I totally agree with you. In fact the other foreign teachers were saying the same thing about the ambivalent attitude. Once they've got you there........
One of my colleagues threatened to tell the students to get onto their parents, in order to get something done, or they would simply walk away and f*ck the money. Needless to say that worked.
The whole episode was draining, tiring, but more importantly, ineffective teaching was a direct result of the situation we were all put in. Given the price that XDF charged each student (I asked them) I'm sure the parents expected a certain amount of value for money, value that I don't believe the students received due to the squalid living conditions that teachers had to endure.
And you're right, isn't it amazing that with the number of foreign teachers XDF is reported to employ, they couldn't actually get to use their own staff. Winter and summer camps are supposed to be enjoyable for all and a great way for foreign teachers to make a few extra bucks, however, this was totally the opposite since all the teachers were wishing their lives away as each day passed. No one could wait for it to be over.
XDF used to have a reasonably good reputation, but it is slowly destroying itself. With more and more foreign teachers leaving China, and with the new rules soon to be implemented, schools are going to find it harder and harder to recruit teachers. They are going to have to seriously lift their game or face closure of international departments. If that happens, XDF only have themselves to blame for putting profit above everything else.
- Re Be aware of Beijing New Oriental Winter Camps -- Foxy -- 2017-01-28