Q: How much will I be paid?
A: You will be paid a base rate per hour, plus bonuses. The bonuses depend upon which project you are placed with (class size, type, performance). The base rate begins at $10 per hour for the less experienced, to $12 for those with a recognized TEFL certificate and experience. For those with DELTA, MA TESOL and higher qualifications, salary can be negotiated.
Q: How will I be paid?
A: Western teachers are paid in full for a calendar month’s work on the 10th of the following month via PayPal. First Future covers all fees for this.
Q: What if I don’t have PayPal?
A: It’s very easy to set up a PayPal account and we can help you with it if needed. If that is still not possible, we can pay to a local bank account, however all fees must be covered by the teacher.
Q: Will I be paid for training?
A: Yes. You will be paid 50% of the agreed hourly pay rate for training hours.
Q: Do I have to pay taxes?
A: As a freelance teacher any tax would depend on where you live and your personal circumstances. We will not withhold any amount from your agreed hourly pay rate for tax. We also do not require you to provide any documentation with regard to tax in your country.
Q: Will I get a contract?
A: All First Future teachers are freelance employees. As such there is no contract or employee-employer relationship between you and First Future. This is a very common arrangement for all online work. However, we do have a “Teacher Agreement” which you will be asked to sign. This is a document containing a list of expectations and requirements for working with us. Generally this is related to conduct in class, a copy can be provided to you at any time and will be given to you at the end of training.
Q: How will the training be conducted?
A: Our training lasts 8 – 10 hours and covers a basic introduction to our systems and software, teaching methodology training, mock classes and assessments. At the end of the training all trainees will be asked to conduct an assessed class to judge if they are ready to complete the training and move into the teaching team.
Q: What if I fail the training the first time?
A: Generally when people fail they are not given a second chance to go through the training. The training focuses more on personality than preparation, so it is unlikely that you would fail for any reason which would be helped by more training. However, in certain cases where a lack of understanding with our systems or methodology was the reason for failing then a second chance may be given.
Q: What happens after training?
A: After training your desired working times will be added to our scheduling software. From this point you can be given classes with as little as 24 – 4 hours’ notice (depending on the notice period you instruct us to give you).
We will also begin showing you to some of our partner schools who may wish to use you exclusively for their project during certain days and times. This is referred to as being ‘bought out’ and you will be paid for all of these hours regardless of whether you teach or not.
Q: How will I know if I am bought out?
A: If we show your demo class and profile to a school and they like you, then they will almost always want to perform their own interview and demo class. If you pass or fail this then we will inform you.
Q: What advantage is there to being bought out?
A: Your shift will be fixed, so you can be sure you will be working and you will be paid for every one of those hours whether you have a class or not.
Q: What if I am not bought out?
A: Teachers who do not have a fixed schedule can still work on a flexi-schedule. This means that you will be offered classes through our MIS scheduling system and will be paid for taking those classes.
Q: How do I accept a class?
A: If a student or school tries to book a class in your flexi-schedule, then you will be sent an email with all of the class details in it. This email will contain a “Yes” or “No” button for you to click. The classes are offered on a first to accept basis.
Q: How will I know if I have a class?
A: In MIS you will see a calendar and schedule page, both of which contain details of classes that you have accepted.
Q: What if I cannot teach a class?
A: If you cannot make it to a class we ask that you give us as much notice as possible. We require a minimum of 4 hours notice to cancel a class with a student.
Q: What do you mean by fixed and flexi-schedule?
A:Fixed schedules are offered to teachers who are working with our partner schools on a regular weekly shift. In order to get a fixed shift you will first have to pass a demo and be selected as a teacher for one of our partner schools. Teachers working on a fixed shift will be expected to be online for the entire shift and will be paid for every hour of the shift whether they have classes or not.
While you are waiting to pass a demo, or if you would prefer a more flexible shift then you may work as a flexi-teacher. This means you will be scheduled classes directly by schools or students with 24 – 4 hours of notice, depending on your preference, and will be paid only for classes which you teach. For the other times when you do not have classes you will not be expected to be online.
Q: Can I work full time? Do you only offer part time teaching?
A: We do not use the term full-time or part-time. Teachers work on either a fixed or flexi-shift.
Q: What are the working schedules?
A: This would depend on your availability and the schools you are working with for a fixed schedule. For flexi-classes we teach from 08:00 – 23:00 every day of the week (China GMT+8).
Q: Can I choose a project based account?
A: Schools select the teachers they would like on their project based on your availability, experience, biography, introductory video, and a demo class which will be arranged with them.
Q: How do I file for leave?
A: We ask that leave requests are filed with as much notice as possible, and at least 2 weeks unless absolutely unavoidable.
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