side' which can even be more than your regular pay.

In all these countries you have mentioned; the culture is different from the West. In the West, you talk business then you become friends. In Asia and the Middle East, building relationships is the most important thing if you have to succeed. I would not be surprised if you get dinner invitations every night of the week because that's how they do it. Their friendship is genuine unlike in the West where your friendship may be misconstrued as driven
by ulterior motives for personal material gains.
General » Guelph TESOL class
Ooooppps, I mean "she has to pay for HER own internet!!! I was thinking about the other teacher in-between. Sorry!
General » Guelph TESOL class
Hi Donald,
I am glad you are happy with Sunny. I used to read forums with 'not-so-favourable' words re Sunny but those were several years ago. I have not read any new ones. Actually, one of my fellow teachers moved from Sunny to MARS (I did not investigate as to his reasons). I also have a good friend who have been with Sunny and he is quite satisfied although Sunny generally don't allow their employees to earn extra from teaching part-time on the side. Being discreet about it is they key. A former fellow teacher from MARS moved to Sunny and I believe she is okay although she has to pay for his own internet and a part of her hydro bills.
General » Guelph TESOL class
Hi Matt, Congratulations! With such credentials, employers will race to employ you. Here's one thing; when they say 2 years or 1 year teaching experience, they don't always mean 'classroom' teaching. There are times when getting involved in staff training and/or mentoring will suffice.

I've been following ESL teachers' employment trends in various regions of the world and I know employers in the Middle East are very good payers. If Dubai gets quite picky, why not try Turkey? or Morocco? These 2 just happened to be two of my target countries. Or Israel? Although from my observation, it is difficult to have savings in Israel...their standard of living is quite high.

During the Spring Festival holidays here in China, I got an offer from South Korea. I applied for a position in Hainan (island) China but got an offer for South Korea instead. The system in Korea could be tricky at times; some employers pay you by 'class hours' (meaning 60 minutes) instead of 'per class' which is between 40 and 45 minutes. If your classes are 40 minutes long, that means you have not completed one class hour. Also South Korean employers will really make you work like a horse and that had been a turn off by many. I am not trying to dissuade you...I just want you to make sure you understand and agree with every little detail you read on the contract before signing it.

As for the Middle East, one concern is the student interest and study habits. I don't know with you but I am very particular about it. I can't comfortably (and get inspired) teach a class when students show disinterest. In the Middle East, you are usually teaching students from wealthy families (well, almost all of them are) and therefore undersandably (in general) there is not much motivation to study hard among students.

But, we all have different ways of coping up with such situations. So as you can see, there are also a lot of satisfied ESL teachers who are working there. Keep trying. Once you're there, you'll be surprised at how rewarding this job is.
General » Guelph TESOL class
Oh, PS Matt: We need teachers for next year although we still don't know how many. Some applicants will be for Faye Lieu and some will be for this company that I just joined
General » Guelph TESOL class
Just a little info re MARS, Matt. This company is not licensed to hire foreign teachers. I have been on Travel Visa (L Visa) since September. Travel Visa can be extended for 30 days in China 2X and the third time I need to travel to Hongkong. I have travelled to Hongkong twice for that. MARS gave me the run around many many times with reasons like, 'oh it will be ready next week', 'something is just missing', and the most idiotic reason given was, 'the photocopy of your passport is not clear'. MARS do not pay on time either. Last April I had to tell the manager, "I am not going to teach until I get paid!". One time she offered, 'I can it to Business Visa (F Visa) but you have to pay me 3000RMB. I was furious because it is their responsibility as per the contract we signed.

I just joined another company that is duly licensed to hire foreign teachers and I am helping them with preparing documents in English. This company does not only hire foreign teachers but also help students with homestay programs, foreign tours, etc. This company is the one that helped me obtain a Working Visa. I am currently helping them set up an English website coz it is still in Mandarin.