Online Western Teachers
The students of First Future's partner schools generally have face-to-face lessons with local, Chinese staff. The students pay extra for speaking practice with western teachers.
You will be teaching an individual student, or groups of up to six, in a virtual classroom (VC). All lesson content is provided in the form of a PDF file, so there is little preparation required. A standard lesson would include going through pre-taught vocabulary - to focus on pronunciation, understanding and the ability to use it independently - and supporting your students to gain confidence in speaking. Student feedback can be completed during lesson time, so there is no additional admin time required.
As a First Future teacher, you will be working on a fixed schedule. This means that you have guaranteed hours and a guaranteed minimum income. For example, if your project was for weekday evenings, 6 - 9 p.m., then, as an absolute minimum, you would be paid your base rate for 15 hours each week. At First Future, you are paid in full even if a lesson hasn't been booked during your shift, or if students don't show up.
In addition to your fixed schedule, you can also register for additional flexi-classes to boost your income. You can add / change your availability for flexi-classes yourself on a daily basis.
First Future works with over 1000 organizations, so specifics vary. On average, group lessons are for 45 minutes, so there is one lesson per hourly time slot, with a 15 minute break. 1-on-1 lessons are 25 minutes on average, so there would be two lessons per hourly time slot.
Teachers are paid monthly on the 10th via PayPal. All fees are covered by First Future and, as an independent contractor, you are not liable for tax in China.
The base rate is dependent on experience and qualifications. Additionally, teachers earn bonuses for class completion, group classes and weekend classes. As a guide, the take-home pay ranges from $16 - $20 for 45 minutes or 2 x 25 minutes.
Teaching Schedules (all times are for CHINA GMT+8)
The majority of fixed projects are during the evening on weekdays, between 17:00 - 23:00, and all day at weekends. These are the most common shifts:
- 18:00 - 21:00 Monday to Friday
- 17:00 - 22:00 Monday to Friday
- 19:00 - 23:00 at least 4 consecutive days per week (Monday to Sunday)
- 08:00 - 19:00 Saturday and Sunday (with 2 x 1-hour breaks)
Again, the idea is that you will be on a fixed schedule, so will have a guaranteed income, and then you can also add your availability for flexi-classes as and when you want to boost your income.