VIP Kid Classroom Background Ideas from 12 Traveling Teachers

Online VIP Kid English teacher with background and a monkey propI’ve been working for VIP Kid for over a year now, and it’s been a great way to make a living as a digital nomad. I wasn’t really sure what to expect at first (is it a scam? Can you actually make money??) but after my first 6 months of teaching, I determined it was a great gig and one I could see myself doing longterm.

When I first decided I wanted to travel and teach, I had no idea what to pack. What props should I use? Reward systems? And what in the world should I use as a background? I didn’t want to spend a fortune on something that was bulky or difficult to set up.

If you’re in the same situation I was, these 12 teachers share their VIP Kid classroom background to help you figure out what will work best for you!

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VIP Kid Background & Classroom Set Up Tips for Traveling Teachers

Teaching English online with VIP Kid is a great remote job for digital nomads and those who want a location independent lifestyle.
[My current, very simple setup]
Being a nomadic teacher is SO FUN, let me tell you. Teaching for VIP Kid is pretty much the reason that I’m still able to travel so much!

BUT it also means I have to get a little creative with my VIP Kid background and set up sometimes. Like attaching cardboard to the back of a chair kind of creative.

And that my background has to be portable, too, and not take up too much space in my already overflowing suitcase (packing is hard, but my nomadic packing list for Europe makes life a little easier).

Here are my suggestions after a year of teaching while traveling:

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VIP Kid Props List for Beginning & Nomadic Teachers

Must have props for traveling and new VIP Kid and online English teachers!

Yeah, I get it. You JUST got hired to teach English online for VIP Kid and are wondering, well, what the heck do I use for props? And no, VIP Kid doesn’t currently provide any props of their own, but nor do they require you to purchase any (although they do ask you to have some for the interview – you can always make those, though). However, they certainly make teaching (and traveling) easier!

Or, you’re wanting to start traveling (as soon as that whole, you know, pandemic thing comes to an end) and are like, I can’t bring everything with me, so what SHOULD I TAKE WITH ME?

Do not fear, fellow VIP Kid teacher! Before you stuff your suitcase full of Dinos or throw away all your hard earned cash, let me assure you: You do NOT need to choose VIP Kid props over an extra pair of shoes or spend hundreds on things you’ll probably never use.

A whiteboard is an important prop for VIP Kid teachers
[My whiteboard is LIFE]
If I’m being honest, I don’t use as many props as I used to because I feel like it can kinda take away from the lesson at times, and some of the kids really don’t seem to care anyway.

Plus, when I’m teaching back to back to back lessons, I just don’t have time during the 5 minute break in between lessons to reorganize everything. That time is used for jotting down notes that I’ll later use in feedback (idk how anyone has figured out how to finish it during or right after the lesson – I’m still on team #doitlater).

I’m also usually able to find things around the house if needed most of the time, too. Need to show a student what a cube is? Great, I’ll use a tissue box! Lesson on food? I’ll grab an egg from the kitchen.

Being a VIP Kid teacher is a great job for a digital nomad! You really don’t have to take too much with you, and you can pretty much teach from anywhere as long as the wifi is strong enough.

Here are my favorite VIP Kid props that I drag along with me:

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11 Easy Reward Systems for VIP Kid Teachers

Panda, rabbit, duck, frog animal puppets lying on top of animal flashcards - these are great reward systems for VIP Kid teachers!
[One of my favorite (and cutest!) reward systems]
Ah, rewards. I was so nervous about this when I first started teaching with VIP Kid. Like, you want me to create a reward system for them? By myself? Me? I had no clue what to do!

It’s not as intimidating as it seems, though! And over time I’ve created some ideas that I really like.

Here are my favorite, easy peasy lemon squeezy reward systems for VIP Kid teachers. And these reward systems are great for any online English teacher, really! They make excellent additions to your online classroom.

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VIP Kid 6 Month Update as a Traveling Teacher (Tips, Tricks, & What I Wish I Knew)

Traveling VIP Kid Teacher 6 Month Update & Tips, Tricks, & What I Wish I Knew

So, I’ve been with VIP Kid for about 6 months now, and I’m really enjoying it!

It’s a really fun job, I love working with kids (although I’ve found that slightly older kids are what I enjoy the most – you can have actual conversations with them, and you don’t have to be as high energy to hold their attention as you do with the younger ones), and I LOVE that I get to set my own schedule.

My favorite part, though? I love that I can travel AND still have a pretty reliable income.

Psssst: Here are some ideas for reward systems!

Here’s what I’ve learned in the past 6 months:

VIP Kid Teacher
[This is a clip from my profile video! Yes, you have to make a short video about yourself to encourage parents to book you]
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