Teaching English online is an industry experiencing rapid growth in demand, and it has the potential to provide long-term employment stability, whether it be on a part-time or full-time basis. A flexible lifestyle and the ability to be your own boss while teaching English & traveling the world - what's not to love? We have teachers earning up to $500+ USD per week in countries like Spain, Nicaragua, and Thailand, as well as from right here in the USA!

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Expert Tips: Requirements You Need to Satisfy to Teach English Online

Expert Tips: Requirements You Need to Satisfy to Teach English Online
Nicola Rae  |  Read Time: 3 Minutes

By now you’ve probably heard about teaching English online as a way to boost your income, get English teaching experience, or jump start your teaching career while you’re still at home. Teaching English online is an awesome option for pretty much anyone who likes flexibility and working from home in pajamas pants. But what are the actual requirements to teach English online? Though they vary somewhat from company to company, the following credentials are universally desirable.

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How Much Money Can I Make Teaching English Online?

How Much Money Can I Make Teaching English Online?
Nicola Rae  |  Read Time: 4 Minutes

Teaching English online is very literally what you make it. With most online English companies, you can work as much or as little as you like, which means your online English gig can be anything from a small-time side hustle to a… big-time full hustle. VIPKID is one of the largest online English learning platforms out there. Since this is the company I work for, this article will be focused on what you could earn as a VIPKID teacher. But from what I’ve seen in ITA’s Online Teaching Directory, the VIPKID pay seems pretty consistent with other online English companies. So let’s talk about the question people always have before they get started – how much can you really make teaching English online with VIPKID?

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How to Setup An Online Classroom for Teaching English Online While Traveling

How to Setup An Online Classroom for Teaching
English Online While Traveling

Nicola Rae  |  Read Time: 4 Minutes

When I was a classroom teacher in the States, I spent way too much time (and about 30% of my annual salary) at IKEA. I loved organizing my classroom because I had so much stuff. So many scissors, glue sticks, resources, books, and binders upon binders full of worksheets - all mine for the using. It was amazing. And I had IKEA to help me contain it all. Now that I’m teaching English online while traveling full-time, I’ve had to cut back. No more closets, color coordinated and perfectly organized (that is, until a darling student tries to go find a pack of notecards for me and in thirty seconds everything is in the wrong place and covered in a fine layer of glitter).

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Earn a Side Hustle Income by Teaching English
Online - Alumni Q&A with Mike Crescitelli

Mike Crescitelli  |  Read Time: 3 Minutes

Mike Crescitelli shares with us how he juggles three part-time jobs and still finds time to teach English online as a side hustle. "I owe my entire passion for teaching English as a second language in general to my backpacking trek two years ago. I knew I wanted to keep traveling and I knew I had to find a way to communicate better with non-English speakers. Teaching English online was good preparatory work before my move abroad to teach full time. Although moving abroad will be an experience unlike any other, there is something sensational about sitting in my room in Florida and connecting with somebody in Tokyo!"

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Teaching English Online with a Full-Time Job - Alumni
Q&A with Sam Kg

Sam Kg  |  Read Time: 4 Minutes

Sam Kg shares with us how she works a full-time, Monday-Friday job as a leasing manager for a property company, but still manages to fit in teaching English online. "The idea of traveling has always been on my mind. While I love my full-time job. I love the idea of working with kids and being able to be a part of their learning progress. With the time difference, I am able to teach in the mornings, before my full-time job even starts. It gives me a little bit of extra money to plan for my travels and it starts of my day with happy and enthusiastic students!"

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Can I Teach English Online from the USA?

Can I Teach English Online from the USA?
Nicola Rae  |  Read Time: 3 Minutes

It’s a scorching June afternoon and I’m slouched at my desk in the corner of room 32, my now-empty classroom. Two hours ago, I waved goodbye to a stampede of cheering students celebrating the summer ahead. I glance at the clock, the only thing left on the wall after purging the room for state testing. In five minutes, I’ll join my colleagues for end of the year paperwork, meetings, and our signature southern style potluck.

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5 Key Tips to Help You Succeed at Teaching English Online

5 Key Tips to Help You Succeed at Teaching English Online
Nicola Rae  |  Read Time: 4 Minutes

When I applied to teach English online, I was pretty full of myself. Armed with a TEFL certificate from ITA and three years in the classroom, I thought online teaching would be a piece of cake. Look at me, I’ve got teaching experience, this will be a cake walk! What? What’s that you say? Only one student at a time? I could do this in my sleep! And did someone mention cake? Teaching English online, it turns out, is actually quite different than teaching in a classroom.

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5 Reasons You Should Teach English Online Before
You Move Abroad

Nicola Rae  |  Read Time: 3 Minutes

When I left my traditional teaching job in June, I knew I had about four months before my adventure abroad would begin. I was more than ready to get out of the country and start exploring the world, but due to obligations back home, I had to wait. Waiting can be torture! To help ease my antsy desire to teach abroad, I got a job teaching English online.

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Teach English Online from the USA as a Side Hustle - Alumni
Q&A with Kim Jackson
Kim Jackson  |  Read Time: 4 Minutes

Kim Jackson shares with us how the convenience of teaching English online and being 100% in control of her teaching schedule makes it easy for her to finish up grad school while earning a side-income through doing something she loves! "The schedule is very flexible, so if I need a break, then I just don’t open my schedule for a few days. Having control over my schedule helps to make this manageable."

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Teach English Online from Costa Rica with VIPKid - Alumni
Q&A with Sydney Lund
Sydney Lund  |  Read Time: 5 Minutes

Already teaching English abroad at a brick and mortar school but want a supplemental income to allow you a little more wiggle room when it comes to saving, travel, paying off student debts, etc? Check out how ITA alumni and Ambassador, Sydney Lund, did just that from Costa Rica!

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Teach English Online from Spain with 51Talk - Alumni
Q&A with Ken Patel
Ken Patel  |  Read Time: 6 Minutes

Are you teaching English at a language academy but not picking up enough class hours to make a great living for yourself? This is the position Ken found himself in after moving to Spain. He picked up a job teaching English online with 51Talk to help supplement his income, but it turned out he started earning 3x as much per hour after accounting for travel time, lesson preparation, and corrections that were needed for his academy work compared to the online work, so he made teaching English online his full-time career.

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The 5 W's of Teaching English Online
Kathleen Graham  |  Read Time: 5 Minutes

While living and teaching English in China, Kathleen met all kinds of Chinese people obsessed with learning the English language. However, it was clear from her everyday experiences at her Chinese school that students wouldn't get enough English-speaking time in their over-crowded classrooms. When she first discovered teaching English online, she wondered, "Why didn't I think of that!?" Now, even though Kathleen lives in the USA, she still gets to "teach in China every day" and make a difference in children's lives from halfway around the world!

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5 Reasons Why Teaching English Online is the Best
Nicola Rae  |  Read Time: 4 Minutes

As if the freedom to country-hop through Europe or the world isn't already enough of a reason to love teaching English online, ITA Ambassador, Nicola Wynn, provides us with an additional five reasons as to why this recent trend in the world of teaching English as a foreign language is the best!

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Teach English Online with Boxfish & BlingABC - Alumni Q&A with Kelly Schultz

Teach English Online with Boxfish & BlingABC - Alumni
Q&A with Kelly Schultz
Kelly Schultz  |  Read Time: 4 Minutes

Want to country-hop your way around Asia while teaching English online? A different country every month - sounds nice, doesn't it? Alumni Kelly Schultz shares with us how she lives a digital nomad life throughout Asia while teaching English online with both BoxFish and BlingABC.

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Teach English Online - DaDaABC Application & Interview Process

Teach English Online - DaDaABC Application & Interview Process
Abigail Jacobs  |  Read Time: 5 Minutes

Want to teach English online with DaDaABC but not sure how to get started? ITA alumna, Abigail Jacobs, shares with us the DaDaABC application and interview process, personal tips and advice for getting hired, as well as information on the 12-month visa that allows her to live and teach English online from Da Nang, Vietnam.

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Teach English Online With DaDaABC - Alumni Q&A  With Abigail Jacobs

Teach English Online With DaDaABC - Alumni Q&A
With Abigail Jacobs
Abigail Jacobs  |  Read Time: 9 Minutes

Curious as to how you can make your digital nomad dreams a reality? ITA alumna, Abigail Jacobs, shares with us how she affords a comfortable lifestyle in Da Nang, Vietnam, by teaching English online with DaDaABC. She covers the hiring process, why she loves teaching online, hours and requirements, information about living in Da Nang, monthly expenses incurred and advice for prospective online ESL teachers.

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How to House Sit Your Way Around Europe While  Teaching English Online

How to House Sit Your Way Around Europe While
Teaching English Online
Nicola Rae  |  Read Time: 7 Minutes

So you’re interested in house sitting your way around the world while teaching English online? I don’t blame you. This lifestyle is flipping awesome. As a house sitter, you get to live in someone else’s house while they are away. You take care of their home and pets in exchange for free accommodation. As an online ESL teacher, this means you can work from anywhere in the world. Combining the two allows you to teach while living cheaply anywhere in the world!

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What are the Basic Requirements to Teach English Online?

What are the Basic Requirements to Teach English Online?
Lynda Galea  |  Read Time: 4 Minutes

Dreaming of that work-from-home life where pants are optional? Perhaps becoming a digital nomad while you bounce from country to country and work when it suits you is more your style? Whatever it may be, teaching English online is making this possible for thousands of people around the world - and it's here to stay! But before you embrace a pants-less work environment, make sure you have the basic qualifications to teach English online covered!

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Teach English Online: How to Create a Killer Resume

 Teach English Online: How to Create a Killer Resume
Lynda Galea  |  Read Time: 7 Minutes

Thinking about making the move to teaching English online? Got an old resume lost amongst a sea of icons on your desktop that you haven’t updated in a few months, or better yet, years?! Great – you can use this as a starting point, but to really stand out from the crowd, you’re going to want to tailor your resume to focus specifically on teaching English online and strengthen your chance of getting noticed.

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Teach English Online: How to Create a Killer Cover Letter

Teach English Online: How to Create a Killer Cover Letter
Lynda Galea  |  Read Time: 6 Minutes

Dust off that old cover letter you have sitting around on your desktop - it's time to give it a facelift! Cover letters are usually boring, bland and if you're anything like a majority of the job-seeking market, you send the same one around to every company you apply to... but that's about to change! Enter, a cover letter tailored specifically for that teaching English online job and school you want to apply to work at. You're about to knock their socks off!

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9 Tips for Staying Healthy While Teaching English Online

9 Tips for Staying Healthy While Teaching English Online
Lynda Galea  |  Read Time: 4 Minutes

Teaching English online from the comfort of your home (or from a remote location while traveling) can present a unique set of challenges, especially when it comes to your health. In theory, it should be easier to remain healthy when you’re teaching English online from home, right? No tempting office snacks, no one bringing in donuts or cake, you can cook nutritious meals when you get hungry and you can work out whenever you want!

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6 Essential Supplies & Classroom Props for Teaching English Online

6 Essential Supplies & Classroom Props for Teaching English Online
Lynda Galea  |  Read Time: 5 Minutes

The equipment and props you use to teach English online can make all the difference between a mediocre teaching experience and classroom setup, or a great one. Other than a computer/laptop with a good webcam and a reliable internet connection, some other supplies and props you should consider investing in include...

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Teaching English Online as a Couple from Chiang Mai, Thailand - Amanda Kolbye & Zach Anderson

 
Teaching English Online with VIPKid from Prague, Czech Republic - Ryan Cook

 
Facebook Live Panel - Teaching English Online with VIPKid

 
Teaching English Online & Private ESL Lessons in Prague, Czech Republic - Ryan Cook 

 
Teaching English Online as a Couple from Barcelona, Spain - Amanda & Taylor
 
 
Teaching English Online from Da Nang, Vietnam - Abigail Jacobs
 
 
Teaching English Online While House Sitting Your Way Around Europe - Nicola Wynn
 
 
Teaching English Online from Chiang Mai, Thailand - David Cook
 
 
 
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