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!

1. USE A GIFT WRAP BACKGROUND

By Dom from Red White Adventures

Online English Teacher for VIP Kid with background
[Dom from Red White Adventures tapes gift wrap to the wall]

I’ve been teaching online with VIP KID and traveling as a digital nomad for the past year and a half. One of the major hurdles has always been having a presentable background. It’s the first impression that counts and you always want your VIP Kid classroom to look nice.

So what I have been doing is basically whenever I set up in a new Airbnb or short term stay I buy a roll of gift wrap. It can be Christmas themed, Easter themed, or anything that has a little bit of color to it. On top of that I have a little white board where I write my name. I’ll then tape the white board to the gift wrap that’s on the wall. It’s the perfect short term setup and on top of that I have a few teddy bears I use to make the classroom feel very cozy. The kids love it!

Here is a list of all the amazing VIP Kid props I have with me when I travel. The majority of them have been absolute lifesavers during my online English teaching adventure.

2. HANG A PAPER WORLD MAP BACKGROUND

By Nic from See Nic Wander

Traveling or new VIP Kid online English Teacher paper map background set up
[Nic from See Nic Wander touts a paper map as her favorite easy to set up background]
When I travel, my favorite online teaching background is a paper world map. It’s bright and colorful but it also folds down small, meaning it doesn’t take up a lot of space in my bag.

Because the map I use is paper, I reinforce the corners with clear packing tape and hang it using command strips. This allows me to move my background easily without tearing up my map or the walls in my accommodation.

In this picture, I’m using my usual wall map with an orange welcome banner on top of it. The map is from Amazon and the welcome banner is available in my Etsy Shop, Teach and Wander!

3. STICK 5 APPLES ALL OVER YOUR BACKGROUND

By April from Just Leaving Footprints

Traveling Online English Teacher Background Set Up ideas
[April of Just Leaving Footprints has a special affinity for her apples name tag]
I’ve been teaching with VIPKid for about a year and a half now and I absolutely love it. I’m Canadian, but I live in Mexico City and VIPKid has helped me travel a ton, mainly around Mexico. Normally my teaching background in my apartment has a Chinese flag, a Canadian flag, a map of Mexico, an alphabet chart that I made, a magnetic whiteboard, a colourful piece of paper with my name ‘Teacher April’ on it, as well as apple decorations everywhere. The apples are a great way to subtly remind parents to give you a five apple review.

When I travel however my background is very minimal. I only bring my ‘Teacher April’ sign and a row of five apples and use sticky tack to put it up on a wall behind me wherever I am. I go very minimal with my traveling background so that I have space to bring a smaller whiteboard and enough props to be able to teach my classes while traveling.

4. BABY BLANKETS ARE A SIMPLE HACK

By Marlynn from Marly’s Sweet Treats

VIP Kid online English teacher baby blanket background
[Marlynn of Marlys Sweet Treats hangs a baby blanket behind her when she travels!]
I hang a baby blanket behind me, which is easy to fold up and move to the next destination!
I also keep everything in a small plastic box and I normally just stick to the same props: flowers, markers, alphabet cards, emoji sticks, and candy/ice cream/seashell/dinosaur rewards, and the white board. This makes it easy to keep everything together!

5. DON’T OVERTHINK IT – KEEP YOUR BACKGROUND SIMPLE

By Anna from Alive with Anna

VIP Kid English teacher with simple background of name tag and alphabet behind her on a couch
[Anna from Alive with Anna sets up on a couch when she travels!]
My biggest tip would be not to complicate it too much. I was so stressed about getting a “perfect” set up like I had at home, but it doesn’t affect class that much.

Easy VIP Kid online English teacher set up on a couch
[Anna’s full set up!]
For example, I’m in an AirBnb right now and just set up on the couch!

6. COLORFUL FRABIC WORKS LIKE A CHARM

By Desiree from Wandering Whitalls

VIP Kid Online English Teacher background set up for traveling or new teachers - the teacher is wearing bunny ears and is against a paisley backdrop
[Desiree from __ uses a fabric back drop while she travels!]
I travel with this colorful fabric I hang as a backdrop, and use mostly digital props. For rewards I use paper stars and realia (like candy, cookies, or even coins).

7. MAKE YOUR OWN POSTER AND PRINT IT

By Mariah

Online English teacher wearing an orange shirt and holding a yellow Dino doll with a simple background
[Mariah uses a simple paper back drop!]
I travel in a converted school bus most of the time, but I also take this poster backdrop with me when we travel internationally! The weirdest place I’ve taught would definitely be a rest stop.

8. A COLORFUL WORLD MAP IS A FUN BACKGROUND

By Alba from Fitness Latinos

A large piece of fabric with a colorful world map is a great easy and simple background for VIP Kid online English teachers
[Alba uses a huge fabric background with a world map printed on it!]
I use a $25 fabric I purchased on Amazon (this one is extra large). I don’t use any props, or digital effects.

9. A POSTER WITH NUMBERS & LETTERS IS SIMPLE & EASY

By Tony

VIP Kid online English teacher background of an alphabet poster and a whiteboard
[Tony uses an alphabet poster and whiteboard!]
I use a simple alphabet and numbers poster with some colors printed on it! I also have this whiteboard that comes in handy.

Don’t want to deal with setting up against a wall? The following teachers use VIP Kid digital backgrounds!

10. USE MANY CAM & A GREEN SCREEN

By Carla

Traveling VIP Kid Teacher Background with Green Screen and Many Cam
[Carla uses Many Cam and a portable green screen]
Carla uses a portable green screen and ManyCam to create her VIP Kid virtual background. Wondering how that works? Watch Carla’s video about digital background setup!

She also shares the props she uses while traveling on her YouTube channel.

11. USE OBS & A GREEN SCREEN

By Krysta

A green screen is a simple set up for VIP Kid online English teachers
[Krysta uses a green sheet of fabric as a green screen!]
VIP Kid online English teacher with a background of a chalkboard, Dino, and globe on a stack of books that she created using a green screen!
[What Krysta looks like using the green screen background]
I use a green piece of fabric as a green screen and use OBS to create different virtual backgrounds. This came in extra handy as I once taught from the bathroom of my Airbnb because the lighting was better than in the bedroom!

12. USE A GREEN SCREEN

By Amy

A green screen is a cheap and easy background for new or traveling VIP Kid online English Teachers - this teacher has a picture of a classroom behind her!
[Amy uses a green screen with a photo of a classroom behind her!]
I use a green screen background in my VIP Kid classroom. This was certainly useful when I taught in my front yard at the cabin!

I hope these teachers showed you that you don’t need an extravagant or expensive backdrop for online teaching! It’s more about the quality of the teaching than the background in my opinion, anyway.

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3 thoughts on “VIP Kid Classroom Background Ideas from 12 Traveling Teachers

  1. Hey Kelsey,

    Awesome post! I love the variety of backgrounds all the teachers have. I’ve definitely been in a few situations where I’ve had to be creative and think of some quick backgrounds to make my classroom look somewhat professional.

    I don’t ever want a child to think I’m homeless ever again. (US roadtrip 2019, teaching from the backseat of a Honda Odyssey lol).

    I would love to get a green screen once I stay somewhere more long term.

    1. Hey Dom, glad ya like it! It definitely inspired me to think about revamping my own background. LOL I’ve definitely had an awkward experience teaching at Starbucks!! It’s an online teacher’s rite of passage, haha.

      Right, a green screen definitely seems like the way to go!

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