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VIPKID Questions

In February 2017, I had recently quit my teaching job and was constantly pondering “What to do after leaving the classroom”, I stumbled upon a “work at home” opportunity in a mom’s group. I was hesitant because there are so many MLMs and scammy programs out there, but I took a leap of faith, signed up and within a week was teaching English every morning to some pretty awesome kids half way around the world. I’m now on my 4th (6 month) contract and am so excited I said yes to the opportunity. I receive frequent questions about this gig from many other parents looking for an opportunity to work at home with their kids. Below you’ll find some of the most frequently asked questions. If I didn’t cover your question, feel free to send me an email and I’d be happy to help you get started.

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+How does scheduling work? Is it flexible?

The hours are super flexible. There are no minimum number of hours and no set schedule. You can open your schedule two weeks out or as late as the day before. You get to decide when you want to open hours, and parents will book classes with you based on your availability. When I traveled to France, I didn’t need to notify my boss. I just didn’t open any hours on my schedule for those days. The thing about working from home is you only get paid for the work you do. Work as much as you want or as little as you want, your pay will represent those hours.

+Why does the schedule look so weird?

Our students are located in China, meaning they are halfway around the world. For us teachers on EST we are exactly 12 hours apart. For other time zones, your schedule will differ. Luckily VIPKID lists both the Beijing Time as well as your local time so scheduling is easy.

+I see facebook ads for this all the time. Is this a scam?

My first month I thought for sure I was giving away my time teaching for free, but I CAN PROMISE YOU the job is real, the kids are real, AND the money is real. This is not a scam.

+Who am I teaching? What am I teaching?

Generally, my students range from 5-13 years old. The younger students are learning English basics; such letters, sounds, sight words, and Consonant Vowel Consonant words (CVC words) like c-a-t or d-i-g. This is similar to what American students are learning in kindergarten.

My older students have had English in their school for several years and are working on developing their conversational english. We work on reading and comprehension, enhancing vocabulary, and practicing their grammar.

Almost all of my students are  very well-behaved. They are paying a lot of money to be present in class. With many of my younger students their parents are usually sitting next to them to ensure they are working. It was intimidating at first, but they aren’t there to judge you, they’re present to assist their own child.

+What do I need to qualify to teach?

While having a teaching certificate/experience working with kids will give you an extra advantage in the interview, the only requirement is that you have a Bachelor’s Degree.

In the interview you’ll want to emphasize your experience working with kids (teaching experience, sunday school, homeschool, summer camps, etc), there are planety of teacher in the company who do not have a teaching certificate but have experience working with kids.

The Bachelor’s degree is critical. VIPKID wants educated employees. If you have that, I can mentor you through the process. Added bonus is that after being hired, VIPKID offers tons of FREE workshops to help you become a better teacher!

+How can I make $1,000 a month?

Each employee is paid slightly differently, varying between $7-12 a 25 minute slot. I make $10 a class or $20 an hour which will make the math really easy. $20 an hour means that in order to make $1,000 a month, I must teach 50 hours a month. You can create a schedule that works for you but options include but are not limited to:
– 2.5 hours Mon-Friday
– 6-7 hours on Friday and Saturday nights

+I want to make this a full time gig. Is it possible?

Open more slots to teach; the more you work, the more you make. Lots of people make  $3000 – $4000 in a month but that means they work a lot. Everyday? All night on the weekends? Companies aren’t going to pay you for doing nothing, so if you want to make all the money, you have to do all the work. The possibility is there if you’re willing to work for it. Like any other job, you have to find a schedule that works for you and your family. I have friends who are single or who’s kids visit their other parent on the weekends and they take that opportunity to work two overnight shifts Friday and Saturday.

+I see a lot of morning classes, can I work at night?

Yes, remember the days of partying all night on the weekends, now that you’re a grownup, you can make money on Friday and Saturday nights instead. Being on EST, China is half of a day ahead of me. So when it is 8pm Friday night in Georgia, it is 8am Saturday morning in China and the kids are waking up on their weekend and wanting to  learn English. Unfortunately, unless the kids are on break from school though, there are not hours during the week because they’ll be in school.

+How do I signup?

To sign up use my link below. Have more questions? Just ask —> iamglutenfreefl@gmail.com and I’d be happy to help you along the way.

 

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California Quinoa Salad

Vegan California Quinoa Salad (plus shrimp- not vegan-whomp whomp whomp) – this is not something I would have made on my own, but it was made for me and I loved it. Made it again this week and it is just as good as I remember. Bright and full of flavor. Perfect as a meal or a side to some grilled fish or chicken.
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1/2 cup quinoa, uncooked
1 cup water
 
2 honey mangos, peeled and diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green onion
1/2 cup shelled edamame
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
 
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 T balsamic vinegar
Juice of 1-2 lime
salt
 
DIRECTIONS:
 
In a large saucepan of 1 cup water, cook quinoa according to package instructions; set aside to cool.
 
In a large bowl, combine quinoa, mango, bell pepper, edamame, green onion, coconut flakes, and cilantro. Pour the balsamic vinegar & lime juice on top of the salad and gently toss to combine.
 

Borscht

Two weeks ago we tried this soup from the Splendid Spoon and it was so good we’ve been craving it since. Full of flavors of dill and the slight sweetness of apple, we set out to make some of our own. Don’t want to make your own? Check out The Splendid Spoon using our link to get $20 off of your first order.

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Vegan Borscht

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Easy Salads

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TACO SALAD

Chop off all your favorite toppings and serve on a counting board. Let everyone assemble how they like. #familyfriendlymeals

Trying to eat healthy, make a salad.

Craving carbs, toss it all on chips or a tortilla.

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Chicken Ceasar Salad

Romain + chicken + parmesan +sunflower seeds + black pepper + avocado + dressing   (put it all in a tupperware, shake and serve)MAR_4948

7 Layer Salad

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Meal prepping Made easy

I just discovered these awesome Souper Cubes which has made meal prepping even easier. Whenever we make soup, we eat what we want and freeze four 1 cup servings for later. Afterall, a girl can only eat the same meal, so many times.

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Splendid Spoon Review

Years ago, before kids, my husband and I were vegetarians. Once I became pregnant with my first, my taste buds rapidly changed and I became a voracious carnivore. Over the years we have been getting back to our roots. While we still love and eat meat, our bodies love us a whole lot more when we stock up on all the veggies.

I have a gluten allergy and dairy seems to be bothering my husband, so we’ve been testing new dairy free recipes. We happened upon one of those delivery services that delivers all the meals prepared and this one is GLUTEN FREE and VEGAN!

Now with the convenience of prepared meals, comes a higher price tag, but for prepared, plant based, nutrient dense food, I’d argue it is money well spent. We decided to give The Splendid Spoon a try. My husband LOOOOVES soup, while I prefer to chew my food 😉 However we were both a HUGE fan.

There are multiple packages available at Splendid Spoon

  • Breakfast $65,  Includes 5 smoothies
  • Lunch $65, Includes 5 pant based lunch/soup bowls
  • Soup Cleanse $65, 4 drinkable soups and 1 plant based soup
  • Program 2.0, $135 – The BEST option: includes everything listed above ( Breakfast + Lunch + Soup Cleanse) – use this link to get $20 off your first order, making the program 2.0 only $115
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Smoothies
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Lunch
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Soup Cleanse

I’m a big smoothie drinker so it thought this would be my favorite part. The majority of these smoothies do NOT contain bananas. Bananas are one of the main ingredients typically seen in smoothies to make them sweet. Without the banana, they are still good, but not as sweet as you expect. My favorite was the Cacao Almond smoothie and I was especially pleased by how filling all the smoothies were. The Hibiscus was tart with the primary flavors of blueberry and cranberry, the ABJ actually tasted like a PB&J sandwich, and the Cacao Almond had a nice sweet almond flavor.

My husband and I realized we consume a lot of salt in our daily lives because while these soups were packed with flavor, we kept reaching for the salt shaker. I love the balance of flavors of all the soups, but my personal favorite was the Borscht. The sweetness of apple and bright flavor of dill made this a full bodied soup. My favorite part of the soups was that they were all such unique flavors that I normally would not have prepared myself. Each container is 2 cups making this a great meal or perfect to share with your spouse with a side salad.

Want to give the Splendid Spoon a try? Use this link to receive $20 off your first order ❤ We’d love to hear what you think.

Eat your veggies

A friend told me she gets her family to eat more veggies by always keeping stock of their favorite dips. The rule is they can eat all the dip they want, if they eat it will veggies.

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Goodbye empty carbs, hello nutrient fiber filled veggies.

Grilled chicken with buffalo sauce
Veggies, olives, and homemade ranch dip

Shakeology Recipes

Shakeology makes for the perfect meal while traveling.
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Vegan Vanilla Shakeology + frozen bluberries, strawberries, and bananas
 
Interested in giving Shakeology a try, here’s a link to our $20 vegan sampler pack (chocolate, vanilla, cafe latte, and strawberry).
 
 
Have questions? Just ask ❤  iamglutenfreefl@gmail.com

Chimichurri

Chimichurri – added flavor you can feel good about
a bunch of cilantro
a bunch of parsley
2 cloves of garlic (or WAY more if you’re my husband)
olive oil

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Blend together in a food processor and TADA – so much flavor to brighten up any dish. We love to marinade our chicken in this and save half the mixture to pour on top when it comes off the grill. This also makes a kicks dressing for salads, potatoes, or cauliflower rice.

Be creative. What would you put this on?

Why I drink Shakeology

As a mother of 3, sometimes throwing together nutritious meals if something I can only dream of. For those days I love the ease of Shakeology. More than just a protein shake, shakeology is full of nutrients, pre and probiotics, and I order the vegan packets to cut back on my dairy consumption.
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Vanilla Shakeology + frozen banana + strawberry + coconut water
 
Try our Clean Week Challenge ($29.95)
– 7 samples shakeology
– access to online workouts
– a step-by-step guide to healthy eating, including simple and delicious recipes for your meals and Shakeology.
 
 
Have questions, just ask  ❤  iamglutenfreefl@gmail.com