Teaching English at Carrot Global - full review. Students, payment and requirements.
Carrot Global is an online English teaching school based out of South Korea. What is Carrot Global looking for in an English teacher?
Hi there! This video is about teaching English online. If you are looking for remote work, things you can do at home from your computer, teaching English online could be a great option for you. Whether you're a student, whether you have children and you want to be in the house with them, or whether you like staying in your pajamas all day and still getting paid - teaching English could be the right option for you today.
Like many online English schools, you do need to have a bachelor's degree. It doesn't have to be a degree in English or education necessarily.
You also do not need to have a TEFL certification, or TESOL, or CELTA, or any of these kinds of ESL certifications - they are simply looking for native speakers or people who have a native-like accent.
What do you need before you apply to Carrot Global?
The technological requirements are pretty basic, because the company supplies you with all of your English teaching materials, all of which you can easily download from their website.
There's not a lot of preparation you need as far as props or flashcards or anything like that. You will need a fairly standard and fast internet connection as you will be video- or audio-calling your students, via an online phone. You'll also need a headset so that it's better for everybody - your students will be able to hear you since you'll be miked, and you'll also be able to hear your students more clearly, which is important when you're teaching online.
So, who will you be teaching at Carrot Global?
According to their website, students are 18 plus, which is generally true. I have been working for Carrot for about a year now, and while most of the students are adults, you will get some juniors and they can be anywhere from around eight, all the way to 18.
They do provide all of the materials you will need – no matter the age or the level, all levels are present. You will get beginner students who know little to no English, all the way up to people who are nearly native and just want to practice their conversation with a native speaker.
The materials provided are quite good. As I mentioned before, you don't need a degree in education or English to be a teacher at Carrot, because the materials will guide the student through at an appropriate level. So you don't need to worry about your teaching skills. You'll pick it up as you're on the job.
Teaching at Carrot Global
Let's talk about the mechanics of how everything works as far as payment and scheduling concerned, it is a job after all. Carrot is one of the lower-paid jobs on the ESL online market. The general pay rate is from $13 to $17. So depending on your skills and experience, they will start you out somewhere in that range. I think most people start on the lower end, with the potential to have pay increases based on performance.
How's scheduling works with Carrot Global?
What you will do is, fill out a form, which says when you are free, you'll have to fill it out your time zone as well as the Korean time zone, so that the schedulers have an idea of when you are available in both timezones. After that, you will see your schedule get filled in class increments that I talked about earlier.
The pros and cons of working with Carrot English
The pros are the students. Having a mostly adult student body is really great. They're motivated. You don't have to do some of the more silly things you might have to do working with children, like singing and dancing, seeing, or having props. If you are more interested in teaching adults, Carrot is definitely a great option.
Another pro of Carrot – they're very flexible and very understanding, since this is an internet-based system. If your internet goes out, if there's a bad connection, if you want to take a few days off, as long as you communicate with them, there are no penalties for these things.
They do have penalties - for example, if you do not tell a student that you're not going to be there for class. But usually, you can contact Carrot and explain the situation to them, they're very understanding and you won't incur any penalties for taking a few days off. Having a holiday, or if you miss classes due to an internet connection, or program failure, it's not a big deal and they're very understanding and they're willing to work with you.
The cons of teaching at Carrot, as I mentioned before, the general pay rate is between $13 and $17 an hour. This is pretty low compared to other online English schools out there. Another con is that there are no guaranteed hours. For example, if you say that you are available five hours out of the day, potentially you could only have, you know, let's say three, 10-minute lessons.
In a nutshell, I’m working for Carrot English for about one year. And I found the overall experience to be fairly satisfactory. I have had other jobs is I've worked with them. I think it would be a little difficult to have Carrot be your main source of income, but for a part-time job or a second job, it's a great option.