Yangzhou Vocational College of Environment and Resources;

Warning:Yangzhou Vocational College of Environment and Resources My complaint is that three times I was refused the purchase of a meal card. I got around that problem by paying cash. Two months into the term, the cafeteria quit serving me. The Generalissimo MacManager claimed that I was refused service because: 1.the girl at the window was new and didn’t know any better (I went to six windows) 2. There must be some sort of misunderstanding (I was accompanied by a Chinese student who could not elicit and answer for the refusals) 2. The school has NEVER accepted cash at the windows. Furthermore, during the meeting with Generalissimo MacManager, he called me a liar. I pointed out seven students paying with cash. I was later allowed to buy a meal card. I was told that I had to put at least twenty-five yuan on the card. Someone working for the FAO had everything ready for me, and he was still at the window when he arrived. I gave the meal card woman a fifty rmb note and was handed a card but no change. Back to Generalissimo MacManager. Two interpreters and two hours later, nobody could tell me why I got no change back, so I left. I was then shown the “restaurant” for teachers located about half a kilometer from the cafeteria. I went back twice a few weeks later and found NOBODY in the restaurant: no cook, no teachers, NOBODY at lunch time. Students bought me dinner one night. Cafeteria workers appeared at two corners of the table with their hands at their hips. They stared at me until the students and I left. A week later, I accompanied other students to the same part of the cafeteria, and they were refused service. This happened again about three days later. I received good comments on my teacher’s evaluation. The dean of the college expressed the desire that I remain at the college (I had a one-year contract with the balance of one term left at the time and the second term yet to complete). The last month of the Spring ’09 semester was h3ll. I had to submit final exams tests with no prior notice, plus I had to submit lesson plans for sixty hours of EXTRA lessons for two separate classes to be spread over two weeks. In addition, each student needed a ten-page evaluation record filled out for for him. This I was given with first one week to complete, then, after the students took it upon themselves to fill out as much of the form as they could, I was given TWO days to grade them. There were about fifty students. On top of that, I was given no time to grade the final oral examinations which were administered to all five of my classes. And Now the Kicker: I was terminated from my job “for health reasons” on the last day of classes. When the term was over, in their shortsightedness, the school thought it good economics to terminate me. That was last Friday. I didn’t have time to argue because I had too much work to do. On Monday, I pointed put to the FAO rep that my contract called for about 12,000 rmb in fines to be paid to me for the school’s cancellation of the contract. Then, all foreign teachers were told to vacate the campus for the summer. (It wasn’t in the contract). On Thursday of the following week, I was taken down down to the PSB and had a three-day “L” visa placed in my passport. Worse, it was not until the next day that I got my passport back with a cancellation of my foreign residency permit stamped in it. At that point, I had no recourse but to leave the country. I did not have time to seek another job, even though the FAO rep said previously that the dean of the Foreign Languages department would write a letter of recommendation for me. None of it makes any sense. The school drove me to the wrong airport; I had to remove my luggage from the van as it drove away. Avoid this school. The “apartment” is a one-room hole with a shower and a toilet that overflowed regularly. The air conditioner worked occasionally. The school is out in the boonies with no place to eat unless one likes meat on a stick. The students were wonderful. They were great learners with very good attitudes and friendly personalities. I will miss them.

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3 Responses to Yangzhou Vocational College of Environment and Resources;

  1. DonaldWadsen says:

    I was there last semester. Yeah, the cafeteria manager is still doing the same thing. The FAO is still untrustworthy. The language lab is run by somebody who removes components from the computer, so when you get to the lab, nothing works. Living conditions are horrible. There’s black mold everywhere in the tiny room that you’re shoved into. The fridge smells like a dumpster. No TV. No way to cook anything.

    I had no mattress on my bed, just a wooden thing that was about one step above a lawn chair recliner. The air conditioner leaked all over the floor and nobody came to fix it, so I took matters into my own hands and ran a hose into the shower.

    The room often smells of raw sewage. Mosquitoes get through the cracks in the window frames.

    Avoid this school.

  2. H Pinter says:

    I lived closer to town (Yangzhou U) than where this school is located, but last September my friend and I visited a Chinese teacher who works there. Everything I read about this place is true. If there’s ever a fire in this place, all of the FTs are toast. The beds are wooden junk, and the refrigerators smell really bad. There are NO COOKING FACILITIES. Strangely, though, the school can afford to place many cameras around the FT’s living quarters.

    There were no TVs, and there is nothing to do on or near campus. When we went to the cafeteria to eat, the workers ignored us.

    Avoid this h3ll hole.

  3. H Pinter says:

    I lived closer to town (Yangzhou U) than where this school is located, but last September my friend and I visited a Chinese teacher who works there. Everything I read about this place is true. If there’s ever a fire in this place, all of the FTs are toast. The beds are wooden junk, and the refrigerators smell really bad. There are NO COOKING FACILITIES. Strangely, though, the school can afford to place many cameras around the FT’s living quarters.

    There were no TVs, and there is nothing to do on or near campus. When we went to the cafeteria to eat, the workers ignored us.

    Avoid this h3ll hole.

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