5 Things to Know Why Teaching English Could Be the Perfect Side Hustle for Travelers

Teaching English is one of the best ways to earn money while you travel. It offers you the flexible lifestyle and freedom you need to travel and the income to finance your adventures.

Unlike many other jobs, online English teaching offers flexible hours, and you can work as little or as much as you choose. This makes it the perfect side hustle for travelers.

Let’s take a look at the top 5 reasons why teaching English could be a great way for you to travel and earn money.

  1. You can work from anywhere

No matter where in the world you are based, you can teach English online and still travel. As long as you have a laptop, a good internet connection, a quiet environment, and a background free from mess or clutter, it doesn’t make a difference where you are based. This gives you the flexibility and freedom to travel and still earn money.

You can choose to travel within one country or continent or travel all over the world. Traveling the world is not feasible for many people because of financial limitations. However, teaching English online is the perfect way to earn an income and travel anywhere you wish.

Some travelers also use their teaching and traveling experience to help them enrol in a Summer School. Summer Schools are available all over the world and you could choose a school in the area you are traveling or somewhere you have never thought of visiting before.

  1. You can create your own schedule

You can choose how little or often you work. You may choose to teach set hours every week or work different hours based on your travel plans. You can also work additional hours on weeks where you are less busy or need a higher income. Many online teachers choose to work for a few hours a day so that they are earning money but still have plenty of time to travel and explore. Teaching English online allows you to decide your own schedule so that traveling can still be your top priority.

The flexible hours that online English teaching offers you means you can travel as far and for as long as you want. Many travelers choose to travel and teach online as it gives them the freedom and flexibility to be in charge of their own schedule and budget. Some travelers even choose to plan their teaching schedules around volunteer work, which is a great way to give back to the local community and meet fellow travelers.

However, keep in mind that depending on where you are traveling, the time difference with the country where the majority of your students are based needs to be taken into account. The majority of the available teaching hours will be at a time that is most convenient for your students and their parents, regardless of whether this time is convenient for you. Online English teachers are in the highest demand in China, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, Spain, and Mexico so these are the time zones you will need to be aware of.

  1. It’s easy to become qualified

To become an online English teacher you first need to get a TEFL certificate. TEFL stands for Teach English as a Foreign Language and there are plenty of TEFL courses available in Australia and around the world.

You can complete your course online, from home or while you are already traveling. Most teaching companies and online platforms accept an online TEFL certificate. Courses are designed to be flexible and give you all the knowledge you will need to teach English online. The English as a Second Language (ESOL) Certification $400 is recognised internationally and you will receive an accredited certificate on completion.

In order to teach English online, you will also need to be fluent in English. Some companies only hire native English speakers, whereas others will accept non-native speakers who can prove their fluency with a qualification or by completing an English proficiency test.

  1. Getting a teaching job is easy

Unlike many other teaching positions, online teaching does not require you to have prior teaching experience. This means that as soon as you have your TEFL qualification, you can begin applying for jobs or even become a freelance teacher and find your own students online.

It is quick and easy to begin your teaching journey, with many companies providing training and preparing resources and lesson plans for you. Even if you have to prepare your own resources, there are hundreds of resources, lesson plans, videos, and activities available online to make it easier for you to get started.

You may start with fewer students initially or be asked to complete a probationary period but at least you will be able to start teaching and earning money straight away.

Online English teachers are highly desirable and there are many different companies and online platforms offering teaching positions. This makes it easier for you to find a job that suits your need for flexibility. You may even be able to choose from multiple job options!

  1. You can communicate with people from all over the world

Many of your students will be teenagers and adults and as part of your lessons, you will be able to learn more about their country and culture. You can learn about different traditions and customs and use the information to plan your further travels.

Many online English teachers also connect with each other and share tips and advice. You could have the opportunity to get some travel advice from fellow travelers and may even be able to arrange meet-ups with other online English teachers around the world.


Final Thoughts

Teaching English online allows you to earn money while you travel. You can choose to work as a freelance teacher and find your own students independently or apply to work with an already established teaching company.

Becoming an online English teacher is easier than many people think. You could be a successful teacher and traveler before you know it.

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