Online English school 51Talk is pushing to recruit up to 100,000 home-based teachers across the Philippines.
The role offers an opportunity to earn up to 80,000 pesos per month guiding Chinese children through a video-based learning programme.
The company has three centres in the country where candidates receive their initial training — in Bacolod, Pasig and Baguio.
Speaking at a press briefing in Bacolod yesterday (Friday, July 13) Jennifer Que, vice president for Philippine operations, said her company already had 14,000 Filipino home-based teachers, including more than 600 in Negros Occidental, mainly in Bacolod.
“Bacolod itself is growing and becoming bigger. Our target within five years is 100,000 home-based teachers in the Philippines,” she said.
Established in China seven years ago, 51Talk began its Philippine operations in 2012. Its first two centre-based facilities were in Pasig and Baguio, followed by Bacolod, which opened in May last year.
Those who are hired undergo training in these centres before starting as home-based teachers, either full-time or part-time.
Applicants should have a college degree, good spoken English and a reliable internet connection with good computer facilities.
“The teacher needs a high-speed, wired internet connection because the lessons are all in videos,” Que said.
She added that 55 per cent of applicants fail due to lack of such wired internet connection.
She also said that home-based teachers could earn up to 80,000 pesos a month.
Through a virtual learning platform, the Chinese learners, mostly aged between seven and 12 years old, take live, interactive and fun one-on-one English lessons with Filipino teachers.
“They teach English for 25 minutes online to a child. The Chinese children with their parents pick the materials. I would say 80 per cent of the talk-time would be from the student, the teacher just guides the child for 25 minutes,” Ms Que said.
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