Our FREE Facebook teach abroad community is a place to come together to share insights, tips, questions, answers and most importantly, support one another through our adventures in China!
As you can see, we run a tight-knit community, and we aim to preserve the quality of the group at all times. Which is why we have created and enforce these rules on a daily basis.
Please read through all of them as we roll with a zero-tolerance policy and you will be removed and banned if you break any of the rules.
So with that being said, let’s dive in…
1. No Self Promo or Jobs
No self-promotion is allowed (except for in our Celebration Saturday thread) or where otherwise explicitly stated.
So, what do we consider self-promotion?
-> NO JOBS. Do not post a link to a job, jobs site, or recruiter, OR ask people to PM/email you for a job. If you have an awesome job you’d like to share, you can post it to the Job Board Thread (more on that later). We need to keep this community from becoming a spammy job board.
-> Selling anything – that means products, services, courses, events, and programs…anything that feeds your bottom line.
-> Promoting your restaurant, bar, school, event, or anything else unless it’s officially approved by the admin as an awesome group meetup (email me here before you post)
-> Posting a link to your website, Instagram, youtube, etc. outside of the Celebration Saturday thread
-> Posting affiliate links. Yes, I know you love your TEFL course or VPN, but no affiliates or links that will give you a discount if a friend signs up with your link.
-> Posting links to surveys or creating polls or surveys in the group
-> Posting photos with your social handles, URLs or business name on them.
Note: We may break our own rule and promote something if we feel as though it is of service to the group. We reserve that right as it is our group and community. If you are not cool with that, no problem, you can create your own awesome group!
2. No Posting of Random Videos
No posting or sharing your own videos (live or pre-recorded)—whether it’s from your personal profile, your FB page, your YouTube account or your website.
We do not have the time to watch your videos to make sure they are promo-free, which is why there are no videos allowed.
The ONLY exception is sharing motivational, instructional, inspirational or downright funny videos. Again, these CANNOT be your own videos.
Feel free to share a funny Mamahuhu video. We all love Mamahuhu here. Just don’t post random promotional videos or videos from your personal Youtube.
3. Ask Your Questions in the Group (Not By PM-Ing or Emailing Admins)
Please do not Private message me or any of the other mods or admins on Facebook. We actually don’t even see those messages if we are not FB friends with you anyway because of how the FB messages/privacy settings work, and also it’s so much more valuable to the group if the Q&A is posted here, and the answers available to everyone.
And for the same reasons, please also don’t email us directly looking for teach abroad help, it’s always better to share it in here so everyone can benefit from them (and you will probably get even more answers and get them quicker if you do).
If you’re looking for more training or need help getting started, I suggest signing up for our Free Guide: 10 Steps to Landing a High Paying Job in China, which has super in-depth step-by-step help rocking your teach abroad adventure.
4. No Requests to PM You
Do not post in the group and ask people to PM or email you to find out more about what you offer or how you can help them with XYZ. Your comments (and YOU) will be removed.
The ONLY exception is if you post in the Job Board thread (more on that later).
5. Don’t Be a Jerkface
Be polite. Be helpful. Try to give just as much as you take. Don’t put down anyone or make them feel bad.
That means respecting people’s feelings, privacy and rights to be open and ask questions. This group is a supportive, uplifting community, so don’t be mean!
If you’re rude or disrespectful or spammy or racist… you will be banned.
8. No Ranting
We do not allow rants, calling people out, or complaints around how someone chooses to teach or live their life.
I don’t care if you had an “I hate China week”, bashing an entire country, race, or culture is not accepted here either.
Rant on your own page, not this group and always examine why you might be feeling the way you’re feeling. (WhoooOOOo Psychology).
9. NO JOBS OUTSIDE OF THE JOB BOARD!!!
Seriously, don’t do it.
Do not post a job, talk about your amazing school (with a name or link), promote a recruiter, tell us to email you resumes, or spam us with all the many teach abroad positions you have connections to.
This is not a job site or a job board, this is a community of people who want to connect, share, and help one another. There are tons of other groups for this kind of stuff.
THE ONLY EXCEPTION is if you post on the ONE job board thread. You need to read all of the rules before you post about a position. If you do not perfectly follow the rules, your comment (and possibly you) will be deleted.
Finding the Job Board: The Job Board often gets buried, so the best way to find it is to type ‘Job Board’ into the search bar. You can find the search bar on the left-hand side on PC or on mobile tap the magnifying glass in the top right corner.
Heads up: This job board is NOT for professional recruiters. Ideally, it is for people who work for an awesome school and want to share. If you are in there posting about multiple jobs you will be removed.
10. Again, Don’t PM Admins
If you have serious questions about teaching abroad, the best way to get answers is to either post in the group or download the free guide 10 Steps to Landing a High Paying Job in China. Richelle also hosts a free LIVE webinar training every month or so, as well as opportunities for free strategy sessions. The best way to hear about these is to sign up for the guide so you can get her emails!
Please do not PM me or other admins about teaching abroad. We all have a lot on our plates and can’t be answering individual teach abroad questions. If you DM us we won’t answer and we’ll look at your message and feel guilty about not answering you. I don’t want that on my conscience!
If you want to know whether you can post something in the group (and you are using it as a way of remotely making money or growing your business), it’s probably best you don’t post it. If you’re wondering why a post of yours was deleted, it’s because you broke the rules. We will not be privately messaging you to explain to you why something was deleted. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
And if you don’t agree with ALL of these rules, that’s totally fine. Feel free to join another group or make your own!
Other than that, let’s have some fun.
*Note: These rules are subject to change without notice.
How to Get the Most Out of This Group
1. Don’t come in with a sketchy motive.
Instead, show up with the intention to connect, serve and help, not to sell, promote your school, company, or bottom line. We can all smell it from a mile away.
2. Post fun, original, and helpful content and feel free to ask questions!
We want to hear from you! Please feel free to post whenever you want, as long as it’s fun, helpful, or useful.
3. Share your thoughts and experiences because they are valuable to others.
We’re not gonna lie, this journey in China is an exciting and complicated one. The more insights and guidance, the better!
4. Take this opportunity to CONNECT with other teachers!
Plan meetups with other local teachers, share stories, give advice, swap lessons and game ideas. You’re here to meet other teachers, make new friends, and form a community!
If you’ve read all of these rules and still want to be a part of what this group is all about…then WELCOME!
We are excited to get to know you!
Now let’s connect and have some fun!