Many teachers use the summer months as a time to make a little much-needed extra cash. If that sounds like you, these summer jobs for teachers might offer the opportunities you’re looking for. Some involve teaching or tutoring, while others are just good seasonal gigs. Either way, they’ll help you bridge the financial gap between the last day of school and the first day of the new year.
Wondering about teaching summer school in a local district? Learn about one teacher’s experience here.
Education-Related Summer Jobs for Teachers
These are the jobs that will keep your skills sharp and look good on a resume. They’ll give you a chance to do what you do best—connect with students and share your love of learning!
This company helps families find quality in-home childcare. Lots of families need extra help with childcare over the summer, so take a look at Care.com’s summer nanny jobs to find opportunities in your area. Need a break from kids? They also post listings for pet care, senior care, and housekeeping.
Catapult Learning’s Summer Journey program is dedicated to eliminating summer learning loss. You can teach at-risk students who need reading or math intervention or help provide enrichment with courses that engage students in a variety of subjects.
Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a … drone? Yup, these ubiquitous flying machines are everywhere these days. Drobots Company hires teachers who love STEM and have experience with technology to instruct summer camps around the country. Spend your summer teaching kids to fly with their feet firmly on the ground!
Ever dream of spending the summer abroad? Prefer to stay home but love working with students from around the world? EF International’s summer programs offer the chance to do either. Teach ESL to a group of students who have come to the United States for a few weeks, or travel overseas and teach the same skills to students in their home country.
Happy Swimmers is a nationwide private swim lesson provider. They also place lifeguards at events like pool parties. They love offering summer jobs for teachers because of the patience and compassion they’re sure to show their swim students. And teachers love working for Happy Swimmers because it’s a fun and different way to use their teaching skills. Plus, you get to spend the summer in the water! Note, though, that there are strict, non-negotiable requirements, including having two to three summers as a swim instructor already under your belt, a reliable car, and CPR certification.
Institute of Reading Development
IRD aids students with reading comprehension and literacy from pre-K through their senior year of high school. A unique part of the program is the way that parents are involved every step of the way. This job isn’t quite as laid-back as other options because you’ll first go through (paid) training and then have to teach 10 to 14 classes over four to five days a week—including weekends. You’ll also have to regularly evaluate students’ progress, review curriculum, and more. But you’ll get to work from home and help kids who really need it.
Interlochen Institute for the Arts
If you know anything about visual art, music, drama, creative writing, or the arts in general, you’ve certainly heard of the famed Interlochen in Michigan. Their summer camps draw more than 3,000 students every summer, and they hire an enormous number of instructors each year. These jobs provide a chance to spend your summer inspiring the most promising arts students from around the globe, while living in a unique artist community with your peers.
If you’re a world language teacher, italki is a good place to gain tutoring clients. After you pass the application process and are accepted, you create an online profile with an introductory video. This profile shows your qualifications and rates. Students can contact you to arrange lessons if they’re interested.
Help students prepare to take standardized tests like the SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, and more. Kaplan’s tutoring jobs use their own curriculum, so all you have to do is connect with your students and teach them what they need to know.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy
Kids ‘R’ Kids runs summer camps in a variety of locations around the country for students up through fifth grade. Each individually owned location does its own hiring, so visit their website to see if there’s a school near you, and contact them to find out about summer camp teaching opportunities.
Lindamood-Bell invites you to “create the magic of learning” as an instructor at one of their learning centers. You’ll use their research-validated programs to teach reading, spelling, language comprehension, and math to learners of all ages. Teachers have described their experience as a Lindamood-Bell instructor as “incredibly rewarding” and love helping students “develop skills that truly change their lives.” And they reward loyalty, too, by offering $500 signing bonuses for returning instructors.
Local Museum Camps
Many science, natural history, art, and other types of museums offer summer camps for kids, and they offer jobs to teachers. Visit a site like MuseumsUSA to find locations near you, then contact them directly to see if they need summer camp teachers.
If you’ve always dreamed of designing the curriculum for a class on one of your favorite subjects, consider Outschool. Educators can create a class on any subject they like, from academic subjects to hobbies like cooking or music lessons. Design a curriculum, then offer your class at times and rates that are right for you. It’s free to post your class; Outschool takes a 30% commission from any fees you earn.
Outward Bound is well known for their wilderness courses, but they also work in urban centers and with at-risk youth. These challenging instructor positions are open to those who look at “risk as a learning tool to be managed, but not eliminated.” If you are physically fit and looking for a summer of activity instead of relaxation, this might be the job for you.
PrepNow focuses on preparing high school students to succeed on the ACT and SAT, though they also offer tutoring in math subjects like calculus and trigonometry. Their test prep curriculum is pre-designed, and they’ll train you in how to use it. You set your hours with students, so create a schedule that works for you.
The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review hires test prep instructors. If test prep isn’t your thing, they also hire instructors for different subjects.
Want to teach a class about a personal favorite subject or hobby? Check out Skillshare. Experienced teachers there can make terrific money working remotely to share their passions with others.
Summer Institute for the Gifted
SIG works to provide high-quality educational and social opportunities for academically gifted and talented students. Their three-week summer sessions are offered at major universities around the country, and they hire instructors in STEM, humanities, and visual/performing arts. They hire on a rolling basis for open positions, so the sooner you apply, the better.
There are more than 700 Sylvan Learning Centers around the country, offering tutoring in a huge variety of subjects. Each center does its own hiring, so visit Sylvan’s website to find your local locations and contact them directly to see what’s available.
Teachers Pay Teachers
TPT has changed the way teachers get and share content. Chances are you’ve downloaded something from it yourself. So why not take the summer to create great lessons and put them on there too? Learn how to get started on Teachers Pay Teachers here.
Want to play a role in the educational tools students will be using in your classroom? TinkerEd hires educators to give their thoughts and opinions on educational technology that companies are developing. Get a sneak peek of what’s coming down the edtech pike and make a little dough in the process.
TutorMe has some of the highest ratings out there from real tutors, who consider the pay reasonable and the company good to work with. You teach in their online Lesson Space, with tools to help you and your student succeed. You’re paid both for actual tutoring and the time you spend writing up feedback.
US Sports Camps
Spend the summer coaching your favorite sport at a US Sports Camp. From baseball and basketball to field hockey and water polo, kids can learn just about any athletic skill set at these camps. According to their website, each camp director is responsible for hiring their own staff in late winter or early spring. You can call your closest location for possible opportunities or email them directly, using the addresses found here.
From test prep to specific subjects, Varsity Tutors connects students to tutors who specialize in the area(s) where the student needs help. Sessions take place online or in the student’s home, so you can set the schedule that works for you.
VIPKid has changed a lot in recent years, due to changes in Chinese law. The company has expanded its program to work with ESL learners around the globe, and while there aren’t as many jobs available as there once were, they can still be a good place for teachers to get jobs that will help them make some money over the summer. Learn more about VIPKid here.
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If you’re looking to establish your own tutoring business but you’re not sure how to get clients or handle the administrative part, check out Wyzant. Teachers create a free profile that lists their subject area expertise, availability, and rates. Students looking for tutors review the profiles and reach out if they’re interested.
YMCAs throughout the country offer great summer camp programs for kids of all ages. If you want an active summer to soak up some vitamin D (a tough feat inside the classroom), being a camp counselor is a great option. YMCA also hires lots of summer lifeguards and even offers training classes.
More Summer Jobs for Teachers
Looking to get away from teaching and do something else during the summer months? There are lots of ways to pick up extra work, including these options.
Want to travel and give back to a community this summer? Look into the AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate program. It’s designed to allow participants to join an existing AmeriCorps project for 8 to 10 weeks. You’ll receive a living allowance throughout the season and a stipend or Education Award upon completion. The Education Award can be used to repay qualifying student loans or toward course costs at eligible institutions.
With multiple theme parks and stores around the country, Disney is always looking for seasonal help. If you live near their parks and resorts, look into the huge variety of positions, including lifeguards, guest services, bus drivers, and so much more. In other areas, Disney stores regularly hire summer sales staff, and you can find all those jobs listed on the Disney Careers website.
Like driving but not interested in giving people rides? DoorDash lets you have food as your passenger. Someone orders food from a restaurant, and you pick it up and deliver it to them. Simple as that. And if you’re a foodie, there’s an extra perk: Since you’re not delivering food from one place, you’re likely to learn about up-and-coming or hidden-gem spots in your city. Use some of the extra money you make to treat yourself to a good meal!
If you’ve got skills in the digital arena, such as website development, video editing, graphic design, or social media marketing, consider offering your services on Fiverr. Freelancers there set their own rates and take on only the jobs that appeal to them. Set up a profile, offer your services, and see what’s out there!
Although HireMyMom charges fees for job seekers, they link you directly with employers who have gone to the site looking for help. The site features a variety of work-from-home jobs, from virtual assistant to freelance writing and editing and social media.
Earn income by house-sitting. It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? You can earn money just by hanging out at someone’s home? It’s true! Plus it could be a good way to get in a little vacation for yourself. Learn more about it at HouseSitter.com.
How does working from home in your PJs sound? Rev is a company that hires people to transcribe or caption audio—from the comfort of their own home. You’ll be asked to take an English and grammar quiz and submit a sample transcription. Once you pass, you can start earning. Rev pays per audio minute, and you’ll receive your money via PayPal every Monday. The faster—and more accurately—you type, the more you can earn. You can also earn more if you know a foreign language and are able to provide subtitles for videos.
Is a dog your best friend? If so, the Rover app is always looking for dog sitters and walkers. Hanging out at the dog park or just going for a jaunt around the neighborhood—what better way to spend a summer day? Plus you get to choose your own gigs. Win-win.
Shipt or Instacart
Shop and deliver to people straight from your favorite markets. You’ll have to have some food knowledge and live in the designated cities for either of these companies, but if you like the idea of shopping as a way to make money, this could be a good choice for you.
Summertime means amusement park time! Families are on vacation, and tourists are aplenty. If you live near a Six Flags park, take advantage and nab a seasonal job. Operate rides, sell tickets, host special groups—and of course eat all the cotton candy or nab all the roller-coaster time you can handle! If there’s not a Six Flags near you, look into local baseball stadiums or concert venues to inquire about selling concessions or tickets.
How well do you know your city? If you have tourists in your area, use Indeed to find summer tour guide positions! You can do walking tours, biking tours—even ghost town tours! Get exercise and meet new people this summer with a job as a tour guide.
Uber or Lyft
Have a car? Then you’re hired! The best perk of driving for ride-share apps like Uber and Lyft is flexibility—you set your own hours and schedule, so these two companies offer the perfect summer jobs for teachers. It doesn’t matter if you want to be on the road one day a week or 24/7. It’s a great way to make money (you can earn up to $30 per hour during peak times) while still doing all the things that make summer vacation great, like sleeping in and traveling!
Become a user tester. You can give sites and companies feedback by testing out their products, reading their material, etc. User testing connects real people to companies who need this service.