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1. Posted by sandy456 (Full Member 213 posts) 10y

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Urgent - What to do when English school doesn't want to pay you before you have to leave the country??

I worked only a few hours at a western-managed English school in Shanghai this month. I told them I had to leave China by the end of August and that my train was already booked. They gave me the classes and now It's time for them to pay.

They seem like they are going to, but they keep forgeting about my visa expiry date. I told them I can't wait around until the 10th of the moneth to pick up my pay, because I have to leave the country before the 1st.

My question is what are my options if this school refuses to pay me before I must leave the country?

The school is western-managed and not dodgy. Actually, pretty good relations (with teachers) aside from this pay date nonsense. Also, there was no contract, only a signed sheet saying I would teach a few classes. I don't have a Z visa.

What can I do if things get ugly?

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Are you paid in cash? Can't they deposit it on your bank account? What is the problem.

3. Posted by China1 (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

Sorry I can't help but I have a friend who would like to know about travellers teaching in China. Could you tell me how you got into it? A website?

Cheers Angus

4. Posted by vngreen (Full Member 71 posts) 10y

If you have enough money to comback your country, you can leave them your account, and ask them pay in your account in October. You forgot has no contract. and keep a receipt to make sure their payment
Good luck!

5. Posted by naiheqiao (Budding Member 42 posts) 10y

i'm very angry with that school,if some ways couldn't work.the last you need to do is threaten that manager/or you ask help from government

6. Posted by citybell (Full Member 419 posts) 10y

Catch hold some chinese friend , meet the school administration and settle the things.
Did they give you any reason?

7. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 10y

Firstly, i wouldnt panic. Most language schools have a set up where they pay at a certain time of month. Beause you are leaving, it may jsut be that you will get the money once you are back home. This is how it is working for me. I have been working for 6 months and usually get paid on the 10th. My last months pay wont be going into my account until the 10th again next month, despite me having left the country. My company are putting a cheque in the post to me. I would ask for some written assurances from the people you worked for that the money will come. Make it clear that you will take action should you not receive any money. Of course, there may be further problems for you because you havent got a contract, but i would think there are plans in place for people like you who only work a few hours.

Make sure to talk it out with the company before you leave and try and get a resolution. It will be much harder to do once you have left the country.