I’ve been looking forward to kicking off this series about online ESL teaching companies that hire Australians for a while now. I loved my time as an online ESL teacher with DaDa: I personally found it to be an excellent, stable income source, and I’ve been looking forward to providing a terrific, updated resource for aspiring online ESL teachers. However, when I sat down to actually start this series, I pretty quickly came to an important realization, and here’s the blunt truth of it: I am just not deeply enough involved in the online ESL world anymore to give you the kind of fully comprehensive resource I want to. My wonderful family life is so busy, my home-based transcription business (you can read about that here and here) is booming, and I’m just no longer immersed in the busy professional and social networks that comprise the online ESL world. And the online ESL world changes fast, sometimes really fast. Dada, for example, who I’ll be talking about today, have been through a series of really significant changes even in the relatively short time since I finished working with them.
The reality is that I could dive into many, many hours of research, communicate back and forth with the companies, hit up my best teacher contacts for info and provide you with detailed company summaries that I’d be happy were both comprehensive and accurate, but, with the speed with which some of these companies are evolving and growing, some or lots of that info may be out of date and inaccurate quite soon. So, while super comprehensive company summaries aren’t really feasible, what I do still know about online ESL teaching is where to look to find the latest info and current teachers happy to give you advice and insights. So, that’s what this post series has evolved into: For each company I’ll provide you links to the best resources I know of relevant to that particular company. Now, without further ado, let’s start with DaDa:
DaDa’s website is here, and they have general information, teacher testimonials, and a FAQ page that prospective teachers will certainly find useful, and you can easily start your application from their home page when you’re ready. Once I’d submitted my application, the recruiter who took me through the interview and on-boarding process was of course a terrific source of information, and it obviously goes without saying that official company representatives and your contract itself are your only official sources of information with any company, and you should read your contract very carefully, make sure you understand it, and make sure you’re happy with it before you sign on. Don’t be that person that willingly signs a contract and then complains bitterly on social media about the conditions you freely agreed to. (Well, be that person if you want, but I’m just baffled by people who behave that way!)
Now while, as outlined above, the particular company you’re interested in and the contract they may offer you will be your only official sources of information, there are various other resources and social media channels you can look to for informational videos, teacher groups (official and unofficial), and detailed (and sometimes animated!) discussion of some of the latest happenings with various online ESL companies. While it pretty much goes without saying in this day and age, don’t believe everything you read/see on the internet. It’s up to you, of course, to sift through the information and characters you find online and determine for yourself what is legit and useful, and what’s not.
One resource that can be useful for all of the online ESL companies I’ll be writing about over the next few weeks is the FB group ESL Educational Rockstar. It’s run by a woman named Lily, who is a recruiter for a few different online ESL companies, and it’s a place for discussion of anything ESL teaching related. You’ll find lots of discussions here about a wide variety of online ESL companies (just use the page search function to narrow it down to the specific company you’re interested in).
Another FB group you’ll definitely want to check out if you’re interested in working for DaDa is DaDa Teaching Fun (Official Group). This DaDa specific group has almost 6,000 members, and I found most members generally friendly and helpful there during my time as a DaDa teacher. There is also the DaDa FB page, which you should definitely check out too.
YouTube can also be a wealth of information for the aspiring online ESL teacher. While you can (and should) just do a simple YouTube search and do a little sifting to find the videos and channels that are most of interest to you, I found LaShundra Wigfall’s videos super useful when I was researching to apply for DaDa. She’s a current DaDa teacher and was formerly DaDa’s teacher of the year (in 2017, I think), and she has a host of videos about working for/applying to DaDa, online ESL teaching skills in general, as well as videos relating to other companies she also works with (I’ve no idea how she manages to pump out these videos when she’s juggling work with multiple companies and life with her beautiful family, but she somehow does it, and the videos are super useful, in my opinion).
So, that’s it for DaDa, guys. I hope it’s useful to you and, as always, you’re welcome to reach out with any questions you may have. Don’t forget that coming up next I’ve got posts on Say ABC, iTutor Group, ALO7, Whales English, PalFish, UUabc and Cambly, so be sure to check back in for those posts soon.
Happy job hunting,