Most people agree that traveling is a wonderful hobby that enriches your life in many ways. However, the downside is, traveling definitely does not enrich your bank account.
For someone who loves traveling and doesn’t have tons of disposable income, supporting your adventures can be pretty difficult and stressful. However, there are some ways you can help fund your traveling while not having to slow down. One that I am personally familiar with is teaching english online with VIPKid.
I know what you might be thinking. “I’m not a teacher, so this obviously doesn’t apply to me.” Wrong. There are only a few requirements to work for VIPKid and teaching experience is not one of them. Anyone, from any background can do this.
This is a great option for anybody who wants to make more money. I mean, who doesn’t want to make more money? The best part is, you can do it from anywhere in the world. It’s easier than you think!
What Is VIPKid?
VIPKid is a company based out of Beijing, China that hires about 65,000 Americans and Canadians to teach english to Chinese children through video calls online. They have their own classroom through their desktop or mobile app.
As a VIPKid teacher, you are an independent contractor and you can make up to $22/hour. The main requirements to apply are to be a native english speaker and to have a bachelor’s degree in any subject. Of course, teaching experience is a plus, but definitely not required as they have extensive training resources for you to become an expert.
The application process takes about a week or two, depending on your schedule. They have lots of slots open, so you can fly through the process as fast as you’d like. To make sure you’re prepared, you must first know how everything works.
How to Get Started
First, you fill out an online application. This will be all about your education, work history and any teaching experience you have (like I said, not required). The application is simple and won’t take you long at all.
Then, you must record a five minute demo of yourself giving a lesson to an imaginary student. This sounds a bit awkward, and honestly, it kind of is. Although, I promise you it is the quickest five minutes and as long as you follow a few basic rules, you will pass it. You can even record this right on you phone!
Next, you will be invited to do a live one-on-one demo lesson with a VIPKid teacher. This is probably the most difficult part of the application process. To prepare for it, I attended a free prep class on VIPKid’s website. I think it’s important to attend a class just so you are aware of the structure you should follow and the little rules that the other teacher will be looking for during the mock lesson. Not to mention, you will gain tons of useful knowledge and tips to help you when you are in the real classroom.
To be honest, I was extremely nervous for the mock class. I definitely stressed about it, but I’m telling you now, as long as you are prepared and know what they are looking for, you’ll be fine and you will ace it! They know you are going to be nervous, so if you mess up, it’s no problem. Just show them that you know what you’re supposed to do, and you’re golden.
Also, the other teacher in the mock class isn’t just there to assess you. They are also there to help you. When I did my mock class, the teacher was extremely friendly and gave me so much great advice and answered all my questions. Trust me, they want to get you hired.
Once you pass the mock class, you are pretty much set. From there, you need to fill out paperwork and a background check. After that is all sorted you will sign your contract, then you can begin teaching and making money!
Once you are hired, you can set your own availability on the VIPKid app. Then, students will schedule classes with you based on what you have available. Each class is only 25 minutes long and the lessons usually touch on a range of different topics, making them fun and interesting.
Pros and Cons
I think the best part about teaching with VIPKid is that you can do it from literally anywhere in the world. You can take your laptop with you as you travel and make money along the way. Or, if you’re a stay-at-home mom, or just want to make some more money on the side, this could also be the perfect gig for you.
Not to mention, this job is extremely rewarding. I mainly teach older kids (anywhere from eight to twelve years old), and they are some of the best students I’ve worked with. For the most part, they really love being in class and learning. VIPKid also does a great job with rewards for the students, keeping them engaged and willing to do the work.
Another great aspect of VIPKid is, there is hardly any prep for your classes. Each student’s learning is similar to that of a traditional school. From the time they begin, they progress through the different subjects and levels in order. This makes teaching much easier because every lesson is already created and all you have to do is review the slides to familiarize yourself with the content and then introduce it to the student.
The only con about this job is that it can take some time to build up regular students. Once you are hired and set your availability, you will start off with many different students who may or may not book class with you again. This can make things slow for you in the beginning, but if you are patient eventually you will get to know the students and have some regulars that continue to book with you. Building relationships with the students is one of the most rewarding parts of working for VIPKid.
My Referral Link:
VIPKid is always hiring new teachers so, you can apply right now! If you use my referral link before the demo stage, I will receive money from VIPKid after you teach your first class. Then, you can refer friends and make more money too!
I think VIPKid is a great company to work for. They make learning really fun for the students and give you all the materials you need to succeed as a teacher. They also offer some perks to their teachers, like discounts on certain brands that they work with. You have the ability to set your own hours and work as much or as little as you want, from anywhere you want. Teaching with VIPKid is truly a great opportunity for anyone.
Please let me know what you think! Have you ever heard of VIPKid before? Do you have any questions about VIPKid or how to get started? If so, don’t hesitate to comment or send me a message or email!