We’ve had several friends and family members ask if we’d be working on the road or were lucky enough to be able to not work a year and travel (I wish!). The reality is we are not that lucky and we will be working remotely (VIPkid and Palfish) as we travel, but hey, that’s still pretty lucky in my book.
Teaching ESL Online
For now, Luke and I have both found freelance work that we hope will keep us afloat as we travel budget consciously across the US. I am a teacher for VIPKid and Qkids, perhaps you’ve heard of them! There are many online ESL (English as a second language) programs that hire folks with a Bachelor’s degree to teach 25 minute English lessons to (mostly) sweet kiddos. I did this as a side hustle while I regularly worked as a social worker to try and build up a bit of a following and to hopefully help me ease into the transition to full-time online teaching.
Kelsey’s work: VIPkid and Qkids
Overall, it’s a pretty sweet gig with not a lot of prep work, oh, and you get to meet kids and their families across the world! So neat! Some of my students I’ve taught enough times to meet their mom,dad, siblings, and learn about their school life/friends/etc. I hope to teach around 200 classes a month once opening up my schedule full time. It is a bit difficult to get used to the crazy hours. I work Beijing prime time which is usually 6 am-8 am where we are. You can also teach overnights on the weekend if you’re really feeling up for a challenge. If you’re interested in a easy side hustle that works well with another job please reach out to me!
The application process is straightforward and painless, you’ll 1)Apply to be a teacher (click the link below), 2) Do your interview demo lesson, which can be recorded and submitted or done live, 3) Certification stage, you’ll prepare 2 mock lessons (lessons provided),and give it your all! 4) Pass a short TESOL (Teaching English as second language) quiz and boom! You’re a teacher now.
I’ve included my VIPkid link and referral code below:
Referral code: KELSE0148
(this can be used at anytime in the application process)
I started teaching with Qkids later in our journey as VIPKid underwent some company changes. While I’m still happy to be working for both companies I am so thankful for the stability Qkids has provided us. Qkids lessons are the same amount of time but I teach four kiddos instead of one. This may sound overwhelming but I promise it works. Qkids strives to gamify the learning experience and I find these lessons fly by as compared to VIPkid when I have a super shy kid. You do not have to use props and there is very little prep required.
Referral Link for Qkids: https://teacher.qkids.com/ref?code=KEUOJM
Referral Code: KEUOJM
Luke’s work: Palfish
Luke teaches but with another ESL company known as “Palfish”, it’s not quite the same as VIPkid but it offers a neat teaching platform. Palfish is strictly mobile based meaning you can teach from a phone or tablet. Palfish also does not require a Bachelor’s to teach, only a TEFL/TESOL certification. If you’re interested in learning more about Palfish, Luke’s referral number is 89426213. Drop us a comment/email/text and we’d be happy to tell you all about Palfish.
Here’s the direct link for applying to Palfish:
Palfish Referral Number: 89426213
That’s the work situation for now and honestly, so far so good, but just for good measure keep your fingers crossed for us! If you haven’t already, check out our post about renovations to the RV