DadaABC Review – Is Being an ESL Teacher Here Worth It?
DadaABC gives you the ability to make money from the comfort of your laptop or desktop computer teaching English to Chinese children. But is this place really all its cracked up to be?
In this DadaABC Review I’ll be going over a few things that everyone should know beforehand… Things like how it all works, how much you can make, complaints and more.
DadaABC is a remote teaching platform like, VIPKid & JiuQu English, for Chinese children to learn English. They give people like you and I the opportunity to make money by teaching English, in which we can teach from anywhere with a good internet connection.
The freedom and flexibility is what attracts many people to this job and overall I would say its a decent job. However, as with anything… there are some downsides that I’ll touch upon.
Requirements for the Job
As far as equipment requirements go, you will need a computer with a webcam, a headset with a microphone, a high speed internet connection, and the Google Chrome browser or DaDaClass software.
Aside from the equipment.. they want applicants to have a bachelors degree (in anything, it doesn’t matter) and to be a native English speaker. And that is it.
The requirements aren’t really all that strict. If you have a bachelor’s degree and live in the US you are probably qualified.
What The Job Is Like
As a teacher you will be provided with the materials needed for the classes. You won’t have to do any preparation but it is important to look over the material to get a sense of what you will be going over. The kids that you will be teaching are Chinese and will range from 4-14 years old generally.
One thing that I found from reviewing this place is that they allow for more flexibility in your teaching style then some other ESL teaching programs. You get materials to teach but you can put your own spin on things.
There are 3 different types of classes that you will potentially be teaching here. They include…
- Trial Classes – These are the shortest and last only around 14 minutes or so. Here you will be get students that are studying or looking for full-time teachers.
- Elective Classes – These classes will run about 30 minutes in length and will be focused on specific topics.
- Major Classes – These are the biggest classes and will run 30 minutes and over. They will be filled with regular students at regular times.
The Major classes are pretty much what you want as a teacher. This way you will know exactly when you are working each week and you will get to connect with the same students and build a relationship with them as you move forward.
All of these classes are taught via webcam. It will be just you communicating via the computer talking back and forth. You probably already knew this but I just want to be clear here.
The schedule that you can work is somewhat flexible but it has its limits.
You will be required to sign up for a minimum of 2 days a week for 2 hours. The available time slots are from…
- Weekdays: 5:00am – 8:10am (EST)
- Weekends: 9pm – 11:06pm; 1:00am – 3:06am; 5:00am – 8:10am (EST)
And yes these times are pretty strange but what you have to realize is that the children you are teaching live on the other side of the globe.
In a way you could look at these teaching times as being good though because they give people the ability to work in addition to their current jobs.
How Much Will You Make?
You can make up to $25 per hour but this isn’t guaranteed. When you first apply for the job you will go through TRP training and teach a demo class. Your pay will be based on how well you perform here. And then after that you will be re-evaluated every 12 months in which you can potentially receive a pay increase.
You will get paid each month on the 15th of the next month.
After doing research and reading a ton of reviews from teachers on Glassdoor, Indeed, etc. I found that these are some of the more common complaints…
Odd Teaching Times
Some people will complain about this while others like it. As mentioned, you will be teaching at strange times if you live in the US because the students live in China. This means early in the morning or late at night.
No Health Insurance
You will be considered an independent contractor which means that you will not get anything that an employee would get. You will be working and making money but that is it… no health insurance, dental insurance, 401K, etc.
Internet Connection Problems
If you are a teacher you are bound to experience connection problems at times. This will often be out of your hands and stem from the student’s connection but nonetheless makes it harder for you and can be frustrating.
Not Guaranteed Classes
Just because you set your schedule for a certain amount of time doesn’t mean that you will get classes. This makes the job somewhat unreliable. And even though you might not have class booked by DadaABC for you, you will still have to login and be on “standby”.
And when you are on standby you will get paid 1/2 pay if you are waiting for longer than 30 minutes.
Conclusion on DadaABC – Good Opportunity?
DadaABC is a legit ESL teaching platform and can be a good opportunity but it really depends on what you are looking for. Most people that teach here really seem to love it. But I would only recommend it for people looking to supplement their income. If you are looking to rely on income from here then things probably aren’t going to work out. You might be able to later after getting more and more classes scheduled but when you start out this isn’t suggested.
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