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I Want to Help Aspiring Teachers  Get a Job with VIPKID: Schedule a Skype Chat

VIPKID is hiring. I did a post on How to land a remote teaching job with VIPKID with best practices and what to say for the interview. I included my company referral link. Through the link I am able to see who has applied and whether or not they passed the interview process. I noticed that a number of people applied  however they did not pass the interview. This kind of bummed me out! I noticed that the people who did receive an offer and are now successfully working for VIPKID as online teachers had an in person conversation with me. I now want to provide this opportunity to anyone using my referral link through Skype! Its a win/win for me and anyone who applies – If I can help you get the job then the company gives me a referral bonus and you get a teaching job with the coolest online ESL company out there.

The tips I include in the post worked for me and for the teachers I referred previously – but these were friends of mine so it was a face to face conversation.

I want to reach out to people who are genuinely interested in working for VIPKID. I encourage you to send me an email at where we can schedule a chat and talk about what you need to say and do in the interview and mock lesson in order to make a good impression and land a job.  Also if you sign up using my recruitment link you’re more likely to get an interview as opposed to applying through other channels.


$310 a Week Part-Time with VIPKID

Here’s a sample schedule of a week where I made $310 a week on a part time schedule with VIPKID.

Each “FINISHED” block represents a completed 28 minute class. I receive $10 per 28 minute class. Add up 31 blocks and that’s $310/week I earned part time. If you notice, my hours are very early in the morning (5:30am – 9:00am) or later at night (8:00pm -10:00pm) so I work before and after my day job hours.

If you like to hustle and get up early, there’s some decent money to be made part-time.


VIPKID Pros and Cons

I’ve been working for VIPKID since April 2016 as an online ESL instructor to Chinese kids. I am on my second contract and at this point I have a decent grasp of the pros and cons working for this company. Spoiler alert: there will be more pros than cons.


  • The kiddos. These kids are coolest, smartest, most motivated children you will meet. The boys and girls range from ages 4-12 years old. It is so fascinating to spend 25 minutes (the length of one class) peering into their lives. Education is highly valued in China and these students are never not doing homework. As an online instructor you will encounter total beginners and six year-old geniuses who are reading at 5th grade level and above.
  • Work from anywhere (caveat: anywhere with decent internet connection). As of this post, there are around 5,000 ESL teachers currently teaching from their homes, apartments, Airbnbs, (dare I mention hostels) all around the world? So if you’re a wanderer this is a huge perk. I could write all day about the continents, countries and time zones these teachers live in. This is also a great gig if you’re just looking to work from home. There are many stay-at-home moms that have continued their career in education because of this as well. Many teachers use VIPKID as a travel hack to earn the US dollar while living in countries with a weaker currency.
  • Money, dinero, plata, moolah, CA$H. I am currently being paid 20$/hr. Each class is 25-28 minutes long so VIPKID pays 10$/28 minutes of teaching. Think about your other part time job options- do they pay 20$/hr? Can you do them in your living room with pajamas on?
  • Lessons are already planned. Okay, if you’re a teacher in the real life B&M setting, you probably have to write weekly or daily lesson plans. Go ahead and read that again: Lessons are already planned. PowerPoint style lessons contain teacher instructions written at the bottom. It is recommended that teachers look through the slides before teaching the lesson, but once you’ve taught for a few weeks you’ve seen the slides don’t need to meticulously review them before starting each class.
  • The community. While you may be home alone, you’re certainly not. There are 5,000 other teachers working with you. There are VIPKID Facebook groups, Skype chats and the company forums. Teachers discuss everything: best teaching practices, travel hacks and intense polarizing political views (just kidding).
  • Part time work that fits in with your schedule.  As a teacher, you set your own schedule. It is required that you open at least 7.5 hours (15 individual classes) within China’s peak teaching hours (6am-10am weekdays and 8pm-10am weekends EST). Teachers can also teach other hours outside the peak times as long as it coincides with the Chinese children schedules (they can’t take lessons while they sleep). Don’t worry, teachers get used to the time zone difference (12 hours), its like chatting with baby geniuses from the future.
  • Incentives and VIPKID staff. The super cool people over there in the Beijing offices really support their teachers. They offer professional development, provide feedback to your lessons and offer all kinds of monetized incentives. They give bonuses for teachers who teach a lot of classes and offer extra money for teachers who work during holidays.
  • The job is fun. Being silly is encouraged. The kids feed off of the energy of their teachers. This company is on the forefront of Ed-tech and ESL learning (even Kobe Bryant invested). It’s a noble cause, teachers are bettering the lives of children through language and cultural exchange.


  • The early bird gets the worm. Not a morning person? This job may not be for you. Peak teaching hours in EST time zone are 6am-10am. Make sure you drink coffee. It can be tough just getting up early, let alone having to act animated for children who are looking forward to having a fun English lesson. If you’re not a morning person, there are also peak hours on the weekends, starting at 8pm until 10am in the morning on Fridays and Saturdays. So essentially there are not standard daytime hours for those in EST. This obviously depends on where you live. Someone in Spain would have normal working hours for VIPKID based on their time zone, for example.
  • No benefits, yet. This company is growing exponentially, but as of right now they do not offer any sort of health insurance or company investment opportunities, after all it’s a part time tutoring position. They do allow you to take two weeks off (unpaid) per six month contract. Keep in mind however that teachers may work 7.5 hours minimum one week and max out in hours the next week.
  • Part time work. As mentioned, this is not a full time position in the traditional sense. However there are 46 hours of available peak-teaching hours (mornings and all night over the weekend, EST). Not to mention there are also off-peak hours that can be booked as well. With the flexibility, this job works well around a regular full time job. There are teachers who are traveling the world working full time. I’ve seen many teachers in the forums who maximize their bookings and make a full time wage-especially if they live somewhere with a weaker currency but by definition this is part time work. There is no cap or limitation. Some teachers have a parent/student following sufficient enough for a full time wage.
  • Punctuality is crucial. This really shouldn’t be a con; I mean we should all be punctual all the time right? As a teacher, you have to  open up teacher slots up to four weeks ahead of time. However, parents can only book you two weeks ahead of time, so you can make adjustments to your third and fourth weeks at any time. Once your class is booked, canceling is not a great option for teachers. Teachers in their first contract get six cancellations. This means that they can cancel a class, notifying the company with over twenty four hours notice, six times per six month contract. If you exceed this number than VIPKID maintains the right to terminate your contract – doesn’t mean they will, but they can, especially if these cancellations are a result of the teacher simply not showing up.

Most of the cons I’ve mentioned aren’t real negatives. I enjoy this job, its flexibility, community and compensation. It is totally worth it. If you have an English related degree and some teaching experience, especially with English Language Learners (ELLs) then apply through my recruitment page. Feel free to email with any questions concerning the job or interview process at

Teacher Loan Forgiveness, pretty please…?

Federal teacher loan forgiveness program. Say whaaaat, sign me up. At this point there is some doubt whether I will qualify for this forgiveness, regardless of the amount of repenting I do. But here I go praying for forgiveness…

Dear God,

I’m sorry that I went to college right away without making an informed decision on the actual cost of my tuition. I am also sorry that I thought it was normal to pile on loads of debt that would magically be paid sometime after graduation (spring of 2009) when there were  tons of jobs and opportunities for me to chip away at the subsidized and subsidized bedrock on my back (pun intended). I would also like to repent for the carelessness in which I enjoyed school so much 7 years ago. While I did my best and got good grades and graduated, I am sorry for the half-hazard way I pursued the idea of serious employment right out of college.

Now that I understand fully the consequences of having so much fun and going to a liberal arts school which I truly loved and enjoyed. I ask you to please, please, PLEASE forgive me of this student debt.


Do you think God reads my blog? Or perhaps more importantly, will the kind folks at the Department of Education grant me this absolution? Either way, I am coming up on the completion of 5 consecutive  years in two low-income schools. I sure hope that ESL qualifies under the specific clause of a “teacher of special education.” If it does then I can have up to $17,500 forgiven. Do you qualify?

-Highly qualified Secondary Math Teacher

-Highly qualified Secondary Science Teacher

-Highly qualified Special Education Teacher

-Hold a state teaching license

-5 consecutive years in Title 1 low-income schools

-Cannot be in default

That’s the thing, ESL teachers are not specifically on the list of those who qualify. In the fine print however, there is a clause about language development under the “Special Education Teacher” definition. I am completing my fifth year in a Title 1 funded school, thus I hope to qualify. Fingers crossed.

More details about federal teacher student loan forgiveness can be found on the Department of Education’s website.  Another good resource for those looking into loan forgiveness options is Student Loan Hero.



How to Land a Remote Teaching Job with VIPKID

Want to work with VIPKID? They have over 3,000 online language teachers and they are currently looking for more. The company is really scaling up (Kobe Bryant even invested). It’s a fun place to work, the pay is great (up to 22$/hr) and the online community of teachers and travelers is refreshing.

I will break this blog into three parts. Things you should HAVE before the interview. Things you should SAY during the interview. Things you should DO during the teaching practicum. Read these tips but if you want to dive even deeper check out my Udemy course: Teach English Online (Anyone can do it!).


-A related degree (English, teaching, linguistics, literature etc.)

-A strong Internet connection – no interruptions – at the very least your speed should be 10 -15 mbps

Experience working with English language learners (you must be culturally sensitive)

Patience and a good attitudeSmile the whole time -a foreigner’s face on the screen can freak some kids  out.

Props – flashcards, toys, a whiteboard and pictures are all things to make your lesson more fun. For the interview process I recommend at least having a piece of paper and a marker – or preferably a small refrigerator whiteboard.

-Have a working camera and headset with microphone and earphones – I use a Mac so the camera is installed already, and I wear iphone earbuds because they work perfect for the microphone and the headphones.


-That you enjoy working with kids K-6

70% student talk time vs. 30% teacher talk time – This one is important – The teacher should guide the learner, rather than explain concepts in long form. No lectures. This is the only chance these kids get to speak or “try out” their English. So if the 25-28 minutes is dominated by teacher-talk then the class is useless.

Repetition – Discuss how important repetition is for the memory, pronunciation, practice and confidence of the English learner. In the practicum lesson don’t be afraid to make the student repeat something 3 or 4 times (or even more).  No matter how awkward it seems.

TPR – this is an ESL term for Total Physical Response. Essentially it provides context for students through action – For example: teach kids what stand up means by making them stand up 10 times – make it fun! This works with any type of vocabulary – hand motions can be used for describing words. Any memorable action associated with a new word will instill meaning for the learner.


Be Punctual – Be on time for the interview – and your future classes it’s also so important that you END your class on time– cause there’s usually another class right behind it. They are looking to see that you end the practicum lesson on time.

Speak Slow and clear at all times (imagine you were learning Chinese – you’d want someone to speak turtle-speed).

Wear a plain orange T shirt- This is a requirement for teachers when they’re hired, so if you wear it in the interview they see that you’re ready to start working for them ASAP, it  shows preparedness.

-In the practicum lesson you will be teaching an adult for 10 minutes. This adult will be pretending to be a child (it’s awkward, not gonna lie). Smile, be energetic, and be very patient. Make the student (the adult in this case) repeat new words in full sentences. Use your whiteboard to demonstrate a new letter or just to draw a silly face. The lessons are supposed to be fun, so be a fun teacher.

Feel free to use my referral link for the application process. VIPKID. I receive a minor chunk of change every time I refer a new teacher (and you will too, if you get hired). The truth is, I really enjoy this job and if you follow the pointers above then you have a high likelihood of landing a job with VIPkid. Good luck!

Online Language Teaching

Companies Hiring Online Teachers

FYI: I continually update this list when I find a new company hiring!

I did a post on Location Independence through Online English Instruction and how ESL teachers are working and traveling or working from home. I am an online teacher through VIPKID and have had a great experience so far. However in this brief post I would like to share the other online language teaching companies that are currently looking for teachers. I am constantly scouring and have found that this industry is rapidly growing-especially companies providing instruction to China. Here are the few I have come across in no particular order.

51Talk – appears to be for Filipino English teachers

twosigmas – UK company teaches English to Chinese.

GVE – Golden Voice Engish teaches to Chinese.

Winglish USA – Link to Indeed posting, couldn’t find a proper website- ESL to South Korea

Pandatree – Spanish and Mandarin Instruction for English speakers

Transparent Language – Various Languages, Various clientele

italki – Find a tutor for any language

Educastream – English instruction for French students

Edoopad – English instruction for Vietnamese students and soon Japanese students

Fuel Ed – Online courses for K-12 students by state certified teachers – multiple subjects

Chegg Tutors – Online tutoring for any subject, and many different languages

Open English – Online English teaching to South Americans

EF Englishtown – Online English teaching to multiple countries

Tandem – Online video chat for language learning (cell phone app) / multiple languages

ACEMEC  – Online School for Medical English and Communication

Brainfuse – Online tutoring for college and high school students – various subjects

Learnerlane Online tutoring for Chinese students 16$-24$

Revolution Prep – Full-time/Part-time positions in various subjects

Speak! Language Center Language center looking for ESL online teachers with Masters degrees and online experience. Well paying positions.

Englishunt – Online ESL to all ages in Korea

Gofluent – Teach online in a variety of settings: K12, business, one-on-one

Learnlight – Lessons prepared, used in over 50 countries, headquarters in Spain

Western Wise – One on One format, North American native English teachers to Chinese students.

Class100 – 10 hrs/week minimum 12$-14$ an hour between hours of 7pm-5am EST to Chinese students

Skimatalk – create a profile teach through skype

VIVALING – Language academy. Online language coach 13$-38$ an hour depending on level of experience and whether or not hired as a Associate, Advanced or Expert coach. Seems uppity. Students from around the world.

VIPKID – One on One format, North American native English teachers to Chinese students. previously mentioned, English for Chinese children. Up to 22$/hr. Great company with a good community, rapidly growing.

As a disclaimer, I’d like to say that I have searched some of these companies on and There are some good and bad reviews. I ultimately went with VIPKID based on all of the positive reviews from online teachers and because of their pay + bonus scale system (teachers earn between 16$-21$/hr); also, the curriculum and lessons are already planned for you. If you or anyone you know works for any of these companies I’d love to learn more.  Contact me.

Feel free to use my referral link for the application process. VIPKID. I receive a minor chunk of change every time I refer a new teacher (and you will too, if you get hired). The truth is, I really enjoy this job and if you follow the pointers above then you have a high likelihood of landing a job with VIPkid. Good luck!



Location Independence through Online English Instruction

Location Independence, Nomadism, remote work and slow traveling are all budding terms for a movement of people who are traveling and working at the same time.

These “homeless” bums do an array of online work, which earns them a decent wage that allows them to hop from country to country. Some of this work includes, but it definitely not limited to:

Freelance writing; Software Engineering; Document translation; Travel blogging (the most popular); All kinds of marketing (SEO content writing, affiliate marketing, blogging, product reviewing); Online courses and coaching using exclusive material in a subject matter; and lastly: Online Language teaching.

I am teaching English online to Chinese children through a company called VIPKID.

The platform uses a video chat feature along with a guided power point on which the student and the teacher can interact. This gives the student a real life tutor to guide them through instruction.

Parents all over China choose VIPKID to give their children an American-style common core based education in English.

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As a full time teacher in a US school, I am using VIPKID to supplement my income and in the future provide a way to make money on the road.  I have been teaching online since April 2016 and I love it! There’s a ton of useful training from the VIPKID education support staff and there is also a whole community of online teachers who keep in constant contact. Many of these teachers are in various exotic locations around the world.

Teaching online offers some big perks for the gypsy traveling soul.There are whole communities of online English teachers currently bopping around the globe. With this freedom however, teachers are limited to areas with strong WiFi. Teachers with the travel bug don’t have to sign a contract to stay in one place for a year, with online teaching, they can go anywhere.

A strong connection is absolutely crucial to the survival and continued income for these online English teachers.

These teachers are able to set their own schedules and plan their travel. For example, a teacher might load their schedule full of classes on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in order to free up Thursday Friday and Saturday to get on a plane for a new place. When looking for a new place they are sure to go to countries and cities where WiFi is strong enough to support their online video chat platform. Most teachers use Airbnb and check reviews for any indication of “strong WiFi” in the reviews. Teachers usually have to scope out a location and test the connection before administering online lessons.

These teachers usually have flexible schedules allowing them to open up certain availability for exploring new places. Many teachers are also leveraging cost of living by staying in countries with a favorable exchange rate. More simply, they are earning a decent wage (in the US dollar between 12$-22$/hr) and paying for their living expenses in a lesser currency, be it the Peso, Thai Baht, or the Vietnamese Dong for example in Latin America or Southeast Asia.

There are many emerging companies who are actively seeking teachers with a native-English accent and teaching experience. Some only even require an associates degree.

If you are a teacher who is interested in teaching abroad but you can’t decide which country try being location-independent through VIPKID and teach anywhere!

Feel free to use my referral link for the application process. VIPKID. I receive a minor chunk of change every time I refer a new teacher (and you will too, if you get hired). The truth is, I really enjoy this job and if you follow the pointers above then you have a high likelihood of landing a job with VIPkid. Good luck!

Boludo English

  1. Boludo or boluda is a slang word in Argentina that roughly means “idiot.” 

    ¡Que boludo que soy! Por qué deje la puerta abierta?!”

¡Che boludos! Welcome to Boludo English where we can informally discuss trends in language learning and travel.  The path to fluency in a new language isn’t straight. Let’s be honest, mistakes have to be made to learn! I learned Spanish (Castellano) in Argentina while teaching English to local businessmen. I cruised around the city and popped into lunch breaks to give one-on-one lessons. Man I was such a boludo. Being a boludo can be a good thing. Best friends call each other boludo or boluda. Don’t worry you’ll learn.

My experience boludeando (boludear – to screw around, mess around, kill time) in Argentina during the recession in 2010 ultimately led me to a career path and a Masters in ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages).

I am currently an ESL teacher in the US and an online teacher through this awesome start up company called VIPKID where I online video chat with Chinese children from Beijing. I love this new job and the kiddos are the coolest.

In this blog I will discuss how people learn language in the most obscure ways. Now is the time for you to learn another language, but don’t do it the boring way do it the boludo way!