TEACHING ONLINE TO FINANCE TRAVEL- THE SECRET TO EARNING MONEY ANYWHERE WITH INTERNET
Online teaching might sound like a daunting prospect to you, but fear not there is a way to make it relatively painless, and also a good chance you can work in your pyjamas from any remote location around the world! Teaching online to finance travel is the most effective way I’ve found to keep moving around the world long term, and I love that clients can follow you as you move.
What’ll I need?
A bit of a ‘wing it’ mentality, proficiency in English and a reliable internet connection. You’ll also find high speed broadband, a decent webcam and a headset mic a great advantage.
Can I really just get started?
In a word ‘yes’. I got my first online teaching work based on being a native speaker and a CV that showed I had relevant skills from volunteering and paid work, but no pricey degree in education or direct qualifications.
You can take private clients via Skype and deliver 1-to-1 lessons wherever you go via that handy webcam. Sourcing your students can easily come from the local free ad site- it’ll be the local Gumtree/ Craiglist equivalent but the name varies wildly depending on where you’re based- locals will tell you immediately what it is. There’s competition but also very high demand. Place flyers in local language schools for extra tuition. Lodge with a local family and bargain your way to rock bottom prices in exchange for a few lessons a week in English.
The second route is to join an online teaching agency. The major bonus is that they’ll find your students and set your timetable and rates. Agencies do expect a professional veneer so the quality camera and mic are non-negotiable here. On the downside, they’ll take a cut of what you earn for their services. A couple that I know to be legitimate and viable are TutorABC and italki. Some will even provide you with lesson plans and tailor made material- so all you have to do is login and teach. Bear in mind the minimum commitment is usually 10 hours per week
“I don’t know how to plan a lesson”
No one does, at the start. My major tools have been blog tips such as these, the library in whatever country I’ve just rocked up in, and E-books that I can send to students such as the Natural English series. Pull together a morning’s lessons, and by midday you’re free to explore your exotic location. Next week, login from a new country and catch your students up on your mindblowing adventure for a bit of listening practice! For me, teaching online is the obvious move to finance travel long term.
Featured image credit: CC Bart van Dorp @Flickr
PS: Looking for more ways to make money while traveling? Here I’ve listed the specific sites I used for teaching online to finance travel in Spain, with links and strategies.