Please note that any existing/upcoming lessons or lesson requests will not be affected. The changes will only affect new requests made after your updates.
1. Set your lessons as "Not available"
If you don't want to accept or decline lesson requests while you are away, then edit your lessons and make them "Not available" - this will prevent any students from requesting these lessons.
Note: This does NOT apply to active packages so please let these students know ahead of time, otherwise you may still receive lesson requests from them.
1) Click the small pencil to edit your lesson.
2) Click on the Status button to turn it off.
The lessons will be "hidden" from your teacher profile and no students will be able to request new lessons with you.
When you come back to teach, you can change the Status to "Available".
The method above allows you to temporarily suspend your teaching status to take a break. You will still be a teacher and maintain your teaching profile.
2. Change your availability
Update your Calendar > Teacher Settings > Availability. If you are going to be busy or going on vacation, then delete these times from your Calendar.
If you do not know when you will return, delete all your times so that you have no available times. The calendar expects you to have a minimum of 30 minutes available, but delete all the other times.
3. Stop accepting new students
Set your Teaching Status to "I'm not looking for new students". This will prevent you from showing up on the "Find a Teacher" list so new students can't find you or send you lesson requests.
However, your old students can still find you and book lessons with you, so let them know ahead of time.
To edit your Teaching Status, go to your Teacher Settings and click on Teacher Profile on the right side.
4. Notifying your students
1) If you will be away
Leave a message in your profile introduction, letting students know when you will be gone, and that you will not be able to reply to lesson requests.
- I will be away from April 3-17 and unable to reply to lesson requests.
- I will be temporarily unavailable starting from November 5 and unable to respond to lesson requests. I will update this message when I return.
2) If you need to cancel upcoming lessons
Inform your current students and cancel any active packages that they have booked with you.
It is very important that you inform your current students that you will be taking a break from teaching and will cancel all upcoming lessons and packages that they have purchased from you.
Send all your students a message that you are taking a break from teaching. If necessary, cancel the lessons or packages that you have with them.
If there are upcoming lessons, please contact italki support with the lesson ID #s that will need to be canceled.
5. If you are away for a very long time
If you are away from italki and do not log in for more than 3 weeks, your profile will not appear in Teacher Search. This helps us direct students to teachers who are available to help them now.
If you are away from italki and do not log in for more than 3 months, your profile may be deactivated since it seems that you are not using it. If you wish to begin teaching again, you will need to update your profile by resubmitting your application. Don't worry: all your profile information and lesson history are saved.
If you know that you will be away for a long time, you might want to deactivate your profile. Please contact italki support to deactivate your teaching profile, when you want to come back to teaching, just resubmit your application. All your information has been saved.