I Love VIPKid
One of the hardest things about staying home is sometimes feeling like I’m “just a mom”. I used to feel guilty about how hard my husband was working so that I could stay home with my children. A friend of my mom told me about VIPKid (that is V-I-P Kid). It’s a company in China that hires native North American English speakers to teach children in China English.
I absolutely LOVE this job and If you are looking for something to supplement your income or if you want to feel like you’re doing something more with your day.
What is VIPKID?
VIPKid is an online tutoring program for children in China to learn to speak English from native English speakers. By learning from a native speaker, they can learn proper pronunciation, proper word usage, and common idioms that we use. With a native speaker, they can work towards being fluent in the language.
You don’t have to speak Mandrin (Chinese) or even read it. VIPKid is a language immersion program. The best way to learn a language is by being fully immersed in it. By only hearing that language, your brain can fill in the gaps and figure out the meaning of words and the right way to use them. This is more powerful when a child is learning the language. (Children’s brains are geared for optimal language development).
How can VIPKID work for my family?
VIPKid is great for a stay-at-home parent, a digital nomad, or just someone who wants to supplement their income. The classes occur during evenings and weekends Beijing time. This means that for me, the classes are in the early morning hours while my children are sleeping.
My children (and husband) are asleep while I teach classes. When I finish, I am awake, alert and ready to take on the day. I find my mornings are more productive because I’ve been up for awhile before my children.
When my children nap, I nap too. I was worried when I first started about how I would miss out on sleep or that I would never be able to get up that early. I was surprised at how quickly my body adjusted to this new change. In the beginning the excitement of the classes made the early hours easier to handle. Now that I am used to it, it’s the norm rather than a challenge. I won’t lie and say I’m never tired, but that large paycheck I get each month makes it worth it.
What are my favorite things about VIPKID?
The company really takes care of the teachers. As an independent contractor, I was worried that I would just be a cog in a machine. The company is always offering bonuses, rewards, and a ton of support for the teachers.
I love that all the classes are one on one. As I work with one student for the 25 minute class time, I build a great relationship and can adjust the lesson to the one student’s needs. When I taught in school, I had to cater my lessons to EVERY child. It was hard to make it work for the advanced ones and the ones who needed extra help. With VIPKid, teaching is so rewarding because I can focus on the one and I can see the progress and results of my teaching.
I love that the curriculum is done for me. I just look over the lesson the night before class and prepare my props and materials for the next day. I’m not spending forever on lesson plans, I just open my phone and look over the slides, it’s that easy.
If You Want to Learn More:
If you are curious about VIPKid and want to know if it’s right for you, feel free to contact me. I am more than happy to answer all your questions about VIPKid. If you want to take the plunge and join the VIPKid Club, here is my referral link. I would love to help you with your VIPKid journey.