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SCAM: Language teaching positions in Cambodia (views: 1730)

Southeast Asia (Cambodia) - Sun, 02 May 2021
Bob Jenkins

To whom it may concern,   I would like to bring your attention to the person or group who is misappropriating the identity of Dr. Lim Soktay and Norton University to defraud potential job applicants for financial gain.   The job listing is fake (https://www.esljobfeed.com/esl-tesl-jobs?id=310514). They have also set up an email address pretending to be Dr. Lim Soktay, jobs@norton-university.com to allow ....

King's College (views: 1997)

Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - Wed, 03 Mar 2021
John D Horton

I received an unsolicited ESL job offer from King's College for Dubai.  I told them I wanted a librarian position so they sent me a new job offer for a librarian position.  I contacted the UAE consulates in the USA and the US State Department for comment but they have declined to comment.  The normal law is that the employer is obligated by the law of the employing country to cover the cost the employment visa, travel etc., because....

English Centre in Locri, Italy: Used and Abused! (views: 2260)

Europe (Italy) - Wed, 25 Nov 2020

English Centre in Locri, Italy: Used and Abused! Picture this. You’re interested in Italy as an ESL location. You think it would be neat to live by the coast as well. You apply for a position in the southern region of Calabria and the director contacts you to arrange an interview. Everything seems par for the course. The interview goes really well and the director is full of praise for you, claiming that you’re exactly what they need ....

Re: Re: Re: Number 16 / Unique English: Bad Employer warning in Zaragoza! (views: 1894)

Europe () - Wed, 25 Nov 2020

Hey,  I worked with Number 16 in Zaragoza a few years ago. They are the WORST of the worst! Dude, steer clear. Read all the posts on this forum about it, dating back to 2017. They've been running the scam for years and continue to get away with it because there's always someone desperate enough to take a chance on them. It's worth waiting until a better job offer comes up, especially with Xmas coming a lot of academies will be hiring for Jan....

Re: Re: Number 16 / Unique English: Bad Employer warning in Zaragoza! (views: 1964)

Europe (United Kingdom) - Thu, 22 Oct 2020

I have just agreed to go to school in a few weeks. But having seen the reviews, most notably yours as it is so recent, I am having second thoughts.    I take it you're not still there? If you have left how did this end? Because I am having the fear that I may go out there and be stuck in a tenancy and then be forced to stay due to a contract with a landlord. Did you experience anything like this? Depending on your answer to that, d....

Kendale International School 'Barbara Alfaro" (views: 2115)

Europe (Italy) - Thu, 08 Oct 2020
Joel Morrison

I responded to an ad on eslcafe.com for "Kendale International School" in Rome. In a couple days I was contacred for interview by a Mr. 'Barbara Alfaro'. The interview was less than 3 minutes, and I was told they just wanted to make sure i am a native speaker. It was so short I was sure they must have just been turned off for whatever reason, and assumed I didn't get the job. A couple days later they offered me 2500 Euro and housing. This seemed ....

Cambly is a scam! (views: 2160)

Oceania (Australia) - Mon, 14 Sep 2020

It's a scam company. They don't have enough students but keep hiring new teachers. You will be exposed to flashers and arrogant Saudi Arabian male students. ....

Cambly Online English School Rip Off Report (views: 2639)

North America (United States) - Wed, 17 Jun 2020

Cambly- Lack of Integrity and Mismanagement- Please Take Caution! San Francisco CA!!     People around the world should be made aware of the misconduct occurring on Cambly an online English teaching platform. This company gets away with paying US teachers less than minimum wage inside the USA, female teachers are routinely sexually harassed including exposure of students’ genitalia, students often make racist and otherwise i....

SCAM ALERT - LD English Training Centre, Jieyang, China (views: 2853)

Asia (China) - Thu, 11 Jun 2020

Promises, promises - This school operates illegally, they have no obligation to fulfil your contract - AND THEY DON'T. The advertised job spec is false.  They regularly replace teachers through various agencies as not to comply with their individual contracts, they can choose to leave you with no job or accommodation when they please.... on arriving, I didn't trust them from day one. The school itself is merely a money making centre, private....

Re: SCAM ALERT - LD English Training Centre, Jieyang, China (views: 1232)

Asia (China) - Tue, 12 Jan 2021
Posted by Johnathan

I had a very similar experience with this school, they never paid me what was initially agreed and I was given low grade shared accommodation on arriving. Schools like this continue to exploit teachers, parents and pupils. I quit after 2 long months. ....

SCAM Berlingua (Spain) and MT Languages (Italy) (views: 3278)

Europe (Italy) - Tue, 07 Jan 2020

SCAM involving 2 different schools (Berlingua Languages and MT Languages) - BEWARE On December 20th, I was contacted by a Mr. Quereda Leguey, who sent me an email saying Berlingua Languages no longer had a vacancy in Spain, but had one in Italy. And that an Italian school would contact me. He used the e-mail academiaberlingua.com@gmail.com disguised as jobs@academiaberlingua.com. Since I had never applied to work at Berlingua, it immediately....

Scam Teaching Job Offer in UK (views: 3425)

Asia () - Tue, 31 Dec 2019
Teacher A

I received an email from a Spanish Family relocated to UK and needs a private family English teacher.  At first I had this feeling that this email might be a scam. I did my research and found same email and story.     ....

Berlingua Academy (views: 3412)

Europe (Spain) - Fri, 13 Dec 2019

This school offered me a job. When I accepted my contact told me to send all my visa paperwork to a lawyer he worked with. After I did that he told me to contact his airline contact. The airline contact then told me I had to wire her money for the ticket. She came up with reasons why I couldn't buy a ticket through the airline and had to send money to personal accounts. When I suggested using a "visa reservation" she said that woul....

Re: Berlingua Academy (views: 2763)

Europe (Italy) - Tue, 07 Jan 2020
Posted by Thaise

Something very similar happened to me regarding Berlingua:   They sent me an email saying they had no vacancies in Spain, but that their school in Milan, Italy, would contact me. All of this striked me as very odd, since I never applied to work at Berlingua. A few days later, I received a job description from MT Languages, as follows: Job Details. High Paying Young Learner & Adult Teaching Jobs in Milano, Italy.Position: Full time langua....

Poor Treatment (views: 3697)

Europe (Spain) - Wed, 20 Nov 2019
Shannon Carlin

I can only provide an outline  of my experience at the Zaragoza academies here. however the treatment I received was  appalling. Perhaps there is some nepotism within the place but the original poster took time to critique them in detail which in itself speaks volumes. I was disappointed as they didn´t even allow me to complete the initial training week after four days due to unforeseen circumstances arose. Also, the accomodation ....

Al Mawahib British Private School scam EFL (views: 4802)

Online (Online) - Sun, 16 Jun 2019

They still exist, were trying on me for the past couple of days ... luckily I had read this post before losing more than a 1000 bucks ...phew! Can someone report these guys ? Is it ok for other international teachers to fall in the trap?!....

Sino-Canada School, Wujiang, China = ESL Hell (views: 8907)

Asia (China) - Mon, 21 May 2018
Jullian McRoberts

Sino-Canada School Wujiang, Jiangsu China - a warning to ESL teachers thinking of taking up work there. There was a pretty in depth thread posted about this school within the last 12 months from people who had worked there. The original thread was located at  the eslteachersboard.com website (google Sino Canada = ESL HELL). Four new teachers who took up a contract in 2017-18 were treated appallingly so they quit and wrote about their experie....

KwaZulu Natal (views: 6657)

Africa (South Africa) - Tue, 17 Apr 2018
KwaZulu Natal

I also received exactly the same eMail, same words and all, but the contact details are different, the Human Resources Manager is a different name, and the address is slightly different to yours.   Legally, or rather generally, a UAE employer/organisation recruiting an employee/s from abroad pays all the travel costs and arranges for travel documentation (VISA, Work Permits ...). Sometimes the amount is deducted from the prospective employee....

Number 16 / Unique English: Bad Employer warning in Zaragoza! (views: 16555)

Europe (Spain) - Sat, 04 Nov 2017

Number 16, operated by an outfit called Unique English, is a chain of schools currently operating in Zaragoza and Madrid. They are a real company and they pay your salary. I'm not claiming this is a "scam" in the strict sense of the word but they are very bad employers. I joined after being offered a "25 hour work week" and "assistance with finding accomodation". Both of these promises were swiftly broken, not only to myself but to many other new....

Re: Number 16 / Unique English: Bad Employer warning in Zaragoza! (views: 1618)

Online (Ireland) - Mon, 12 Oct 2020
Posted by Jack

    Before working at Number 16 I was warned by several people about it in advance.  Some locals in Zaragoza and online were putting up red flags before I ever set foot in the building. Unfortunately the lure of a job during the pandemic and the chance to live in Spain was too alluring to turn down.   After leaving my home country in September 2020 I flew to Spain to take up a week of intensive training.  If there is a sc....

Re: Number 16 / Unique English: Bad Employer warning in Zaragoza! (views: 4248)

Europe (United Kingdom) - Thu, 21 Feb 2019
Posted by Dave

It´s a great school, I´ve worked here for a year. Sorry you didn´t have the same experience! ....

Re: Number 16 / Unique English: Bad Employer warning in Zaragoza! (views: 4232)

Europe (United Kingdom) - Wed, 20 Feb 2019
Posted by T

Perhaps the information is outdated, but the aforementioned problems with Number 16 are/were anything but 'completely false'. They are also specific to Zaragoza, and maybe these issues haven't arisen in other locations.   It's pointless to cover each problem again, as the original post is well-written and gives a comprehensive insight into what makes working for the academy so difficult. What is worth mentioning, however, is that teachers ne....

Re: Number 16 / Unique English: Bad Employer warning in Zaragoza! (views: 4128)

Europe (United Arab Emirates) - Wed, 20 Feb 2019
Posted by T

Perhaps the information is outdated, but the aforementioned problems with Number 16 are/were anything but 'completely false'. They are also specific to Zaragoza, and maybe these issues haven't arisen in other locations.   It's pointless to cover each problem again, as the original post is well-written and gives a comprehensive insight into what makes working for the academy so difficult. What is worth mentioning, however, is that teachers ne....

Re: Number 16 / Unique English: Bad Employer warning in Zaragoza! (views: 4136)

Oceania (Australia) - Wed, 20 Feb 2019
Posted by Clare

Total agree with everything you said and I was there 2-3 years before. The other shocking point is the method they actually use to teach English which is absolutely rubbish and not used in countries where I have taught around the world. No organisation, no structure - a rip off for students and teachers.....

Re: Number 16 / Unique English: Bad Employer warning in Zaragoza! (views: 4995)

Europe (Spain) - Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Posted by D

I feel I have to comment on this as I think it's either completely false or outdated. I started working at Number 16 in September 2017 and continue to do so.   When I first arrived one of the team leaders personally helped me find accomodation by speaking to landlords (my spanish is/was not great) and also accompanying me to flat viewings in order to translate and help with the details! I found an apartment in my training week sharing with s....

SPEED English Identity Theft Warning (views: 8087)

Europe (Poland) - Sat, 04 Nov 2017

I applied for a job which had been advertised on tefl.com offering positions in Poland with a chain called SPEED English. I don't know yet if this is a legitimate company having its identity falsely used by scammers or if the whole thing is a fraud. One common TEFL scam is that the scammer takes a real school and posts on jobs boards posing as a school which actually exists to lure unsuspecting applicants into giving away their personal informati....


Europe (Portugal) - Thu, 02 Nov 2017

Beware of Lancaster College in Oporto Portugal, their Head Office is in the area Vila Nova de Gaia in Oporto and especially their directors and academies owners. Emailing your CV, attending an interview in Oporto with the boss wont get you anywhere. The boss is a complete bullshitter, he will promise you a teaching job in one of his centre, will insist that you first start where urgent Teachers are needed,( he sent me to Bragança, a little....

Yuet Ching Private School in Malaysia is a SCAM! (views: 10409)

Southeast Asia (Malaysia) - Fri, 15 Sep 2017
Irama Green

Human Resourses Manager YUET CHING PRIVATE SCHOOL 114 JALAN TUARAN, KOTA KINABALU, SABAH, MALAYSIA PHONE: +60-1137-3071 EMAIL: yuetchingschool@gmail.com Will email you for a voice Skype interview 3:20 pm Malaysian time which is 2:20 am CST in United States. After the interview Mr Chai will send you a contract as ESL English Teacher for 2 years in Malaysia. A day after you sign the contract he wil send you information to contact Mr Abin Mong a rep....

Visa Fraud (views: 8300)

Central America (Honduras) - Tue, 15 Aug 2017
Fiona McDougall

The school goes by the names Alpha y Omega Bilingual school and Instituto Educativo Alfa y Omega. They promise a working visa (residencia) but it never happens. Every month they insist it will happen but it never does. By Fegraury they tell you they will jsut pay the fine so you can leave the country. They may even try to get your passport to stop you leaving the country. This is dangerous only for the teacher. There will be n....

My First Class Language School (views: 9800)

Europe (Spain) - Sun, 30 Jul 2017
Pip Scott

The school is real and they did have a vacancy but not for non EU passport holders. I answered what turned out to be a fake EF Barcelona job advert. They replied saying they had no vacancies and that they had passed my details onto one of their affiliate schools which was called my first class language school. I was then contacted by a Piotr Stanecki and had an interview then was offered a job and sent a contract. They had a travel agent who turn....

Re: My First Class Language School (views: 6981)

Europe (Spain) - Tue, 26 Sep 2017
Posted by Marvin Dent

THIS HAS JUST HAPPENED TO ME, THE EXACT SAME PROCEDURE, IS THERE A WAY WE CAN TALK ON FACEBOOK OR ANYWHERE ABOUT THIS?   I actually paid the 448 deposit just yesterday, Ive put the brakes on for the rest of now after seeing this.   thanks Marvin. ....

Qwadar Private School (views: 9731)

Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - Thu, 20 Jul 2017

Beware of this "school. "  No trace of it on the internet and tons of inconsistencies in plagiarized job posting and website. ....

Re: Qwadar Private School (views: 8021)

Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Posted by Pablo Moses

Yes. Can confirm this is a SCAM! Claims to have been established for 10 years and ZERO internet trail until last week. ....

Please be informed,A school called Spotlight International English in Jinan is a school dealing in illegal paperwork and blackmail. The school has been accused in the past of:Not paying their employees forcing them to work hours beyond they contract forcing them to stay even after they want to resign with-holding their salary and benefits inviting foreigners to china under Tourist Visas keeping original documents and blackmailing employees by ref....

sultan british private school (views: 9541)

Middle East () - Thu, 25 May 2017

SCAM  avoid these guys .....they want money upfront which isnt required and the school is fake.....there is no school.......ive been to abud dhabi and its not there and waled nafeel doesnt exist i have contacted the fraud unit in UAE  hopefuly they will be caught  ....

PSA Scam Warning: ForeignExpats.com & BeijingTeach.com are same China Job Scam! (views: 11547)

Asia (China) - Wed, 10 May 2017
Rosie Tang aka Rebecca Tang
PSA Scam Warning: ForeignExpats.com & BeijingTeach.com are same China Job Scam!

These two companies are just two of the alias names being used by the Scam Queen of China, Rebecca ****, who since getting out of jail last year, now calls herself "Rosie ****".  In 2014 she was arrested and in 2015 plead guilty to cheating over 2,000 expat TEFL teachers in China out of 5 million by skimmimg their salaries and selling them illegal documents. Now the great looking gal is once again exploiting and defrauding newbie foreign tec....

SangSang Language Academy (SLA) horror story (views: 10944)

Asia (South Korea) - Sat, 06 May 2017

Stay away! This school is what horror stories are made of.   Director is a nasty sadistic, vindictive woman who should be blacklisted from employing forigners. if the attachment works see what she sent to me after I ran. If not just take my advice and run!!   Dont look back!!....

Dubai National School Al Twar posting Mr. Zaid G. Farok  scam (views: 11186)

Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - Sun, 09 Apr 2017
Michael Depear

If you get a job offer from Dubai National School Al Twar, Mr. Zaid G. Farok it is a scam, this one looks very real until they ask you to pay for flights and visa. I emailed the real school but had no reply, but the school is real the job offer is not. They will even give you a skype interview.....

SCAM - Dubai National School Al Twar - Zaid G. Farok and Mr. Nasir Rahma Gafar (views: 10015)

Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - Sun, 16 Apr 2017
Posted by Kevin Iraniha

I was almost scammed for this position as an English Teacher in Dubai for Dubai National School Al-Twar.  Here are some of the emails:   Dear Kevin Iraniha,   Following our recent discussions, we are delighted to offer you the position of English Teacher with Dubai National School Al Twar. If you join Our School, you will become part of a fast-paced and dedicated team that works together to provide the highest po....

Scam Warning: Benedict School Mirandola Italy (views: 12272)

Europe (Italy) - Tue, 21 Mar 2017

I was send a fraudulent Job posting as attached, saying that they'd gotten my resume from the ESLemployment.com website. I received requests for documentation and within 4-5 days was offered a Skype interview. Many things bother me about the ad. Firstly, the pay was high for this type of position in Italy. Also, none of the e-mail correspondance I recieved was personalized ...looked automated. So, when I received an e-mail this morning offering m....

Re: Scam Warning: Benedict School Mirandola Italy (views: 9578)

Europe (Turkey) - Mon, 27 Mar 2017
Posted by Ken

Why do they do that? What is their gain. I bumped to the same job offer and all things seem quite tacky. How can they be harmful?....


Asia () - Tue, 14 Mar 2017

It's the 15.03.17 and I can confirm these scammers are still at it. Not long after what seemed like an all too cursory interview, they demand some $4000 for expenses up front. This is when the nature of reality should kick in. Analysis of their 'invoice' - when cross checked against UAE Immigration's website - reveals 2 UAE Immigration telephone numbers from different offices, juxtaposed onto 1 invoice letterhead, with one '5' digit missing ....

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