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Guangdong Country Garden School
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Reviewed by CGSTeacher January 31, 2015

A real look at Country Garden

I am a....
Expatriate teacher
I work in....
Date joined
August 20, 2014
How many years have you worked at this school?
Approximate monthly salary
Years of experience and responsibilities as a reference for the monthly salary
Masters + 4 years, subject teacher
Other benefits included in the package
  • Accommodation
  • Flights to home base
  • Medical insurance
Salary relative to cost of living in the area
Are you paid on time?
Payscale transparency
Competency of management
Business owner ethics (if applicable)
Very low
Pressure to get high exam grades (if applicable)
Professional development opportunities
Career progression opportunities
Parental Support
Special needs support
EFL support
Overall job satisfaction
Not really satisfied
As a teacher, what are the major plus points for working here?
The salary is quite good although they list the salary before tax whereas other schools in China list it after tax. There are many teachers here and many chances to make good friends. My work load is really light (less than 20 hours of classes each week) and I am mostly left alone by administration.
What areas do you feel are in need of development?
The Chinese administration are businessmen with poor moral integrity. They are extremely unorganized and take any chances they can to take salary from teachers and make parents pay more for tuition and boarding fees. The lack of communication from the top is terrible and the lack of communication between Chinese staff and foreign staff is bad. They don't plan ahead and will tell you about class cancellations 3 hours after your class was cancelled. They also schedule events at inconvenient times (like weekly useless meetings from 7-9:30pm and last minute events on Saturdays) and have zero concern for their teachers. They will do their best to avoid paying bonuses and the insurance is the absolute minimum. There is very little professional development; their IB training consisted of a man reading off of a PDF for an hour while we sat there. We did have one useful IB training where IB teachers came to the school to help us. This place is 100% not an IB school. Not by a mile. Discipline and anything that administration would help with at a real school simply doesn't exist here. There are foreign vice principals but they have little real power. The location is also quite far from city convenience. It is located far from any metro and you often have to rely on shady taxi guys to get around and that's expensive. It is a 45 minute drive into Guangzhou.
What advice would you give to other teachers considering working at this school?
I would recommend going to another school instead of this one. The environment can be so stressful because of the terrible management and poor ethics from the Chinese managers. The salary is high and the requirements for skills are low so you can get a job here quite easily and save money. But understand it is not a real school. It's a shell of a school and it is missing so many basic fundamentals and the students are missing out on a real education.
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