In 2017 VIPKid was the answer to so many of my problems. I needed a source of income, desperately. But I needed a flexible job, one that let me choose my schedule, and I needed to be home with my little kids. That criteria made it difficult to find a job, so my search took a long time and most jobs that DID fit that criteria were too good to be true.
VIPKid sounded too good to be true, as well. I didn’t tell anyone about it until I’d done it for a month and got paid. I thought it was a scam the whole time. I got booked for my first class and still didn’t think a student would show up. But, he did.
I worked the whole month and loved it, but didn’t think I’d get paid. But, I did.
I would work from about 5-7AM, then my husband would need to leave for dental school and I’d step in and take care of my kids for the rest of the day. Between teaching for an hour or two in the mornings and doing a few longer shifts on Friday nights and Saturday mornings, I was able to make an extra $1000 per month, give or take.
It. Was. Life-changing.
A lot has happened since then. I started sharing about VIPKid with others who asked about flexible, consistent jobs that don’t have start-up costs. I started a YouTube channel to help others learn the teaching style to help them get hired. The company brought me to China because of how many people I’d helped get hired. I got to meet my students in person and experience Chinese culture first-hand. I became a brand ambassador for the company and attended their conferences to meet other teachers.
My world was very orange, and very fulfilling.
A lot of changes have happened within the company since then, as well. They’ve added more subjects to their curriculum, grown their teacher and student base like crazy, and hosted virtual meet-ups and conferences to help teachers connect during the pandemic. They are continuously evolving and keeping up with the changes in technology and the needs of their students and teachers.
I honestly haven’t always loved the changes they’ve made. I’m an advocate for teachers first and always, and sometimes I get frustrated at business decisions that I perceive as a hindrance to the teachers’ growth. But I still hold that VIPKid provides one of the best opportunities for teachers to work from home, set their own hours, and make a meaningful impact in the lives of children around the world.
If you want to become a VIPKid teacher, I’d love to help you out. Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you started!