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Even though it’s one of the most difficult jobs around, being a teacher also means that you have guaranteed summer and winter breaks every year, no matter what. The difficult part of this benefit, though, is that teachers don’t have an income during that time. That’s why finding a satisfying summer job if you’re a teacher is a great way to make some extra cash in addition to your yearly salary.
Even for those who know how to budget really well, earning some extra money during the summer for family vacations or your own rainy day fund is never a bad idea. If you’re wondering how to make some cash during the summer time or if you really just want to do something with your time and keep working, summer jobs can range from teaching to camp counseling to getting into the gig economy (driving for Uber, etc.).
So whether you’re interested in landing an online job, a remote position, part-time work, or full-time as a summer school teacher, these summer jobs for teachers will put your classroom experience and education degree to good use.
Here are the best summer jobs for teachers you should consider:
According to Teacher.Org, an ESL teacher is responsible for assessing the English skills of each student, who can be from different countries and with varying proficiency skills, and helping them better those skills. Their main goal is to work with students to reach a high level of proficiency in English in a short amount of time.
Universities, colleges, and community colleges are always looking for educators to lead online courses, fill adjunct instructor positions, and work as teaching assistants. During the summer, you can either teach groups of high school students who are taking college-level classes and/or college students who want to simply repeat a class or graduate quicker.
As a writing tutor, you get the chance to work with all education levels, from children and teenagers to college students and grown-ups. You can choose your own hours and pick between teaching one-on-one or a small group of students within the same age group.
Exam Prep Instructor
You’ll prep lessons and provide one-on-one tutoring sessions to students preparing for the SAT, GMAT, GRE, and MCAT exams. Depending on where you apply to work, you could teach at a university campus or within the company’s facilities. Some of these openings even require employees to work weekend or evening hours, making it easier for you to run other errands or take care of your own kids during the day.
English Conversation Tutors
In this unique form of tutoring, you’ll get paid to converse with students from around the world and help them improve their speaking skills. It’s similar to ESL teaching, but you don’t necessarily focus on their writing, just on their speaking skills.
As a camp counselor, you’ll be able to work with younger students and coordinate, conduct, and supervise their activities. Although the main idea behind a summer camp is to have fun, according to Neuvoo, you’ll also get to teach them fun hobbies, like arts and crafts, swimming, and technology skills on the computer.
Another way to put your education degree to good use is to become a babysitter. Not only will you be in charge of taking care of a young child while their parents are at work, you could even help them develop their motor and creative skills.
Summer School Teacher
If you have the opportunity to stay at your school and give summer classes to some familiar faces, do it. There won’t be a period of adaption and you’ll get to teach your favorite subjects to some of your old students.
Uber and Lyft Driver
For a job that has nothing to do with teaching, you can try being an Uber or Lyft driver. Not only will you be able to work on your own schedule, but you’ll get to save yourself from burning out as a teacher. All you’ll need to drive is a registered license and car, and proof of your residence in that state.
Love to write? Have some experience working online? Joining a site like Fiverr that allows you to advertise your services and handpick the projects you want to work on is a great way to make extra money this summer in a way that still gives you the flexibility of working from home.
Love sports? Then coaching an intramural team or a kids’ sports team over the summer can be a great way to combine your passion for competition with your teaching skills. If you can volunteer with one of your children’s teams, even better — this will save you money since you’ll all be going to the same practices and games at the same time.
Pet Sitter or House Sitter
If there’s one thing you can guarantee almost every summer, it’s that people will be going out of town at some point. This means that people are going to need people to watch their beloved pets, plants, and houses. If you love animals (or are just really good at watering plants), advertising these services around can be a good way to earn some extra cash. Want to make sure you’re setting a good rate? When it comes to pet sitting, find out the nightly rate at your local boarding facility and then subtract a percentage from that. That way, you won’t be pricing yourself too low but will still be a better option for people than another service. Apps like Rover allow you to advertise your services as well.
Are you passionate about the history of your town? Do you consider yourself a local at a museum? Do you teach a subject that would coincide with a local gallery or exhibit? Use your expertise and work as a guide at any of the above locations. It’ll get you out of the house, making money, and meeting people who are interested in the same things you are.
Market and sell your teaching tools
If you find that fellow teachers are asking you for your lesson plans and other teaching tools, why not make money selling them? Sites like Canva and Amazon make it surprisingly easy to streamline, market, and make money off of your lesson plans and teaching tools. This is also a gig that will allow you to keep yourself in a teaching mindset throughout the summer so you feel fresh when you get back to work in the fall.
As the site Tried and True Mom Jobs suggests, making money by proofreading other people’s work is a very real thing.
“This is a great summer part-time job for teachers because I interviewed Caitlin Pyle who earned $43,000 per year part-time while studying abroad,” writes Whitney Bond in the Tried and True Mom Jobs article.
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