The Ultimate Guide to Online Teaching

The Ultimate Guide to Online Teaching

Imagine that you could teach from the comfort of your own couch. No need to commute to work everyday, you could just stay at home. You could even travel the world and earn some money without having to worry about a working visa. All you need is a laptop or a smart phone and a good internet connection. We started teaching languages online about ten months ago and it really changed our game! Now we would like the same for you!

In this post we’ll write an honest review about our experiences, what you need to become an online teacher and a list of companies and platforms where you can apply for jobs.

 

OUR EXPERIENCES SO FAR

If you read How to earn money while traveling you’ll know that we have done all sorts of jobs around the world to maintain our nomadic lifestyle. It was really fun to work in exotic countries, meet people in various workplaces and gain a lot of new experiences and skills. The downside was that we often had to change jobs, mostly because our visa was expiring or because it was a seasonal job. Then we had to look again for a new place to live and work. In the beginning it was fun and a big part of the adventure but after a while, in our case five and ten years, we became tired of this. It felt like walking in an endless circle. We wanted to find a job that was more steady, where it didn’t matter in which country we were and for which we didn’t need a working visa. That’s when we heard about online teaching and decided to give it a go.

 

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During the past ten months we’ve made a lot of research and tried out several platforms. There are different options to teach online and we sum them up for you in a list at the end of this article. You can choose an online company depending on your preferences. If you want to teach occasionally to earn some extra money on the side, we suggest to use the mobile apps or the websites where you create your own teacher profile. If you want to earn a steady income, then you better work for an online school where you work under a contract and have a solid weekly schedule.

 

If you’re interested in teaching online (but we guess you are if you’re reading this article), have a look at the list and see what suits you and your financial needs the best. Don’t worry if you’re not a native speaker or have a degree or certificate in teaching, even then you can work as an online teacher.

The Ultimate Guide to Online Teaching

 

 

DO I NEED A DEGREE OR CERTIFICATE TO BE AN ONLINE LANGUAGE TEACHER?

Not necessarily.

It depends on the company you apply for. Most online schools will ask for a degree or certification but when you want to teach through one of the mobile apps or when you create your own teacher profile, your teaching experiences will be more important. If you have great communication skills and know how to teach a language or another skill, then you’ll be able to find work as an online teacher. A degree is eventually just a piece of paper and I’ve learned more about teaching by doing it than during my teacher training. Niko doesn’t have any degrees or qualifications and he’s a genius at teaching people a new language in a short amount of time!

Show your social and language skills during the application and/or interview. We mention a few companies in the list below where having experience or being a native speaker is more important than having a certificate or degree.

 

DO I HAVE TO BE A NATIVE SPEAKER?

Also not necessarily.

Niko and I both mainly teach English but we’re not native English speakers. I’m even working for a company where it was a requirement to be a native speaker. So how did I get the job? Because my level of English is similar to that of a native speaker. My Australian boss once joked that my English was better than his. I had to learn all the grammar rules, so I know how to pass that knowledge on. By spending time in English-speaking countries I also learned the right pronunciation and intonation.

Being a native speaker will definitely play in your advantage but it’s also possible to teach a language that isn’t your mother tongue. Show your language abilities during the interview and if you’re level is as good as that of a native speaker, you’ll get accepted.

A little tip if you’re not a native speaker: I always mention that I’ve been speaking English since my childhood and I emphasize my teaching experiences more than the fact that I’m from a country where English isn’t the official language. During my interviews I could prove that my oral skills were as good as that of a native speaker and I’ve always been hired for the job!

 

Teaching English in Turkey
Teaching English in Turkey

And finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for:

 

ONLINE TEACHING COMPANIES AND PLATFORMS

There are many online teaching platforms. I selected the companies (click on the name to go to their website) which I think are worth applying for concerning wage (minimum $10/hour),accessibility and/ or personal experience. Be aware that the companies might be located in a different time zone than yours. Double-check if you can work during their operating hours before applying!

 

TEACHING THROUGH MOBILE APPS

How does it work?
Download and install the apps from the Google Play Store or the Apple Store on your phone. Then sign up by using your mobile number, upload a photo, submit a short bio and make a short voice or video recording. If you’re accepted, you can start teaching straight away. You can choose your own teaching hours but know that with these apps, you’ll have to wait until the students calls you.

Some days you will receive a lot of calls, other days can be very quiet. Some students might call you for an hour, others will only call you for 5 or 10 minutes. It’s important to build a relationship with your students so they will call back or schedule classes with you. Most students want to practice their conversational skills so you don’t really have to prepare any classes but you have to be able to talk about a lot of subjects.

When you meet students for the first time, ask a lot of questions, find out what they’re interested in, let them talk a lot, correct them when needed and make them feel comfortable. When they like talking with you, they will call you back. We like this way of teaching because it’s casual and you’ll learn a lot about the students and their cultural background. You might even make a few new friends!

 

NiceTalk is a company based in China where Chinese students contact teachers to practice their English conversational skills through video calls. You might also get students who want to learn or practice other languages such as French, Spanish, German,… if you mention this in your profile. The age of the students can vary from kids to adults. The hourly wage is $10, paid by the minute. Weekly payments happen through PayPal. You can earn from $20 – $200 per week, depending on your availability and the amount of calls you get.

 

Palfish works very similar to NiceTalk and is also based in China. The only difference is that with Palfish you have voice calls (no video so you can teach in your pajamas) and you choose your own wage. Palfish pays by the minute and you can set your rate from 0.5 to 5 RMB (Chinese Yuan) per minute which equals $4.80 to $45.60 per hour. The average rate is 1.5 RMB per minute, which is equal to $13.80 per hour. Just remember: the higher your rate, the less students you might have!

 

Based in China. Boxfish is looking for teachers to teach Chinese children and students conversational English. They pay $20/hour. You can apply by this job link. I haven’t tried this app yet but the teaching method looks similar to NiceTalk and Palfish.

 

Based in Germany. With this app you can teach any language you want to students from all around the world, providing you have the right certification. You can choose your own schedule and set your own hourly rate. Keep in mind that when you set your price, you’ll have to give a percentage to the company. Students have to pre-pay for the lessons they book with you so the advantage here is that if the student doesn’t show (which can happen sometimes), you’ll still get paid!

 

Based in South Korea. Same principal as NiceTalk, Palfish and Boxfish but I couldn’t find information about the hourly rate.

 

WORKING FOR ONLINE TEACHING SCHOOLS

How does it work?
Online teaching schools will often require a bachelor’s degree in education and/or a TEFL/ CELTA/ ESL certificate. You’ll likely work under a contract for at least three to six months. During that time you must be available every week to teach a certain minimum of hours during their operating hours, depending on your contract. They arrange the bookings for you and most of the time they provide you with their own prepared lesson material. Most schools use their own classroom software that you’ll have to install and you’ll also get a (paid) training to learn how to work with it. Some schools offer lessons on Skype. The advantage of teaching for these companies is that you can count on steady hours – which you can choose yourself as long as it’s during their operating hours – and you’ll receive a solid monthly income.

 

Hujiang is based in China and is the company for which I’m currently teaching English. You’ll need a degree or certificate to apply for this job. If you pass the interview, you’ll have to download and install a software program called CC Talk and you’ll have to follow a (paid) training to learn how to work with this virtual classroom. They require an availability for a minimum of 8 hours per week (one class lasts 25 minutes). The hourly rate depends on your experience and skills, which varies from $9 – $15 and you’ll get paid every two weeks through PayPal.
You can apply for the kids (K12) or the adult program. Hujiang offers their own lesson material so no need to prepare classes. If you’re a trained teacher with great English language skills and you can make yourself available to teach weekly a minimum of 8 hours for at least 3 months in a row, then I highly recommend Hujiang! Just be aware that you need a stable and high-speed internet connection. 

You can apply by sending an email and your CV to: teach@hujiang.com

 

This company is based in Canada and teaches English to Chinese children through one-on-one and group video classes. All the lesson material is provided and you’ll get a training to learn how to work with the program. You’ll receive payment on a monthly basis. You must have a minimum of three months teaching experience if you want to apply. I couldn’t find info about the hourly rate but it definitely looks like a company worth checking out!

Based in New York, this company teaches English, Spanish, French and other languages to adults. They offer 15-30 hours/ week but I couldn’t find more info about the hourly rate. Seems to be worth checking out though! You can apply here.

Based in the US and Europe. The teachers give language classes through a virtual classroom. You can apply to teach any language, even when you don’t have previous teaching experience. Wages are around $15/hour.

Barons English is looking for online English teachers who live in the UK and can teach adults, college students and children who live in South Korea, Japan and China. The lessons are one-on-one on Skype and last 25 or 50 minutes long. They require that you’re a UK resident and have a degree in education. Wage unknown.

TwoSigmas offers one-on-one classes to primary school children from China. The classes are given through an online video chatting system. They require an availability of minimum 7.5 hours per week. The hourly rate can be $20/hour, based on experience. You have to have a native English speaking ability, ESL teaching experience or certificate.

A Russian online school who offers English courses to Russian students. The hourly wage is $10 and the lessons are given on Skype. Experience and/or qualifications are required.

Skylearn offers group and individual English courses to students from Brazil. You have to be a native English speaker and they require that you’re a university or college degree holder. They offer a training on how to use their system and teach online. You can choose full-time, part-time or flexible hours, each lesson is about 30 minutes long and you’ll get paid by the hour (pay unknown).

 

Lingua Airlines is an online English school based in Moscow who offers one-on-one Skype lessons to Russian students from all ages. The hourly wage is $10 – $20/hour, based on experience, and you have to teach a minimum of 15 hours a week. The applicant must be a native English speaker and certified to teach English as a second language.

Blazaar is a company from Spain with an own teaching platform. They are looking for English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Arabic and Spanish teachers. You can choose your own hours and set your own hourly rate. The pay starts at $12 per 45 minute class.

A language learning platform based in Spain. They hire teachers who can speak English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin and Japanese. As teacher you must have a minimum of two years language teaching experience and be in the possession of a foreign language teaching certification. Know that you have to commit yourself to a fixed scheduled with a minimum of 10 hours per week for a minimum of 1 year. The salary varies from €10/hour for individual classes and €12/hour for group classes.

If you have experience in teaching Cambridge and/ or Trinity ISE exams (you don’t have to be a native English speaker) and you can communicate in Spanish, then this might be a teaching job for you. OS Connect is based in Spain. When you apply, you have to state your availability and how much you want to get paid per hour.

Based in France, this company is looking for Business language teachers (English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Dutch). You have to be a native speaker, have a teaching certification and at least one year of experience in teaching adults. Salary unknown.

A Polish online language school who offers one-on-one or group classes using webcams and applications similar to Skype. They are currently recruiting new teachers to teach English to Polish adult students. They require that you have at least one year experience of teaching adults. You can choose your own working hours and the salary is around $10/hour.

Pudtree is recruiting teachers to teach one-on-one English to Chinese children from 5 to 12 years old. The duration of each lesson is 30 minutes and the pay is $17 – $22 per hour. They require that you have a minimum of one year kid English teaching experience, a bachelor degree or above and that you’re a native English speaker.

Enlai has a platform that connects native English speakers to young Chinese learners. You must have teaching experience and a certificate. You have to provide your own monthly schedule to the students and their parents to book classes and the hourly rate is a minimum of $16, paid monthly.

VIPKid, based in China, looks very similar to Hujiang, the company that I’m currently working for. They offer a 6 month contract in which you teach English to Chinese children for a minimum of 7.5 hours per week at a rate of $14 – $22 per hour. They also provide prepared lesson plans and they require that you have K12 classroom experience in the US or Canada and a bachelor’s degree in any field.

Best Teacher is an online English tutorial company in Japan who offers English one-on-one and group lessons to Japanese students. They also want you to edit, listen, record and reply to recorded voice memos. The salary is “well-paid” and the monthly payments are sent via PayPal.

Update: the salary is 340 Japanese yen for a 25 min lesson, which means 3 USD. Not very “well-paid”. 

Eigox is an online English school based in Japan and is currently recruiting English tutors to help Japanese students study English on Skype. Each lesson is 25 minutes and you can schedule your own classes. Their only requirement is that you’re a native English speaker. The pay per lesson is 600 yen (=$ 5.5) but new tutors will receive 300 yen for the first 10 lessons. Payment is made monthly on PayPal.

This Japanese company offers private English classes to Japanese students. The lessons are given on Skype and are about 25 or 50 minutes long. They offer a salary of $9/25 minutes or $18/50 minutes paid monthly on PayPal. They require you to be an American English native speaker with a bachelor’s or master degree, and teaching experience in English.

Samespeak is a company based in New Zealand who offers English classes on Skype . They pay $10 per half hour and payments happen weekly through PayPal. You don’t have to be a language teacher. They only require that English is your first language.

 

CREATE YOUR OWN TEACHER PROFILE

How does it work?
You register for free on the website to create a teacher profile. You can set your own hourly rate and availability. Students can contact you to book classes. The competition is sometimes high but it is definitely worth a try. The more languages and/or subjects you can teach, the more likely you’ll find students. There are even websites on which you can offer your services as an art or music teacher.

We made profiles on some of these websites and got a few bookings. It’s a good option to earn some extra cash on the side and who knows, you might be lucky and receive many bookings from new and returning students! Make sure you have an appealing profile and an affordable hourly rate.  Be aware that some websites might charge a commission fee!

 

 

Do you work as an online teacher and/or have experiences with any of these companies? Do you know other interesting companies that I can add to this list? Please leave a comment below!

I also would love to hear it if you found a job through this list!

 

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  • Simon K.Gauthier

    Awesome article Cynthia, it will help a lot of people for sure. Me included!

  • Nancy Buswell

    Hi, I’m Nancy in Nanning, China. My FB friend Kaylene sent me a link to this article after I had a FB update about a New York Times article on “workamping”, that is, living in an RV and working around the U.S. That article led me to reading about living in a van and traveling the U.S. while working on my Internet projects. But I get way ahead of myself. Back to reality, I’m an ESL teacher in China who is 50+ and several years (if ever) away from being location independent. I enjoyed reading this blog post and signed up right away for your newsletter. The only research I’ve done on teaching online is after a Canadian Couchsurfer I hosted told me about iTalki, which you mention above. I looked into it and it looked good, but my main problem is that I don’t have reliable Internet access. I would love to try iTalki or one of the ones that you recommend, but am concerned about Skype cutting out on me during a lesson. I call my mother in Arkansas (U.S.) twice a week, and half the time we have a good connection, and half the time it’s either bad or not possible. Your post, however, has got me to thinking about finding a way to get a better Internet connection. Thanks for taking the time to write this, and best wishes to you from southern China, where the weather turned vaguely cool yesterday. Might have to put on long sleeves tomorrow.

    • HI Nancy, it’s great to hear from you and thanks for sharing your story!
      How long will you be in China for? We’re heading that way next spring, probably will arrive in the autumn (it takes some time to travel overland and we tend to ‘get stuck’ in places). I really hope that you’ll find a company that suits you. It’s indeed very annoying when you don’t have reliable internet but maybe this will help: have you ever heard of a ‘dongle’? It’s a device that looks like a USB-stick in which you can stick a sim-card. If the costs aren’t too high, maybe it’s possible to get unlimited internet on that sim-card so you could teach while using the ‘mobile’ data. It’s something that worked for me while I was in Australia. Although I wasn’t teaching back then (didn’t even know that online teaching existed) I could call my mom without interruption! Give me a shout if you need more info! Warm wishes from Georgia where we already need long sleeves, a sweater and a scarf to stay warm 😉

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  • Eimear McManus

    Hi Cynthia, great article, very informative. I’m currently working for Hujiang part time, and I’m thinking about giving up my current in-classroom teaching job in order to teach for them during the week as well. However, I’m worried about not getting enough hours to make it viable. I would like to teach about 24 hours a week (including a few hours at weekends), do you think this would be possible? They’ve told me it will be but I’m worried about not getting bookings! How many hours do you teach and how long did it take you to build up hours? I really want to teach online full time but I’m a bit nervous. Thanks for your help. Hope you enjoyed my country, Ireland, by the way!

    • Hi Eimear, great to hear from you colleague 😉
      I’m currently working 4 days for Hujiang, including the weekend. My average hours are about 20 – 30 per week. It took me about a month to get this many bookings. I would suggest that you open your schedule as much as possible to start with, especially during evening time (Beijing time zone). I used to open my schedule from 13h – 22h Beijing time. I’m always fully booked from 18h – 22h. Sundays are also good days to teach! I think if you would combine weekdays with weekends, you’ll reach soon enough 24 hours! Good luck Eimear! Let me know if you have more questions.
      And yes, I loved Ireland!! I felt more at home there than in my own home country. I’ll definitely return!!!

      • Eimear McManus

        Hi thanks so much for the info! I feel better about it now. I plan to work 6-7 days so hopefully I’ll get enough hours. 🙂

  • Stephanie Rose

    This is great. I do in person tutoring in NYC, but looking to make a little extra money in the summer months and have the flexibility to travel more!

    • Hi Stephanie,
      there are definitely some options to teach online during the summer months! If you can connect to a good wi-fi while traveling, it’s a great way of earning some extra cash (that pays for your trip :)). If you have any questions, please let me know!!

  • Marta

    Guys, this is such a complete guide! I’m definitelly going to pass it on!
    Thank you!

    • Thank you Marta! We hope it will be a good and useful help for anyone interested in online teaching!

  • This list is amazing guys! I had no idea teaching by phone even existed. Totally hunkering down and doing this during the monsoon season…

    • We were also very pleasantly surprised when we discovered those apps! Never thought we could get paid for having phone conversations 🙂 Good luck with it, give us a shout if you have any questions. Productive way to spend rainy days (please don’t drown and be careful for water snakes, encountered a few of them during some floods in Bali….)

  • Lignon

    Really enlightening article guys! After years of being a bit sceptical about online teaching, I’m seriously considering it now as a way of becoming location independent. The dongle info was invaluable and I will definitely be looking into that. One question that springs to mind is “tax”? I’m thinking specifically about the Chinese conversation lesson apps like Boxfish and Nicetalk.

    • Thank you!!
      Online teaching has really worked out for us so far. This is how we are funding our travels and maintaining our nomadic lifestyle. About the tax, well, most of the payments happen through PayPal and you will be taxed in the country you come from as long as you declare that money.

  • Lewi Blake

    Great post mate, been looking for an extensive list of online teaching places for a while. Thanks!

    • You’re welcome Lewi! Happy we could help! Feel free to ask us any questions!

  • Thanks for this but i guess you did a mistake in conversion

    “from 0.5 to 5 RMB (Chinese Yuan) which equals $4.80 to $45.60 per hour. The average rate is 1.5 RMB, which is equal to $13.80 per hour”

    NO WAY 1.5 YUAN IS, 13.8$, AND NO WAY 0.5 IS 4.8$
    Or are you talking about minutes then in conversion about hours? A big confusing i think.

    USD DOLLAR IS, EQUAL TO 6.9 YUAN
    Ps: for those who don’t know rmb is yuan, just another name for the same money.

    other than that, great article,
    I’m not a native, lived in China few years before and i urge any one out there to teach English, it’s a huge growing industry there.

    Xie xie, thanks

    • Hi Adel,
      it is indeed 0.5 to 5 RMB per minute so the average rate is 1.5 RMB PER MINUTE which is equal to $13.80 PER HOUR. Thanks for pointing out that I wasn’t clear about this so I specified this now in my text 🙂
      Were you teaching English in China?

  • Hi, which sites offer art teaching positions? Thanks!

    • Hi Joshua,
      we’re not familiar with sites for art teaching. We have only one in this article where you can register as an art teacher. It’s called Cafetalk. You can find the link in the section “Create your own teacher profile”. Good luck!

  • Hi,
    This is a really good list! I would like to ask if you know of any online platform where I can teach Chinese Mandarin language to students from around the World? I am a travelling nomad as well!
    Feel free to check out my Instagram: travellingchoo !

    Thanks & I look forward to hearing from you soon!

  • Hi,
    This is a really good list! I would like to ask if you know of any online platform where I can teach Chinese Mandarin language to students from around the World? I am a travelling nomad as well!
    Feel free to check out my Instagram: travellingchoo !

    Thanks & I look forward to hearing from you soon!

    • Hi Wen,

      this list is mainly focused on teaching English online, however there is an online school called Learnlight who also seek Mandarin teachers (link in the list of “online schools’). You can also make a teacher profile on italki, preply, cambly (you can find them under the section “Create your own teacher profile”) where you can offer Mandarin classes. Hope this helped you. Good luck!

    • Hi Wen,
      A quick update. If you have a certification, you could apply to Tandem (see teaching through apps). They now accept teachers who can teach the Mandarin language!

  • Alberto

    Hi,
    I must thank you so much for getting me to know this almost hidden world of websites for online teaching!
    I was looking for teaching Math and Physics, and among those sites, do you have any experience with Wyzant? Because they rejected my application after a few days, stressing that I’m not an American citizen and so I cannot teach, not even online.
    Good luck with your journey, you’re awesome!

    • Hi Alberto,
      thank you so much 🙂

      We don’t have any experiences with Wyzant but thank you for letting us know that you can only apply as an American Citizen. I will add this to the information. Maybe you could apply for Tutoragent, Find a tutor and the Online Academy Society? Good luck!!!

  • Jane Gordon

    I imagine the work behind this… so thank you so much for all of those links and explanations! This is so precious as the world of online teaching looks like a jungle for me ! 🙂

    I’m also teaching online as a complement of my job in a language school. I teach French through Verbal Planet and I love it! I meet a lot of different persons, with various objectives, which makes the work not monotonous.
    In this platform, lessons last 45 minutes and teachers choose their rate per session. Students have to pay a booking fee. No need to worry about jetlag; the website makes conversions automatically; so it’s really easy to manage. Payment is made through Paypal after each lesson.

    • Hi Jane,

      Thank you for your appreciation! Yes, it was quite a job to research them all but at the same time I’m happy I’m able to help many others with this article. I was looking for something like this when I wanted to teach online so I decided to write what I wanted to read 😉

      Thanks for your great review about Verbal Planet! I think you will motivate people even more to teach on their platform!
      Teaching languages online is indeed very fun and interesting! I love that I meet so many new people by it and since I’m teaching English to Chinese students, I already have the feeling I know a lot about the Chinese culture without having been there yet 🙂 Which nationalities do your students have?

      • Jane Gordon

        Thanks for you reply! 🙂

        It’s various; they are from Russia, United States, England, Hong Kong, Germany, Colombia, China… What’s interesting is that most of them are not living in their “first country”. So we often end up having intercultural talks, very interesting!

        And yes, I would recommand Verbal Planet, at least for a starter. In my case I’m satisfied with the service.

  • Rita

    Thanks for this, it’s incredibly thorough therefore helpful! I have just finished teaching English in China for a year and am looking to do some online teaching while taking my travels further.

    So I applied for some of these companies and have a couple of interviews arranged already. But want to inform others about the wages Best Teacher offers. I did a grammar test for them and I had to agree or dissagree on the wages at the end of the test. They pay 340 Japanese yen for a 25min lesson… 3 USD !! That’s really little right? Wouldn’t describe that as well-paid at all 😀

    • Hi Rita,

      Thanks so much about the information on Best Teacher. I will adjust this information. It’s indeed not very “well-paid” :D. How are the other interviews going?

  • Martine Koemans

    Wow, thanks for the list. Just what I needed. One question I have: do I need a PayPal account for all these abovementioned options? Thank you in advance.

    • Glad to hear that Martine! Not all the companies require that you have a Paypal account but the majority will use this method to pay you.

      • Martine Koemans

        Thank you. Good to know 🙂

  • Thanks for this very helpful list!

  • travelwithtarah

    Super helpful!! I just finished up teaching in Thailand and am moving to France soon to work in a hotel. I have been hoping to do some sort of online tutoring when I get there though and this list is perfecttt! Thanks so much

    • I’m very happy to hear this list will help you Tarah!! Good luck in France! Where will you be working? I’ve done some hotel work in the Alps a few years ago. If you have any questions about the online teaching, you know where to find me 😉

  • This is a very helpful resource! Thanks for putting it all together. I am looking for any kind of online job, I used to work as a teacher but so far have only one online student. I will apply to a few of these and see if anything comes out of it!

    • Hey! I’m very happy this will help you! Do you teach your student privately or through a platform? I wish you lots of good luck, hope you find what you’re looking for! I’m going to update this list very soon with a few new companies so make sure to check it out next month 🙂

      • My student actually googled my blog and since she wants to learn Colombian Spanish, she chose me (yey) 🙂 I will keep an eye on this post then, thanks for the heads up!

  • Maja Rada

    I have a few questions about whole faking to be a native speaker thing:
    What should I do if they ask me where I’m from? I do sound American but I don’t think I would be able to come up with a convincing story about my “background”. Not to mention, my name doesn’t even closely resemble a native one. Also, when it comes to being paid, I have a “non-native” bank account…
    Any tips will be greatly appreciated.

    • Hi Maja,

      I wouldn’t lie about your background, I never did either. I’ve always been honest about the fact that I’m from Belgium. I told them that I am bilingual, which is also true. If you have a British/ American or neutral accent, I wouldn’t suggest to lie about your background but tell them that you’ve been speaking English since you were a child or that you’re bilingual. This will give you more chances for at least an interview. The reason why I mentioned this in the article, is to give people who have excellent English skills, also the opportunity to get selected. During the interview you’ll get the chance to show your skills. Good luck!!

  • Bianca Basak Dikturk

    This article is a blessing to many a nomad 😀 What a wonderful way to spread good karma! Sharing it 🙂

  • Ewelina Lucy

    Great article! It definitely gave me plenty of valuable advice on searching for an online teaching position! Just one thing I have to comment on… I don’t really like the idea of lying about being a native speaker if you’re not one. Which country do you tell them you’re from? Don’t you have to show them your documents after all?

    • Hi Ewelina!
      Thanks for your comment. I started realizing that people misunderstood that paragraph so I changed it to prevent this from happening in the future 🙂
      I never mentioned that I was lying about my home country nor would I tell people to do so. I’ve always been honest that I’m from Belgium. What I wanted to say is that some platforms don’t give you a chance the moment they see you’re from a country where the official language isn’t English. So you don’t mention it during the first application or you emphasize the fact that your oral skills are as good as that of a native speaker or that you’re bilingual since childhood.

      I wish you all the best with the search for an online teaching position! I hope this guide helped you 🙂