Teach English Online from Nigeria

Teach English Online from Nigeria

If you want to teach English in Nigeria, I suggest you teach English online. You can command rates that are very high for Nigeria because you will receive payment in other currencies. Remember,

1 Euro equals 482.79 Nigerian Naira

1 United States Dollar equals 411.73 Nigerian Naira

So, go get that naira!

If you are interested in helping Nigerian students learn English, there are quite a few options for this too. Even though English is the official language in Nigeria, people do not speak it in rural areas as often. Students who speak one of the major languages, such as Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Fulfulde, Ibibio, Kanuri, will want to perfect their English with you.

#1 Cambly

If you want to teach English online from Nigeria then Cambly is your company. Though Cambly lets you teach students worldwide, you can tailor your time zone and profile to attract your ideal student audience.

Pros of Teaching for Cambly

The best part about Cambly is how easy it is. It is easy to get hired and also easy to be a Cambly teacher. To apply to Cambly, you apply online and upload a video of yourself with an introduction. That’s it!

  • no degree or teaching certificate is necessary
  • must be a native English speaker,
  • earn $10.20 USD/hour
  • no minimum hours, no commitment.

#2 Palfish

Teach for Palfish if you want an easy, fun, part-time gig you can do from anywhere. Palfish is a great fit for someone who wants to teach from their mobile phone or their tablet and wants flexibility. 

PalFish hires non-native speakers

The company lets you teach using a wifi connection from anywhere in the world, so this is a great opportunity for a digital nomad. If you want to travel and explore the world, Palfish is a good fit for you. (This post is geared towards native speakers of English who want to teach kids classes. If you are a non-native speaker and interested in setting your own rates via Freetalk, click here.)

The students on Palfish are usually Chinese kids from 3 to 12 years old. In my experience, students tend to be quite young. If you can entertain and teach phonics (sing the ABCs, teach basic reading) to a five-year-old for 25 minutes with fun stuffed animals and stickers, then you will excel at this platform. Make sure you have a fun classroom backdrop!

four Nigerian students stand in ront of their school smiling

Another great option for teaching English from Nigeria is to post your profile on a tutoring site and teach English freelance.

There are also many ESL platforms where you work for yourself. Here are the top platforms you should consider applying to:



Native Camp

These platforms will help you build a student base yourself. Some tutoring sites require lots of time to build a student base (which is why you see so many videos of current veteran teachers giving tips to build a solid student base) while others speed up the process by directing trial students to you immediately.

Teach English from Nigeria as a Non-native Speaker

The freelance tutoring platforms above will require you to be a native speaker to make a decent amount of money. However, many online ESL companies hire non-native speakers to teach English online. I repeat, you do not need to be a native speaker of English to be a successful online English teacher.

ESL companies that hire non-natives

#2. Online English Academy

The Online English Academy is a great opportunity to teach Nigerian adults online, too. Contact them on Facebook if you are interested in working for them.

#3. ABA English

ABA English

ABA English is a digital English academy. They have four decades of experience with distance learning in English.

ABA English is based in Barcelona but has a team of more than 70 professionals from more than 20 nationalities working in different areas, so whatever nationality you are, you will fit right in.

Teach English: Live in Nigeria

In addition to checking out these opportunities to teach English online to Nigerian students, you can also consider actually moving to Nigeria and getting a job in a school there. If this interests you, then read Teach English in Nigeria.

Remember, Nigeria has the largest population in Africa and Nigeria is actually the 7th largest in the world. That is a large population and potential English students.

students at a school in Nigeria raising their hands

I also made an extremely comprehensive comparison chart that you can look at too. You can sort through the columns to filter by companies that only focus on Nigerian students and find the company that is the best fit for you.

If you want to learn about more companies, read more below.

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Ingrid Maria Pimsner, MA, BA, TEFL
Ingrid Maria Pimsner, MA, BA, TEFL

Ingrid Maria Pimsner has been teaching for over a decade in various universities, nonprofits, and private academies. She has taught English as a Second Language for Lutheran Children & Family Service, Nationalities Service Center, Lernstudio Barbarossa Berlin-Tegel, and more. In addition to her Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certification, she holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a MA from Maryland Institute College of Art.