Can you really make $1,000 a month teaching English online in your pajamas? Laura Coleman talks with VIPKID teacher Rebecca Bratsman on the Adoption and Fertility Finance Show today about her side hustle teaching English to Chinese students in a virtual classroom.
As an online ESL teacher for two years, Rebecca has a lot of advice about:
- How to prepare for the VIPKID job interview
- Best practices for an ESL teacher
- How to create an educational background
- The importance of self-care and sleep in this job
- What kind of teachers the company is looking for
Laura and Rebecca talk about the tax implications of independent contractor work, and the importance of breaking finance goals into manageable chunks. The minimum requirements for teaching for VIPKID are:
- A Bachelor’s degree in any field
- A minimum of one year teaching children (this does not have to be classroom experience)
- Eligibility to work in the USA or Canada
- Native English speaker
- Reliable Internet connection (generally, if your internet can handle Skype, you should be fine)
- Laptop or Desktop computer
- A quiet workspace
Once hired, the Chinese government requires teachers to complete a TESOL certificate. VIPKID offers this to their teachers at no cost, and it takes about ten hours to complete.
The application process can be daunting! There is an initial interview and then mock classes to show that you understand how to teach ESL to children. It is always helpful to have someone walk you through the process. You can contact Rebecca via Facebook if you’d like help through the interview process.
An important update: As of November 12, 2019, VIPKID will no longer be hiring teachers who live in the state of California.
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