• Online
52+ weeks
Classroom Audience
Early Childhood High School Middle School Pre-School

Program Details

  • Essential: Enthusiasm for supporting primary school children practicing English
  • Essential: High level of spoken and written English
  • Previous experience with language tutoring, ideally online, preferred but not essential
Job Type
Classroom Audience
Early Childhood High School Middle School Pre-School
Weekly Classroom Hours
Age Min.


Salary / Benefits
£8/ half hour class (approx. $10) or £15 ($20) per full hour
Starting Price
Price Details
There is no fee for participating in this program - it is a paid job!
What's Included
Jun 22, 2020
Jun 18, 2020
36 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Looking for an online English teaching job with a difference? Be paid to teach English conversation and activity-based classes to enthusiastic kids from China, while simultaneously completing your 120 hour TEFL qualification and learning about the Chinese language and culture!

As a language buddy, you will act as a mentor supporting Chinese children with their language studies. Unlike a formal tutor, you are not expected to teach set vocabulary or grammar, instead this program, a collaboration between leading educational companies Abridge Academy and Lopair, focuses on relaxed, conversational or activity-based language practice.

● Become a mentor and inspirational role model
● Develop children's communication skills and fluency
● Introduce topics and activities related to your degree or interests
● Share your knowledge of international culture

Please note: this is a very competitive program so please do ensure your application emphasises any relevant experience!

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Program Highlights

  • Generous pay of £8/ half hour class (approx. $10)
  • Work towards your 120 hour TEFL qualification
  • Join our fun, free Chinese language and culture classes
  • Take on additional responsibilities such as content development, training and marketing
  • Be fast-tracked for a FREE trip to China through our fully funded homestay tutor or summer camp programs in the future

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Program Reviews

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Yes, I recommend this program

I love being part of the LoPair Language Buddy programme!

I have been a tutor of the LoPair Language Buddy programme since its launch, and I have enjoyed every moment of it! I have taught Chinese children, teenagers and adults previously online as a freelancer, and so I possessed some teaching experience prior to this. Thanks to LoPair, I was able to further broaden my teaching skills, learn new things and build more confidence.The students that I have taught so far have been absolutely amazing and I really enjoyed helping them improve their English. I hope to spread my passion for languages further and help even more students. I like to design my own lesson materials, but the language buddy hub also has a huge variety of materials available which the tutors are free to use for their lessons. The programme itself is very well organised and there is both Katie and the LoPair staff who are willing to help you out and support you. Thank you so much for all of your hard work! I recommend the programme and really look forward to watching the programme grow, develop and become even bigger!

38 people found this review helpful.
Response from Abridge Academy

Hi Jadwiga, thanks so much for your great review - really appreciate it! We've loved having you on the Language Buddy program, you've been an amazing tutor so far and also been keen to take on additional responsibilities such as helping with content development. Thanks for your great work, looking forward to having you continue tutoring with Abridge Academy and Lopair!

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Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic Program

I truly believe Lopair Language Buddy is a wonderful program and that it has been one of my most enriching experiences. I have experience teaching children ages 3-16, but I still learned many things from teaching online at Lopair! You are presented with the opportunity to teach children of all ages and at all speaking levels, so you really get the chance to learn different ways to engage with each one. Language Buddy has lots of content you can use for your classes, but you can always opt to create your own. The program also offers free weekly Chinese language classes for those who are interested, as well as the opportunity to become an au pair in the future. Outside of the classes, the coordinators are very easy to contact if you run into any issues, need advice, or simply just to chat. Since joining in, I have felt very welcomed and have learned a lot. Whether you are thinking of pursuing a teaching career or hoping to learn something new, I would highly recommend this program to you.

What was your funniest moment?
- First meeting with a 4y/o -
Me: What's your favourite sport?
Child's mom: ...
Child's mom: say chocolate and mangos
Child: Elsa
38 people found this review helpful.
Response from Abridge Academy

Hi Cindy! Thank you so much for your great review, really appreciate the support :) It's great to hear that you are enjoying your experiences on the Language Buddy program with Lopair and Abridge Academy, you've been a fantastic asset to the team - always keen to share resources and kindly helping us out with some of the TEFL training videos too!

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Yes, I recommend this program

Brilliant company

I have loved my work as a language buddy so far! I have taught students from 5 years old to 12 years old, which has helped me develop my own teaching skills, and have had so much support whilst doing so. You can commit as much as you want to this job, as there are guidebooks and pre prepared lessons, although once you get more comfortable there are opportunities to create your own content to suit your students. The Chinese cultural and language activities have also made me think about the opportunities available to me after graduating from university, which has been really exciting to think about.

What would you improve about this program?
Genuinly have very little to complain about - it is the perfect student job!
37 people found this review helpful.
Response from Abridge Academy

Thank you so much Grace for your wonderful review, great to hear you are enjoying your time on the language buddy program! You've been an absolutely fantastic tutor - really appreciate your hard work :)

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Yes, I recommend this program

Abridge Academy - a wonderful organisation

A few months ago I had the chance to become an online language tutor for Abridge Academy, which is an opportunity I am extremely grateful for. Thanks to this company, I now have the chance to work with brilliant students, learn about their language and culture, as well as improve my teaching skills. No words can describe how enthusiastic, kind and supportive this team has been: they offered teaching materials and pedagogic support, they even helped me set up my WeChat account and figure out my schedule! They are so amazing that they give us, the tutors, the opportunity to learn Chinese and gain a TEFL certificate, which I think is incredible! Abridge Academy is truly committed to offering its tutors a rewarding, enjoyable and well-supported experience.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
To be perfectly honest, I would have applied to this position earlier as I really enjoy it and the team is incredibly nice.
38 people found this review helpful.
Response from Abridge Academy

Hi Felicia! Thank you so much for your wonderful review, great to hear that you are enjoying your experiences on the language buddy program - thanks for your hard work and support! You have been a fantastic tutor, always keen to share ideas and help out the team :)

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Yes, I recommend this program

Language Buddy Scheme

I have been teaching English to Chinese students through the Abridge Academy Language Buddy Scheme for the past few months. Katie and everyone at LoPair are always happy to help you create the best lessons for your students and offer useful advice. It is really rewarding to see students improve their English and show real enthusiasm in lessons. The Chinese language and culture activities available to all language buddies are really interesting and provide a valuable insight into life in China. Also the new opportunity to gain a TEFL certificate in is an amazing opportunity to enhance your CV.

38 people found this review helpful.
Response from Abridge Academy

Thanks so much Alex for your great review, really appreciate it! You have been an incredible tutor on the language buddy program so far, not only with the tutoring aspect but also helping us develop some fantastic new reading courses and sharing resources to help other tutors :) Looking forward to having you continue your teaching journey with us at Abridge Academy!

Questions & Answers

Hi Neelam, thanks for your message! Please visit tutoring.abridgeacademy.com for full eligibility criteria and a link to the application form. We do not have strict nationality requirements nor require that tutors are "native speakers", but please do be aware that applications to this program are particularly competitive so most successful applicants will have a C1 or above English level and...