Everything you need to know to get a job at PalFish


palfish overview:

*PalFish currently has the fastest interview process in the online ESL industry

Three programs:

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

  • must be a native English speaker

  • must have a TESOL/ TEFL/ Teacher’s certificate

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

    Philippines Course

  • hires English teachers from the Philippines

  • earn up to 268 PHP/hour

  • must have a TESOL, TEFL, or Teacher’s certificate

  • teach children ages 3 to 12




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

PalFish has three 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)

  3. PalFish Philippines Course Teachers (open to Filipino English teachers)


Class Types

  • Free Talk and Live Streaming

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

    • 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

  • PalFish Philippines Course

    • Same as the Official Kids Course, but is open to teachers from the Philippines


Age range

Free Talk, and Live Streaming

  • No specific age range

Official Kids Course and PalFish Philippines 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 a teaching certificate (TEFL, TESOL, Teacher’s certificate, etc)

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

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

Philippines Course

  • Must be a fluent English speaker from the Philippines

  • Must have a teaching certificate (TEFL, TESOL, Teacher’s certificate, etc)

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 and Philippines Course require 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

  • $15 USD bonus for trial conversions

  • $15 USD prop supplement when starting (New Teacher Bonus)

Philippines Course

  • Up to 268 PHP/hr

  • plus bonuses

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 and Philippines 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

PalFish currently has the fastest application process in the industry. You can apply and start teaching within 2-4 business days. The entire process can take less than two hours, depending on your teaching experience.

For Free Talk and Live Streaming

  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. 

For the Official Kids Course or the Philippines Course:

Stage 1 - Download the PalFish app

  1. Click on the appropriate “Apply” link below.

  2. Choose your country code and input your mobile phone number.

  3. You will then be redirected to the App Store or the Google Play Store.

  4. Download the PalFish application.

  5. Open the application and enter your mobile phone number once again.

  6. Wait for a verification code and then enter it into the PalFish application.

Stage 2 - Basic Information

  1. Fill out your name, password, and nationality and upload a picture of yourself.

    (Be sure to do this fairly quickly. If you take too long your verification code may expire. If this happens, simply go back, enter your mobile number again, and wait for another verification code.

  2. You will get a pop-up that says “Welcome to PalFish! Please complete the introduction and recording, then wait for the verification.”

  3. Click “Do it now”.

  4. Select the times you are available for class. PLEASE NOTE: If you pass the application process, PalFish will automatically open these times for you. Only open slots during which you are available to teach.

  5. You will be taken to your profile page. Please complete the following: Text Intro, Audio Intro, Nationality, Teaching Certificate, Started Teaching In, and Tags.

    1. Text Intro - a simple written introduction for yourself outlining your skills, experience, teaching style, and expertise.

    2. Audio Intro - similar to the Text Intro, but recorded with your voice

    3. Nationality - here you must upload an official piece of identification to confirm your nationality

    4. Teaching Certificate - here you upload a photo of your 120-hour TESOL, TEFL, or Teacher’s Certificate. If you need to get one, click here.

    5. Started Teaching In - the year in which you started teaching

    6. Tags - write tags about your teaching style or what your specialize in

  6. After submitting the above information, you will get your result within 3 working days.

Stage 3 - Interview

Click to see a sample “Interview”.

Click to see a sample “Interview”.

  1. If you pass Basic Information, you will be notified through the PalFish app.

  2. When you open the app, you will see an option to “Book” an interview. This is not a real interview with another person. It is a time slot in which you can record a demo class.

  3. Book a time to complete your “Interview” (demo video)

  4. Once you book a time, you can enter the class any time before your appointed time slot and preview the class material through the app. You can 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 again - no interviewer will show up during this time slot. It is simply for you to record a demo on your own. It will automatically submit your video after your exit the classroom. See the video above for a guide on how to do your “Interview”.

    When you try to exit, the app may warn you that you will not get paid unless you stay for a full 25 minutes. This is only for real classes AFTER you are hired. As long as you teach for at least 15 minutes for this Interview, you will be fine.

  6. You will receive your result from within the PalFish application within 2 working days.

Stage 4 - Quiz

  1. If you pass the Interview, you will be given a link to the PalFish Official Handbook and Training Materials. Read these over carefully.

  2. Once you have read the materials, you can complete the simple quiz.

  3. You have only 2 days to complete the Quiz after you are notified that you pass the Interview.

  4. You can try as many times as you want.

Stage 5 - Certificate Verification

  1. Next, PalFish will verify your teaching certificate and notify you whether or not you are successful.

  2. Remember, all notifications will be sent to you from WITHIN the PalFish app. They do not send e-mails or text messages.


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, Ireland, Canada, or the US with 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.

The Philippines Course is for:

  • Teachers from the Philippines

Things to consider about the Philippines 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.

  • it also 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) that is running Android Operating System or iOs. You also need a stable WIFI or cellular connection.

  • You must have the Payoneer app to get paid.

PalFish FAQs

How can I contact someone at PalFish?

Members of Online English Teaching are not employees of PalFish.  We do not speak on behalf of the company nor represent them. We are recruiters who work at PalFish as teachers and help other teachers get jobs at PalFish.

The only way to currently contact someone at PalFish is to message the PalFish Team from within the app.  Please refer to the screenshots for how to do that.

When your application is approved, you are also automatically added to Teacher Groups. You can find the answer to many questions here as well.


Can you check on my application status?

If you provide us with your PalFish screen name, as well as the program you are applying for (Free Talk, Official Kids Course, or Philippines Course), we can tell you at what stage you are in the application process. We can also tell you what is required of you for your next steps.

Can you change or delete my profile?

Unfortunately, we cannot access or change your profile.  You must message the PalFish Team from within the PalFish app.

There seem to be multiple PalFish apps.  Which one is correct?

Here is the link to the correct PalFish app.

Can I teach PalFish from my laptop or desktop computer?

PalFish says that their courses can only be taught from a mobile device (phone or tablet).

I seem to booked for classes that I did not open.  What’s happening?

When you go through the PalFish application process, it will ask you what times you are generally available for.  Once you are successfully hired, the application will automatically open these time slots for you. Please be aware of this when selecting your availability.

What if I can’t teach the minimum number of hours for the Official Kids Course.

If you do not open the minimum number of slots (3.5 hours per week), PalFish may revoke your Official Kids Course certificate and you will no longer be able to teach in this program.

I am from South Africa. Can I teach with PalFish?

The Free Talk program is open to teachers from all over the world.  Unfortunately, PalFish is not currently hiring teachers from South Africa for its Official Kids Course.

Do I need a teaching certificate to teach at PalFish?

For the Free Talk program, you do not need a teaching certificate.  For the Official Kids Course, you need a 120-hour TESOL, TEFL, or teacher’s certificate. We offer 120-hour TESOL certificates that are recognized by PalFish for only $19.  Click here for more information.

Do I need to be a native speaker to work at PalFish?

For the Free Talk program, you should at least be fluent in English.

For the Official Kids’ Course, you must be a native speaker.

For the Philippines Course, you should be fluent in English.

What does the Official Kids Course/ Philippines Course “Interview” involve?

Even though it's called an “Interview”, you will not be speaking with a live representative from PalFish. Nor will you be interacting with any real students.  

You simply have to choose a time, enter the virtual classroom and teach the demo content. The virtual classroom will record your teaching. You should teach the content as if there were a real student in the classroom with you.  


This is an example of a successful PalFish Official Kids' Course demo video. You can use it as a guide to making your own.


It says my mobile device isn’t compatible.  What devices are compatible with the PalFish app?

You must use a mobile device that has the Android Operating System or Apple’s iOS.

How do I get paid?

PalFish pays its teachers through an app called Payoneer.  On the first of every month, the money in your PalFish Wallet will get withdrawn into your Payoneer Account.  

Sign up for Payoneer here and get a $25 reward once you receive $1000.

I have other questions that you have not listed here.

If you have any further questions, please refer to your “Me” page in the PalFish App.  Scroll to the bottom and you will find official PalFish FAQs.


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