Yesterday we ran a little experiment on TheBeijinger’s classified ads section.
We created a fake e-mail address, a fake name, a fake tefl and a fake backstory.
Meet “Uvlovig Innvandrer”
We then e-mailed every teaching position available on theBeijinger’s 1st two pages of “employment available”.
(we also called every phone number listed with similar results. but we can’t ethically release those phone calls)
Our e-mail spelled it out very clear – we wanted to teach English without a bachelors degree. THIS IS ‘ILLEGAL’.
We even attached a blatantly photoshopped TEFL certificate.
The e-mail replies poured in. 8/9 were ready to hire us!!
8. One recruiter offered to help us find an ‘internship’.
We called them and they said the ‘internship visa’ was ‘just for the visa’ and they could help us find a ‘normal teaching job’.
9. Only a single recruiter said they couldn’t help us:
Even recruiters define a NORMAL TEACHING JOB as a ‘fake’ internship visa and ‘illegal’ work!!
China’s working visa policy is completely out of touch with the ‘market’ reality for teaching.
No surprise that a hefty black market exists.
China, STOP treating law-abiding people like criminals simply because they don’t meet arbritary bureaucratic requirements. Employers ought to be able to enter into contracts with any would-be employees they please.
“Legal” teachers and “legal” employees: we need to WORK TOGETHER and push for sensible visa policy reform.