Published 22nd April 2020

Top Companies for South Africans to Teach English Online

South Africans, we see you. While the rest of the world prances around from country to country without even a second thought, it can seem like South Africans need a visa just to visit a website from a different country. Which is maybe why you’re looking into teaching English online. Teaching English online is a good idea for so many reasons, and we’re not only talking about going to work in your yoga pants. As a South African, teaching English online means earning dollars, pounds or euros, and we can all appreciate that right now. While there are a few companies which only accept North American or Canadian teachers, we are one of the preferred nationalities for teaching English, as part of the Big 7 – with U.S.A, U.K., Canada, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand. So before we start worrying about if you’re going to start teaching now, now now or just now, let’s have a look at a few of the top companies for South Africans to teach English online.

SayABC

SayABC is a Beijing-based company. Teachers teach English to Chinese learners aged 5 to 12, in classes of up to 4 students. Learning materials, based on National Geographic resources, are provided. Before class, teachers need to review the materials and plan lessons accordingly. Lessons are taught through the company’s own online platform. Lessons are daily from 5pm to 9pm and also 9.30 am to 11.30 am on Saturdays and Sundays. Because China is 6 hours ahead of South Africa, though the mornings could be tough the later shifts would be very convenient. To qualify you need to be a native English speaker, hold a Bachelor’s degree, and preferably have a TEFL or teaching qualification and/or 1 year teaching experience.

Top Companies for South Africans to Teach English Online

First Future

First Future is an online teaching company which is slightly different to the others. With First Future you will teach a class of up to 20 Chinese learners through live broadcasts. In other words, the Chinese learners are in their classroom while they watch and interact with you on a screen.  Teachers are supplied with all teaching materials. Again, lessons take place from 6pm to 9pm Beijing time (12pm – 3pm SA time). Teachers earn $18 – $23 an hour but need to have a Bachelor’s degree, 1 year teaching experience and a TEFL certificate or teaching qualification.

iTutorGroup

iTutorGroup is a Taiwanese and Chinese company. You will teach children or adults (often business professionals) from China, Japan and Taiwan. All teaching materials are provided. Teachers need a Bachelor’s degree, a TEFL certificate or equivalent and at least 1 year teaching experience. Payment depends on the nationality of the teacher (ie you will be paid in Rands) and it will increase the more you teach and the better your student reviews are, but rates start from about $10 and some teachers have been known to make $30 an hour. 

IQBar 

IQBar is a UK-based company which offers English and Phonics lessons to Young Learners and English and exam preparation lessons for adults and students. Besides these 30-minute lessons, teachers can also host 30-minute seminars, 1-hour Academic Subject Mentoring sessions and 1-hour University Consultations. Teachers need to be a native speaker of English or be fluent with a clear accent, have at least a 120-hour TEFL certificate or equivalent and 1 year of teaching experience. Teachers can choose to be contracted or flexi, but contracted teachers earn a higher rate. Teachers can earn £10 an hour on weekdays and £12 an hour on weekends, but you can earn more or less depending on the class if you are a flexi teacher or if you teach more than your contracted hours. 

Cambly

You’re not going to earn millions with Cambly but it’s a good company to use if you’re looking for a side hustle. With Cambly teachers don’t need a degree or a TEFL certificate. This is because Cambly does not offer a formal teaching environment. Teachers with Cambly chat with students via Skype for as long as the students want. Because of these low requirements and zero lesson planning involved, the rate of pay is quite low ($0.17 a minute, or $10.20 an hour) but it is precisely because there is no lesson planning that it can be an easy way to make a few extra dollars.These companies are a good starting point to find a job teaching English online as a South African (there are many more) but be sure to read all the requirements before applying. While we’ve tried to be as up-to-date as possible, the policies of teaching companies can change at any time. If you know if anything has changed, please let us know!

To land the top teaching jobs with the best pay and working conditions, the best thing you can do is to equip yourself with TEFL qualification with us. For so much more information about teaching online, be sure to check out our teach English online page.

  1. Good day, I have one question only. Is it possible for me to be enrolled as a tutor in if I don’t have a bachelor’s degree but have obtained an advanced Diploma also having relevant teaching and tutoring experience? Thank you.

    1. Hello, for online teaching a degree is not required although some employers may have a preference for this. Upon successful completion of our Level 5 TEFL course, you will be qualified to teach online worldwide and in-person worldwide except for Ireland, Canada and Malta. Please note: some countries will require you to have both a TEFL certificate and a bachelor’s degree in any subject for visa purposes. When you complete the course, we will assist you in your job search by giving you access to our job boards and by assisting you with your CV and cover letter. Please note: we do not place students in positions. 😊

  2. Dear Sir / Madam,

    I have a bachelors degree in Information Science in which I did English (first language) as a subject up to third year in university (Grammar, Poetry, Prose, Drama).

    To give you an idea of the content i did, here is the description of ENG322:

    “Module content
    Introduction to teaching English to speakers of other languages. This module introduces both the theoretical and practical dimensions of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Areas covered include (i) the nature of the foreign / second language learning process; (ii) the major approaches and methods of foreign/second language teaching and (iii) focused methodologies for teaching grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, speaking and listening.”

    And ENG310:

    “Reading Medieval and Early Modern literature
    In this module students study the works of writers such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton and Pope. The general characteristics and techniques of these authors are discussed in relation to developments in aesthetic theory, generic conventions and socio-historical change.”

    I copy and pasted this from the University of Pretoria’s website, which is where I obtained my degree. I posted this this for you just so you can get an idea of my level of English proficiency.

    I am really interested to teach English online and was advised to approach your company as you are regarded as the best in this industry in South Africa.

    Please will you advise me what steps I need to take to become eligible to teach English online?

    Kind Regards

    JP

    1. Hello, to teach online you will need to have a TEFL certificate. Upon successful completion of our Level 5 TEFL course, you will be qualified to teach both online worldwide and worldwide in-person except for Ireland, Canada and Malta. Please note: some countries will require you to have both a TEFL certificate and a bachelor’s degree in any subject for visa purposes. A degree is not required for online teaching although some employers may prefer this. You can find our current course prices here: https://www.theteflacademy.com/tefl-courses

      Some students finish the course in 4-6 weeks working on the course full time, but we give you 6 months of access to the online course so you can fit your studies around your existing commitments. Your 6 months of online enrolment starts from the day you pay for the course.

      There are very few requirements to do the TEFL course with us. You only need to:

      be over the age of 16 (Online Course) or be over the age of 18 (Combined Course)
      have a minimum C1 level of English (advanced)
      have access to a computer and the internet
      have basic computer skills.
      If you fit all of these requirements then you will be able to enrol for our course online or over the phone. Louise 😊

  3. Hie i do not have any bachelors degree bt i am very fluent in english speaking and writting as well.Now i would like to know how would be my chances of teaching also with my fellow teachers who happen to be graduates mos of them? how is the race going to look like ? bt above all i am so interersted in enrolling for TEFL course as well .

    best regards :
    Wiry.

    1. Hi Wiry- Its great you are interested in our TEFL Course – You do not necessarily need to have a degree but the main thing you will need is a level 5 TEFL qualification – To find more information on teaching English without a degree please visit our website, I have copied a link you may find useful below! Please let us know if you have any more questions! https://www.theteflacademy.com/degree-not-required

  4. Hello there I have degree in teaching so now I want to teach English online so how much is the course and for how long

    1. Hello. Thank you for commenting on our blog post! You will be able to view and compare our course options and current course prices by visiting our website here https://www.theteflacademy.com/tefl-courses. Once you sign up to the course, you will have 6 months of access. It is a self-paced and self-guided course, so it is possible to complete it within 4 – 6 weeks with a full time study schedule!

  5. Hi,
    I am interested in learning more about the Tefl course and earning opportunities thereafter. I hold a BA LLB and have done ad hoc lecturing in my field to university students.
    I want to learn and do the Tefl course online and then teach online.
    What is the likelihood of a person with my background being taken on by one of these companies that provide all the resources? And what is the probable hourly rate?

    1. Hi there Joanna! It’s great to hear that you are interested in TEFL and teaching English. Given your experience and qualifications, if you were to obtain a Level 5 TEFL qualification, you would indeed have many opportunities for teaching English online. There is currently a very high demand for qualified English teachers online. Many online language schools will provider their teachers with relevant resources and materials for giving lessons. The hourly rate can vary quite a lot as, but we generally see teachers who earn between $15 – $25 per hour teaching.

  6. Good day, I’m wondering if I still need a TEFL certificate even though I have a teaching qualification? I did my BA in psychology and then did a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
    Kind regards.

    1. Hi there! If you wish to teach English to non-native learners of the language, it would be necessary to hold a qualification such as a TEFL in order to do so. A TEFL qualification is one of the possible qualifications that can be taken in order to become a teacher qualified to teach English as a foreign/second language. You can see more information about our course options here: https://www.theteflacademy.com/tefl-courses and if you have any questions, please do let us know.

  7. Hi, I have a PhD in psychology and am interested in teaching English online.
    I do not have a TEFL. Kindly advise.
    Regards

    1. Hi there! It’s great to hear that you are interested in teaching English online. In order to teach online, it would be necessary to hold a TEFL, a TESOL or a CELTA qualification. We offer a 168 hour, level 5, TEFL Course, which will qualify you to teach English as a foreign language in most countries around the world. We’re the world’s only TEFL course provider that has received official recognition from government regulated awarding bodies both in the US and the UK. Our course has been approved by the DEAC, a U.S. Department of Education National Accreditor. Our course is internationally recognised, regulated by Ofqual, a UK government department and awarded by Qualifi, a UK government recognised awarding body. If you have any further questions about our course or TEFl, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

      1. Hi, i went through your program and got excited about it. I hold a PhD degree in missiology but i like teaching English online. I hold two certificates in Teaching English as a Foreign Language ( TEFL) and i have been teaching English online with a company called Spiko for more than a year.
        How can I get get involved with your company?
        Dr J.Luis

        1. Hello Joao Luis. It’s great to hear that you are interested in being involved with The TEFL Academy. We have a Jobs Board with jobs listings from independent employers. To apply for these roles, you will have to apply directly through the ad posted. You can view this here:https://www.theteflacademy.com/tefl-jobs

          If you are applying for a role that we have advertised for a position in The TEFL Academy, please apply through the ad directly.

    2. This is the best TEFL course, you will not regret it! They came to my city for the 20 hour practical.

  8. Hi My name is Johann and looking to start teaching english online. I have Bachelors Degree in Law. Don’t have a TEFL cert. and no teaching exeperience.

    How do I go about getting a TEFL certificate from you and what are the costs?

    1. Hi Johann – It’s great to hear that you are interested in teach online! We have just forwarded more course information to you by email. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.😀

      1. Hi, my name is Hardia and I also have a law degree. I would like to teach online. I do not have a tefl-certification but i am willing to do the course. Kindly assist me in providing the steps an necessary information to obtain the tefl-certification and to teach online. Thank you

        1. Hello Hardia, it’s great to hear that you would like to teach English online! We have just forwarded you more information about our courses by email. If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to get back in touch with us.

  9. Hi my name is Prudence I have a Degree in Tourism Development and an Honours Degree in Historical Studies. I recently finished a 120 Hour TEFL course and passed with High Distinction. I have a brief experience of online assistant teaching at the University of Johannesburg, helping the department during lockdown. I would like to English teach online because I’m fluent in English as a medium of instruction and ambitious.

    1. Hi there Prudence. Thank you for commenting on our blog post! I will be able to provide limited assistance with your job search unless you did your TEFL course with us. We have a jobs board on our website where you can search for jobs worldwide. You can access the jobs board on our website through the following link: https://www.theteflacademy.com/tefl-jobs.

      I would also recommend searching through Google for other ESL job sites. We do have a range of internship and volunteer programs that you can apply for though our website at the following links: https://www.theteflacademy.com/internships and https://www.theteflacademy.com/volunteer.

      I hope you find this helpful and I wish you all the best with your search.

  10. Good day
    My name is Marolene. I studied a Bachelors degree in consumer science and business management and did my TEFL (120hours).
    I taught an English course to adults at the North West University of South Africa.
    I taught at an international school in China for a year (kindergarten).
    I also did online classes for the same school for a year. The students were grade 4 and age 3 to 4.
    I’m looking for a great online teaching platform. Can you please assist me?
    Kind regards

    1. Hi there Maroline. We have a jobs board on our website where you can search for jobs worldwide. You can access the jobs board on our website through the following link: https://www.theteflacademy.com/tefl-jobs. I would also recommend searching through Google for other ESL job sites. We do have a range of internship and volunteer programs that you can apply for though our website at the following links: https://www.theteflacademy.com/internships and https://www.theteflacademy.com/volunteer. I hope you find this helpful and I wish you all the best with your search.

  11. Hi, I have a Degree in Communication Scienece with Unisa & did An online TEFL certificate. How do I go about registering with you, I would like to be an online teacher full time

    1. Hi there! As we are only a TEFL course provider, we cannot provide placements for TEFL teachers. However, we do have a great jobs board with job placements posted from all over the world that you can view. You can find that here: https://www.theteflacademy.com/tefl-jobs – I would like to wish you the best of luck with your job search! 😊

  12. Hi

    I am a final year student doing Bachelor of Science and I am really interested in doing the TEFL course , please email me the details. May you please also include details on how to apply at CAMBLY since they do not require the TEFL certificate and degree.

    Thank you

  13. Hi there, hope you are well.
    My name is Jan and I am a native South African.
    I have my Bachelors degree in Education, focusing on Early Childhood Development and I have completed a 120 hr TESOL course in 2016, followed by about 2 years of teaching experience overseas.
    I’m very interested in teaching English online. Kindly assist me.
    Thank you and best regards,

    1. Hi Jan- I will be able to provide limited assistance with your job search unless you did your TEFL course with us? We have a jobs board on our website where you can search for jobs worldwide. You can access the jobs board on our website through the following link: https://www.theteflacademy.com/tefl-jobs. I would also recommend searching through Google for other ESL job sites. We do have a range of internship and volunteer programs that you can apply for though our website at the following links: https://www.theteflacademy.com/internships and https://www.theteflacademy.com/volunteer. I hope you find this helpful and I wish you all the best with your search. 😀

  14. Goo day, my name is Serena and I completed my TEFL certificate with the TEFL academy in 2017. I have 3 years experience with teaching English online but I would like to move on to one of these companies but im finding it a bit hard to apply. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Regards,
    Serena

  15. Hello. I am currently an ESL teacher and expert reviewer.

    I have obtained my TEFL certificate and I have over a year of experience. I am looking to teach remotely.

  16. Hi, trust you are well.
    My name is Salimah and I am a native South African.
    I have my Bachelors degree in Education and I have also completed a TEFL certificate level 5 – 168 hrs TEFL course through TEFL academy.
    I am currently studying my honors in Education.
    I’m interested in teaching English online. Kindly assist me.
    Thank you.

    1. Hello Salimah, we have sent you an email with information about teaching online and online jobs boards. Best of luck with your job search! 🙂

  17. Hi,

    I have a degree, experience working with kids and The Tefl Academy 168h certificate. I would appreciate if you could provide some assistance with how to go about teaching online.

    Kind Regards
    Mikayla

    1. Hi Mikayla, we have sent you an email with information about teaching online and a list of online jobs boards. I hope you will find this helpful in your search.

  18. Hi. I am a qualified South African educator. I have a bachelor degree in education and a TEFL certificate. I have been trying to get an online teaching job but have not be successful. I would really like to teach English online to foreign students.

    1. Hello, thank you for your message. We have a jobs board on our website where you can search for jobs worldwide. You can access the jobs board on our website through the following link: https://www.theteflacademy.com/tefl-jobs. I would also recommend searching through Google for other ESL job sites. We do have a range of internship and volunteer programs that you can apply for though our website at the following links: https://www.theteflacademy.com/internships and https://www.theteflacademy.com/volunteer. I hope you find this helpful and I wish you all the best with your search. 🙂

  19. Hi
    I would like to enroll for the TEFL course
    I am a qualified IT Tech and software lector,
    I give Microsoft word, Excell, power point ext computer training. I would like to give online English training as well. Please provide me with all the info and steps I need to take.

    Thank You

    Nicky

    1. Hi Nicky, I am happy to hear that you are interested in enrolling on our TEFL course. Enrolment is very simple and can be done completely online or over the phone. For our course options and latest prices please visit our website here: https://www.theteflacademy.com/tefl-courses

      If you want to pay online then please just click the enrol button on the website to start registration. Any problems please contact Student Services at hello@theteflacademy.com

  20. Hi there.

    My name is Lekha Maharaj and I am interested in teaching children English online.
    I do not have a degree in teaching but I do have a Marketing Diploma where one of my courses included Communication in English.
    I have noticed that Cambly does not require a Degree or Certificate, please can u advise further on this and how do I go about applying for the online Teaching vacancies.

    Many thanks

  21. Hi

    i have a BCOM degree in SCM and i am currently doing my honours. I have done my TEFL course with you guys about a year back.
    Please help with a part time job for teaching English online as I work from Mon – Fri, 8 to 4:30.

    1. Hi Sajidah. We are always happy to provide job assistance where we can to our past students! We have sent you an Email with some online tutoring information. Best of luck with this!

  22. Hi, I am qualified social worker and I have TEFL certificate, I’m willing to teach English online please assist.

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi, I am interested in teaching English online. I have a full time job but I would like to earn an extra income. I have a Bachelor’s Degree as well as PGCE. Would I still be required to complete the TEFL course? Please send more information. Thank you

      1. Hi Lauren – Thanks for getting in touch. The answer is yes, Whilst your teaching qualifications put you in a great position for finding a teaching job online or abroad, the majority of employers/ language schools will still look for applicants to have a TEFL qualification. We advise a level 5 TEFL qualification and you can find more information about our course options and prices here: https://www.theteflacademy.com/tefl-courses. We’ve also sent you more information! 😊

  23. Hi

    I am a qualified South African teacher who is currently teaching English in South Korea. I will continue to work here until my contract ends in February 2021. I plan on returning home to teach English online for one of the above mentioned companies. I however do not have a TEFL because it was not a requirement here due to have a teacher’s certificate. I would like to know what chances I have of earning a decent salary from teaching English online on a full-time schedule.

    Thanks in dvance

  24. Hi, trust you are well, I am interested in the online teaching, I have completed the 168 hour tefl level 5 course, kindly assist me. Thank you

    1. That’s great Fatima -We have emailed you some resources you can use going forward. Good luck!

  25. Hi. I am a university student studying accounting and I am interested in something like this. Would it be possible for me to qualify? Thanks

    1. There are very few requirements to do the TEFL course with us. You only need to:

      be over the age of 16
      have a minimum C1 level of English (advanced)
      have access to a computer/laptop and the internet
      have basic computer skills.
      If you fit all of these requirements then you will be able to enrol for our course online or over the phone!

  26. Hello my name is Phatsimo,i am from Botswana.i have a bachelor’s degree and a TEFL certificate,i am not a native English speaker however i need assistance in finding a job in teaching english online.
    Thank you

  27. Hi, I am interested in this opportunity. I have a Bachelor’s degree in education and a Tefl with 8months teaching experience.

  28. Good morning Mrs/Mr

    I am interested in doing online teaching, unfortunately I don’t have a qualification as yet is there still a way where I can still do online teaching?

    Thank you

    1. Hi Jenniveve – You’ll need a TEFL qualification to do this. We have sent you an email on our course! hope that helps!

  29. Hi
    My name is Ruth I’m interested in teaching English online.
    I have my bachelors degree and a TEFL certificate
    I am currently studying my honors in Curriculum Studies
    Please help

    1. Hi Ruth, We can only really provide job support if you have completed the course with us. I’ve asked a colleague to email you some help though!

    2. I am currently in my first year of completing my bachelors degree but for a start id be interested in something small like Cambly. i do have some months experience in tutoring if that counts for anything . Please do email me asap.

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