Interview with Ben, Teaching Online in NicaraguaBy Bridge
March 9, 2020
Ben Dailey has experience teaching English abroad in Nicaragua and teaching English online. In this follow-up to his interview about why he taught online while he was teaching abroad, Ben shares his insights on how to get an online teaching job.
Ben, you taught English abroad and online. Can you tell us about your experience?
Sure! A few years ago, I took a TEFL course in Leon, Nicaragua, planning to teach abroad there. However, I quickly found that jobs at language centers in Leon only paid around $4-5 an hour, which was a typical pay rate for this area. If I wanted to support myself on that salary, I’d have to work a lot of hours! So I decided to get a job teaching English online instead; I preferred to work fewer hours (12-15 hours per week) and have more time to experience Nicaragua and learn the language.
Ben in Ometepe, Nicaragua, where he taught English online
What are your suggestions for people who are looking to teach English online?
There are tons of English teaching jobs online! I applied for jobs at multiple online teaching and tutoring companies via a TEFL/TESOL job board and set up three Skype interviews within the first two weeks of sending out applications. I ended up accepting a job at a company called E-Space Vietnam.
As long as you have an appropriate TEFL/TESOL certification and meet some other basic requirements, you should also be able to find a job easily. A few of my suggestions are:
Ben, teaching English online while abroad in Nicaragua
What are your tips for Skype interview success?
Since all of my interviews were done this way, I can share a few pointers!
How did you know the online companies where you applied were reputable? What are your recommendations to make sure of this?
I made sure to do plenty of research before accepting my teaching position. There are tons of different companies out there which can be a bit overwhelming, but make sure to do your due diligence before signing a contract or sending your personal information.
Let Bridge connect you with Preferred Employment Partners
If you want to be sure you apply only with trusted schools, an Advisor can help you connect with Bridge Preferred Employment Partners. Preferred Partners, such as VIPKid, GoGoKid, iTutorGroup, Open English, and others, are fully-vetted online tutoring companies Bridge works closely with who are actively seeking qualified teachers. (If you get an online teaching job with a Bridge Preferred Partner you can even receive a TEFL course tuition reimbursement of USD $50 or more!)
Do your research
If you decide to search for jobs on your own, such as on the BridgeTEFL job board, be sure to click on the school’s profile within the ad to get all the details about the school, such as location, pictures, and all open job opportunities. This can help to give you a better understanding of the school.
You can also find a lot of reviews and information through Google, Facebook, and word of mouth. If you aren’t able to find much info, don’t hesitate to reach out to the company and ask specific questions. Here are some suggestions on what to ask:
If the company isn’t legitimate, they probably won’t spend much time answering your questions.
Can you share some advice creating an awesome TEFL resume?
Whether you’re applying for an online or in-person teaching job, a TEFL resume is recommended. It’s a little different from an ordinary resume.