Learning languages online is growing in popularity at a tremendous rate and because of this there is an increasing demand for language teachers/tutors worldwide. Spanish is close to the top of the list when it comes to the most in-demand languages so there is a real opportunity here that you could potentially make some money with.
Do you speak fluent Spanish and are you looking to make some money helping others learn your native tongue? Then read on!
There are a lot of language apps out there that have become huge successes... Duolingo, Babbel, Rosetta Stone, etc... this goes to show that people want to learn languages and they want to learn them online on their own time... whether that be through an app or through virtual live lessons.
What these jobs are like..
Before reading any further I want to give you a brief overview of what these jobs are like so that you know what you are looking at here.
Most (but not all) are freelance Spanish teaching/tutoring jobs. You will have the ultimate flexibility when it comes to your schedule and will be able to set your own rates often times. We have seen some charging students as much as $90/hr, although this should not be expected when starting out.
Some of the jobs are more for tutoring where you might help a Spanish student out with homework or prepare for a test, while others are more organized teaching jobs where you will be teaching a structured course and reconnecting with students over an over again.
Before Starting: What You Will Need
The requirements will vary depending on what job you are looking at, but there are some commonalities among the different positions. They pretty much all require you to:
- Be a native Spanish speaker
- Have good internet connection
- Have a reliable computer
- Have a headset and webcam
The experience, certificate, diploma requirements vary a lot. Some require that you have several years of Spanish teaching experience while others don't care so much. You will see as you go through the list...
15 Remote Spanish Teaching Opportunities..
italki is a freelance tutoring site. What they do is provide a platform where students can find language tutors and choose who they want to learn from. Tutors will be able to set their own hours and prices, some charging students of Spanish as much as $30/hr based on what we've seen on the platform.
You will be able to build your own brand, as you would do with any freelance opportunity. There is a good earning potential on sites like this but it can be difficult in the early stages when you don't have a reputation or any regular students. Another difficulty is that you have to provide your own course material.
You can get paid in either or 2 positions: what they call a 'community tutor' or a 'professional teacher'. Professional teachers are those with more credentials and are able to charge higher rates.
You can apply here: https://www.italki.com/teacher/application
This place is another you can join as a freelance tutorer. You will be able to create your own tutor profile, set your own rates, work your own hours and so on. But, again, you will also have to create your own course material here.
Students will be able to book lessons with you by searching the marketplace and picking you as a tutor, just as they are able to do with italki. Alternatively you can apply for custom tutoring offers that students post on the platform.
According to Preply, popular tutors are making up to $550 a week. Interested? You can find out more and sign up here: https://preply.com/en/teach
Verbling is similar to that above, another freelance tutoring platform. Here you can also set your own rates and build your own brand. It is another freelance tutoring platform, so this means you prepare your own lessons.
They don't let just anyone join however. You must have experience teaching Spanish and it must be your native language. You don't actually need a certificate of any kind though, although it is preferred.
Everything is done over the platform. They have their own video chat you will be able to teach through.
Tutors usually start out earning around $15/hr.
You can apply here: https://www.verbling.com/teach
Another freelance teaching platform, Verbalplanet allows you to create your own little tutoring brand around yourself. You will be able to set your own schedule and teach how you like, although of course catering to student needs should be a priority.
Students from over 100 countries use this platform to learn new languages and there are many different types of students you may interact with. Lessons are taught via Skype.
They aren't always open for new tutor registration but you can check here: https://www.verbalplanet.com/tutorregister.asp
5. Live Lingua
Live Lingua has offices in the US and Latin America and employs tutors all over the world. Online Spanish tutoring is one of their most popular services but they also provide tutoring for a number of other languages.
Teaching is done via skype. As a teacher you will be provided with training and will be assigned students who are a good fit. It's not a freelance job like the many others already mentioned.
Their requirements are pretty strict however, so this may not be an option for many. You will need to have at least 2 years teaching Spanish to foreigners as well as have a degree teaching SSL (Spanish as a second language) or a bachelor's degree in education along with a certification teaching SSL.
You can follow this link if you are interested in learning more or applying: https://www.livelingua.com/jobs/spanish-teacher/
Just about everyone has heard of Chegg. They have been around since 2003 and offering online tutoring services is just one of the many things they do. Here you can create your own freelance tutor profile and get paid on your own time.
What's nice about this platform is that you simply login whenever you feel like tutoring and they will send students your way.
They state that tutors start out at $20+/hr, which is pretty good. And based on what we have seen, it seems that the requirements to get accepted are not too stringent.
You can find out more here: https://www.chegg.com/tutors/become-a-tutor
Lingoda is different than those previously mentioned. Here you are considered a freelancer (I guess) but you are provided with pre-made lesson material, which is really nice.
Classes (aka lessons) are also different. You might have up to 5 students in an hour long class and they will be adults. You will be able to set your own schedule but of course you want to cater to the peak times that adults are looking to login and learn.
If you want apply you can do so here : https://www.lingoda.com/en/p/become-a-teacher
They are looking for people who are native speakers and have at least 2 years teaching experience, although you might be able to get away with less.
This is another freelance platform you can teach Spanish on that is similar to a lot of the others but differs slightly. You will be able to create your profile and everything but the good news is that you don't have to struggle so much to build up a reputation and build a student customer base early on. They will book students for you.
You might also have the ability to teach locally, in-person, but of course you are reading this article to find online Spanish teaching jobs.
Besides Spanish this place also provides lessons in a number of different things, ranging from dancing to singing and other languages.
If you want to be a teacher you can do so here: https://takelessons.com/teachers
9. Varsity Tutors
Varsity Tutors is a very well respected tutoring platform that provides freelance tutors in a number of subjects, Spanish being one of them. They are quite large and have over 18,000 tutors working with them. This is another place where you can actually meet with students in person if possible and if you choose to, besides just tutoring online.
The platform you tutor on here is top-notch. You will interact with students over an easy to use virtual whiteboard where you can easily write, draw, etc depending on your teaching style.
Lessons are going to have to be prepared by you however.
You can click https://www.varsitytutors.com/tutoring-jobs to apply.
This is another freelance tutoring platform that offers many different tutoring services. Like most, you will be able to create your profile and develop your own brand around yourself.
You will be able to connect with students via video chat and will use their shared whiteboard platform.
There are some tutors that make insane amounts of money here due to the wide customer base they cater to.... some having rates as high as $90/hr!
You can go to https://www.wyzant.com/tutorsignupstart to apply.
Other possible freelance opportunities ...
You might also have some luck searching around on sites like listed below. These are mostly freelance sites where there are all types of freelancers, far from just language teachers. You aren't guaranteed to find a remote Spanish teaching/tutoring job but it is possible... it all depends.
You can search for job postings for online Spanish teaching and see if anything comes up.
11. Upwork - Freelance
12. Freelancer.com - Freelance
13. Glassdoor - Job board/review board
14. ZipRecruiter - Job board
Language app opportunities..
15. Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone offers a lot of different job opportunities. What you are probably most interested in are their online language tutor positions. These are part-time positions that usually give you at least 8-10 hours a week.
The upside is that it isn't freelance so you don't have to try to get students yourself. Another upside is that they seem to be pretty lenient with the qualifications.
Positions aren't available all that often and get taken fast by others, but if you want to check the available openings you can do so here: http://jobs.jobvite.com/careers/rosettastone/jobs
*You might have to scroll down a ways to find the online tutoring openings.
Remember This Before Applying
Before you apply, if you are going to be applying to one of the freelance positions where you build your own brand so to speak, just remember that you likely won't make much at first. There is the potential to turn these opportunities into full-time money makers but you just can't expect that when starting out.
Other opportunities you might be interested in:
Another related opportunity that you could possibly be interested in is teaching ESL online (English as a second language) if you are fluent in English as well. A lot of the ESL teaching opportunities provide fixed pay yet still offer flexible scheduling which is nice.
With ESL teaching jobs you are usually working for a company as an independent contractor teaching children in Asian countries like China, although not 100% of the time. They can be exciting and very rewarding.
Also be sure to check out our list of job opportunities where you can work from home, be your own boss, make a little extra money on the side, and so on: Here's the list.