I have read another review on here and wanted to share my experience. I originally came out to work in Shenzhen for them after being contacted by the company when they saw my CV online. At first I was a bit worried as I didn't know much about them and it is difficult to get information on these sorts of companies, but I was interested in the opportunity to come to China so decided to take the plunge.
I came out in February 2015 and have loved being here! I renewed my contract in June 2015. My original contract end date was the middle of July and obviously I knew this in advance so I had plenty of time to look for another job if I wanted, but I re-signed up again and will be with them until the end of July 2016.
I work for a primary school in the Futian district in Shenzhen which is quite nice. I live in Bao'an district which is about 25 minutes away on the metro, then a short walk to the school. I haven't had any problems with my school, but I know some people here have moved to different schools.
I have always found them to be a good company to work for. I get free Chinese lessons and every month there is extra training too. Before I came out I had training online too. It was just a foundation course but it was 60 hours and worth doing. I then got more orientation training with other teachers. Our trainer is an American lady called Maureen and she is very helpful and knowledgeable.
For anybody wondering, I got my flight reimburs*m*nt in my August 2015 pay and because I renewed my contract I got summer pay too. The accommodation I have is shared, but very nice and gives me the chance to talk to people in English when I get home! It is a large apartment with western toilet and in a quiet gardea and about a 5 minute walk from the metro station.
As the company pays for my accommodation and my bills I have been able to save some money. I can normally save about 250 GBP a month, but it depends on what I do to entertain myself. A lot of my colleagues go to western bars and restaurants and so they spend a lot more money than I do. But if you are sensible you can have a great time and live on peanuts.
I read below that someone says you might work just one day a week at a school! I find this a bit odd, nobody I have met has this kind of schedule.I work 5 days a week and get on well with my school, so they are flexible with my office hours. As long as I continue to teach well, I can more or less choose my office hours. I do know that some schools are stricter on office hours than mine, but your mileage will vary. Be friendly and professional and I think the schools will be more helpful - a lot of the time having good personal relationships is they key to getting what you want in China.
If you are interested in starting out a TEFL career then I think this is a good company to start with. I am on a residency permit and was brought out on a Z visa.
Accommodation is nice
The metro is amazing
Shenzhen is a nice city
Shenzhen can be boring if you are on your own
Western bars are expensive
No.17, Fuzhong Road, Futian District, Shenzhen shenzhen shi, fu tian qu, fu zhong lu, 17hao