MEF World (MEF English)

Why choose MEF World (MEF English)?

Since 1993, MEF has stood for Making English Fun. We started in Japan and now run using our program inside Chinese kindergartens.

The program is designed to be easy for teachers to learn, repeat and use in the classroom and the system is one that allows for teachers to be able to work inside the kindergartens without work stress or drama.

Usually after a week of training teachers are able to comfortable use the material and teach the classes. Generally the children love the lessons, the kindergartens are proud of having our teachers at their schools and teachers are able to enjoy the whole China experience with ease.

The kids usually love our teachers. It is not like teaching grammar or testing. Our teachers get to be the fun teachers that the kids love.


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I'm so glad I went!

I spent a year working overseas with MEF teaching English in a Chinese kindergarten. When I look back on my time with them I have nothing but awesome memories and i'm so glad that I went! At first, when I started to look for teaching jobs overseas, it was quite a daunting prospect - travelling so far and to such an exotic place seemed a bit scary, but I was fretting over nothing. Derek and his team have years of experience helping teachers relocate, and the whole experience was safe and professional. Once I was set up at my school I was kept well stocked with teaching resources which were intuitive, fun to use, and really engaging for the kids. Truthfully, I could have spent much longer in China as it's such an interesting and beautiful country, but I chose to move back to England and enrol in full time teacher training. I would gladly signpost anybody looking to teach in Asia to MEF as I am sure they will enjoy their time abroad as much as I did.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
The Visa application can take a while but, again, Derek and his team have years of experience dealing with this - once you decide to go it's best to get moving with the Visa as soon as you can.
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I’m Cherise and I’m from Birmingham in the UK

I decided to come to China after I graduated from Uni.

I worked in an office for 2-to-3 years and I just found each day was the same and I just needed something more interesting in my life.

I Googled interesting jobs for graduates and teaching in China came up.

A friend of mine said that she had heard of M.E.F., so I googled M.E.F. and online it was just good review after good review, after good review.

I found not a single negative review. Which is kind of being me, as I have never come across any company out there that does not have at least one person moaning online or some negativity online. But no, M.E.F. is just positive reviews all around. So, I contacted M.E.F. and almost immediately got an email back to say they wanted to interview me and the interview process was petty easy.

It was just an online interview, it all went really fast. The paperwork at first seemed really daunting. Like, you have to go to various offices and get anything you have ever done officially. kind of signed by someone and notarized by someone else.

But eventually it kind of all works out and it’s actually a lot easier than it seems.

Then it kind of just flew by, M.E.F. really helped.

Within a week, it feels like home. Like the street we live on, we now call home.

That’s one of the best things about being in China. The sheer amount of funny stories that you would just not get back home. We call it being China’d here. That is the phrase that we use, because you are China’d here all the time in the funniest of ways.

I went exploring in the forest the other day. I’m happily going along on my ebike and then my ebike dies. I was out there in China with a dead ebike and then the company came and saved me. So, it all worked out, they came to my rescue. Then I was home with a cup of hot chocolate within an hour.

You are met by an official as soon as you get to the airport and they just make you feel really at ease. In the first 2-to-3 hours of being here I had already met 3 or 4 teachers and one of them is now like my best friend here.

Yeah, it’s perfect really.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Even though everything might seem scary and China seems really far away from where you are, the people here you will bond with so quickly that it makes it all seem a lot less daunting and a lot less scary then you probably think it is right now, but it doesn’t make it less it any less interesting or fun, or just one of the best experiences.
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My experience as an MEF teacher

I’ve worked for MEF for over 2 months now and it is a life changing experience. You are in a new environment, with new people and, at first it can be daunting, but once you settle in it’s amazing. I enjoy working at my kindergarten as it’s great to see the children develop their English speaking skills. MEF help provide curriculums and materials to help you teach the students. It can be difficult being in a different country with a different language and culture, but if you keep an open mind and commit to your job as a teacher, you will soon start to enjoy your time here. MEF also provides good support for adapting to life abroad as well as providing a warm, welcoming environment. For anyone who wants a change of lifestyle and an adventure, then this is a job for you.

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Teaching in China

I’ve worked at the company for just over a year now and it’s been a great experience. I had originally planned on staying in China for one year but it’s been such an amazing year I’ve decided to stay for at least 1-2 more years. As a first time teacher it was a great starting point as the company has their own curriculum which requires a lot less preparation than it would working for other companies. The support has been great and I’ve never had any issues/ questions that haven’t been resolved. My apartment is clean and very safe and I have the luxury of living in the same building as my colleagues.Now I’m into my second year I am helping out with additional projects with the company and also training the new teachers. There is opportunity for growth as a teacher and I am looking forward to see what the next year has in store!

What was your funniest moment?
Almost missing our train to Shanghai because we were too busy getting massages on the massage chairs (in the train station)
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Adventure in China

Living in China has been such an adventure thus far and I’m super grateful to MEF for providing me with this opportunity! They provide plenty of support with educational materials as well as with the transition to China so you are free to really immerse yourself and enjoy the experience! The work life balance is good, leaving you plenty of time to explore China/Asia when not working. Working with the young students in kindergartens is a lot of fun and even if you’re not an experienced teacher you can pick up the MEF curriculum relatively quickly and easily. MEF stands for Make English Fun and they do a good job of helping you to do just that with plenty of songs, games, etc to try with your students! Living in China has been a fantastic adventure and I’m grateful to MEF for providing this opportunity.


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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Derek J. Keet

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Derek J. Keet

Recognized as a thought leader, pioneer, and key support in English Education in Asia, expanding the global Kindergarten English brand and opening offices in five new locations in two years.

Maintain the brand’s reputation for excellence and increase educational successes by cultivating a strong team of educators, recruiting talented staff and delivering consistent and comprehensive training based on current best practices.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Shaolin Temple; training with little monks. Really an eye opener on life and how the view can be from different people... Traveling wise, when you are living in a foreign country, most people explore and see so much more. I think most teachers teaching abroad spend most weekends exploring new cities, things and so much more traveling that they did before they left their country.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

The company has evolved and grown in so many ways. Each month seems like we have taken another step. China is definitely a challenge. After living in Japan for eight years, South Korea for 1, France for 2, (and being Canadian), I thought that China would be a breeze. The learning growth for the company and for myself has been amazing and it definitely takes a team. There is always more to learn, explore and we constantly get better.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

We work with the teachers. I don't get into the client business side of things much but mainly handle the training teachers, cultural communication, problem solving, developing the curriculum, improving the teaching system. Returning or rather continuing teachers in the program (staying for more than one contract). I get to hear all kinds of stories. The best stories involve teachers being able to travel and have real experiences like locals inviting teachers to go paragliding, making dumplings, water-skiing, etc.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

We are not a program provider (our ESL teaching program is for kindergarten children), but teachers are able to go step-by-step inside the classroom to learn how to teach young children in a fun and exciting way. I think each teacher has their own interests, but I recall being a teacher once myself, going abroad to teach, and how every weekend was an adventure.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

I am involved with the part of our company that can really help foreign teachers to get through the cultural differences in the best way possible and have the experience of a life time. I think China can be a challenge and Chinese people have a hard time understanding the concerns and feelings of foreign teachers. We definitely do all that is possible to bridge that gap.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

We believe in a win-win-win strategy. This means the students/parents are happy and excited to be in our program, where our kindergartens are proud of our teachers, and where the teachers are able to feel they made the best decision to go and teach in China in the M.E.F. program using the M.E.F. system.