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Questions about Teaching English in Shanghai

Hi Fellow Internationals,

I was recently offered a job teaching English with EF (English First). They offered to sponsor my visa, pay me a small salary, and health insurance. I've been reading some negative reviews about them on the forums. Not sure how to proceed.

On the one hand I very much want to come to China for the experience and to learn Mandarin. I would like to be in Shanghai, and I would need a visa. On the other hand I want to be using my time as effectively as possible and not feel stuck in a low-paying time-wasting job.

I wondered what the people here had heard about EF. What other opportunities am I missing?

Any advice and counsel is very much appreciated.