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Bad experienc and scammed

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Reach To Teach Recruiting - Bad experienc and scammed
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I was looking for a job in Taiwan and found Reach to Teach and thought I'd give it a go because of the covid situation making it harder to find jobs in Taiwan from abroad. My first impression was good as Carrie was polite, helpful and seemed enthusiastic to help me get a job. Eventually, after an interview with a school, I was accepted, and I signed an English contract, which seem good for a start-up job in Taiwan. However, later they sent me a Chinese document that they said was 'to do with taxes' but in fact, it was called a contract, and my girlfriend is Taiwanese, so we sent this Chinese document to her friends in Taiwan some of who are lawyers and we found it was a Chinese contract that was entirely different from the English version. Basically, it was 1/4 the salary and without any of the benefits stated in the English version. So, I asked the contact with the school and he insisted it was merely to do with taxes. After this, I decided to avoid working with Carrie as she was CC on each email and later defended the school saying it was normal to have a different document for the visa. Anyway, It was an awful experience, so I suggest people avoid Reach to Teach. You can see the two different documents attached below.
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Anonymous
map-marker Providence, Utah

Reach to Teach Recruiting: Teach ESL Abroad

My boyfriend and I applied for jobs through Reach to Teach and it was the worst decision we ever made. We originally applied to jobs in Hong Kong, but they pushed us away from that. Carrie Kellenberger called to push us to teach in China and said we were too late for EPIK in South Korea. We were never all that interested in living mainland China, so I asked about the many job ads they posted for Hong Kong, but they said those schools are no longer active. Carrie basically sold us on teaching jobs in China by saying they are perfect for couples, but our schedules were very different and we rarely saw each other. The contract Carrie sent to us before we arrived was different from the one the school asked us to sign in China. Guess which contract favored the school? This was a very shady thing to do and we knew immediately we had been scammed. We called Carrie at Reach to Teach on this and her response was that signing two different contracts was normal! The problem later was the school didn't honor anything in either of the contracts we signed. As soon as we found other jobs, we quit our Reach to Teach jobs. We ignored all of the emails from Carrie, who wanted us feel guilty for "leaving the school without a teacher." Teachers are already faced with packing up their lives and moving half way across the world. If you made this big decision, at very minimum you want the job you have to be solid and with a reputable company. Our experience was that Reach to Teach Recruiting is not at all a trustworthy or reputable organization. Our experience with Carrie was all about her deceiving us. She either had no idea how the school operated or she didn't care. When I brought the problems to her attention, she defended the school. China has many good jobs and lots of bad ones. Staying away from Reach to Teach is a good start at avoiding getting a bad job.
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Poor customer service

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