Welcome to our new series of blog posts called “Meet our Community”!
Today we will be talking with eTEFL Online Teacher Training graduate, Pepi Malamoglou.
ETO – Hi Pepi, could you introduce yourself to our readers, please?
PM – Hello everyone! My name is Pepi and I live in Johannesburg South Africa. I am a native English speaker who is also proficient in Afrikaans and Greek. After graduating from university with a Bachelor of Science degree, I started working as a sales consultant in the pharmaceutical industry. I moved into management and became passionate about developing people to achieve their goals and aspirations. I believe good communication and presentation skills are essential to succeed in life.
ETO – What motivated you to want to teach English Online?
PM – After being retrenched due to Covid, I needed to earn an income from home. I love meeting new people and finding out about different cultures so I explored the option of TEFL and became certified to teach English.
ETO – When did you start your TEFL journey and how long did it take to start earning money as an online English teacher?
PM – I started a few times and eventually completed my 120 hours certificate in June 2021. I taught my first online lesson 10 weeks later and have now completed 350 hours online in 4.5 months
ETO – What were some of the challenges you faced on this journey?
PM – Setting up my profile and video and deciding on my rate for the independent platforms. Got great advice and support through the mentorship course with eTEFL Online.
ETO – What do you love most about teaching English online?
PM – Meeting people from all over the world, learning about their culture, and finding common ground. Knowing that I can help others improve their English and being able to help them achieve their business and career goals.
ETO – Would you recommend teaching English online as a career and why?
PM – If you have the desire to help others, are patient and committed, and are willing to give of yourself in time and effort, then this is a great opportunity to build a successful career.
ETO – What did you find most beneficial in your eTEFL training/coaching?
PM – The support and advice of the coach and my fellow tutors in the group.
ETO – What advice would you give someone who wants to start teaching English online?
PM – Get your TEFL certificate through eTEFL Online and join the Mentorship Program that they offer. It will speed up the process from qualified tutor to income earner.
ETO – Is there anything else you would like to tell our readers?
PM – It is vital to prepare yourself adequately to start this journey and also important to keep learning and developing yourself so that you can give your best at all times.
Thank you so much for your time, Pepi. We wish you all the best and you can reach out to us at any time through our eTEFL Online Teacher Community Support groups!
If you would like to learn more about our online teacher training programs, you can click HERE. We don’t just provide certification courses, we also include 1-on-1 coaching, practical online training with real students, and career mentorship to make sure that you have everything you need to succeed as an online English teacher.
You can also book a call with one of our consultants who would be happy to schedule a telephone or Zoom call to talk to you further and answer any questions you may have. To book a consultation call, please click HERE.
We look forward to welcoming you to our Online Teacher Community!