A statement from Managing Director, Arnold Vis

Last updated: 03/05/2020

I have been in touch with friends and partners in China over the past week for the latest on the imposed travel restrictions.

The good news is that things have improved markedly in China in terms of the virus; life has gone back to normal in most cities across the country, with very few new cases being reported. While measures are still being taken to ensure public safety, there are far fewer temperature checks and restrictions on movement within cities.

The past few weeks have seen more and more cities gradually reopening schools. State schools are the priority, with older students returning first, before slowly bringing back younger grades. Private training centres will be the last to reopen their campuses, following the successful return of all state school grades.

Given that China imposed longer and stricter lockdown measures than many Western countries, the priority here is consolidating these improvements before reopening the border. As such, the friends and partners I have been in touch with are less optimistic about the border reopening soon than they were last month. The general consensus now seems to be that the restrictions will be lifted around late August or September.

Below you will find up to date information regarding the programmes that are due to take place in 2020 and are affected by these restrictions. We will continue to update these as information becomes available. In the meantime, you can reach out to us with any questions or concerns. We thank you for your patience and understanding at this uncertain time.

We are currently expecting the TEFL Training Programme 2020 to go ahead, with a likely start date of mid-October instead of mid-August. All participants will still be able to complete an online TEFL course, however this will be run by a different provider.

The Training Camp will not be able to go ahead as planned; however, we are currently looking into alternatives. This is likely to be in one of two key ways:

  1. Additional online training besides the London orientation day
  2. A shorter training camp in China, taking place in November or December once your placement has begun

Those who have paid the full programme fee should hear from a school in the coming weeks. Please keep an eye on your junk mail folder, as the message will come from an unknown Chinese address.

What’s key to making it out in October

In order to ensure you can make it to China in October, we have revised the visa application timeline.

Mid-May to June: Complete the 120-hour online TEFL course. This course will be a bit longer than the one we previously planned for you to take, but it will be thorough and prepare you well for what to expect during your placement. The deadline for this will be 1st July.

1st July: Apply for your criminal background check (DBS) and order the hardcopy of the TEFL course you have completed.

15th July: Start the legalization process for your bachelor’s degree certificate, TEFL certificate and criminal background check. You will need to legalize 3 documents in total.

If, by this point, there are indications that the border will reopen soon, it may be possible to complete the first step of the visa application process. The first stage is initiated by the school, who will be able to apply for your work permit. If this is the case, you will have your invite ready and get to China soon after the border reopens.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by email or phone: 020 3844 2992.

We are currently expecting all placements on our Private School Programme 2020 to go ahead, with flexible start dates from October onwards. Below you’ll find information relevant to those looking to depart in October.

What’s key to making it out in October

In order to ensure you can make it to China in October, we have revised the visa application timeline.

From now until June: Complete the 120-hour online TEFL course. This course will be a bit longer than the one we previously planned for you to take, but it will be thorough and prepare you well for what to expect during your placement. The deadline for this will be 1st July.

1st July: Apply for your criminal background check (DBS) and order the hardcopy of the TEFL course you have completed.

15th July: Start the legalization process for your bachelor’s degree certificate, TEFL certificate and criminal background check. You will need to legalize 3 documents in total.

If, by this point, there are indications that the border will reopen soon, it may be possible to complete the first step of the visa application process. The first stage is initiated by the school, who will be able to apply for your work permit. If this is the case, you will have your invite ready and get to China soon after the border reopens.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by email or phone: 020 3844 2992.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020 Summer Camp and Homestay Programmes. If you wish to take part in our Summer Camp or Homestays, you can apply for the 2021 programmes.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by email or phone: 020 3844 2992.

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