Teachers are some of the hardest-working — and often, least-appreciated — people in the world, and when summertime rolls around, most kids are given several weeks off to take a vacation and sleep in every day… but what do their teachers get? Unless you have been in education for several years and have a nice cushion to fall back on during breaks, it can be difficult to make it through the summer without picking up at least a part-time job.
Unfortunately, that’s not much of a break, and planning a vacation can be nearly impossible, especially if you’re just starting out as an educator. However, there are several jobs out there that are great for teachers and still offer some freedom, so that summer months don’t feel quite so restrictive. Here are five of the best.
Protect your community members as a lifeguard
If you live near a pool — or if you’re lucky enough to reside close to the beach — there may be lifeguard jobs available throughout the summer. You can look online for local classes offering lifesaving certification, then invest in some sunblock and enjoy the fresh air. While being responsible for several swimmers isn’t exactly stress-free, it is a great way to earn money while maintaining a flexible schedule (and getting in a swim now and then).
Become a dog-walker via Rover.com
Becoming a caregiver of an animal — either as a pet sitter or dog walker — can be highly rewarding as well as flexible, and sites like Rover.com offer a place to connect with pet owners, arrange face-to-face meet-ups, and work out payment details.
There could be dozens of people in your area who need a responsible person to come to their home while they’re at work and let out their dog, or simply give the pet some affection during the long afternoon hours.
Provide needed help as a tutor/instructor
With your experience in teaching, landing a tutoring gig over the summer should be easy and can be done on your schedule. You might even be able to do it from the comfort of your own home, or at a nearby library. You can also check with children’s museums and local pottery, painting, or art classes to see if they’re hiring instructors or artists.
Use your writing skills
Writing can be a very fulfilling way to earn extra cash during school breaks, especially if you can find an outlet that will allow you to write about what you know. Having knowledge about education and children can give you a leg up on the competition, and many blogs, online magazines, and publications such as Chicken Soup For The Soul are always on the lookout for well-written essays and articles. Freelancing offers the ability to work from home, and you can almost always set your own schedule to a certain degree.
Look for childcare opportunities
Having experience with children can lead to well-paying summer jobs, whether you want to work part-time at a daycare center or full-time for a parent who needs a caregiver for their child while they go to work. The latter will almost always offer more freedom, especially if you can babysit an older child who doesn’t need constant supervision. Many moms and dads will pay well to keep from having to take their child to an expensive summer camp or daycare during school breaks, and some may give you permission to take the child to the pool or other fun places during the day.
Finding summer work may seem like a not-so-fun task at first, but if you’re able to find something that gives you flexibility so that you can enjoy your time off, it can be a fun experience. Check local want-ads for childcare needs or, if you have a good relationship with a couple of the parents in your classroom, let them know that you’re available.
About the writer
Joyce Wilson loved being a teacher, and though she has recently retired, she hasn’t lost that passion. She continues to educate (and help educators) by mentoring teachers in her area. She is also the co-creator of TeacherSpark.org, a resource for teachers to gather fun, engaging lesson ideas and activities.