Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Shaken but not broken

Sometimes in life, things get in our way and causes great distress and we have to remember that the devil is not in control.  You may think he is by the looks of our surroundings and our communities but he isn't.  He sure is stirring the crap/swamp land up though.  Are you falling for what is said on the news or are you finding out the truth through the sources?

 Some may not believe in Jesus or the Trinity but I do, we do.  As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.  We believe that many things have been prophecy and they are being fulfilled.  Some don't want to believe, maybe they grew up in the church and have walked away because they were not shown what Jesus does, who He is and what God sent his only son down here to do.  Maybe, just maybe, they have been told that they are not worth God's love in some way. But I tell you, you are worth more than Gold, Rubies and Silver to HIM.
Bible journaling- You are worth far more than rubies

The Lord will refine us like fine silver.  He will put us in the fire, never tempting us, but refining us to be better than we ever hoped to be.  Refiners Fire, my hearts one desire is to be Holy, set apart for

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True! Refine me God with Your fire! Take me to that place where I am humbled and in need of You!

Read: "Becoming the Woman Who's Refined Through the Fire" -Brittney Moses

What are you going through right now?  What is grabbing all your attention?  Who's attention are you getting?

Jesus wants you, your attention, your voice, your hopes and dreams.  He wants all of you.  Every. Single. Speck. of. YOU!

One of my students said to me today, "You must be rich to live in a motorhome and travel?" I said "no, really good money savers. ".  He said "not me, I love to spend money"!

Believe me, we are not well off, we are on the road to save ourselves from a life shackled and chained to a life that is set free to show off our Jesus.  Come join us in the Ultimate Adventure of Trusting Jesus all along the way!  Because He is truth and light.

Monday, April 24, 2017

VIPKID Check Up From the Neck UP!

How I make $1000.00 a Month Teaching Online10-15 Hours a Week I work for VIPKID--Learn how you can too!:
100 days with VIPKID and let's just say, IT'S AWESOME!

I have taught over 150 kids, 236 classes, and a lot of minutes!  I love this!

My hope and prayer is that as crazy as I am about this, I hope they are about me too!
Mobile Internet setup for a full time RVer who needs to stay connected as they roam.: A few things you really need though that can make or break your classtimes.  Really solid internet!  I have a broadband card that usually works really well, but I have a hotspot also (Verizon and an AT&T)-both pay as you go.  But since we are full time RVers this makes it very difficult at times.  I am currently very blessed to use my mother in law's and in spite of a failure with the camera today, it's been really great.  We have been in Rockport TX, Lake Corpus Christi TX, Waco TX, and throughout Kansas and Oklahoma.  We have been from Georgia to Utah and never had a problem with it until we reach my in-laws where there are very few cell towers and very little in the way of service for 4G.

My biggest help is finding the coverage map and using it. I put in the address and the zipcode and find the exact location.  Our next big stop is Custer SD.

"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instil a love of learning." - Brad Henry #VIPKid: Since I grew up as a Custer, this is my heritage- in spite of what many might think, this was something I was very proud of until I became of age to hear what really happened.  Now, throughout my life, I am still proud of my name and what it represents in my family.  Every generations has served its country.  Every generation has had their own battles, demons and monsters to deal with, but every generation is stronger than the previous and we are thrilled with who we are.  General Custer graduated at the bottom of his class at the military academy, he was not always attune to those around him, but he was fierce in his belief whether it was for the good or bad.  We all have a view of history that has been given to us by text books, teachers, parents, what we read, or someone else.  But let's look at the people in the history books, articles and other items that show us who these people really are.

Without judgment, prejudice, reproach, or ill will, let's look at where we are, where we come from, where we have been as a whole and as part.  Let's look at their life, our life, the world we live in and other factors.  Let's not be so quick to judge others.

As we destroy the monuments, erase history from the record books, we will repeat those things that we have erased and wonder why we have the same outcome.

One of the things I have learned in classrooms and in campgrounds is love conquers all.  Love prevails, love - true love for others, shines just like Jesus.  And when we shine that love, He prevails in the darkness.  

I have a few regulars that come and visit me weekly, but I get so many new faces and it is so much fun!

These kids are awesome!  They work hard, they are diligent, they are goofy, they are sweet and kind, and they are joyous!

We live on the road, down the road and up the road.  We stayed in Texas for the winter, we are on a slow crawl up to Cody WY to work for the summer.  My hours at VIPKID will change and I will be working mornings and then a few nights a week.

We just became debt free and want to save for our winter months and for investing in our future.  We have our winter months secured on the East Coast, so the school hours will change again for us.

This if you decide to go for this job, I mean, I tell you what, this is the best job in the world if you are a teacher, if you have worked with children, if you are a homeschooling mom who needs help to do what you have dreamt of, this is it.

This link will take you into the site.  It will help you as well.  https://t.vipkid.com.cn/?refereeId=3084580

Do you want a job that is more than a job?  Do you want to stay home and work?  Do you have a degree?  Have you worked with children?  "happy faces from bhutan" by ryanne { trimmed reality } on Flickr - These dear children live in Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia located at the eastern end of the Himalayas.  It is bordered to the north by China and to the south, east and west by India.:

Do you want to make a difference in others lives?  If you are energetic, if you are loving, kind and you really desire this job and you can follow directions and you are willing.  You may well be the person for this job!

I am going to post some ideas, you can use these anywhere.

Great tips for keeping online learners engaged and present through a skype tutor session. #ESL #TeachingTips http://vblog.vipkid.com.cn?p=159:

Preparing your engagement and energy levels for class is just as important as preparing your curriculum! What do you do that gets you amped and roaring for your #VIPKid lessons? #TeachingTips:
Learning is about relationships...:

If you are going to use my referral number,  https://t.vipkid.com.cn/?refereeId=3084580

VIPKID is awesome to work for, but you have to be ready!  Even when you first put in your application.  This has to be something you really desire, something in your heart tugs you this way, something you are willing to pray over and something that calls you.

Than, even before you apply, watch the videos on youtube.  Look up VIPKID videos and you will find a lot of them.  Nancy Taylor is awesome, Stephanie Rivara too, and others.  Look at as many as you can possibly stand.  Know what they expect when you interview, know what they expect during a Mock 1 class and a Mock 2.  They will send you a ton of paperwork and you will have to schedule your interviews and classes quick.  Be prepared!
You will need Alphabet cards, a puppet, a white board, and a smiley face with white teeth.  You will need energy, excitement, love that shines and transfers through the screen. You need a computer, headphones and camera.  You will also need Google Chrome and at times Skype.  You will also need patience because this is going to take time.  You need to have a degree in almost anything and you need to have taught Sunday school, home schooled, or as a volunteer or teacher. Lastly, be a native English Speaker. You can live anywhere in the world but you must have English as your native tongue.

You are a contractor, so a 1099 is needed.  You will need to scan all your paperwork in and email it to them.
If you are going to use my referral number,  https://t.vipkid.com.cn/?refereeId=3084580

Let me know on Facebook at @campsaints and let me know how you are doing, maybe why and who you are so I can encourage you along this journey.

Thank you, Janette

Our great adventures take us to places God sends us.  Cody WY is where we will be this summer.  Stop by and say hello!  We have a few things to see before we get there and 14 weeks will go by super fast!  Then we will be on another huge adventure.

So, we are off on the Ultimate Adventure, trusting Jesus all along the way.

At Custer State Park today! Beautiful!:

In honor of Buffalo Bill’s birthday on February 26th here is an infographic illustrating everything along the Buffalo Bill Highway, which runs from Yellowstone’s east gate to Cody, Wyoming. Visit the Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody to learn more about Buffalo Bill.:

Old Trail Town, Cody, Wyoming, USA Photographic Print:   
Cody WY.

Frontier Town, Cody Wyoming-after this we tried to get the girls to do a rodeo:

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

On the road living, breathing and allowing Him to have His way!

We live full time on the Road.

 It's something we have been called to do years ago.  In 2009 we were called out of full time ministry working with families and kids.  In 2010 we said goodbye to 165 families and church members and headed out to Campground missions.  Our first stop was OKC OK. We took refuge in learning everything we needed to know about this life.  Our first mission was Milton FL.  We spent 6 mo. there.  Met some incredible people, ended up at the Brownsville Revival Act 2. Became instructors in healing classes and grew.

Long story of disobedience and lack of faith. (We went off the road, bought a house we could not afford, both worked at $9 an hour job with a small retirement pension).  We eventually found better paying jobs, dh went back to work where he retired and they stopped his retirement $$ and saved it for us.  I worked at TX A&M for 2 years.  The road was calling our name.  It got so loud that we could not escape it.  Our travel trailer was sitting in the yard on an RV pad.  That house that we could not afford?  The Lord sold in in a month!

We got back on the road after 3.5 years and this past December after begging The Lord to be in a classroom or church, he showed me VIPKID.  The journey into it was hard and amazing!  They worked with me, through emails and through lost connections.  It was a month later that we got this job.  I believe for me, this was saving grace.  My heart, mind and soul needed this job.

                                            My referral number.

I have always been a teacher from the time I was really young,  I reared my children, but after homeschooling for 10 years, I worked in a school and a 75 kid ministry on a small Island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean.

In 2004, when I returned to the states, I got a job as a Church Children's Pastor.

 I needed kids and they needed what I have. What do I believe I have... laughter, joy, deep down joy, high energy, grace, freedom to be whomever you are.

VIPKID, this has been my life line.  I feel needed, wanted and a completeness that I lacked.  So, with that long story, we are heading out of TX next Tuesday (we won't be "home" until next March).  Stopping in Pawhuska OK to see the Pioneer Woman's Mechantile (Ree Drummond). While in Waco, we saw Magnolia Market- Chip and Joanna Gaines from Fixer upper.   From Pawhuska OK, we will then head up to Nebraska for 3 weeks.  We will be heading into the Black Hills SD for a week and then into Cody WY for a campground ministry job for 14 weeks.

We will be going from CST to MST.  I am adjusting my schedule accordingly so we will not miss a beat.  I am also using Verizon Mobile broadband, my Verizon Hotspot on my phone and AT&T mobile hotspot for where we will be in NE and SD.  This next job is going to be amazing.  We are housekeeping because it pays more, but the hours are 8:30-2 p.m. and 4 days a week.  (I am a white glove inspector- I hate dirty hotels and rooms).  We just paid off our last big bill, our SUV! We have no debt and we are planning out our winter.  So, then we will head to the Smokey Mtns and the Blue Ridge Mtns, GA and FL for the fall and winter.  Love our life.

 Who can live this life on the road?  Not just anyone, it has to be calling you because you will be unhappy on the road if you are not called to it.  It's not for the faint at heart.  KOA's hire workcampers, Jellystone Parks hire workcampers and some private parks.  States hire volunteers to work 2-3 months at a time for your site, but some are spotty on their internet service or phone service.  The National Parks also have some sites for volunteers.  State and Fed. parks offer full hookups but no pay.  You work about 24 hours a week together or separate.  We just finished working at Lake Corpus Christi state park and worked 25 together, 3 days a week building picnic tables and picking up trash.  Some require you to clean bathhouses, firepits, and anything that needs to be done to keep your area clean. Workersonwheels.com has a job listing, as does Cool Works. KOA workcampers has a FB page, but to join their work job availability site, it's $35 a year and winter jobs are difficult to come by.  Unless you want to stay north during the winter, it's hard to find a  winter job.

RV Spots can vary in price too.  We worked in Vidalia LA at Riverview RV Park and earned a Passport America pass for a year.  This baby has saved us $100's+!

We also have a KOA card and we keep the points on it to use later.  My mom and her kids come visit us wherever we seem to roam up north.

 This has been a spiritual journey for us as well.  Because with a lack of faith, you may be off the road faster than you thought.

Know what your budget is!

If you are thinking about this lifestyle, find an RV that fits you comfortably, one that fits you, your spouse, your kids, your pets and teaching.  Go to as many RV dealers w/o commitment and walk through them, sit in the chairs, lay in the bed, step in the shower, sit on the toilet, stand at the sink, look at the storage, sit on the couch- even lay on it.  Watch the TV, is it comfortable?

  Dream big but spend wisely.  You can put in a washer/dryer or both in them, is this the space that you are willing to give up for saving$5-600 a year on and not use the laundry at the park?  

Write out your bucket list.  If you hit your state parks first on the weekends as a weekend warrior to test it and see if this is for you, than you will know, yes or no.  Also WIFI is expensive!  Some parks have free wifi but it won't hold you for classes.  You need a provider that will give you the best for your money.

We are now starting our 3rd year on the road and we don't see giving it up anytime soon!

This is our call, campgrounds undercover agents of the Lord.  We bless their socks off and fill their parks.  Sometimes we scare them before we even get there because we have deep joy that it takes to work with the public.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

VIPKID Teacher- the best job ever!

I knew it has been a long time since I have written on here.  SO much has happened too!  Internet was sketchy in Rockport TX and we got a wee bit busy in Lake Corpus Christi and now we are in Waco TX for about a month.  I started a new job with VIPKID.  It is the most amazing company and is one of the fastest growing educational companies in China.

I have been with VIPKID for the 57days and 79 classes taught so far. I have taught 56 kids, some of them are "mine" now. 2 girls and 3 boys choose to call me their teacher. I have had two sign up because of trials. I work 2 - 2.5 hours a day, 5-6 days a week and work Central Standard time. If you are a late night person, the weekends are built for you. Since China is 13 hours ahead of us, it is their day when we are evenings. I use a teacher portal and they also use Chrome. I have a broadband wifi card that I use and it works very well. We travel everywhere and I can teach from any location. I teach ages 4 -12 for 25 minutes a lesson. The lessons are on powerpoints and the planning is done for you. I go through the lessons the night/day before to be familiar with them.
 If you are a teacher and you would like to make up to $22 an hour, one on one teaching w/o a union or someone telling you what to do, this is a job for you. If you have a bachelors degree in anything, are excited and can be excited about life in general, this job is for you. If you want a second job and you are all those I listed, this job's hours are EST, 6-10 a.m. M-F and 9 pm- 10 a.m Fri--Sun. CST subtract an hour, MST -2, PST -3. You choose the hours you want to work and the times, pick up some simple things like ABC cards, a few props- reward type magnets or stickers and put magnets on the back, maybe a puppet (kids will talk to a puppet before an adult sometimes). Apply here. What do you have to loose? You have everything to gain! If you are a male, they are very popular in the classrooms, just like in America, men are huge role models.

This is my referral number. If you should decide this is for you, please use this and my name, Janette M. https://t.vipkid.com.cn/?refereeId=3084580

"This is from a current teacher who went to China to see the VIPKID offices, meet the staff and more.
Her name is Kristie: First, VipKid is an unbelievably vast company.  Almost an empire, with nearly 2,200 employees in four offices throughout Beijing.  The team that backs you up and supports your work is, hands down, the most incredible group of people I have ever known.  There is a commitment and a vision that we only see the surface of.  Cindy Mi is driven, passionate, and relentless.  What often seemed arbitrary rules as a teacher is insanely forward thinking.  VipKid is a bit like Google 5 years ago. 
There are a few things I will never say again and a few things that may be helpful to take away.  Never, for a single moment, think you are not appreciated.  First, EVERYTHING and I do mean EVERYTHING, is focused on YOU.  Person after person took time to ask me how they can help us.  This team works 24 hours/day 365 days a year so you can do your job.  Every word you write, every class you teach, every feedback you give, every student you teach, every ticket you submit matters….ALOT!

They are entire teams of creative and curriculum designers.  Did you know that Dino can lasso bandits?  Seriously, most awesome game ever!  They take such pride in their work.

I have a fantastic BS detector. There is no BS when it comes to their commitment to teaching.

I realized after my visit to the head offices that I will never be that cool again!  It was a bit like being Elvis with the paparazzi.  Everyone wanted to take a selfie.  There are probably more selfies of me in China than the sum of all pictures taken of me in my lifetime.  Did you know that you are a HERO?  The Chinese Lead Teachers watch my videos, they know my name, they know my students.  The know every one of my kids.  I guarantee that they know your name too.  The marketing team knows you.  Their love for their students and respect for you, as teachers, is heart-breakingly sincere.  Next time I am struggling to focus teaching a class I think I will remember that the CLT’s have pictures of me with their students on their phones.  They take time away from the annual party just to ask me how they can better serve their parents and help their students.

To your students you are almost godlike.  One of my kids remembered the street my hotel I mentioned in passing three weeks ago and searched hotel after hotel to find me.  He is 11 and way too cool for school.  He cried when I left.  Parents teared up trying to convey what we mean to their kids.  They talk about us.  They remember us.  Their grandparents and aunties knows us.  They know nearly everything you have ever said.  They cry about their drawings and fear, more than anything in the world, that they are not good enough.  Like many of us.  They have an almost paralyzing fear of disappointing you.  To them, you are larger than life.  I do not deserve this but I know I will work harder to.

I will never again say or even think that I work hard.   I promise, I don’t.  I don’t know what hard work is.  Working at VipKid in Beijing is not a job; it is a lifestyle.  I have the highest work ethic I know and I cannot hold a candle to the teams in Beijing.  Even 95 classes a week to get to Beijing is nothing compared to their ordinary schedules.

I will never say it’s unfair again.  The company you work for is relentless.  This company is built on personal accountability and responsibility.  If it gets screwed up it is ALWAYS your fault.  You can be comforted, at least a little, knowing that this is the culture of excellence.  
I have come to see ‘fault’ differently.  It is more that you failed to create the circumstances for your success.  Own up, fix it.  The standards are even higher on a corporate level.  Knowing we all strive to meet them inspires me to be better than I think I am.

If we have failed in some way it is all our fault.  In that way, VipKid succeeds in the end.  If I can share anything with you it is this, just stop making excuses.  After seeing the commitment and determination from every bottom to the top, working here means I am willing to try to meet that standard of excellence.  I am willing to strive to be better than I thought I was to be a part of something that is so much more than me.

Everyone will reach out a hand to help, but if you are unwilling to be the very best we have plenty of competitors who will not expect as much from you.  Nor will they give as much back.

You have likely never worked for a teacher management team or teacher quality team as single-mindedly focused on your teaching experience.  They never sleep.  When they do, they have the same nightmares about meeting the standards as we do.  They will spend a 16-hour day babysitting us only to go back to the office to babysit you.  You will never again have advocates like this.  They only want you to succeed.

YOU ARE HEARD.  YOU ARE LISTENED TO.  Somewhere, across the sea, Leslie is empathizing with you and cheering you on.  She is like your own personal cheerleader!  Bryan is working to get it right and Andrew is fighting for you and with you every day.  Daniel, cool and collected, somehow makes it all work.

Just in case you missed it, THEY HEAR YOU!  They hear you shouting 6,200 km away.  Trust me.  They can tell you every word I have ever written and yours.  Just like us, there is no handbook telling them what to do.  There is no road map where we are going.  Just like us, they are simply trying to find the way in a very, very complicated system.  Know that even though they cannot respond, your concerns are important.  Things take time.  This a monstrous beast of a process.

Another humbling realization for me is that my world is very small.  Compared to the people around me in my daily life, I am well-traveled, educated, and worldly. I learned my perspective is limited by my experience.  I have never quite felt so, well…. Minnesotan.

Your coworkers are the most incredible people I have ever met.  They have seen, done, and experienced things I can only dream of.  Their knowledge is vast.  I am sure that Jonathon has travelled around the world three times by now.  Yet, he never ceases to delight in each new experience, in each new encounter.  His eyes light up like a kid in a candy store when he has an opportunity to talk to kids.  Mark is loving and compassionate.  Is little wonder that he manages to make kids feel safe all the way from Manilla.  He is a man of integrity and always has a kind word.  If I come to know just a fraction of the world he has seen I will have become a much wiser person.

I so envy and respect Daniel C so much.  He is so bold.  He is living the life most of us have dreamed of.  He is seeing the world and meeting it head on.  Daniel D. is simply incredible.  His passport looks like an ADHD kids stamp collection.  He has seen and done it all and figured out just how to really ‘live the dream’.  He has perspective and insight to be admired.  Lauren is a survivor and a fighter.  Someday I hope to be as cool and wise as these five are.  I better get started, I have a lot of time to make up for.

My take away is that so much of what is written on the forum (including my own) is written from the perspective of a very, very small world.  It is easy in our little comfy neighborhoods to make sweeping conclusions about what is right and wrong half a planet away.  Often those assumptions are made and sealed before the question is even asked.  Reach out to your teachers, they are the most insanely talented and educated group on earth.  Reach out to your advocates.  You have so many.  Have an open mind about things that you are so very certain of.

This company never quits.  Never rests.  Never stops.  When we ask if we can constantly expect ‘glitches’ and problems, the answer is simple.  YES.  The day that everything goes perfectly, all is right and well in the world, and everything works just as it should be the day that VipKid stops.  This is the last day you will have a job.

If you are looking for this, there are many competitors you can turn to.  You may get a few years of work out of them before they go out of business.  Don’t look for it here.  To stop is to lose.  In meantime, the epic journey you are a part of means that the seas will never be entirely calm and will be, and seems catastrophic some days.  This company never stops, never quits, and never sleeps.  To work here is push yourself farther than you thought you could go.

My words are so inadequate and my thoughts still whirling.  I am awed.  I am conflicted I am humbled.  I am moved.  I am confused.  I am inspired.  I am profoundly changed.  I am deeply, deeply grateful."    
This is my referral number. If you should decide this is for you, please use this and my name, Janette M. https://t.vipkid.com.cn/?refereeId=3084580

A VIPKID Teacher.
Please use my link and not the ones in the videos. 
This is my referral number. If you should decide this is for you, please use this and my name, Janette M. https://t.vipkid.com.cn/?refereeId=3084580
A special Visit to VIPKID in Beijing China.
What if Kids interviewed the VIPKID teachers?
Please use my link and not the ones in the videos. 
What is the impact of VIPKID teachers? 
Please use my link and not the ones in the videos. 

This is Nancy Taylor, she is awesome!

Please use my link and not the ones in the videos. 
This is my referral number. If you should decide this is for you, please use this and my name, Janette M. https://t.vipkid.com.cn/?refereeId=3084580
This is Stephanie, she has been at VIPKID for a year.  She is also a trainer.  

Please use my link and not Stephanie's or the ones in the videos. 

This is Hope!  She lives in Austin.
Please use my link and not the ones in the videos. 

This is Paul Blake, first time I have seen this video.

This is a video that she is a "Nomad", like us.  We live and breathe new adventures.

Please use my link and not the ones in the videos. 

This is the best job I have ever had.  Seriously, I have had a lot of jobs working with kids, but this one rocks!  You can be goofy, imaginative, have fun and be serious.

 This is my referral number. If you should decide this is for you, please use this and my name, Janette M. https://t.vipkid.com.cn/?refereeId=3084580

 This is my referral number. If you should decide this is for you, please use this and my name, Janette M. https://t.vipkid.com.cn/?refereeId=3084580

It's about learning, doing, having fun!  The furrbabies know when we do school, they are usually under the table or close by.
What do you need to do this?  1 year of in classroom or homeschool teaching, a Bachelor's degree in anything!, and time to teach!  You need to know how to have fun and interact with a child.  You will need to engage them first thing.  Classes are 25 -28 min. long and you are on the entire time.  You can not eat or drink while you are in class or use the restroom.  The hours are whatever you make them. 
How long is each class?
Each class is guaranteed 25 minutes of active teaching time. After that, teachers may take a few minutes to leave comments. The total time commitment is 30 minutes per class, not including preparation time. 3 minutes are allowed for possible tech problems before a class is cancelled.
How does scheduling work?
Teachers must enter their weekly availability one month in advance. Teachers’ weekly schedules are sent out each Saturday at 10AM Beijing time. Teachers can be booked for classes during the week, no less than 24 hours in advance. VIPKID encourages all teachers to check their emails and their schedule in the system daily.
What hours should teachers be available to teach?
In order to maximize the number of classes you could get scheduled, we recommend you to be available for at least 7.5 hours (15 time slots per week at 30 minutes per time slot) during Beijing peak times. The following tends to be the most requested time periods in Beijing time: Monday-Friday 6-10pm, and Saturday-Sunday 9am–10pm. We do not require teachers to work full shifts; but having availability during the times mentioned above could ensure a higher possibility of being booked by our students.
Is there a maximum number of hours a teacher could teach?
VIPKID sets no limit on how much a teacher teaches during peak and non-peak time. Teachers have 100% control over their schedule. However, non-peak times are not popular amongst our students as they are not available for classes.
Please also be advised that it can take up to a month to get a relatively steady stream of classes, as students and parents get to know and try new teachers. VIPKID makes no guarantee that a teacher will have a steady stream of classes.
What is the payment?
As an independent contractor, your payment or “service fee” is calculated on a per-class basis (scheduled in 30-minute slots) and is composed of a minimum pay between $7-9 + incentives. Your minimum pay will be determined by your demo class performance, while incentives by your monthly class participation and completion as a VIPKID teacher.
Pay Rate Per 30-minRemarks
Minimum Pay USD 7-9This is decided based on your credentials and demo lesson performance.
Participation Incentiveup to USD 1This is based on showing up on time and teaching the lesson according to schedule.
Finished Class Incentiveup to USD 1This is based on the number of classes you finish in a month. We use this to assess your teaching quality. If more students continue to book with you, you are rewarded.
Total per 30-minUSD 7-11
Total per 1 hourUSD 14-22
How much tax do I have to pay?
VIPKID teachers are independent contractors and responsible for their own taxes in accordance with their individual tax jurisdictions or state laws.
When and how will teachers be paid?
Teachers are paid through direct bank deposits between the 10th and 15th of each month.
When renewing a contract, can teachers qualify for a raise?
Teachers will be re-evaluated for a raise at the point of renewal.
How long is the contract? Can teachers take breaks during the contract?
VIPKID signs 6-month contracts with applicants who pass their screening process. Please inform VIPKID 2 weeks in advance if you want to take time off during your contract.
Becoming a Teacher
How many students do I teach in each class?
All VIPKID classes are one-on-one to ensure we meet 100% of each student’s needs.
Do I need to prepare teaching materials?
No, VIPKID curriculum team has already designed materials for every class. However, teachers must prepare for class by reviewing the class materials beforehand. Teachers may preview class materials in the classroom on the teacher portal 6-12 hours in advance.
Do teachers need to communicate with parents?
No, VIPKID office staff will communicate with parents.
Do teachers always teach the same students?
No, teachers teach any student who books their class.
Do classes take place on Skype or another platform?
VIPKID has developed its own education platform to facilitate our one-on-one classes.
What does teaching with VIPKID look like?
Check out our , where current teachers share their experience. Here’s a  about Kate’s first day with us.
Where does the interview happen?
The interview happens on our portal at  After you book an interview, on the day of your interview, you can enter the classroom one hour before the interview to test your equipment before it starts. Make sure you test your equipment beforehand, as we are also evaluating your equipment to see if your internet connection is able to maintain a 30-min smooth connection with a server in China.
Why is the interview and demo so important?
The interview is very important as it, along with your qualifications, decides whether or not you will be accepted to work with VIPKID and it will determine your base service fee (payment).
What do I need to display in the demo lesson?
You will need to display how well you are able to explain activities to a foundation level student, how you are able to elicit complete answers from the student, your ESL teaching skills and your time management. Also, be prepared for the slides as it is very obvious if you never looked at them and could result in failing the application process in some cases.
Getting Started
Can I apply if I don't have a Bachelor's degree?
VIPKID is very strict on applicants’ education level and requires applicants to have at least a Bachelor’s degree. We require this because our customers care about our teachers’ education level. They look for VIPKID because they trust we have teachers that meet their criteria. VIPKID cannot offer one thing to customers and make exceptions to applicants who do not have a Bachelor’s degree. Unfortunately, we cannot accept applicants without a college degree.
Where do I have to live in to be eligible to work for VIPKID?
Even though our platform enables remote work, it is only stable in a few parts of the world. As of now, we can only work with teachers who are located in the USA (including Hawaii and Alaska), Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, East and Southeast Asia. As soon as we are able to have a more stable connection in other parts of the world, we will update this FAQ.
What is the application process like?
Applicants pass through five stages before becoming VIPKID teachers
1. Submission of Resume:Send us your resume, so we can screen for basic requirements and teaching experience.
2. Interview + Demo Class:Join us for a 30-min session where you showcase your teaching skills to a VIPKID recruiter.
3. Introduction to Teaching:Watch videos to learn about the VIPKID technology, standards and curriculum.
4. Mock class:Practice teaching a full-length class with one of our VIPKID teachers.
5. Sign Contract and Upload Docs:Send us your information so we can create a profile for our VIPKID students and their parents to get to know and to book you.
6. Full-Fledged VIPKID Teacher:Put your timeslots on your portal so that VIPKID students can start booking you. Get ready to teach!
I cannot sign up on the website! What should I do?
Here are some things you can try
1. Refresh the page
2. Clear your web browser cache.
Switch browsers. Our website should work optimally on Chrome, but it can be picky. Try with other browsers.
Try to connect to the internet from another server or another computer.

In case you try all these options and still encounter problems, email us. Our email is 
There are no interview slots available. What should I do?
Interview slots are available 3 days in advance. In case you are unable to have your interview during the available times, check back on the following day at 10pm EST as more slots are added at that time. Since interview slots are limited, make sure you attend the interview you schedule.
How long is the contract for?
We require a 6-month minimum commitment from our applicants. The contract can be renewed.
The website is having some technical issues. What should I do?
Please take a screenshot of the problem you are having and send to teachvip@vipkid.com.cn.
What equipment do I need?
1.A desktop or a laptop with a webcam (our platform does not work on phones or tablets yet).
2. A headset with microphone
3. Chrome browser
4. High-speed internet

What are the hours?  
W/DST M-F            Fri/Sat/Sun.
EST  6-10 a.m.        9 p.m- 10a.m.
CST  5-9 a.m.          8 p.m- 9 a.m. 
MST 4-8 a.m.          7 p.m. -8 a.m.
PST  3-7 a.m.          6 p.m.-7 a.m.
For Winter hours- you would fall back an hour with this as well. 

Check out their blog. http://blog.vipkid.com.cn/

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