I just spoke with a former Gi2C employee who confirms that he was hired to write very flattering and favorable reviews to post at Glassdoor, Facebook, and GoOverseas.com, He also explained that every morning the first thing Yuri does after he pours a cup of coffee is to Censor the Gi2C Facebook page and the company blog. Any negative comments are immediately deleted. He once even joked that “My most useful sales tool was the “Delete” button on his keyboard”.
Together with a hacker, Gi2C has managed to delete over 40 complaints from the Internet in the last three months. To learn the truth about Gi2C, here are a few links to help you get started…
The caller on the other end of the phone is making your career dreams come true – or so she says. She called you because you responded to an online ad to work for a MNC company in China to “jump-start your international career”. You have no idea you are talking with one of these tanned and friendly beautiful girls from Punjab, Pakistan. In fact she is telling you that she works in the London office of Gi2c which frankly, never had an office in London!
But you are so excited about getting a top notch job with one of the best companies in the world, your mind is too happy to be suspicious, especially when she tells you that if you sign up today she can get you a Skype interview tomorrow. To get the ball rolling you are asked for a $300 processing fee. Next week after you have a successful interview you will be asked for the balance of your “placement fee” of $3,300. If you complain you are reminded that for a $50,000 job this is a small price to pay, and if you don’t want it – no problem. There are a line of people on a waiting list behind you hoping you screw up on your internship or back out for some reason. She will never once mention to you that the internship you are buying is now illegal according to Chinese visa laws. http://totallyexpat.com/global-immigration-news/china-china-eliminates-internship-training-visas-foreign-students/
You are the fifth “fish” she caught today and your gullibility will earn her a $150 commission if you go to China, and $10 just for getting you to send in your resume, and another $20 for getting you to pay the $300 processing fee. In Punjab, Pakistan, $30 pays for a month’s groceries, or 20% of her family’s rent. Hey, everyone has bills to pay, even in Pakistan.
For the past twenty years foreign teachers teaching English in China did whatever they were told or simply terminated. At time they had to work 20 hours of unpaid overtime every week, or even paint a school house or run errands for the principal. Times have changed thank to President Xi Jinping and his demands that standard “Rule of Law” actually be defined, made equal for all, and enforced. So today foreign teachers have acquired more than 15 employee rights and are also free to pursue – an obtain legal remedy through both the Labor Arbitration Board and/or the Chinese courts. One expat teacher just won a $50,000 out of court settlement from Disney English which forced the teacher to do more marketing on the streets of China than teaching in the classroom!
So if you know your rights, here are half of them listed below. If you like what you see you can get the rest of them from either the Ministry of Labor, SAFEA, or the CFTU (China Foreign Teachers Union) via an email request. If you don’t read up on China labor law and your employee rights you will have no right to bitch and complain later when you learn some of your colleagues earn 30% more than you for doing identical jobs. Don’t feel bad, 70% of all foreign teachers in China did not know they had the below rights since the end of 2012! * You have the right to receive an original hard copy of your contract that is signed and chopped (red sealed) at the time you sign an employee agreement. * You have the right to receive a written job description prior to signing your contract. It is up to YOU to make sure that job description is specific, in English, and not so vague that your hours, working days, work location, pay rate, holidays, bonuses, visa costs, air fare reimbursement, release letters, etc are clearly spelled out in no uncertain terms. * You cannot be compelled nor forced to do anything not specified in your job description (which you should insist becomes and exhibit to your contract and also gets signed and chopped. This stops you from being used as a marketing monkey in shopping malls on the street handing out flyers). * Your probationary period cannot exceed one month for each year of your employment contract. So if you are asked to sign a one year contract, your probation period should not exceed one month. If however, you sign a contract that specifies a 3 or 6 month probationary period, you are implicitly waiving your right on this issue. * If you hold an FEC (Foreign Experts Certificate) you cannot be compelled work to unpaid overtime hours without your consent. This one protection alone is worth about 5,000 – 10,000 rmb every month to some expat teachers in China * You have the right to receive both an invitation letter and release letter free of charge (These are both legal requirements and administrative duties of the employer) * You have a right to a Z visa if employed in China (Again, this is a legal duty of the employers and of anyone tells you that you only get a Z visa after you complete your probationary period they are surely a scam operation to be avoided). These are just some of your rights as an employee in China. To learn all of them, we suggest you attend one of our seminars held on this subject twice a year in Beijing and Shanghai. If you wish to be notified of the next one, please send us an email to seminars@ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.org as seating is usually limited to the venues that are donated for these activities.
If your employee rights are being violated you can do three things to resolve the situation as follows: 1. Make a written complaint to the Principal and FAO of your school that is both signed and dated, and make a few copies for yourself. Ask for a written reply to avoid any “misunderstandings” and thank them in advance for fixing the problem as you anticipate they will. It is only fair that you give them a chance to do the right thing. 2. If you do not receive and email reply, you can then report the situation to SAFEA (english@SAFEA.gov.cn) and to us at help@ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.org and both parties will inquire on your behalf. This is usually enough to resolve the matter. 3. If however the situation does not improve within 30 days of making your written complaint, your next step is found at this link as a measure of last resort: http://bjstuff.com/profiles/blogs/cftu-advises-how-to-break-your-contract-resign-from-a-bad-or 4. To help warn other teachers about the school that is exploiting you, we will send the school principal a warning letter, and if two other teachers have the same problems the school will be blacklisted for one year, enough time for them to improve their abusive behavior. Now the bad news… If you do not have a Z visa in your passport, you are not entitled to any of the above rights since you are working as an illegal alien subject to arrest and deportation. You may want to visit http://ChinaScamWatch.org to learn more about the problems you will face working without a Z visa in China.
Surprise! As of today October 15th there are no new changes despite all the hoopla made over the China Daily “announcement” made on September 16th, 2014 that talked about “new requirements” that “may” be imposed on China’s foreign teachers. NONE of the new proposals have gone into effect yet. Granted, we know that perhaps as many as 30% of China’s foreign teachers never taught a single lesson to anyone before they arrived in China. BUT lying to new teacher applicants about “China’s new teacher requirements” just to sell some TEFL, TESOL, or CELTA courses is underhanded and unethical at best, and a scam at worst. The below link talks about just one of the many TEFL hustlers in the world that prey upon us foreign teachers. They are typical of the other 19 companies that want into your wallet.
I agree that a real TEFL training program would make anyone a better teacher, but without a real classroom setting that allows for interactive dialogue and role play, you are not going to learn how to teach reading text or watching videos on your laptop. Ditto for the software-based programs. And although this company below is huge, their lies have been just as big, but their tefl certificates are not. In fact if you have one of their certificates here is where it will be recognized and accepted…
Angola – Bolivia – Chile – Croatia – Estonia – Ethiopia – Ghana – Guatemala – Haiti – Honduras – Latvia – Libya – Lithuania – Malawi – Mali – Oman – Nambia – Serbia – Somalia – Sudan – Tajikistan – Uzbekistan – Yemen.
Yet they claim their TEFL certificate is “internationally recognized and accepted”! Read for yourself – all the way down to the last update so you know the score in the never-ending war game between China job agents (aka “Recruiters”) and their prey (you and me!)
If you still have any doubts about what the current China Foreign Teacher Requirements are they are listed here for you, but please note that the police certificate is only required for Beijing at this time:
Well, if you believe the “friendly & helpful” China job recruiter who brought you to China illegally on a F, L, M, or X visa, or sold you the fake diploma or TEFL certificate, it is no big deal and “they will probably fine you”. If however, you want to know the truth just ask P***** Sullivan from Worcester, Massachusetts whose GF just spent nine days in a Chinese jail before being deported after paying an $1,800 fine even though she just won a Fulbright scholarship to study in one of China’s top three universities. We will call her “Sandy” (not her real name). All she did was follow the advice of her job agent who she found at eslteachercafe.com. Now thanks to this very friendly agent Sandy not only had to leave China, but is not allowed to return to China for at least 3 years, (even as a tourist) and is blacklisted with China’s Ministry of Education, but she lost her scholarship as well. Her crime? She was caught working on an “L” visa (tourist visa) and was using a diploma from a non-existent university claiming she had a degree in “early education” which the recruiter assured her was “okay because the principal was desperate for a young American teacher”.
So, you can believe the Chinese law and the Chinese authorities (and P****** Sullivan) or you can believe that really nice China job recruiter who probably did not even give you her/his real name. Your choice. Safe travels. On the loooong flight to China, you may want to visit these web sites and catch up on reality…