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Top 5 Online English Teaching Jobs for Non-Native Teachers

We often get this question: “Where do I find online ESL teaching jobs as a non-native teacher?” The opportunities are indeed more limited for those who aren’t native English speaking teachers from one of the seven countries: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, South Africa, and New Zealand. It’s still possible, however, to nail an online English teaching job as a non-native teacher, as long as you’ve got the necessary qualifications.


Here are the top 5 online English teaching jobs for non-native teachers:

1. Palfish

You don’t need to be a native English speaker to qualify for an online English teaching job at Palfish. However, you’re required to hold a Bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate such as TEFL or TESOL. If you’ve had prior teaching experience, it would be a big plus. You’ll teach one-on-one classes scheduled according to Beijing time. The minimal weekly teaching time commitment is 3.5 hours. As an ESL teacher, you can set your own rate, typically around $10 to $18 an hour or even more. Your pay will be sent through Payoneer or bank card.


Learn more or apply for a job at Palfish here >

2. Topica Native

Despite its name Topica Native, this Vietnam-based online ESL teaching company hires both native and non-native teachers. The pay starts at $8 and goes up to $16 with a guarantee of 20 teaching hours per month, minimum. You’ll teach 45-minute classes with university students or working professionals. The teaching schedule is flexible, based on your own preference. As a non-native teacher, you must have a Bachelor’s degree and a TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certificate. Moreover, Topica provides you with lesson plans and teaching materials, thus little preparation is required.


Learn more or apply for a job at Topica Native here >

3. Cambly

Cambly offers an on-demand, 24/7 system for students to practice speaking with an English teacher. The students are of various ages and locations. It’s a great job to take advantage of your spare time and earn extra cash on the side. Peak teaching hours are often in the afternoon and night time (after the students’ school or regular work hours). A degree or prior teaching experience aren’t required, yet preferred.

You can apply for an online ESL teaching job at Cambly as a non-native English speaker, as long as you’re good enough. The pay rate is $0.17 per minute, which adds up to $10.20 per hour, paid via Paypal.

Learn more or apply for a job at Cambly here >

4. iTutorGroup (TutorABC)

The Taiwan-based online ESL teaching company, iTutorGroup, is also known as TutorABC and VIPABC. It’s been around since 1998. The company hires both native and non-native English speaking teachers. However, it isn’t ideal since there’s a significant pay gap between native and non-native teachers.

You are required to have a Bachelor’s degree and TESOL/TEFL Certification. The minimum weekly teaching hour commitment is 10 hours (7 hours on the weekday and 3 hours on the weekends). The pay rate depends on where you’re from and how long you’ve been with the company, as mentioned previously. According to member reviews on our Online ESL Reviews Facebook Group, it’s around $8 to $11 per hour.

Learn more or apply for a job at iTutorGroup (TutorABC) here >

5. Hujiang CCClass

CCClass Online Inc. is a partner of the China-based online ESL company Hujiang. It employs both office-based and home-based English teachers to teach for 4 hours a day, 5 times a week (including weekends). Non-natives are welcome to apply. The pay rate per hour is from $2 to $4.

To qualify for an online English teaching job at CCClass, you’re required to hold a Bachelor’s degree. A TEFL/TESOL certificate and teaching experience are optional, yet preferable. You must have a laptop or a PC, with high-quality headsetwebcam and stable Internet connection. Lastly, you must have clear speaking voice that is easy to understand.

Learn more or apply for a job at Hujiang CCClass here >

You can join our Online English Teaching Jobs Facebook Group to learn about others’ experiences teaching English online and find teaching opportunities for yourself. You’ll learn where to find online teaching jobs, the application and interview process for each company, the pay, and benefits, how to make the most money teaching English online, as well as the tips for teaching ESL successfully.