Covid-19 and Merida: Why Its Still a Great City

Merida is still a great city. It could be proving to be even better than we originally thought. Covid-19 has caused this city to shine.  We are learning a lot about Merida while living through the Covid-19 pandemic and quarantine here. The “time-out” that the world has been forced to take has helped us to open our eyes and understand Merida, the city, on a more intimate and political level. We are definitely more tied into the politics than we ever wanted to be. As foreigners here during a virus attack that is primarily brought here by foreigners we are also very tuned into how the people are reacting to our presence.

Merida is well known as the safest place in all of Mexico and this experience, living here through a deadly pandemic has shown us why. Here are 5 things that we have learned about Merida while we have been quarantined here. Read more

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: APRYL0002 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’s 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.
*  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 🙂

For more instructional information regarding how to teach the Mock slides be sure to use the referral code APRYL0002  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 💵!

Our top three largest expenses (currently) are:
𝐑𝐞𝐧𝐭: $450 for a 2,000sq.ft. space with 2bed/1.5bath
𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: $250 a la Uber
𝐆𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬: $200 mainly at Costco Read more