Teach English Online at First Future

Western Teacher Recruitment

As a FirstFuture teacher, you will be able to start immediately with Flexi-Classes. We currently have a very high demand for these during the peak hours of 17:00 - 21:00 on weekdays and all day at weekends. Based upon your performance, you will then be selected for a suitable project with a fixed schedule.

These work in the same way that most online schools do. You set your availability on a daily basis. We have a very high booking rate … over 70% of availability set by teachers during peak hours is booked by students … far higher than other online schools!

Special Projects
These include First Future’s top projects with 10-14 guaranteed hours per week (paid with or without class) and our highest starting pay rate.

Fixed Schedule Projects
You will be part of a team delivering the online element of blended learning courses for a specific school or language centre chain. Students have face-to-face lessons with a Chinese teacher, then have an online review session with a Western teacher. All lesson content is provided, so there is little preparation required. A standard lesson would include going through pre-taught vocabulary and supporting your students to gain confidence in speaking.


Payment Details

The average take-home pay for First Future teachers is $17 per hour. Teachers are paid monthly on the 10th via PayPal. All fees are covered by First Future and, as an independent contractor, you are not liable for tax in China.


    Fully qualified teachers with at least 1 year of online experience are paid a base rate of $12, depending on performance in a mock lesson (if the full base rate isn’t offered immediately, it will be reviewed once you start teaching). This is not all you will get paid!!!

    The Base Rate exists for your security. You will be paid the base rate during your shift on fixed-schedule projects even if there is no lesson booked or your student doesn’t show.


    Most of our special projects pay an additional $2 an hour or more as the base rate to reflect the quality of the teachers who are accepted for these.


    This should not be confused with the type of bonus system other online schools use, in which extra income depends on student feedback. The Class Completion payment is simply for teaching a class. Most teachers receive the full $3 an hour for this. The Quality Assurance team watch a section of two lesson recordings each month, and as long as you are doing everything right, then the Class Completion rate will be set at $3, which you will receive for all of your teaching that month.


    For classes with 2 or more students, you will be paid an additional $1 an hour.


    All classes on Saturdays & Sundays earn a further $1 an hour.

Student Age Group: Different projects cover different age groups: YL, Young Teens, Young Adults, Adults - the more flexible you are in preference, the quicker it will be to get you on a fixed project.

Class Size: Small group classes have 4 - 6 students. There is also a lot of 1-on-1 work available.

Class Length: On average, group lessons are for 50 minutes, and 1-on-1 lessons are 25 minutes. Schools operate 7 days a week, with peak hours being Monday to Friday 17:00 - 21:00 and all day at weekends.