Everything about this job offer was perfect for me. Located in Guilin, fair salary (for the region), full visa services. I guess it should have hit me in the beginning where I had to ask several times for a contract to sign. Or perhaps when the school just hired me - with no interview. Nevertheless, I ignored it.
The problems began shortly after I had arrived. I met the infamous "Kristy" a few days in. She took me out for a fancy meal and laughed and joked with me. She seemed nice and like she was going to be the kind of employer who would take care of her employees well. When I asked the other teachers about her however, they would all give me warnings and say "you will see".
And that is exactly what I did. Not only does she take chunks out of our salaries by giving us rather sneaky working hours, but also fails to remember to pay for things promised in the contract, such as apartment allowance & transportation fees, forcing me to pay out of my own savings. I never did get that money back. Visas were another hassle, we argued regularly on this issue and she didn't seem very interested to help me. Every company has problems, but how is the employer going to handle these problems? In "Kristy's" case, you will be blamed, pushed, and put down. For a while I thought I was the only one having these problems and that she just didn't like me, but then I found out that 80% of the other teachers are facing similar, if not, the same struggles.
My colleagues and I would always say that we wish there were warnings or reviews about Treville on the internet. I hope this is not the last one. I am writing this not to be mean or hateful, just a warning to other teachers before even thinking of taking on this "dream offer".
PS - There is no "Treville Foreign Language School", there is however, you running around town from one school to another.