Staying In Mexico: Covid-19 Chronicles

Yes, there was a broad call of repatriation. Mass amounts of expats flew back to the United States and the United States helped a ton of people get out of some very sticky situations. Me and my house were blessed enough not to need the assistance. We have been living in Merida, MX for the past 8 months and we did not feel the need to leave. In fact we were quite relieved when the US announced that they were shutting down the US – Mexico border for all non-essential travel. Read more

Passing The VIPKid Mock Class

Hello teachers to be! Congratulations to all of our new recruits on passing the interview. Now it is time to pass your Mock Class! The most important thing to remember is to have fun; the second most important thing to remember is to finish the class….make it through all of the slides without rushing -about 1 minute per slide. If you move faster be prepared to engage with the student at the end…play tic-tac-toe, teach an additional letter sound or how to pronounce teacher or computer or mouse….

If you just happened to come across this post and haven’t yet started the application process, we can help. If you have your bachelor’s degree, can work in US/Canada, and speak English with a North American accent, contact us. We will help you through the entire process and help you navigate VIPKid after you get hired.

Use this referral Code: APRYL0002ย for our assistance.

Now here is what you need to do in the process of having fun and making it to the end of the mock class.

You should now have access to the Certification Center to decide which level you’d like to certify for. Think of this stage as teacher training (mock classes): you will do practice lessons with an experienced teacher until you are confident with materials, techniques, and the online classroom environment. You can re-take a mock class as many times as needed to pass. Most applicants do the first one 2-3 times. Follow these tips and make it on the first try!
We’d recommend getting certified in the lower level (Level 2-3), because that’s the bulk of VIPKID’sย clientele. Although, you can get certified in both levels prior to signing your contract.

Use the same tips from the Demo:

  1. Total Physical Response (TPR) – use your hands and facial expressions a lot; hand to ear when you want them to talk, point at your mouth when you model how to say a word or sound…
  2. Teach the teaching objectives. Don’t get sidetracked if the student is acting poorly or is overly happy.
  3. Modeling & Repetition – say what you want them to say and then have them repeat it at least two times (be sure to finish the lesson – by all means though)
  4. Speaking speed and clarity – speak clearly and slowly when you model.
*ย  Props – any props you have like a little white board or letter cards are extra gravy! For my mock class, I had some index cards that I had written the letters that I was teaching on – upper case on one side and lower case on the other side.
** Have fun – smile, be happy, and most of all, have fun. Your energy will shine through ๐Ÿ™‚

For more instructional information regarding how to teach the Mock slides be sure to use the referral code APRYL0002ย  to apply.

The Cost of Living in Merida Mexico

We just did a visa run to Cuba and we have successfully ‘renewed’ our tourist status in Mexico for another 180 days (6 months).

After looking back at the last 6 months we decided to put together a ”The Real Cost of living In Merida, Mexico” video (scroll down). Having no major financial ties to the US made it easy for us to pick and go in 2017. We’ve found it SO AFFORDABLE to live on US dollars in places where the cost of living is lower than America’s . i. e. the dollar STRETCHES ๐Ÿ’ต!

Our top three largest expenses (currently) are:
๐‘๐ž๐ง๐ญ: $450 for a 2,000sq.ft. space with 2bed/1.5bath
๐“๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง: $250 a la Uber
๐†๐ซ๐จ๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ: $200 mainly at Costco Read more

Printify Vs. Printful: Pros and Cons

As I have mentioned in previous posts we moved to Mexico to get closer to United States as we set-up some different streams of passive income that are dependent on the US market. We want to be transparent in our set-ups and lessons learned as we move forward hoping that we can help someone else lay a blueprint for their own success. Read more

Jetset: Mexico City

Mexico City also known as CDMX – Ciudad de Mexico (sounds bad ass right!?!) has always been on my must-visit list! It’s brimming with rich history, beautiful architecture, and vibrant, urban neighborhoods. The capital city of Mexico is a bustling metropolis and we were excited to dip ourselves in the culture. We spent 5 days and 4 nights in CDMX, mixing our time with a few tourists activities and an open agenda. Here’s what we enjoyed in Ciudad de Mexico….Mexico City! Read more

Our VIPKID Story

Our VIPKID story started with us wanting to be liberated from our desks, brick and mortar buildings. We wanted to shift over into a location independent lifestyle! We had just married and I relocated to my husband’s home state of Michigan in the winter of 2016. I left my previous job behind, in Florida, after six years and looked forward to honeymooning and hibernating. It was nice not working for a month or two, but it quickly got boring. None of my family or friends lived in Michigan, and I found myself lacking in ways to occupy my time. So I started to look for a job I could do remotely. VIPKID popped up on my radar and was a perfect fit for me to continue retreating from the unfamiliar winter harshness. Read more