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Mike Buczak
· February 21, 2018
So I’ve been living in a city called Fuzhou for just over 19 months now, and would like to tell people how amazing it has really been! So back when I was still in England and looking for that perfect ...job in China, Brian and Anita had been recommended to me. So after chatting to them for a while I decided that I would just book a ticket and come to China! Best decision I have made,
China is an amazing country, I’m very lucky that I can travel around and see a lot of things. I’m always booking small little trips every month as the work hours are great with my job and so is the money.
But I just wanted to let you know how amazing the past 19 months of living in China has been.
If your not already in China, then you really should be! Come see why everybody loves living here and working as a teacher.
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Richard Lancaster
· March 27, 2018
Thanks guys! You made my dream come true!! I have been teaching in Zhenjiang now for 4 months and it is the best decision I have ever made. The people are all so lovely here and the students make this... job an absolute dream. All the students take on an English name for life and last week I had a parent ask if she can name her son after me! So adorable!

I get to spend my days being silly, singing songs, helping kids with crafts and activities and teaching them interesting subjects.

Life is so laid back here! Foreigners are celebrities here and people will come up to you every day and chat in the little english they know (and always want to pose for photos with you 😂) Money goes a long way too, food is cheap, beer is cheap (foreigners normally drink for free as it attracts better clientel!)

So I just want to thank the team for helping me/doing all the work to get me here, couldnt have done it without you! 😘😘😘
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Matty Doherty
· January 23, 2018
By liasing with Brian and Anita, they allowed me to choose the type of teaching experience I wanted, where I wanted to teach to some extent, and made themselves available to answer any questions and p...rovided a lot of information.
I have been here 2 months now, and have settled into my role as an English teacher at Meten teaching English primarily to professionals. The pay is good, although I believe it differs depending on the city and also the company you work for, (think of this as a middleman to place you into a suitable role), and the work hours aren't too stressful, while teaching to adults is an evening role, you get paid well for It, two days off a week, and the staff are supportive.
I had some reservations about coming to China, especially with all the pre-requisite form filling you had to do, and it can cost a considerable amount of money to set up, but within 2 months of living here, I know I've made the right choice as I am going to be able to save so much as it is very cheap to live here, and I have a wonderful apartment for a very reasonable price.

China is what you make of it, and I think it will definitely help anyone coming here to grow as a person.
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Chuck Williamson
· February 26, 2018
My girlfriend and I have been teaching at the same school in China for almost 2 years now, and we're going to re-sign for another contract. Once we get back from traveling South East Asia again! Befo...re, we could never travel, like I do now in China, and we're living such a comfortable life-style here, with great co-workers and amazing students! So I'm not entirely sure, when we'll be going home? But we're loving it so much! Thank you China Link ESL! I'd highly recommend! It's so much fun being a teacher here in China! And they're the best! See More
Rhys John
· January 29, 2018
After applying to teach in China I was contacted by Anita pretty much straight away.

I was able to ask Anita and Brian anything regarding China, working and living in China & anything I had a query ...about! Both of them were extremely helpful & informative in the whole process.

I am now working in a school in Dalian with a lovely 1 bedroom apartment.

I would recommend getting in contact with both Anita & Brian if you have any questions regarding applying, China or anything you may want to know about working in China.

Thank you both!
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Meg Willis
· April 9, 2018
Anita and Brian are just lovely!! I had been to China before but hadn’t thought to look into teaching there. Brian called me after Anita and I had spoken and he was equally as nice. He talked me throu...gh all the jobs and answered any questions I had.
Huge amounts of support and Anita was always checking in to see if I needed anything. I arrived in Xuzhou yesterday and cannot wait to start my new adventure here. Thank you so much. Would absolutely recommend this to anyone.
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Alicia Llewellyn
· November 27, 2017
I have been in China just over three weeks and am based in the beautiful city of Chongqing in a fantastic apartment with a corner sofa. I feel like Kanye West chilling in my penthouse. China Link ESL ...have been a dream to work with since the first interview. Brian and Anita could not have been more informative or supportive and continue to play an active role in my new life and career. Leaving home was a huge step and although the initial homesickness was difficult, the sense of achievement has been incredible. Thank you to Brian and Anita for making my dream job a reality See More
Chris Chaplin
· March 7, 2018
As reliable and safe as a Volvo... I would not hesitate to both recommend and use again the job finding services of Anita and Brian. I first contacted this company at the end of 2014 and was swiftly f...ound a top banana of a job. Despite the fact I no longer work at that company and Anita is not obliged to help me in any way she is still available to answer any random questions I may have � and I think she is happy to do so (hopefully haha). See More
Annie Metcalfe
· January 23, 2018
I'd thought about teaching English in Europe, but never even considered China until I received an email from Anita, who had seen my CV on a job listing site. At first, I was a bit dubious and unsure i...f it was genuine, but after a bit of research and a day's thought, decided to apply. I spoke to Brian on the phone and the more he told me, the more keen I was on the job. I had an interview with the language school a couple of days later, and was offered the job within a day.
I've now been living in Xuzhou for two weeks and am so glad I came! Every single one of my new colleagues is fantastic and the kids are amazing. Thank you Brian and Anita for all your help :D
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Emily McCourt
· November 1, 2017
Just over two weeks ago now I moved from the uk to china. You’d think moving across the world to a country where you don’t speak the language would be daunting, but Brian and Anita have done so much; ...that moving here has been effortless. They made themselves very available and approachable, so that I could ask any questions.
Jinan is my new city, it’s beautiful. My colleagues are great and and I’m having a fantastic time teaching here. Thanks so much for the amazing opportunity!
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Jake Stevens
· August 30, 2017
I was searching through job sites in England when an add popped up to earn good money teaching English in China, just out of curiosity I attached my email address to see what it was all about. I was s...oon contacted by Brian who gave me all kinds of information and packages about working in China, a lot of the information sounded too good to be true, minimul hours, a great wage and all in an exotic location.

I had not been to China before, could not speak any Chinese so it was very difficult to see myself moving out there, but the perks of the job were too good to ignore.

After a long time of speaking to Brian, asking him lots of questions and everyday changing my mind, I very nearly didn't go. Why would I? China is the other side of the world, that's crazy!!

But I took a risk, I said "what is the worst that can happen?" Me and my partner flew to Beijing to attend 2 weeks training with First Leap. We then took a train to the city we would be working in, Taizhou.

We have now been here 4 months and had the best time imaginable. All of the perks Brian mentioned turned out to be true and many more. There is also room for progression as I have recently been made the senior teacher at our centre with potential to be the headmaster one day.

I wish I had just believed Brian's honesty in the first place and came a lot sooner. If you're thinking about working in China but are unsure and are worried about all the if's, don't be. I did all the research I could. I read some reviews about the company online, terrible reviews, but I had to see it for myself.

Don't miss this amazing opportunity. Stop creating barriers and just go for it, you won't look back!
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Henry Smith
· November 6, 2017
Only been here for three days but absolutely loving it! Moved into my own apartment which was provided for me and have been exploring the city of Yangzhou which is beautiful and I’m already getting a ...sense of the culture! It was an easy process, the the staff have helped me every step of the way with getting my visa etc. It’s currently 4 in the morning so my jet lag has hit hard � Anita has been incredibly helpful and so has everyone else! Would highly recommend! Take a risk, life is short! I’m very excited for my next year here � See More
Hannah Singleton
· November 6, 2017
When i got an email about this i thought it was to good to be true, but i seen the reviews and read up about it and thought why not give it a go? And 5 weeks later im here on my second day in Beijing ...ready too start the best year of my life! Only been here a day and already having the best time! Anita and Brian and everyone else made it so easy for me, defo recommend to everyone 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜 See More
Jennifer Cass
· October 21, 2017
I have just moved over to China and am thoroughly enjoying myself. Brian and Anita have been so helpful from the beginning, from applying to been connected with schools and are always keeping in touch... to check how things are going. I am very looking forward to the next 15 months! Thank you!! See More
Cat Nicholas
· November 8, 2017
***Honest, first time agency enquiry, first time teacher, first time in China, brought partner with- couple positions found in same school- review***

This was my first experience using an agency serv...ice. So my knowledge of procedure was next to none. Though I have no other company to compare to, I don't think this is needed. My first enquiry was through a vacancy advert on the indeed job site. And you can't really tell what is legit. Though with doubts in my mind - I emailed anyway to see if I could suss it out. And to my surprise the response was within a day. It was personal, and not some automatic response you get from most job adverts. Brian was quick to help me and answer all my questions to how this would work and what was needed to make this happen. Move to china in just over a month? With a job waiting at the other side? Somewhere to live sorted already? Could I bring my partner, and get him a job also in the same school? All of this was possible through china link esl. Brian and his team where very organised. Brian was able to call me through Skype to let me know the ins and outs about the procedure and of any job vacancies in what cities. Scheduling a Skype interview (which was also a first for me, but how would they see that I was legit?) though the time difference is hard, I was scheduled for interview the next day at 6am.
The interview was quick, prompt, and not as Nerving as you would think, I think basically they want to see that you really want to teach, you love kids, and that you have a kind face... like no teeth missing etc hahah. Some teaching experience is useful as what you need to get used to here is the way each school or training centre works, so if you have taught before - the only thing you need to learn are the differences. My experience was limited but this wouldn't hurt your chances of getting the job as there is plenty of training.
After the interview, I was quickly told that the position was made available for accepting, and that I could sign the contract asap. Make sure you read the contract thoroughly with someone, as the contract is written by a Chinese person, and there was a few spelling mistakes and repetitions within the document, which makes it seem a scam, BUT when I signed I knew what was signing and the spelling mistakes didn't change the meaning of the clauses, and funny enough if they did- they would have worked in my favor. I DID understand what they really meant, and it's not too different to a contract in the U.K. Just a lot of fines for being late, not turning up, and quitting the job, but it all seemed very fair.... don't turn up, don't get paid! Haha. But like I said. Make sure you read it!
Once signing the contract, I handed in my notice at work (one month) - Brian and his team were very helpful in the procedure for applying for the visa, with detailed steps on how to fill the form and send it in. My visa came through the post super quick, within a week and I was happy that I was able to fly to china soon after my last day at the old job. The schools are very flexible to your start date and take into account you may have to work notice at your current job. You give them the date on when you can fly and they are happy to sort your contract date to start from then. Brian and the team are able to help you find the best flights for your money. Once this is all sorted and you are now in contact with the school, but china link Esl are there to support you on all the steps up until you start the job AND beyond, Brian is still in contact with me now, whether it's to do with work, or just tourist information about China, Brian is very knowledgeable and well travelled within the country and can give you advice on best places to eat, visit and just day to day things in life that you may struggle to get to grips being in a new country, different lifestyle and culture.

At the top of this review I mentioned that they found two positions for me, one for me and my partner, though finding a position in the same school can be hard for a couple, Brian said that it is always possible, and for some schools it's a super bonus that a school would get two teachers! So if you think that you wouldn't be able to come emotionally because you think you'd have to leave someone behind, think again. If your partner wants to travel and teach two, get them involved, Brian and his team will do their best to find you both a position in the same city and if you persevere, in the SAME school!!

So the great thing about these teaching positions is that if they don't supply an apartment they will offer an increased salary to pay for the apartment rent. Living in China is so cheap.

I have been here just over a week now and starting to really love it here.


***If you need any more questions answered about my experience, don't hesitate to ask.***
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Jakub Szymon
· September 14, 2017
To apply or not to apply? Is that a question that's been bothering you recently? Well, I know that feeling, I went through that a few months ago. But I tried and submitted my application to ChinaLinkE...SL. And you know what? This was the best choice I could've made. I heard back from Brian two days later, we had a nice talk about his experiences as an ESL teacher and about living in China in general. After that, Brian and Anita contacted me with the school in Pinggu Beijing and... here I am! What surprised me most is how fast Brian and Anita work, it took them a couple of weeks only to arrange everything from first online meetings to signing up the contract. Anita, Brian, I'm very grateful for making this all happen. And if there's someone who's still hestitating...please don't, start your biggest adventure with ChinaLinkESL! See More
Jess Cooper
· November 3, 2017
I have been in China for 3 weeks now and have been helped and supported whenever I need help! Anita has been so great and made the transission to living in China so easy!! So glad I took the leap!!
Luke McNeil
· October 19, 2017
I have been recruited by China Link Esl and have received outstanding support with everything. The staff are extremely helpful and willing to answer any questions you might have. I would definitely re...commend them to other people! See More
Scott Smith
· May 24, 2017
Becoming a teacher in Suzhou has probably been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life, in my short time here, I’ve taught hundreds of eager students had some fantastic experiences and made lif...elong friends and its all thanks to China Link ESL.

It all started on my birthday in October 2016, when I said goodbye to my family and friends in England and set off on the long trip to China – 14 hours by plane – but it was worth the long trip, when I arrived I was taken straight to my hotel and allowed to rest after my grueling trip, before being shown around my school a few days later, where I met many of the colleagues I know consider great friends, for the first time.

After a few days exploring some of Suzhou’s many beautiful gardens and temples and gorging myself on dozens of new dishes, my training began…in Wuhan.

There I met many new foreign teachers, both young and old, eager to kick start their new life in China.

The training was a fantastic experience to try many different teaching methods, learn more about Chinese culture and most of all try more food!

When I got back to Suzhou, I was eager to test my new teaching skills and I ended up in Suzhou’s biggest and best centre, Lvbao, where I was greeted warmly by fellow Brit, Gemma, who invited me out on my first night back in Suzhou to celebrate Bonfire Night, a traditional British festival.

Since then we have become firm friends, she is a fantastic navigator and teacher and I wouldn’t have been able to survive without her.

Once settled into daily life in China, I found it to be a marvelous country; the people especially in Suzhou are curious about foreigners and eager to greet you and are very interested in whom you are and where you are from.

I have honestly never felt so welcome and at home as I do in China and I learn something new about this amazing country and its people everyday.

I have been in Suzhou for 8 months now and I still love every day, I have a strong circle of friends, there is always something new to explore and the food here is second to none, so I hope and plan to stay in Suzhou for many years to come.
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Alissa Buckley
· May 19, 2017
It's just over a week until I arrive for my first teaching job in Xuzhou, China & I would just like to take the opportunity to thank Brian Acton & Anita Wei for every little thing they have done for m...e. From filling me with information, to getting me an interview with the school I'll be working at & answering the millions of questions I have had along the way! They are professional, friendly and always there to give you guidance! I highly recommend anybody who is thinking about doing something new getting in touch with Teaching English in China. You will not regret it and the encouragement and help you receive will be second to none! I can't wait to get out and get started and share my adventures with Brian & Anita! Thank you again for everything you've done for me �� See More
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