Why We’re Different

Chances are if you’ve been researching teaching English overseas, you might be more than a little sketched out by the idea of finding a job through a recruiter.

If that’s the way you feel, we couldn’t blame you one bit!we are different

Everywhere you look online you will find stories of people being taken advantage of by recruiting companies that care little for the lives and well being of the teachers they place overseas – they only care about that sweet, sweet cash.

During our time as expats living and traveling around Asia, we have heard this same story from countless travelers. In fact, we’ve heard the story so many times that it started to get downright depressing each time another weary traveler would tell us about the ride that a recruiter took them for!

We decided that there needed to be an ESL recruiting company that was built by travelers for travelers. One where people and relationships came first – not profits.

New Life ESL is that recruiting company.

Here are just a few of the things that unscrupulous recruiting companies do to take advantage of trusting and unsuspecting teachers.

– Many recruiting companies are based in a completely different area of the world and have no one on the ground in the countries they are recruiting for.

How are we different?

We are a team of American expats living in Asia. We are on the ground and work with the schools directly. We have vetted each school and made sure that the situation you find yourself in is what you were expecting to find.

– Many recruiting companies have zero experience teaching English to foreigners. They don’t really know how the day to day life of a teacher goes and they really can’t provide any help getting a new teacher ready to work overseas- nor do they want to. This leaves many new teachers horribly unprepared for what’s to come.

How are we different?

Our team has several years of experience teaching ESL in China, in a variety of situations – including public schools, private schools, and private 1-on-1 lessons. We can help you learn the ropes of the industry. We can help you figure out how to do lesson planning, tell you great games to play with your students, and help you in any other way that you need to make sure you’re comfortable teaching in China.

– Many recruiting companies take their commission out of the teachers salary on a MONTHLY basis. These recruiters almost never tell the teachers this is happening. The teacher is getting a lower salary than they should be for the entirety of their contract and the teacher often has no idea!

How are we different?

At New Life ESL, we think this is downright shameful and predatory behavior by recruiters. We arrange our commission with the schools as a one time FLAT rate that we collect once you sign a contract and are placed at a school. We don’t take ANY money out of your salary and we don’t take anything after that initial commission (which is paid by the school and has no impact on your pay). Even though this is the case, we are still more than happy to provide you with ongoing assistance whenever you need it – even after you start your job.

– Many recruiting companies hide behind a company name and try to give you as little information as possible about who – and where – they are.

How are we different?

When you couple all the things listed above together, it is pretty easy to see why these recruiters are hiding behind their company names. At New Life ESL, we put ourselves out there in the public eye. We are proud of the company we have built and we are proud to stick by our word – in the eyes of anyone who might want to offer their judgement.  We will always respond to you as real, authentic people and never attempt to misrepresent ourselves or the schools we recruit for. You can see our real names and faces at our About page.

– Many recruiting companies simply act as a paper pushing operation – taking your resume and giving it to the school – with little else to offer you. Once they’ve placed you in a job and gotten that commission check – they’d rather never hear from you again – and they certainly won’t offer you much of anything if they do.

How are we different?

We started this company to help change people’s lives. We believe that the biggest problems facing this world can be solved by helping people live and work overseas and get to experience first hand what other cultures are like. We want you to get the most out of your new life, so we make sure you’re prepared. We will help you prepare for your lesson, help you write sample lesson plans, give you sample games you can play, and we promise to consistently provide useful blog posts and videos on this website so that you can get the most out of China.

– Last, but not least – though certainly most shameful – many of these companies actually have the nerve to try to charge YOU to find you a job. At the same time, they’re going to turn around and collect a commission from the school as well.

How are we different?

I’ve gotta be honest, I’m angry just reading what I just typed. The nerve of these recruiters is unbelievable  We will NEVER ask you for any financial compensation and will gladly do everything we can for you – though we’re fully aware we will often spend lots of time working with someone and have no financial gain to show for it in the end. This is about more than just money to us.

We hope that this answers your questions about the pitfalls of many of the recruiting companies out there and how we promise to never become a dishonest and predatory company like the kind mentioned above.

If you have any further questions about how we operate, please see our FAQ and feel free to contact us directly.


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