A ready-made community of like-minded people. Your first look into our teachers and staff living in Hangzhou and Huzhou, team building activities, food and much more.

EF After Hours Ep. 04

Take a look at another instalment of our EF After hours, getting to know the ins and outs of living in China.

Stephanie interviews friends Halle and Dayna – As they discuss life their social and work life in China, while sitting down at a popular western restaurant Blue Frog, sipping on cocktails and munching on burgers.

EF After Hours Ep. 03

Take a look at another instalment of our EF After hours, getting to know the ins and outs of living in China.

Stephanie interviews married couple Nico and Engela – As they discuss life in Hangzhou, China as well as what kind of apartment couples can afford with EF housing allowance.

CEO of EF Education First China, Jacob Torén visits EF Hangzhou

On May 24th and 25th, EF Hangzhou and Huzhou were visited by Jacob Torén, CEO of EF Education First China, as part of his “Best Place to Work Tour”.

Highlights of Jacob’s visit”

  • Jacob managed to see EF HZ 5 and 7 centres
  • Great performances by our very own students
  • All staff at EF HZ5, EF HZ7 and HQ got to meet Jacob and raise any questions they had with him directly
  • School walk through showing off our: classrooms, teachers offices, PA and CC offices, our safety measures in and around the school and most importantly our teachers
  • Got to see our HQ and speak to the different departments working out of HQ, such as Telemarketing, HR, Finance, Teacher Recruitment and development and Marketing 

Whether it be EF Chongqing, EF Xi’an, or EF Hangzhou and Huzhou, our goal of opening the world through education through our quality and passion echos that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE as we have weathered the most stressful and turbulent time in our professional careers here in China.

A big thank you to all staff members who helped make this trip a huge success, once again you have shown just how valuable you are.


Glamping in Shaoxing – April 2021

Camping in style with spectacular views from your doorstep.

Over 4 days in April, many teachers got together and went ‘Glamping’ just outside of Hangzhou, in a neighbouring city, Shaoxing. We were treated to Villa like accommodation, each facing the sunrise with spectacular views from the very top of the tea fields. 

From tea picking, to bamboo shoots, from the BBQ and pool party, to the drinks and nerve recking, yet exciting drive up the mountain, this little getaway proved to be just what the doctor ordered. 

Have a quick look into what it is like to live in Hangzhou, China. From public transport to the West Lake, with a cup of coffee along the way.

Follow Nardus for 5 minutes, peaking behind the curtains, showing you a glimpse of what Hangzhou has to offer. In Chinese there is a saying:

“上有天堂, 下有苏杭 (shàng yǒu tiāntáng, xià yǒu sūháng)” – above, there is heaven; below, there is Suzhou and Hangzhou, essentially, Hangzhou is Heaven on Earth. 



EF Hangzhou and Huzhou – After Hours Ep 01

Sit back. Relax. Take a look into some of the lives of our teachers. 

Here we sit down with a couple of our teachers, after hours and get to know them and what makes them tick. Ever wondered why teachers move to China? What’s keeping them in China? Some of the best cities they’ve visited and much more? Enjoy our first episode of ‘EF After Hours’.

Hiking in a city of 10 million people

Although living in a metropolitan city, hiking and finding good trails has never been difficult. Enjoy this video showing our staff hiking through a city of 10 million people. If you’d like to explore the city by foot, we suggest the following hiking trails:

  1. Meiling Ancient Road
  2. Qixia Hill
  3. The Bamboo-Lined Path at Yunqi
  4. Chenghuang Mountain
  5. Langdang Hill

AGM 2020

Looking back on our accomplishments as teachers, PAs, CCs, managers and all those who contributed to another fantastic year with EF Hangzhou & Huzhou.

The night was a great success with food, drinks, awards and performances from our multi-talented staff. All our EF family members attended to celebrate this very special moment, and to welcome a great year ahead.

We look forward to next year’s event.

EF Wishes You a Merry Christmas

For some teachers, this probably was their first time to celebrate Christmas in another country. We hope everyone enjoyed it!

This time we had the yearly Christmas lunch at the “Kempinski Hotel”, a spacious and cosy restaurant beside the Grand Canal, where a perfect view could be seen from the big windows. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and see you all next Christmas!


Food, glorious food!

If sports aren’t really your thing, then you need not worry. Eating out in restaurants is a big part of Chinese culture. 

Naturally, our teachers can frequently be seen out dining in one of the many excellent local or international restaurants that we have here in Hangzhou and Huzhou.

Most schools take part in weekly “family dinners” which may or may not be followed by another favourite local pastime; KTV, essentially Karaoke in one of the many lavish establishments we have here in Zhejiang province and across China as a whole.

Work, rest and play

Adjusting to life in China can be a challenge. At EF, we make this as smooth as possible by offering our teachers the chance to partake in social events and cultural activities via our EF Community.

Our weekly football league is particularly successful, with each EF school competing against one another. All are welcome to join, regardless of footballing ability. We also offer weekly badminton and we’re always open to suggestions for different activities.

We’re also committed to providing regular team-building sessions. Recent activities include cookery classes, bowling and a trip to one of the China’s most famous tea fields, in nearby Longjing.