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School and Recruiters Review

Keio Academy. Nakatsu, Japan. : Run Away

Keio Academy. Nakatsu, Japan. : Run Away

I've been an ESL teacher for a few years working in a ...

An Honest and Personal Review of Chungdahm Learning Inc.

An Honest and Personal Review of Chungdahm Learning Inc.

I am writing an objective review of the Korean compa ...

GnB Musil Dong Wonju

GnB Musil Dong Wonju

Never work at this school. It was one of the worst experi ...

Inter English School Homei Taiwan

Inter English School Homei Taiwan

AVOID Inter English School in Homei, Taiwan.   ...

POLY Hwajeong - A positive experience

POLY Hwajeong - A positive experience

I know that POLY Hwajeong has had some negative reviews a ...

Global Language Academy, Italy ****Scam****

Global Language Academy, Italy ****Scam****

Below details is a Scam.   Pietro Tomme. ...

Do not work for Active Language School in Ho Chi Minh / Saigon Vietnam

Do not work for Active Language School in Ho Chi Minh / Saigon Vietnam

Just a warning to make sure you do not do any work for a ...

Avoid King's internation English

Avoid King's internation English

King's internation English is one of the worst sc ...

Ivy International English School

Ivy International English School

Ivy International School in Jiamusi City, Heilongjia ...

Slp Pyeongtaek STAY AWAY!

Slp Pyeongtaek STAY AWAY!

SLP(Segang Language Program)   143-107 Bijeo ...

C-LONG Education Taizhou, Jiangsu, China

C-LONG Education Taizhou, Jiangsu, China

 I only have a few things to say since my stay with ...

Binzhou Huamei foreign language school - rubbish crap pretend school

Binzhou Huamei foreign language school - rubbish crap pretend school

Warning, Warning,Warning... To all potential applican ...

Canadian International Educational Organization, the lowest pay school in Guangzhou

Canadian International Educational Organization, the lowest pay school in Guangzhou

I have worked for Guangzhou Canadian International Ed ...

ACGEM Leaves Teacher Unimpressed

ACGEM Leaves Teacher Unimpressed

Situation :  I worked for a school in Nan ...

Warning: Language Link China Review

Warning: Language Link China Review

Warning: Read this first before even considering joining ...

Huamei Foreign Language School Binzhou Shandong China

Huamei Foreign Language School Binzhou Shandong China

Warning... To applicants that are interested for a ES ...

Beijing New Youth School

Beijing New Youth School

Do not work for Beijing New Youth school, the school has ...

SCAM - HIGH PAID ESL/ENGLISH TEACHING JOB IN DUBAI,UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

SCAM - HIGH PAID ESL/ENGLISH TEACHING JOB IN DUBAI,UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

BEWARE OF THIS POST! THE LANGUAGE SCHOOL DOES NOT EXIST. ...

Hong Kong Scam:  Monkey Tree English Learning Center

Hong Kong Scam: Monkey Tree English Learning Center

Let's begin by stating that most of the people workin ...

Nanning Teaching Scam, AST- Ying Ji Overseas Service/ MeiZhong Guojie

Nanning Teaching Scam, AST- Ying Ji Overseas Service/ MeiZhong Guojie

My Teaching Experience In China   My univers ...

Warning!! Nanshan Billingual school, China

Warning!! Nanshan Billingual school, China

This is a dire warning for anyone thinking about going to ...

The Shane English Japan Conveyor Belt

The Shane English Japan Conveyor Belt

While the pay is not bad, the company is openly hostile to ...

You've been Greenhilled!

You've been Greenhilled!

This article is an email extract detailing my first time ...

Stay away from Hwajeong Poly School.

Stay away from Hwajeong Poly School.

Pros: Paid in full and on time for the first 11 month ...

Warning! Cucas Chinese Scam Claiming Hundreds Of Victims

Warning! Cucas Chinese Scam Claiming Hundreds Of Victims

WARNING TO EXPAT TEFL & ESL TEACHERS AROUND THE WORLD ...

China Foreign Teachers Union Issues Passport Scam Alert!

China Foreign Teachers Union Issues Passport Scam Alert!

A recent court proceeding in Hangzhou confirms CFTU's ...

www.tefl-tesol-online.com is a SCAM!

www.tefl-tesol-online.com is a SCAM!

I was scammed by ITTP-TEFL-TESOL Prague (http://www.tefl- ...

Hello Institute, GOODBYE, NEVER SEE YOU AGAIN

Hello Institute, GOODBYE, NEVER SEE YOU AGAIN

Hello Institute in Fukui-city, Fukui-prefecture, Japan, p ...

Beijing New Talent Academy (BJNTA) (Greylist)

Beijing New Talent Academy (BJNTA) (Greylist)

http://www.bjnewtalent.com/en/ Been about 2 years sin ...

Expertise Education, Beijing

Expertise Education, Beijing

http://expertiseedu.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Exp ...

Huizhou University

Huizhou University

I have worked at Huizhou University for a couple of years ...

Chinaesl

Chinaesl

This is another one of those companies who likes to hire ...

Henan University ofTechnology-Zhengzhou

Henan University ofTechnology-Zhengzhou

I worked at the Henan Universityof Technology in Zhengzho ...

British English Centre La Paz Bolivia

British English Centre La Paz Bolivia

This place is a complete joke of a school. It is owned an ...

The real damage is done by schools

The real damage is done by schools

About Smartkurve Bangkok recruitment agency Thailand and ...

BEWARE - BET Best English Training Yantai

BEWARE - BET Best English Training Yantai

Best English Training in Yantai SCAM This company used ma ...

Finding An Honest Agent Or Recruiter In China - Mission Impossible?

Finding An Honest Agent Or Recruiter In China - Mission Impossible?

Actually it is not impossible but from our 4 years of exp ...

King's English For Kids Tianjin - Latest Scam!!  !

King's English For Kids Tianjin - Latest Scam!! !

I wanna tell everybody about the latest scam and the situ ...

Quest agency or agency Quest

Quest agency or agency Quest

Message on bangkok.craigslist: They will hold back your ...

Serious Teachers=Serious Spam

Serious Teachers=Serious Spam

  I am writing to warn other teachers about the web ...

4 months pre-pay for homestay by Chyou Kang of China chyoukang@yahoo.com

4 months pre-pay for homestay by Chyou Kang of China chyoukang@yahoo.com

SCAM ALERT: I am so grateful for your SCAM ALERT page. I ...

"Mr. Lucas Palm", tutoring job in Manchester UK, 7500 pounds

The information below is a SCAM Hello Dear Teacher. ...

Beware of Jilin Province Tianshuo Education Exchange

Beware of Jilin Province Tianshuo Education Exchange

I have been anticipating writing this review for the last ...

London Recruitment program, marywilson487@gmail.com

London Recruitment program, marywilson487@gmail.com

*DO NOT REPLY TO THE SCAM MESSAGE BELOW* (submitted to ...

YBM ECC SSANGMUN SEOUL

YBM ECC SSANGMUN SEOUL

I would like to Blacklist YBM Ssangmun ECC located in Seo ...

Kamanita Klinjuy/Koonyui

Kamanita Klinjuy/Koonyui

I applied for a job with Kamanita Klinjuy (commonly known ...

Web International English

Web International English

I just started at Web in Suzhou-Taicang and I am already ...

Great School Owen International Education School in Tianjin

Great School Owen International Education School in Tianjin

My teaching English in Owen Interational Education School ...

AILE/Shane English China

AILE/Shane English China

Please stay away from this company. They do not honor the ...

San Francisco Institute Chachapoyas Peru

San Francisco Institute Chachapoyas Peru

This small school is located in the mountain town of Chac ...

Smartkurve exact academy Bangkok

Smartkurve exact academy Bangkok

WARNING new company name but same old scam: Owner of this ...

Scam! teachers-international.org

Scam! teachers-international.org

This company's services are to advertise ESL jobs abr ...

Seniors Beware!  i-to-i.com is a big onlineTEFL scam!

Seniors Beware! i-to-i.com is a big onlineTEFL scam!

Senior Citizens and the unemployed have been receiving te ...

E Bo Young (Hadang) Talking Club, Mokpo South Korea

E Bo Young (Hadang) Talking Club, Mokpo South Korea

  I would like to add E Bo Young Talking Club (Hadan ...

Red Alert!  OnlineTefl.com - Scam In Progress

Red Alert! OnlineTefl.com - Scam In Progress

These Brits are almost as bad as the Chinese!  They ...

Warning: TEFL Institute

Warning: TEFL Institute

I worked for the TEFL Institute last year and have never ...

Intflex (aka: Top English) Italy

Intflex (aka: Top English) Italy

First, the surrogate DoS - is amazing. Super supportive a ...

German-Jordanian University (GJU), Jordan - beware!

German-Jordanian University (GJU), Jordan - beware!

This is a joint foundation both by the Jordanian and the ...

Brooklyn English School, Oviedo, Spain

Brooklyn English School, Oviedo, Spain

I would like to share with you my experience of working a ...

3 basic scams

3 basic scams

Three basic scams to watch out for. Not that these will n ...

My Experience with Owen Buckland, China

My Experience with Owen Buckland, China

MY EXPERIENCE WITH OWEN BUCKLAND --  He ...

Academia Linguistica Internacional (ALI) Barletta Italy

Academia Linguistica Internacional (ALI) Barletta Italy

My experience at Academia Linguistica Internacional (ALI) ...

Jiangxi Science & Technology University Nanchang, Jiangxi

Jiangxi Science & Technology University Nanchang, Jiangxi

Nothing has changed at this university. I understand now ...

Kid's Curerre, Suwon South Korea

Kid's Curerre, Suwon South Korea

The only thing good about this school was that you got pa ...

AEON Corporation (East Japan: Tokyo) - Corporate Division Recruiter - Mr. R. C. - Beware

AEON Corporation (East Japan: Tokyo) - Corporate Division Recruiter - Mr. R. C. - Beware

I experienced an interview with AEON Corporation in Tokyo ...

Working at King Saud University

Working at King Saud University

The is write-up is to inform females about working in the ...

China ESL & Rebecca Tang Changing Names - Use Blacklist For Info

China ESL & Rebecca Tang Changing Names - Use Blacklist For Info

The second largest known scam school & recruiter in C ...

David Huang of Radison Education Guangzhou

David Huang of Radison Education Guangzhou

I am writing this to warn all foreigners in Guangzhou to ...

Adwaa Rabia - Saudi Academy scam

Adwaa Rabia - Saudi Academy scam

I strongly urge you avoid this recruiter and school. They ...

China Foreign Teachers Union Issues Visa Scam Alert  By Fraudulent Agents

China Foreign Teachers Union Issues Visa Scam Alert By Fraudulent Agents

Dear Colleagues... Happy China New Year to you and yo ...

Scam Warning! Shane English aka Saxoncourt Extorting Foreign Teachers In China!

Scam Warning! Shane English aka Saxoncourt Extorting Foreign Teachers In China!

A few years back all the bad news about Shane English, a ...

MORE REASONS TO AVOID AL-GHANIM BILINGUAL SCHOOL IN SALWA, KUWAIT!

MORE REASONS TO AVOID AL-GHANIM BILINGUAL SCHOOL IN SALWA, KUWAIT!

Here are more reasons to avoid Al-Ghanim Bilingual School ...

MORE REASONS TO AVOID AL-GHANIM BILINGUAL SCHOOL IN SALWA, KUWAIT!

MORE REASONS TO AVOID AL-GHANIM BILINGUAL SCHOOL IN SALWA, KUWAIT!

Here are more reasons to avoid Al-Ghanim Bilingual School ...

American Kids Language School - Hangzhou - WARNING

American Kids Language School - Hangzhou - WARNING

Teachers – Parents – Stay Clear   Hangzh ...

American Kids Language Training School *WARNING*

American Kids Language Training School *WARNING*

Teachers – Parents – Stay Clear   Hangzh ...

CFTU Solution To Weed Out Scam Agents & Recruiters of Foreign Teachers In China

CFTU Solution To Weed Out Scam Agents & Recruiters of Foreign Teachers In China

The biggest scam facing foreign teachers in China today are ...

Jiujiang Univesity (Jiujiang Xueyuan), Jiangxi Province

Jiujiang Univesity (Jiujiang Xueyuan), Jiangxi Province

(note: some of this may be a bit old ) Overall: 5/10 Pros: ...

Parents and Teachers:  Stay away from Al-Ghanim Bilingual School in Salwa, Kuwait!

Parents and Teachers: Stay away from Al-Ghanim Bilingual School in Salwa, Kuwait!

School Name:  Al-Ghanim Bilingual School Location:  Salwa, K ...

Parents and Teachers:  Stay away from Al-Ghanim Bilingual School in Salwa, Kuwait!

Parents and Teachers: Stay away from Al-Ghanim Bilingual School in Salwa, Kuwait!

School Name:  Al-Ghanim Bilingual School Location:  Salwa, K ...

Treville Foreign Language School scam - Guilin, Guangxi

Treville Foreign Language School scam - Guilin, Guangxi

Everything about this job offer was perfect for me. Locat ...

Visa Renewals, IV, VISA services in China: 15238112935

Visa Renewals, IV, VISA services in China: 15238112935

Here is the number of a so called agent who offers Visa serv ...

Edward Jacobson Shenzhen

Edward Jacobson Shenzhen

Scam-o-Rama in Shezhen I would like to mention that the " ...

King Saud University

King Saud University

Why students begin studying an L2 at 19 is beyond me?  This ...

Shenzhen Government / Public Schools 10,500 RMB

Shenzhen Government / Public Schools 10,500 RMB

  Shenzhen Party Limited; Edward Jacobson; Olivia Huang C ...

Chi Cheng International English School (Gallop), Xi'an - China

Chi Cheng International English School (Gallop), Xi'an - China

There are only so many positive things one can say about Gal ...

NEC/Prime Education

NEC/Prime Education

I want to warn you about two companies. The first is a recr ...

JP Teachers

JP Teachers

JP Teachers is also known as JP Education, Job Pro or TLC Th ...

Bandekdee/ Bandekdee 2 Kindergarten Chaiyaphum, Thailand

Bandekdee/ Bandekdee 2 Kindergarten Chaiyaphum, Thailand

I've been working for that school for about 5 months (1 seme ...

Education Experts (EdEx) Saudi Arabia - Yes or No?

Education Experts (EdEx) Saudi Arabia - Yes or No?

Review of Education Experts (EdEx) Recruitment      Locatio ...

Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Dubai - United Arab Emirates

The information below is a SCAM Dubai - United Arab Emirate ...

Education Experts (EdEx) - KSA - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Education Experts (EdEx) - KSA - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

I've been working in a "preparatory year" program at a unive ...

Review of Fei Fan English School, Fushun, Liaoning, China

Review of Fei Fan English School, Fushun, Liaoning, China

Hello, My name is Robert Bett.  I was a foreign teacher at ...

€5000 teaching jobs in Turkey - Scam

€5000 teaching jobs in Turkey - Scam

*DO NOT REPLY TO THE SCAM MESSAGE BELOW* ------------------- ...

TESOL-Asia Suratthani dba Oonrak International Bilingual School

TESOL-Asia Suratthani dba Oonrak International Bilingual School

I am considering moving to Thailand and was in contact with ...

Larry, Global English, Taizhou China

Larry, Global English, Taizhou China

Warning. Do NOT reply to any job offer from an American name ...

CANADA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL in Ganbuk, Seoul Korea

CANADA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL in Ganbuk, Seoul Korea

PLEASE DO NOT WORK AT CANADA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL GANGBUK SE ...

Dr. Duan: President of CMS (Chinese Montessori Society)

His name is Dr. Duan and he is the president of CMS. He h ...

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Beware of agents & recruiters masquerading as ESL/TEFL teachers at expat & ESL.TEFL forums!
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