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.

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 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. 

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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!

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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.

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.


Good afternoon I would like to teach English online. I live in Durban South Africa.

Tandile, 12th May 2022

I would like to teach english online from south Africa. I’m currently and educator.

Lauren, 24th April 2022

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

Marolene Weyers, 5th January 2021

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

Senate, 17th November 2020

Hi there
Please I would like to know, how I can teach English en ligne.
Best regards
Naziha Mokadem

Naziha Mokadem, 30th October 2020

Good Day
I have a TEFL Certificate and i’m interested in teaching online .
Can you assist

Khathija Rajah, 16th October 2020


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

Siphelele, 9th October 2020

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,

Jan, 4th October 2020

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.


Serena, 25th August 2020

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.

Urisha Poorai, 22nd August 2020

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.

Salimah Begum Rassool, 14th August 2020


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, 12th August 2020

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.

[email protected], 8th August 2020

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, 24th July 2020

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

Lekha Maharaj, 17th July 2020


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.

Sajidah Adam, 17th July 2020

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

Thanks in advance

Lindelani Khumalo, 7th July 2020


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


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

Fatima Moosa, 26th May 2020

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

Abdullah, 21st May 2020

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

Phatsimo, 20th May 2020

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

Myrlene, 19th May 2020

Hi there.

I am interested in doing the TEFL course. Please email me some details.

Thank you.

Monique, 15th May 2020

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

Jenniveve Southon, 11th May 2020

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

Ruth, 26th April 2020

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