Now Hiring! These Companies Are Currently Seeking Online English Teachers

By Betsy Ramser Jaime
October 26, 2020

Coronavirus has impacted all of us and for education, online learning has now become the norm. While teaching English online has become more competitive, there are still opportunities available, especially if you have additional qualifications like specialized certification in teaching English online, and/or experience. Whether you’re new to teaching English or a current teacher looking for a flexible new side gig, here are some amazing companies that are actively seeking tutors, and the information you need to apply today.

Whales English

Whales English is based in Beijing, China, and offers all levels of lessons to students ranging from 3-18 years old. It is well-known in the online ESL industry as one of the highest-paying companies.

One unique feature of Whales English is that each teacher is provided with a support staff member who is there to answer questions and help teachers succeed in their teaching journey.

Requirements for Whales English online teachers

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • TESOL/TEFL/CELTA certificate of 120 hours or more preferred)
  • Experience teaching children (minimum of 1 year)
  • Native speaker from the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, or New Zealand
  • Desire to engage and inspire young learners

Details of the job with Whales English

Whales tutors are paid $18-26 per hour for each 50-minute lesson, plus you can earn performance-based bonuses.

Like many other Chinese companies, at Whales English, you will be working Beijing peak hours since your students are located in China. Peak hours are weekdays: 6:55 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and weekends: 9:10 a.m. to 12:20 a.m. and 6:55 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Remember that these times are all Beijing time so you will need to see what they would be in your own time zone.

Teachers are required to teach a minimum of 8 hours weekly, during peak Beijing hours, for what they call the 1V2 Program (in which you teach no more than 2 students).

Whales offers free, tailored training and resources for all teachers. In addition, there are opportunities for teachers to hold other positions such as evaluator or trainer. 

How to get started with Whales English

To start the hiring process, you will first submit an online application. Then, you’ll be contacted by the company to complete a mock class. Once you pass the mock class, a background check is required and finally, you’ll sign your service agreement.

Open English

Open English is the market leader in online English teaching for Latin America. A unique feature of this company is that they offer classes to both adults and children, making it a good fit for those who prefer working with older students. Also, since Open English caters to a Latin American student base, this would be an ideal company for teachers who wish to schedule students in these time zones or who speak Spanish or Portuguese.

They are currently hiring teachers for their kids’ program, which is called “Open English Junior” for children in grades K-12. Classes are offered to all English levels, from beginner to advanced.

Requirements for Open English online teachers

  • Currently enrolled in or completed a bachelor’s degree in linguistics, education, English, modern languages, literature or a related field OR hold a TESOL, TEFL, or CELTA certificate or equivalent
  • Native English speakers from North America
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (both orally and in writing)
  • Minimum of 1 year of ESL teaching experience in a K-12 setting, with online experience preferred
  • General awareness of and ability to apply the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Details of the job

Open English pays between $10-15 per hour. Teachers can work a max of 26 hours per week.

Generally, the company offers lessons 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but this particular position requires teachers have at least 10 hours of availability between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. ET Monday through Sunday.

For professional development, teachers complete the Open English certification program and have other required training as well. In addition, teachers have the possibility of working with the academic staff to develop curriculum and work on other projects.

How to get started with Open English

To apply, you will start by submitting an online application. Next, you’ll be asked to complete an online interview or recording. If you pass these steps, you’ll move on and sign your contract and complete some mandatory training to better understand their system.


GoGoKid is an online English tutoring company based in China that offers one-on-one lessons to Chinese students of all levels from ages 4-12. One advantage of this company is that there is no minimum number of teaching hours required. Also, teachers tend to love the curriculum, which includes drawing tools and other interactive content that makes the lessons more fun for both the teachers and students.

Requirements for GoGoKid online teachers  

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Neutral North American accent
  • ESL teaching experience (online preferred)
  • ESL certification preferred (TEFL/TESOL)
  • A big smile and a love for kids

Details of the job

With GoGoKid, the pay is $14-25 per hour. The base pay is $7-10 per 25-minute lesson, with additional bonuses available according to your GoGoKid “credit score.” Your credit score goes up as you receive more 5-star reviews from parents and as you teach more classes.

Meet Mari, an online tutor with GoGoKid, who shares a typical week in her life. 

You won’t be required to work a minimum number of hours with GoGoKid and there’s no maximum number of hours either, but the majority of students take lessons during the peak Beijing hours of Monday to Friday 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The company also offers live workshops for professional development and to connect with other teachers. 

How to get started with GoGoKid

The first step is to submit an online application. The second step is to schedule an interview. Then, once you pass the interview, you will attend an “orientation program” which consists of the one-to-many online training session, and a one-on-one mock training session, and a quiz. After this, you’ll submit your paperwork and sign a contract.

Zebra English

Zebra English is a Chinese company offering one-on-one online English lessons of all levels to 3 to 8-year-old students. Unlike some companies, you will teach regular students and will work with these same students each week.

Throughout the week, students complete lessons on the Zebra English app, and their one-on-one lessons with you accompany this online coursework, so the students come to their online classes already familiar with the material.

Requirements for Zebra English online teachers

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • TESOL, TEFL, CELTA, or DELTA, or a teaching credential
  • K-12 ESL experience, online experience preferred
  • Legally allowed to work in the US or Canada
  • Speak English at an idiomatic level
  • Can teach students regularly for the long term

Details of the job

With Zebra English, the pay range is $16-24 per hour. Peak teaching hours are 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Beijing time on weekdays and 8:30 8:30 p.m. on weekends. There is no minimum number of weekly hours to work; however, the company encourages teachers to open their schedules for several weeks in advance.

How to get started with Zebra English 

Complete their online application, which takes about 10 minutes. After that, you’ll complete Demo Test 1, which is about 30 minutes long. After that, you’ll move on to Demo Test 2, which takes around 90 minutes. The next step is a 30-minute Teaching Briefing and finally, you’ll be ready to sign your contract.


As a collaborative company with both Chinese and American roots, NeuABC offers classes to Chinese students of all levels between the ages of 5 to 12. A unique feature of NeuABC is it offers teachers the chance to work for a smaller company with a community of teachers and excellent communication among the staff. Teachers appreciate that there is a strong focus on teacher happiness and that teachers are highly valued.

Requirements for NeuABC online teachers  

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Accredited teaching or ESL certification (TESOL, TEFL)
  • A background in teaching ESL/online preferred
  • Native English speaker and resident of the US or Canada
  • Strong online teaching skills and the necessary computer equipment

Details of the job

NeuABC teachers are paid $9 per 30-minute class or $18 an hour. As a teacher, you’ll need to work a minimum of 4 hours per week during peak teaching times. Available teaching times with NeuABC are 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Beijing Time Monday-Sunday and 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Beijing Time on Friday and Saturday.

How to get started with NeuABC

Your first step is to fill out an online application and wait to receive an interview invite. Once you receive your invite, accept the invitation and conduct an interview through Zoom. After that, you’ll do a one-way interview followed by a background check and sign your contract.

Finally, you’ll receive extensive training on the curriculum and platform, to acclimate yourself to the NeuABC environment.

These are just some of the opportunities available for qualified teachers on the Bridge Job Board. Before you apply, earn Specialized TEFL/TESOL Certification in Teaching English Online to stand out to employers and show them you’re serious about your career in English education.