Are you curious about how some can travel abroad for a month or so without having an 8-hour job? Because same! These persons may be a high-paid vlogger, tutoring online, a celebrity, a flight attendant. Oris employed of a job that would require them to travel.
But did you know you can travel abroad by tutoring online? It won’t require you to have a 9-5 job – only a laptop, internet connection, and of course, English Skills.
Below are some tips you can teach English online while having the best days of your life traveling:
- Know the basic requirements so you can be employed to teach English online
Some companies would require a TEFL certificate. This a short course that will help you have the skill required to teach English. You can take them online hence, enrolling in the course would never be a problem if you are already traveling.
Tech equipment Internet connection
Some companies won’t require your TEFL certificate. Sometimes they will require you to take an exam in the company and get interviewed. Once you passed, congratulations! You can right away teach English online.
Now, you only need to have a laptop and a decent internet connection. Most companies would require you 20mbps.
- Be flexible
As a traveling teacher, being a digital nomad is your normal. Be flexible enough to worst-case scenarios that would come your way. For instance, if you are in a Hostel in Croatia with a poor internet connection, try to relocate right away. You can’t reason out to your students that you can’t teach because of your internet provider. It’s your responsibility to find solutions.
- Try Airbnb
Airbnb is for low-cost traveling. It is one of the best accommodation considering your job. They are cheap and mostly located away from crowded areas. Hence, you will have the quiet and privacy you need when teaching English online.
- Take advantage of the days you are not teaching
It is normal to get annoyed to travel and then thinking you have classes later. Asking your Airbnb about their internet speed can be a hassle, too. To prevent this, we advise that you travel during the holiday, off day, and semester breaks.
- Pack light
Since you would spend much of your time traveling, make sure to pack lightly. You don’t want to be stressed with the heavy luggage with you. Don’t bring non-essential things on your travel. Your teaching props such as toys, puppets, and other colorful things are a must though. You would need them to entertain your students especially if they are kids.
- Communicate with your students and their families
See to it that your student and their family can communicate with you. There are instances when you or your students can’t attend classes. You want the best out of your trip and it can be ruined when suddenly your student couldn’t attend. You would think that if only you knew, you should have joined your friends in their museum visits.
You are not perfect, no one is. You are learning through the online platforms for your online classes and so are your students. Find the time to reflect on how your teaching journey is going for you. The goal is to be an effective teacher, to love your craft, and be a good mentor to your students.
Of course, advantages and disadvantages exist with being a traveler and tutoring online. But the good news is there are a lot of pros than cons. Internet issues and exhilarating classes should never hinder the happiness you get on traveling. The getaway is your escape from the online world.