EF Nanjing's 2019 Sports Day

At EF Nanjing, the motto “work hard, play hard” rings true for all employees. This June we kicked off our first annual Sports Day team-building event in Jiulonghu Park and it was a great success! The first half of the day involved seven mini activities; Blindfolded Football, Water-Balloon Relay Race, Ping Pong Jumping Sacks, Takeshi’s Castle, Caterpillar Race, Dizzy Ring Toss and Egg and Spoon Race, in which different teams from EF Nanjing competed.

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Blindfolded Football

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The water games were especially refreshing considering the sweltering heat from summer had arrived in Nanjing!

Takeshi’s Castle

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Water Balloon Relay Race

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Egg and Spoon Race

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Caterpillar Race

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Dizzy Ring Toss

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Ping Pong Jumping Sacks

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Every team was encouraged to make their own flag and motto to increase the level of sportsmanship, and the results were fantastic!

The white team’s flag. “White Walkers”

The white team’s flag. “White Walkers”

The Green Team’s smaller, but still creative, flag

The Green Team’s smaller, but still creative, flag

The black team’s impressive flag. “Wolf Pack”

The black team’s impressive flag. “Wolf Pack”

After the small activities had been completed, it was time for lunch. We were able to secure the business of a local Shaokao barbecue restaurant, who came to the park and catered to all 200 of us. The lunch, consisting of fried rice, chicken skewers, and lamb skewers, was delicious and much-needed after all that running!

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After lunch, the top four teams were selected to play capture the flag in order to determine which two teams were going to face-off in the final game, deciding the ultimate winner of the 2019 Sports Day. After two hard-fought games, the Yellow Team and Blue Team had made it to the final game, which was a best out of 3 tug-of-war battle. Each team secured a victory in the first two rounds, but ultimately, the Yellow Team came out on top!

The victorious Yellow Team celebrating with their prizes, high-quality reusable water bottles!

The victorious Yellow Team celebrating with their prizes, high-quality reusable water bottles!

After the Yellow Team’s victory, it was time to clean up and go home. The day had been full of laughs, a bit of friendly competition and some great food but as we all know, all good things must come to an end.

 

If you enjoyed reading about the sports day, you should check out our blog on Football in Nanjing.

Or if you’re interested in becoming part of the EF Nanjing team click here.

 

Onboarding

February 2019 Onboarding Blog Post

By Faz NJ1

Well done for making it this far! You've waded through the avalanche of paperwork and finally, you can breathe Nanjing.

Perhaps you know it already, but Nanjing doesn't have the reputation for being the most enjoyable cities to live in - for no reason. It has awesome tangible history, tightly-knit traditional communities, dazzling shopping malls, epic landscapes, sci-fi towers and labyrinthine alleys to explore. And I've not even mentioned the food. Woh the food. All of this you can lose yourself in, at the pace that suits you, because the EF onboarding process is so thoughtful and well administered.

From the start, those small gestures, which actually turn out to be huge, help you navigate and function at your best. Things like getting picked up from the airport at godknowswhatime, to going straight to a comfortable hotel in town, to having a support pack  filled with snacks and toiletries, to being taken for a welcome dinner and having all the administrative stuff sorted. It's all massive, particularly if you're arriving with no money, language skills or much of an idea why you're here!

The help doesn't stop within the first week, and EF will aim to support your interests outside of work. Whether it's tradtional or indeed cafe culture, visiting art galleries/museums, playing sports or music etc there's advice, encouragement and often a shared love for your passion. I wish you smooth onboarding and wonderful voyage beyond.

March 2019 Onboarding Blog Post

By Luke NJ4

My onboarding experience began weeks before I arrived in China. I was in constant contact with representatives of EF, who made me feel at ease before I had even stepped foot on the plane. I received new information via email each week to make sure that I was ready to kick start my training as soon as I arrived. When I arrived in China I was met by Bobby who is awesome and made me feel even more relaxed, answering any questions and making sure I was settled in my hotel before leaving. The next day I was taken to have my medical, buy a SIM for my phone and open my bank account. Later that day I was taken to look for apartments near the school I would soon be working at, after a few viewings that week I'd found one that I liked and received plenty of help from HR to have everything sorted.

I started my training with Jahf the same week, who is honestly one of the nicest people I've had the pleasure of meeting. I received in depth training about all the courses that are delivered at EF and how to execute them. I have been lucky enough to visit the majority of schools in Nanjing for training to understand the different locations and how lessons are to be delivered. Further training included observing teachers, which helps to identify how a lesson should run and how to manage a classroom of students. I was lucky enough to arrive before the launch of Small Stars 3.0, this was delivered over 2 days and it was interesting to understand why and how the changes are occurring. After moving to my school I was greeted by my Director of Studies (DoS) and my fellow teachers, training continued with a plan created by my mentor. The training at the school consisted of further observations, teaching EF Extras (1-on-1s), teaching life clubs and taking part in marketing activities. Near the end of training we were taken on a city tour by Bobby and had a great time, seeing the unforgettable massacre museum, the Nanjing wall and the Xuanwu lake. The staff throughout the whole company are friendly and very welcoming, I have thoroughly enjoyed my first few weeks at EF and I can't wait to continue teaching and see what the future holds.