People from South Africa make up about 50% of the readers on The Teaching Techy as of this posting. And while I’m proud to be helping people who are all the way across the globe, I can’t help but feel like I haven’t done enough to specifically help those of my readers in South Africa. I seriously appreciate you taking the time to read my blog posts and ask questions. So, today’s spreadsheet is covering three companies that hire people in South Africa. This was pretty difficult to compile, because honestly, lots of the English-teaching platforms out there are discriminatory. Not just in terms of race, but in terms of nationality as well. This is a serious issue, which hopefully will be overcome. If there’s one thing COVID-19 has shed light on in the industry, it’s that a lot of companies outright don’t hire people of color, or people from outside the UK or the United States. With a massive influx of applicants seeking remote positions due to the lockdowns, it has become even more apparent that some companies are willing to discriminate. I’m sorry if these are issues that you face, and I hope that my spreadsheet will help you find a lead on a good company. My spreadsheet of course, is targeted for those of you living in South Africa, but it also lists specific qualifications you will need, such as a Bachelor’s degree or a TESOL certification. Application links to these companies will be right below the spreadsheet. As always, good luck in your search!
Do I need a TESOL certificate?
By no means do you absolutely need a TESOL certification to teach English in South Africa, but most companies require it. Also, it is just a good idea to have that educational background that the TESOL provides. You will gain a lot of knowledge about how to teach English as a foreign language if you invest the time into learning from a quality TESOL course or equivalent. I personally recommend the 120-hour TESOL course which is offered through International Open Academy. You can find the link to that below.