Freedom to create your own schedule and work you want, freedom to be your own boss, and freedom to work from wherever you want.
But we’re still a bit more restricted than other ‘digital nomads’ or people with ‘location independent’ jobs.
We require not just any internet connection but a strong and reliable one.
We need not just any workspace but a private, quiet location free of distractions where we can teach without distracting others as well.
And so, Teach Nomadic was born.
How Exactly Does Teach Nomadic Help Online Teachers?
Trust me, I’ve wrestled with this question many times myself since I started the site. For a while, I had so many ideas and things I wanted to do with Teach Nomadic to try and help other online teachers that I lost sight of its main purpose:
To offer online teachers reliable locations around the world to teach from-Airbnb’s, secluded hostel spaces, apartments, and other private areas-on one website and on one simple and interactive map.
I was tired of scouring Facebook groups, scanning lists on excel sheets, and seeing the same conversations and questions pop up again and again:
Has anyone taught from _______? How’s the WiFi there? Any recommendations for places to teach from?
The Connected Classrooms Map
With Teach Nomadic, you can simply search by country, city, or the name of the accommodation if you know it and see the location of and information for all the places we’ve gathered that have been verified by other teachers as “reliable, teacher-safe Connected Classrooms”. We try to give the upload and download speeds of the network, as well as the ping (we all know how important that is!) and the last date an online teacher verified the info.
Not sure where you’re headed to next?
No problem! Just scan the map and click one of the dots to read more about the verified teaching space.
Our Connected Classroom Map is truly the main feature of our site, but we’ve also got our blog where we try to put out helpful content for our readers, and we’ve got another map I think members really enjoy.
The Teacher Map
You’ve just started teaching online, and the realization that you can work from anywhere has finally sunk in. The trip is booked, and you’re headed to Thailand!
Now, your first reaction might be to ‘cast a wide net’ and write a general post into one of the Facebook groups for online teachers asking for advice and recommendations. And yes, you’ll most likely get a bunch of responses and information to sift through.
But what if you could just pull up a map and see the many online teachers currently located in your destination, as well as all around the world, instead?
Members at Teach Nomadic can choose to hide or show their location by country or specific city, so visitors can see the many online teachers spread out around the globe! You can also change your location whenever you want within the Manage Account page.
If you’ve got questions about teaching in Thailand, send a message to one of the teachers currently teaching online from that country and ask them! We also have our own specific Facebook group for online teaching and connectivity-related questions, too.
Avoiding Connection Problems in a Pinch!
Creating Teach Nomadic and these maps definitely served to scratch my own itch, and I’ll explain it with one other (personal) scenario that demonstrates their potential usefulness:
Let’s say you’re in Granada, Spain, and your internet randomly cuts out mid-class (there’s a good chance it will, trust me!). You’re headed straight for a dreaded Teacher IT if you don’t get back in the classroom!
Using mobile data, just quickly pull up the Teacher Map and shoot a nearby member a message asking for help! You could also simply text them directly if you’ve already found them on the map ahead of time.
If no members are in your area, search for a Connected Classroom at a local hostel or coworking space and get over there! Saving the class in an imperfect environment with solid internet is better than losing the payment and your reputation!
Now, if you’ve taken a look at the maps, I can guess what you’re thinking:
I see a decent number of members, but it’s a bit sparse when it comes to teaching spaces. What’s with that?!
Let’s address the challenge we’ve been facing with adding locations.
Teach Nomadic: Going Forward
We’re not perfect, and we’re only as helpful and strong as our members! This is because adding to the Connected Classrooms map is a collective effort, and all of you awesome online teachers reading this somewhere in the world are the ones with the knowledge!
You’ve taught from reliable spaces and sharing them at Teach Nomadic truly helps us to help you, along with the thousands of other online teachers out there looking for information about teaching spaces and internet connectivity.
We’re continuing to work on better ways to say Thanks! for your efforts, and we’d love to eventually create a points/rewards system for members who put teachable locations on the map. For now, we try to reward members with our Featured Teachers posts to give you and your blogs, stories, or projects additional exposure. So, if you’ve taught from a spot with low ping and strong internet, add it to the Connected Classrooms map and shoot us a message about getting featured-we’d love to share your story!
Going forward, we also plan to regularly update links using a dead link checker and implement a review system like they have here at OETjobs. Bret and his team recognize the importance of giving their visitors accurate information and updated links, and we’d like to give our visitors the same smooth experience.
If you have questions or suggestions as to how we can better help you as online teachers, we’d love to hear from you on our site!
Thanks for letting me post on here, Bret, and for all the great work you do helping online teachers find the best jobs!