Everything you need to know to get a job at PalFish


palfish overview:

Two programs: Free Talk/Live Streams and Official Kids Course 

Free Talk/Live Streams:

  • open to non-native English speakers

  • require no qualifications

  • allow you to set your own rates

  • do not require minimum hours

  • allow you to teach from your phone or tablet

  • have students of all ages

    Official Kids Course

  • earn up to $22 USD/hour

  • teach children ages 3 to 12

  • must be a native English speaker

  • must have a TESOL certificate

  • hires teachers from US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand



PalFish is an application for iOS and Android where teachers get paid to chat with students from their phone or tablet.

PalFish has two main types of teachers:

  1. General PalFish Teachers (those who teach Free Talk and Live Streaming)

  2. PalFish Official Kids Course Teachers (has stricter hiring requirements, see below)


Class Types

  • Free Talk

    • 1-on-1 classes with no curriculum or time commitment restraints

  • Live Streaming

    • teach to multiple students in a free-form live stream

  • PalFish Official Kids Course

    • 1-on-1 children’s classes using the PalFish official course material

    • No lesson planning, no talking to parents, no correcting homework


Age range

Free Talk, and Live Streaming

  • No specific age range

Official Kids Course:

  • 3 to 12 years old



Free Talk, and Live Streaming

  • No teaching experience required

  • No minimum education level required

  • No qualifications required

  • Do not need to be a native English speaker

Official Kids Course

  • Must be a native English speaker

  • Must have experience teaching kids

  • Must have a teaching certificate (TEFL, TESOL, CELTA, etc)

  • Must be from the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand

Click here to get a 120-hour, accredited TESOL certificate for only $19.

Minimum Hours

The Free Talk and Live Streaming programs require no minimum hours

The Official Kids Course requires at least 3.5 hours per week.


Free Talk and Live Streaming

  • set your own rate

  • between approximately $15 to $45 USD per hour

  • some classes pay by the minute

Official Kids Course 

  • Up to $22 USD/hr

  • $31 USD bonus for trial conversions

  • $15 USD prop supplement when starting

Palfish uses a service called Payoneer to pay its teachers. If you use our sign up link you can get a $25 bonus after you receive your first $1000 in pay. We also receive a $25 bonus. Click here to get Payoneer and claim your $25.

Peak Teaching Times

Peak hours for each program:

Free Talk and Live Streaming

Any time during the daytime hours in China. Approximately 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Beijing time.

Official Kids Course 

  • From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays

  • From 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends

  • (Beijing Time)

    Click here to convert to your local time zone.

Application Process

  1. Download the app

  2. Choose an avatar

  3. Write your self-introduction

  4. Record a self-introduction audio clip

  5. Go to “My Wallet”, and fill in your payment information

The verification process can take up to two business days. You will then receive your application result in a message from the PalFish Team. 

If you also want to certify for the Official Kids Course:

  1. There will be a pop-up ad or banner on your PalFish app home page.

  2. Click the banner. Fill out the required information and choose a time slot. This time slot is for you to record a 25-minute demo video.

  3. Then click “Apply Now”

  4. You can now preview the class material through the app. You can also enter the classroom any time before your scheduled recording to test your equipment, practice your teaching, and get familiar with the virtual classroom. It’s also a good idea to prepare a few (2-3) relevant props. PalFish also actively encourages the use of their augmented reality (AR) virtual stickers in the classroom. Be sure to practice using these.

  5. Enter the classroom at the time you selected and record your demo. Please note - no interviewer will show up during this time slot. It is simply for you to record a demo on your own.

Our Review

Free Talk and Live Streams are for:

  • people who want the freedom to set their own hours and work when they want.

  • non-native English speakers.

  • those who want to promote themselves and increase their hourly wage.

  • people who enjoy the flexibility of earning money from a mobile device.

  • those who don’t have many qualifications on paper but enjoy speaking English and teaching.

Things to consider about Free Talk and Live Streams:

  • You will need to create an alluring profile and promote yourself to bring in a steady stream of students.

  • You can only teach from the mobile app (no desktop or laptop computers).

  • You may not be able to set a high hourly rate starting off.

The Official Kids Course is for:

  • teachers from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, or the US with a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate.

  • those who enjoy having pre-made curriculum and a more reliable stream of students

  • those who want to teach one-on-one

Things to consider about the Official Kids Course:

  • You can only teach from a mobile device, such as a smart phone or tablet. The app does not work with desktops or laptops.

  • The Official Kids Course requires a minimum commitment of 3.5 hours per week.

Technical Requirements

  • PalFish currently doesn’t list any specific technical requirements on their website.

  • Teachers will need a mobile device (phone, tablet, iPad) with a stable WIFI or LTE connection.

  • You must have the Payoneer app to get paid.




April 2019

Beginning April 1, 2019, because of Chinese Ministry of Education regulations, all PalFish Official Kid’s Course teachers must have a TESOL/TEFL/CELTA certificate or a teaching license to continue teaching students. Click here to learn more about obtaining a TESOL certificate.


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