The Ultimate Guide to Online Teaching

The Ultimate Guide to Online Teaching

This article covers everything you need to know about online teaching: our experiences, what you need to become an online teacher, how to apply and a list of 30+ online schools and companies with information on their hourly rate.


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. Niko and I have been working as online teachers for more than a year now and it has brought so many positive changes in our lives as long-term travelers!



In How to earn money while traveling you can read how we did all sorts of jobs around the world to finance our travels during the past 10 years. 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 start all over again with looking 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 after six 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.


Landscaping in Ireland – 2014


Over the course of one year I’ve done a lot of research and tried out several platforms. There are different options to teach online. If you want to teach occasionally to earn some extra money on the side, I suggest you to use the mobile apps or the websites where you create your own teacher profile. If you want to have a more steady and reliable income, then you better work for an online school where you get a contract and a solid weekly schedule.


If you’re interested in teaching English and/or other languages online (but I guess so since you’re reading this article), have a look at the list below and see what suits you and your financial needs the best.


The Ultimate Guide to Online Teaching





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 on one of the 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, then it shouldn’t be hard to find work as an online teacher. A degree is eventually just a piece of paper and I’ve learned more about teaching by standing in front of a classroom than during my teacher training.


Show your social and language skills during the application and/or interview. There are some companies in the list that put more importance on your teaching experiences and excellent language skills than on you having a teaching certificate.


However, it will increase your chances to get hired if you can show a TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certificate (and you probably will have more self-confidence when you start teaching). There are many online courses to get one of these certificates:



See those courses as an investment in your future so you can quit that office job you hate and maybe even start traveling the world (and you’ll quickly earn that money back!). If you’re not sure which one to pick, I would suggest to go for the TEFL certificate.


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Also not necessarily.

I mainly teach English but I’m not a native English speaker. So how did I get the job? Because I have a native level of English and speak with a clear accent. When I was working as a waitress in Australia, my boss once joked that my English was way 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 how to speak with 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 skills 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 learning and speaking English since my childhood and I emphasize my ESL teaching experiences more than the fact that I’m from a country where English isn’t the official language. During my interview I could prove that I have a native level and I got hired for the job!


Teaching English in Turkey

Teaching English in Turkey – 2016


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There are so many online teaching platforms. My selection is based on hourly rate (minimum $10/hour), accessibility and/ or personal experience. Be aware that the majority of these companies are located in a different time zone than yours. Double-check if you can work during their operating hours before applying! Oh, and don’t worry if you don’t speak the student’s language, it’s not a requirement.




The advantage of teaching on an app is that you’re not tied to fixed weekly schedule. If you want to take a break for a few days or even weeks, it won’t be a problem. You just teach whenever you have the time or feel like it. Just know that the more you’re online, the more regular students you’ll have.

The disadvantage is that you never know how many students will call you or book a class with you so you can’t rely on a steady income. One week you might earn up to $250, the other week you’ll only see $20 in your account. Niko and I started teaching this way while we were hitchhiking through Turkey. We didn’t make loads of money but enough to cover our daily expenses.


What do I need?

  • A smartphone (Android or iPhone), earphones with a built-in mic, access to the Google Play Store or Apple Store to download the required app and a steady and fast WiFi-connection.
  • You don’t really need any certificates (unless stated otherwise) on the to teach on the apps but you must have a great level in the language and excellent conversational skills.


How do I apply?

First you have to download and install the app. Then you sign up by using your mobile number. Upload a profile photo (choose a photo on which you look professional, not that one of that crazy party last night), write a short bio in which you give more information about your educational background, your teaching experiences and the reason why you’re applying (don’t say because you want to earn money, that’s pretty obvious). You might also be asked to make a short voice or video recording in which you present yourself.

Click the submit button and anxiously wait for a reply, which shouldn’t take longer than 48 hours. Once you’re accepted, you can immediately start teaching!


How does it work?
You simply connect to the app whenever you’re available and wait until the students call you. Some days you’ll receive a lot of calls and earn a decent amount of money, other days can be very quiet. Some students might call you for an hour, others will only call you for 5 or 10 minutes (don’t worry, you get paid by the minute). It’s important to build a relationship with the students so they will call you 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.


Tip: 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. You might teach young children aged 4- 12, adolescents and/or adults, depending on the preferences you set in your profile. The hourly rate 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.

We used this app for about 6 months and were pretty happy with the results. However we’ve heard that the amount of calls are slowing down lately.


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!

We applied on this app but never got verified as teachers. Not sure if it was a bug in the system or if they didn’t accept more teachers at that time. Worth trying though!


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.

Apparently this app is really good and I’ve heard some positive feedback. 


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!





Working for these platforms and companies will require a weekly commitment for a period of at least 3 to 6 months (you’ll work under contract). You have to submit a weekly schedule in advance with a minimum of available hours during the operating hours (depending on the company).

The advantages are that you can count on more or less steady weekly wage, you often get a compensation when the student doesn’t show up for the booked class and you’ll get a paid training. Most companies have their own lesson plans so you don’t need to prepare your own classes.

The only disadvantage is that you’re tied to a schedule (although you’re the one who creates is) but that’s a just minor problem if you’re a traveler and like to go on spontaneous trips.


What do I need?

    • A laptop or computer (Windows 8 or + is often required) with a fast processor (most companies use their own online classrooms and you’ll have to install one or more software programs), a headset and a webcam.
    • Fast and reliable internet connection is a must! It’s a requirement to have a wired internet connection or a high-speed WiFi-connection. 10Mbps or more for both downloading and uploading will be required. You’ll be asked to take a screenshot with the results of your internet speed test.
    • A working space where it’s quiet and where no-one will or can interrupt you while teaching (lock those doors and keep the neighbors away!).
    • You’ll most likely need a bachelor’s degree in any field and/or a TEFL/TOSL/CELTA certificate.


How do I apply?

Fill in the application form on the website or email your CV with a cover letter (I included the links/email addresses per company). Someone from the HR department will get back to you and invite you to an interview. Sometimes you’re also asked to give a demo class in which they’ll assess your teaching skills. Once you’re accepted, you’ll get a (paid) training and you’re ready to start! This whole procedure shouldn’t take longer than one or two weeks.

-> the website ESL Authority is a great resource that provides some good options to teachers when they want to apply for an online (or in-classroom) job.


How does it work?
The company arranges the bookings of the students for you. So all you have to do here is check your schedule on time to see when you have to teach (and be on time for your class!). Even though most teaching materials are provided by the company, you’ll have to prepare the classes a little. The lessons are a mixture of conversations and grammar. See it is a private one-on-one or group class but this time you’ll be teaching on Skype or in the company’s online classroom (that’s why you’ll get a training).


Online schools:

Hujiang is based in China and is the company for which I’m currently teaching English. They also offer French and German lessons to their students. You need to have previous teaching experience and preferable a degree or TEFL certificate to apply for this job. If you pass the interview, you’ll have to install their virtual classroom and follow a (paid) training to learn how to work with it. They require an availability for a minimum of 10hours per week (one class lasts 25 minutes). The hourly rate depends on your experience and skills, which varies from $10 – $16 and you’ll get paid every two weeks through Payoneer.


You can apply for the kids (K12) or the adult program. Hujiang has their own lesson materials so no need to make your own classes. If you’re a trained teacher with native level language skills and you can make yourself available to teach weekly minimum 8 hours for at least 3 months in a row, then I highly recommend Hujiang! I teach an average of 20 – 40 hours per week.


Update: Hujiang is currently hiring. Send an email with your CV to It would be awesome if you could mention the name Nicholas Danis Bertrand as a reference. This way we get a small commission once you’re hired.



  • EigoBiz

EigoBiz is a Japanese school that is focused on teaching Business English to Japanese students using their own in-house curriculum. This means that you don’t have to create your own lesson plans. They require the teachers to be native English speakers who have a TEFL/TESOL qualification and ideally some business world experience. The lessons are given through Skype and the teachers are paid 1600 JPY ($14.50) per 50 minute lesson. You can set your own schedule and work as much as you like within the hours of 5am – 11pm (GMT: +09:00). You can apply and find more information here.


51talk is an online English Teaching Platform based in China and offers English lessons to young Chinese learners. The lessons are provided, you set your own schedule and you’ll earn $15 – $22 per hour. You need to be a native English speaker, have experience in teaching children and have a bachelor’s degree. Having a teaching qualification and certificate is an advantage. You can apply online here.

A few readers have told me that 51talk is a great company to work for!


Learnship is based in Germany and offers Dutch, German, Spanish and English language classes to business professional students. You need to be available for minimum 15 hours per week but you can make your own schedule. You are paid per class, which can range from 45 minutes, 60 minutes and 90 minutes and the payment is between €15 and €26 per class. The requirements are that you have a native level fluency and a foreign language teaching certificate. Previous professional and/or teaching experience will play in your advantage. Send them an email to find out how to apply and what languages they are hiring for now.

I’ve read a few reviews about Learnship and it seems to be a very professional and good company to work for! 


Le Wajiao is based in Beijing and is Chinese for Happy Native English Teachers. This online school provides English lessons for K-12 students in China. The requirements are that you have a bachelor’s degree in any field, at least one year of teaching experience (having an ESL or TEFL certificate is an advantage), speak with a native level of English and have access to Windows 7 (for the teaching software). The hourly rate ranges from $15 to $23, you get paid monthly and you need to make a commitment to teach at least 18 hours weekly during at least one year. You can apply by sending your CV to


Funbulous (formerly known as JiuQu English) is a Chinese based E-learning company where they provide English lessons for Chinese children between 5 and 12 years old. They provide you with courses and teaching software and expect that the teachers are from the USA or Canada but don’t necessarily have any previous teaching experience. A weekly availability of minimum 8 hours is required and the hourly rate is $16 – $20, paid via PayPal. To apply, send your CV to


This company is based in the USA and offers tutoring services to English-speaking students all over the world from primary to high school. The subjects vary from math and science to language arts. Teaching happens via Skype. Aim4a-tutor hires internationally, as long as the teachers are prepared to work hours that suit students from Europe, North America or Australia. They require teaching experience and a bachelor degree in the subject taught. You can send your resume to Rate: $10 – $15/hour.


This American language school is located in Shanghia (China) and offers English lessons to young learners from 6 to 15 years old. All the teaching and training materials are provided and you teach through a software program that you have to install on your laptop (windows only). Every class lasts about 1 hour in which you teach 1 to 4 students at a time. The rate starts from $19 per hour, it’s a plus that you have teaching experience but not a requirement. Teaching hours are from 6pm – 9pm on weekdays (China time) and from 9am to 9 pm on weekends. You must have an internet cable instead of wifi! You can apply by sending an email and your resume to


Wonderkids is an online English teaching platform for Chinese students aged 5 – 15 years old. They require a weekly commitment of at least 5 hours and you can teach as many hours as you want. The minimum duration of employment is 6 months. You don’t have to be a native speaker but you must be fully-fluent with a neutral accent, at least 23 years old and have a minimum of one year teaching experience. Classes are given through a special video calling software.

Wonderkids currently provide 6 types of lessons: General English, Writing, Reading, Phonics, Science and Social Studies. The majority of the classes are one-on-one and last 45 or 60 minutes. They provide resources to make your own lesson plan for the General English, Writing and Social Studies classes while the other classes have already complete lesson plans. Hourly rate ranges from $14 to $25, paid every month through PayPal (and they cover the fees). You can apply here.


DaDaABC is based in China and is an online education platform that provides one-on-one English lessons to children aged 5 to 16. Teachers are required to have a native level of English and a bachelor’s degree and they need to be available at least 4 hours per week for a minimum of 6 to 8 months. The classes on weekdays are given between 6pm and 9pm (Beijing time) and on weekends between 10am and 9pm. The company provides the teachers with the lesson materials. Hourly salary is between $16 and $25. You can apply here.

If you’re interested in working for DaDaABC, check out DigiNo, the dedicated resource for DaDaABC online teachers!


Tutor ABC is one of the online education platforms of iTutorGroup that offers English lessons to Taiwanese students from the ages of 22 to 65. They also have a junior platform called tutorJr where you can teach children from 6 to 18 years old. Teacher requirements are that you have a TEFL or TESOL certification, a university degree or previous ESL teaching experience and the willingness to commit to a weekly working schedule. They offer various working schedules that are personalized to your availability. I couldn’t find details about the payment but a woman who read this article mentioned that their base rat is $8.50 per 45 minutes. Click on this link to start the application process.

Read the review of Magda in the comments below to get more information about teaching for Tutor ABC.


This company is based in Canada and teaches English to Chinese children through one-on-one and group video classes. All the lesson materials are 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. The hourly rate varies between $10 and $16. 


Allright is a US-based company that offers one-on-one online English lessons to Russian-speaking kids aged 5 – 16. You need to have native English fluency, preferably also speak Russian, a teaching certificate and a bachelor’s degree. You need a laptop and webcam and you’re expected to work at least 8 hours per week during peak hours in Moscow (4pm – 9pm on weekdays and 11am to 9pm on weekends). The hourly rate starts from $15, paid weekly via PayPal. You can apply by using the form on the bottom of this page.


Acadsoc is an international online ESL company that provides standard ESL courses to Chinese learners (children to adults) using their own online teaching system. You have to be a fluent English speaker with a neutral accent and know the basic principles of teaching English as a second language. They prefer teachers with a certificate in teaching English as a second language. Hourly rate is not known but they promise a good base rate (which should be no less than $10 – $15) and teaching during evening or weekend shifts are paid more. Submit your application here.


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.


Voxy is based in New York and offers English classes to students from all around the world. The classes are given one-on-one or in a group via video chat. The teachers are required to be native English speakers and certified teachers. They need to have at least 3 years of teaching experience and a degree in education and Voxy has a preference for candidates who have multiple foreign language skills. The teachers are expected to be available at least 15 hours per week between 1am -11am (EST) and 5pm – 12pm (EST). Hourly rate is based on your experience but it shouldn’t be less than $15/hour. Training is paid. On this page you can find all the info on how to apply.


Pagoda is a language institute based in South Korea that is now hiring teachers to give online English classes to Korean adults by phone and video. You need to be a native English speaker (they will ask your passport as prove), have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and be available to work from Monday to Friday (6am – 10am and 6pm – 12pm Korean time). The hourly rate is $14 (phone class) or $16 (video class). If you want to apply, send an email to with your CV and following information in the cover letter: contact info including phone number and Skype ID, current location, availability, experience and education and a screenshot of your internet speed.


Hugo English is an online learning service provider based in Beijing and offers one-on-one English classes to Chinese children aged 5 – 16 through an online classroom. The job requirements are that you have to be a native English speaker, have experience with teaching children and have a TESOL or TEFL certificate (or any equivalent). Your laptop needs to have video and audio capabilities. The hourly salary is between $14 and $22. Apply here for an interview.


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.


First Future is based in the Philippines and offers online English lessons to young students in China. To become a teacher, you must be a native English speaker and have a college degree. You can work with a fixed schedule in which you need to work minimum 10 hours per week or you can have a flexible schedule in which you set your own hours on a monthly basis. You must be committed to work a minimum of 6 months. The hourly rate is $10 – $16. Apply here.


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

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 €11/hour for individual classes and €14/hour for group classes. Training is not paid.


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.


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.



Find more ways on how to earn money while traveling! Here’s our Ultimate Guide to find a job abroad!





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!



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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’ve found a job on this list!






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Very good article! We are linking to this particularly great content on our website. Keep up the great writing.
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Hello, everyone!
I’m an English teacher from Argentina, planning to start teaching online. I wanted to know if you have more information about Cafetalk (not the usual review that appears in its official page). I don’t feel very confident about its method of payment since I’ve never done something like this before. So I will appreciate anything extra info!

Mr F
Mr F

This is such a resourceful website, blog, Google needs to take a leaf out of this page!

Aisha Preece

I have read numerous blog posts and articles about teaching English online and hands down, this one is the most comprehensive and easiest to read ! Thanks for providing all this info 🙂


Thank you so much Cynthia! It is fantastic to share so useful resources! I have just been certified as Teacher of French (yesterday) and this is the very first article I read about that and… It is like a miracle :-). It will definitely help me a lot! I hope your trip is going well and you are enjoying.

Lizzy T
Lizzy T

Hey guys, this post is so thorough and useful! Thanks for sharing all this info. I’m currently travelling and working as a writer but a side gig like this would help heaps but I’m concerned about internet speed while moving around, have you had any issues?


Hi, Thanks for all the wonderful information.
I have a degree, BA, but no teaching experience unless you include teaching clowning classes to adults. I am a professional clown for the past 22 years (I love it and the kids). Before that I was a Special Agent (Insurance) for 14 years. Yes I am getting on up there in years but would still like to try something new in addition to the clowning. What companies would you suggest….also what is TESOL or TEFL certificate and is that expensive or hard to get?
Thank you in advance!


Thanks for his awesome post. I’m about to jump into this world with Itutorgroup, but I’m a bit suspect as the recruiter has interviewed me and just informed me his manager (who I have not spoken to) confirms I got the job. He now is asking for my passport copy and citizenship copy along with bachelor degree copy. I don’t mind the bachelors – but am concerned to send the recruiter the passport copy. Is this standard in the industry? Or should I be sending the passport copy (if at all) to the company directly. I will wait fo your… Read more »


Hi Everyone! I wish there were articles like this when I was searching for teaching jobs online. I went through several companies before finding this one. I have been with VipKid for about 2 years (renewable contract every 6 months) and love it. Their starting pay is $8 per 25 minutes class with curriculum provided. You get an additional $1 for each finished class. If interested in giving them a try. Good luck everyone!

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April Layne

Thank you so much for the information. I am wrapping up 18 years of homeschooling my 3 children. One is a paramedic, one is an RN, and the youngest is 16 and will be graduating in 2019. I would like all these years of experience to transition into a way to earn some money and honestly, I might be a little lonely without people to teach. I am looking at Dadaab for my initial try as an online teacher. This will be a good reference to compare and explore more options.
Travel on my friends!


Is this information still relevant for June 2018 regarding Hujiang? I will send my resume their way and have your name attached as a reference so you can earn a commish. I’m an American living in Dong Hoi, Vietnam. Would that be a problem? Are you still working for them. Thank you again Cynthia and Nicholas.


I am on the search now as my significant other and I plan to move to Spain. I discovered that Skylearn also has a branch in Spain (as well as the one you listed in Brazil). There may be other options as well


Hi, Cynthia! I live in the Philippines and I can only dream about the life that you have as a traveler. I want to try this online teaching platforms that you wrote about in your blog. My question is, do the hourly rates differ when one is living in the Philippines? If they offer like say, $10/30 mins. class, does that rate also apply to a tutor living in the Philippines with the same qualifications as tutors coming from the U.S. ?

Lee Passmore
Lee Passmore

Hi. Great post, thanks for the tips. I am setting up my own online tutoring business as a sole trader and wondered how all these sites work when you receive income through a platform. I guess they are not employers.. so everything can go through my business..right? Great to get your knowledge on this… thanks. Lee

jinpa smith

This is a really useful list – thanks! I have been teaching for Learnship on and off for the last few years. They are a really good company to work for. Their requirements are quite high (degree, teaching qual, industry experience) and the training and interview process takes two days and includes two live observed lessons with students, who feed back! Once you are in though, they are really professional.

Teddy Wood
Teddy Wood

Hello guys,

I know this super amazing site where I have been teaching online for more than 2 years now that pays for tutoring online. You should check them out following this link

Good-luck to you all

Buy the Plane Ticket

This list is MASSIVE. I love it! I teach english online and although I’m a beginner, I can’t wait to start the traveling lifestyle with the new career. Plus, the kids are so cute! lol.

Hum Bug
Hum Bug

Have you ever taught online and travelled through Italy? and would you be able to pass on any useful information on how to have steady internet whilst staying in Italy and moving around for approximately 3 months? Also as far as i can see, Italy seems to have very small data packages for mobiles to hotspot to as a backup. Thanks for this very informative and awesome site!

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When we were travelling through Italy, we weren’t teaching online yet. So we can’t really answer your questions. However, the internet in Italy seemed to be steady enough to teach. You should be able to find wi-fi all through the country. Enjoy your trip!

Hum Bug
Hum Bug

Thank you for the reply. We found expressowifi a portable hotspot. The reviews are pretty good and they did a deal for 2 months at 160 euros. A lot cheaper then all the other portable hotspots we could find.

Ann Boone
Ann Boone

What are the hours you are able to work at Hujiang? This is a great site! Thanks!

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Hi Ann,

Thank you! 🙂

The working hours of Hujiang are from 9am to 10.30pm, Beijing Time (GMT+8). The amount of hours that we work for Huijang depends on the time zone we are in. They might tell you at Hujiang that you can only work from 4pm to 10.30 pm during weekdays and full days in the weekend but in reality, you can also work full days during the week 😉

Martine Koemans
Martine Koemans

Hi, thanks for sharing these links. Very helpful. Is there an English link for the online school Hujiang since this link only provides mandarin and I cannot find the English language button 🙂 Thanks in advance!

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Hi Martine,

You’re welcome! 🙂
Hujiang doesn’t have an English website but maybe this link helps: Hujiang uses the software of CC talk. I’m not sure if it’ll give you more info though. Let me know if you’d have questions about Hujiang!

Martine Koemans
Martine Koemans

Hi, sorry for my late reply. Thank you for your information and if I do have more questions I’ll ask you.

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Hi Amanda,
did you already start with teaching for an online company? I hope everything is going well for you!
Thank you for the link, I will definitely have a look!
I hope everything is going well for you and it will be great to meet you in Siem Reap!!
All the best <3

Matt R. Denney
Matt R. Denney

Great article! I am a fulltime public school teacher in California looking to retire in 8 years or so…this could help me do it sooner! Curious if there are more reviews from people on best companies…

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Hi Matt, I hope you find a company to your liking and please shoot me an email if you have any questions! With your experiences, I’m sure any company will gladly take you on board!

Amanda Truebody Tait
Amanda Truebody Tait

Thank you for all the on line teaching advise and information. My partner and I (both from South Africa) completed the TEFL course on Koh Samui in Thailand in May this year. After finding out that as Non Degree holders we would have difficulty finding teaching posts in Thailand, we made the decision to travel to Cambodia where one can teach legally without a degree. We finally settled in Siem Reap. I have had a total of 2 months experience teaching English to Kindergarten children at two different International Schools here in Siem Reap and have also been teaching Conversational… Read more »

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Hi Amanda, thank you so much for sharing your story! It’s impressive to hear how much experience you gained over the past 4 months!! I’m 100% sure you’ll get accepted by any company to your liking! I wish you lots of good luck and please feel free to contact me if you have any more questions! Are you back in South Africa now or did you set up a home office in Cambodia? Niko and I are thinking of making a base in Cambodia for one year in 2018 to teach online. So if you would still be around, it… Read more »

mohammed naveed
mohammed naveed

Epic list 🙂 thank you sooo much for all the effort you have put into this (I just got fired from tutor ABC and iv applied to pretty much everything on this list lol ), you two are ace and keep up the nomadic lifestyle , we love it <3. were following suit right behind you with our turkey tour 🙂 this october

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Glad to hear I could help Mohammed 🙂 Good luck with the applications 😀 And are you going to travel throughout the whole country of Turkey? Or what’s your plan? Wishing you already happy travels!!

Janja Jovanovic
Janja Jovanovic

Thank you for this article Cynthia! I’ve recently come across this cool infographic covering information about freelancing online including tutoring and how much can be earned and where to look for gigs –

Wee Gypsy Girl
Wee Gypsy Girl

This is so helpful! My BF and I used to teach English in South Korea and are now travelling through Latin America. We’d love to be online english teachers but as we usually stay at Air BnBs we can’t always be sure that the upload and download speed of our internet would be 5MPBS. I’m wondering if you ever run into problems and whether your employer is open to the fact that you’re travelling and teaching?
Thanks so much for putting this together and for helping out so many travelling teachers!

Journal of Nomads

Hi! Yes, that’s the one and only disadvantage of teaching and traveling at the same time: finding reliable and fast internet 🙂 We often had to deal with power cuts or the internet that suddenly gave up on us. We found a solution for this: we installed a wifi-hotspot on our phone and in case that the internet from our temporary home stops or is very bad, we use the wifi from our phones. So far, this has worked perfectly. Maybe this good be a solution for you and your BF? How was it to teach in South Korea? We’re… Read more »

Magda Kasprzyk
Magda Kasprzyk

Great article!

one correction though: I’m currently working for Tutor ABC and

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Thank you for the correction Magda, I’ll adjust it! Do you enjoy teaching for Tutor ABC? Would you recommend it to other teachers?

Lisa Osinskaya
Lisa Osinskaya

The article is very helpful! Thank you!!

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Hi Lisa! Glad I could help 🙂

Ewelina Lucy
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?

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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… Read more »

Bianca Basak Dikturk
Bianca Basak Dikturk

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

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Thank you Bianca <3 I'm very glad I can help!! 🙂

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