Top Companies for South Africans to Teach English Online
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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.
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SayABC is a Beijing-based company. Teachers teach English to Chinese learners aged five 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.
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 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 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.
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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!
Read more: Teaching English Online as a Side Hustle
NOTE: In August 2021, the Chinese Ministry of Education introduced new regulations relating to after-school tutoring companies, including online companies. While this might mean that jobs teaching English to Chinese learners may be restricted for a while, this ony applies to learners aged six to 15. There are still plenty of opportunities to teach English online to adult learners.
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- You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we can determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.
- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.
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