OnLineTEFL.com - Legit Or Scam?
1. I visited Dave's ESL cafe and found out that TEFL Certificates are "not required to teach in China" and I double checked with the China Foreign Teachers Union which confirmed this to be true.
2. Then I read this old article about TEFL certificates and learn that the certificate issued by OnlineTEFL.com is not "internationally recognized" so I wonder if I am studying to get a piece of paper that no school abroad will accept???
3. Then I did search on Google about OnlineTEFL.com with the key words of "problems", "Complaints","Scam", and "Fraud" and was horrified at what pops up. Honestly if I did this before I surely would not have enrolled.
4. I then found another article at the Huffington Post that basically says 90% of all review websites are self-created by companies to promote their own products and they should not be believed. And this is what a lot of people online are saying about the "rave reviews" of onlinetefl.com. So what to believe? My friend sent me this link http://internationalteflreviews.wordpress.com/ but I cannot believe that Susan, a very young girl in her 20s would lie to me to make only a few hundred dollars?
5. Lastly, I was curious to know if what Susan told me about China was true or not so I found 2 websites that totally freaked me out... ChinaScamBusters.com and http://chinafraudpatrol.blogspot.co.uk/ . If all this stuff is true, why would anyone even want to teach in China - especially if teachers are the lowest paid foriegners in China?
So all this stuff, as you might guess, makes me a little more than just "nervous". So I called and sent emails to ask about these things and I only got a "welcome" email and details about my course. Should I ask for a refund? What is the real deal on this company and how valuable is the certificate they will give me, and will I really earn $3,000 a month in China?