My Teaching Experience In China
My university where I was doing my master's program knew that I was looking to teach abroad and so told me that they had a contact in China that was looking for a foreigner to do some consulting and teaching work. I was told to interview with the person from China and go from there. I had my phone interview and was asked to get a visa with the Consulate so I could come work in China. This is where the problems started. The Consulate was not willing to work with me and told me, that they couldn't help me. I sent an email to my university and my contact in China. My contact in China said: "Business Visa very complicate, you have get normal visa, we fix everything in China." I wasn't sure what to make of this, but my school assured me that this was normal for China. I went ahead and went to the Consulate again and got my visa and left for China.
When I arrived in Nanning, I was picked up at the airport and driven to the bosses apartment. I didn't have my own apartment, all I got was an old mattress that was on the floor in a spare room in the bosses apartment. When I arrived there was another teacher there who had a bed and a seperate room. He had been sent there by an SAT business in the USA. After dinner the SAT teacher told the boss, that he and I wanted to get some prostitutes and therefore put me in bad position, since that never happened. It didn't matter what I said or did, but boss didn't believe what I said and started saying I came to China for sex. I didn't understand how my boss could believe someone who openly admitted to doing drugs in his hometown.
The next morning the other SAT teacher flew home, since he didn't get a contract that he wanted. I never received an apartment and had to sleep on the floor the entire time, since two students moved into the apartment to save rent money. The school and the agency I worked for never paid me. When I asked why hadn't been paid yet, the boss told me that I didn't understand China and that was the way things were. The school was bad mouthing me to students, never cared about my wellbeing and my actual work involved at the office had nothing to do with consulting work. I had to write love letters in broken English from Chinese women trying to marry western men, so they could get a passport to a foreign country.
I wasn't sure what to do since I didn't speak Chinese and nobody was willing to help. I ended up calling a lawyer in Shanghai who spoke English. He told me, that I had been hired illegally and needed to file a complaint with some sort of Chinese working party organization in my city. After I filed a complaint, the organization called the 'boss' and said a formal investigation would be started. When the 'boss' found out about this complaint, she threw me out of the apartment out on the street. Here I was, out on the street, no money, no food, no place to stay, no visa. Luckily I had a flight booked from a friend out of China.
This is my story of teaching in China.
I found out this happens a lot. http://teachinginchina.net/ mentioned a teacher that even got killed.
The school is still open, running and hiring foreigners illegally. The name of the school is AST(澳思特英语）, the manager is called Min and is located in Nanning. The 'boss' I was working for is named Wang Chunhui and now works for an official government organization 'CIIC' that deals with Visas in Nanning.