Published 29th January 2018

When people find out you’re a teacher they often make comments like “You’re so lucky – you get so much holiday!” or “You’re basically getting paid to be on holiday!”. Of course, one of the first realisations about being a teacher is that even if you have long holidays, you are still busy with schoolwork for a lot of that time – finishing up paperwork and planning for the next term.

If you are teaching in a mainstream school, hopefully you will be paid throughout the year so that when you do manage to take some time off you can really enjoy it without worrying about not earning any money. On the other hand, you might find yourself at a school that only pays you for your contact hours and not your holidays. If you are in this boat, you may actually want to work during the holidays to keep the money flowing in.

Even though it may seem like everyone else is on holiday, it’s surprisingly easy to find work as a TEFL teacher during school holidays. Here’s how.

Teach at your school

The easiest thing to do would be to keep teaching at your school. That way you are familiar with the classes, the staff and the procedures. Many schools offer extra classes during the holidays for students to improve their English, prepare for exams or as fun holiday classes. Speak to your Director of Studies about whether your school has any of these on offer and if they are looking for teachers.

Summer camps

If your school doesn’t offer any summer classes, you could sign up for a summer camp. There are companies that run summer camps (and winter camps) all over the world so you are sure to find one in your area – or maybe you want to get away for a while! Teaching in summer camps are great fun (if you’re the motivated, energetic type!) because you not only teach English but you also play sport, do arts and crafts and go on excursions with your students. What’s more, you are sure to find a summer camp to suit you – you can choose to be a day or residential teacher and summer camps vary in length from two to 12 weeks.

Teach online

Teaching online is a smart way to teach during the holidays because it doesn’t matter where you are when you are teaching, and because it’s holidays you can be flexible with your time, so even if you are teaching at 2 a.m. you can sleep it off the next morning. Finding students online is pretty simple these days as well. There are many platforms you can use to find students for you or you can advertise yourself and conduct Skype lessons.

Of course we must remind you that being a teacher can take its toll so when you do have the opportunity you should definitely take some time off. But if you find yourself with weeks stretching in front of you and you’d rather keep on teaching, there’s no reason why you can’t earn money during the school holidays.