I remember when I first started teaching for DaDaABC after a few weeks of searching for jobs you can do whilst travelling.
I was initially looking at teaching ESL in classrooms across Asia when I came across the search term ‘digital nomad jobs’.
This really started to blow my mind as I sat in my stuffy office half way through a 9-5 shift.
My copy of 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss fresh in my mind from the morning, I began to dive into Google exploring ways I could become location independent whilst earning money from my laptop.
To my amazement I discovered I could teach English online from my laptop, almost anywhere in the world…provided there was a good internet connection.
I soon started to realise that this was a legitimate job you can do whilst travelling.
And that was that. Now I teach English for DaDaABC and I can pick up my laptop and go anywhere in the world…something that I dreamed about when staring out the window of an office building.
But it’s not all as idyllic as the picture below depicts:
Click the image above to read more about becoming a DaDaABC teacher.
So what are some crucial things you need to know about travelling whilst working for DaDaABC?
I’ll give you the reality of the situation right now!
Is it actually possible to travel whilst working for DaDaABC?
Absolutely. However, if you wish to keep your job whilst travelling, the points below will come in handy…
You are obligated to let DaDaABC know whenever you change your location.
With the nature of the job, DaDaABC require a guarantee that your internet connection is up to scratch.
Click the image below to find out the minimum internet speed requirements to work for DaDaABC:
With this in mind, you might be thinking – ‘How can I possibly travel if I have to ensure a good internet speed in every location and constantly let DaDaABC know?’
Very true. But I will explain the best formula for travelling whilst teaching online. Stick with me.
It is not incredibly viable to teach in places such as cafes, hostels and hotel lobbies…trust me.
This is for numerous reasons:
- Shared public wifi does not equate to great speeds.
- It is pretty unrealistic to use TPR and be animated with a puppet in a public place without being told to leave.
- It is a headache to constantly find places to teach on the move within your contracted hours.
And more importantly…
With DaDaABC, you are required to use broadband and not WiFi or 4G.
This is put in place, purely as they are not a reliable connection.
So you might think that you could just get an unlimited data plan on your phone with 4G and set up an internet hotspot for your laptop.
This could mean that you could set up your classroom anywhere with your own personal WiFi.
However, when I explored this option I started to research how much data teaching with DaDaABC uses. As you may know, ‘unlimited data’ isn’t exactly limited as there is a data cap.
How much mobile data does teaching with DaDaABC use?
So I wanted to know if the teaching would exceed the high amount of data you get in an unlimited package. To estimate this, I looked up how much data a Skype video conversation uses…as this is a similar experience to the DaDaClass app.
So a rough estimation of how much data a video call uses is 0.94 MB/min.
So let’s say, that on a regular teaching day with DaDaABC you have 3 hours of teaching time which = 180 minutes. So this is around 170 MBs. Times this by 5 days a week and it is 846.
So basically you will be using around 4GB of data a month. However, DaDaClass more than likely exceeds the data usage of Skype, so your 4GB data plan would not be enough, but unlimited would be fine…technically.
Too bad you’re not allowed to use 4G whilst teaching for DaDaABC!
So what actually is the best way to travel whilst teaching for DaDaABC?
In my opinion, with all the things I mentioned above, it is better to have a solid base for your classroom.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to get a mortgage on a place. The best way to do it is to go to a top digital nomad spot where cost of living and rent is low. Get a short term contract and then travel around on days you’re not teaching.
As the rent is low and the internet connection speed is high in these areas such as Chiang Mai in Thailand, you can save extra cash on rent and use it to travel around…as well as have a reliable base for teaching.
If you can’t make it back to your base in time for your teaching days, you can always get an AirBnB for a nice private place with an internet connection…this is a much better option than a hostel.
My final bit of advice is to get the Speedtest.net app on your phone, to constantly check places that you think are potential classrooms.
So if you’ve got dreams of travel and want to become an online teacher with DaDaABC, then apply by clicking the image below:
And make sure you get yourself some travel insurance before darting off across the world! Your students need you in one piece!
Here’s a decent one I use:
Travel insurance: simple & flexible
You can buy and claim online, even after you’ve left home. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from 140 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.