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Do you want to start a career teaching English as a second language – abroad or online from home? Read our start-up guides.

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One great way to make money from home or while traveling is by teaching English online. On online English teaching platforms, such as VIPKID, you can make a decent salary of up to $22 per hour working from home!

Other teachers pad their wallets with writings jobs, for example, with CustomWritings, an online custom essay writing service for ESL students, or they sell worksheets or online courses.

Financial tip: As an ESL teacher, you will need to transfer money abroad regularly, and that is costly and often time-consuming. There are simpler solutions for ESL teachers that you could be using. View the currency transfer guide to learn more.

Become an ESL Teacher

Are you considering teaching English as a foreign language – abroad or online?

Usually, getting your TEFL certification is the first big step towards a career as an ESL teacher.

Maybe you are overwhelmed trying to comb through all the resources and options out there.

This website is here to help you understand what the TEFL certification is and what TEFL course options are out there, so you can get the accreditation you need to start teaching English abroad or online.

What is TEFL?

The acronym TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (while TESL refers to Teaching English as a Second Language – both therms basically mean the same thing).

TEFL is one of the world’s fastest-growing educational fields right now, and as such untold numbers of opportunities are cropping up for certified professionals to teach English online and around the world.

Your TEFL Certification gives you a license to teach English as a foreign/second language upon completion of a teaching course, in private schools and training center, or independently as a freelance teacher.

Virtually anyone who is a fluent English speaker can get TEFL certified, and there are many platforms that offer TEFL certification both online and in person.

Starting Your New ESL Teaching Job

Your first few months as an English teacher will probably be a total whirlwind: getting settled, exploring your new city, making friends, and starting a new job at the same time is no joke!

If you feel overwhelmed managing a classroom and moving at the same time, don’t worry: you’re far from alone.

Thankfully, Facebook is full of forums where you can find expat groups and people who’ve been in your shoes, people who can show you how to eat hot pot and where to go to turn in your visa documents.

Once the dust has settled, and you’ve gotten into a rhythm with your classmates and neighborhood grocer, you may be ready to push the envelope and look for more.

Other teachers fall in love with teaching abroad and decide they want to turn what they’ve learned as an ESL teacher into a career. Teaching English online has become greatly popular, and the demand for new and experienced online tutors is sky-high.

There are tons of possibilities out there if you want to do that, and our article about what to do after teaching abroad will help you figure out what options are the most exciting (and feasible) for you.

No matter what you do, you’ll find that teaching ESL abroad opens whole new worlds to you.

Teaching English abroad makes you an international citizen, a person standing at the open gates of the world.

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