About 6 months ago, Billy and I moved about an hour away from our hometown due to his job relocating. It doesn’t sound too far, but it’s far enough to change life up a little bit. It’s crazy how different this area is–we went from hustle and bustle, to cows in our neighborhood. And I honestly love it.
One of the changes that came with moving, was finding a job. A job that I enjoyed and looked forward to. I found a listing online for an online job, and it had my name written all over it.
After a couple weeks of interviews and training, I was hired by a company called Qkids! I am an online ESL teacher to children in China. Basically, I teach English to adorable kids each morning through a computer software program. It’s pretty much the happiest way to start my day!
Interested in possibly working for Qkids? Keep reading…
Why I Love It:
- I get to choose the amount of hours I want to take on. The flexibility is so nice.
- I totally work in pajama bottoms. (That’s just our little secret, okay?)
- It pays well!
- I make money from within my home. On my sofa. How legit is that?
- It is such a rewarding experience interacting with children across the globe! They make me laugh and smile. It’s so fun to learn about them and what they like, their hobbies, favorite foods. My heart melts just about every morning.
- Working from home frees up my time to do what I love: blogging and being a homemaker.
- Native fluency of English
- Live in the U.S. or Canada with strong internet connection. The upload speed should be at least 2mb/s, and the download speed should be at least 10mb/s.
- Have a degree or are currently enrolled in college
- Prior teaching experience preferred
- Outgoing personality
- Digital literacy
- Availability to work at least 6 hours a week
What It’s Like:
- Each class is 30 minutes long.
- Children are 5-12 years old and you will have 1 to 6 kids per class.
- You don’t need to speak Chinese. The program uses animation, games, and virtual flash cards to help you guide the students. It’s really quite fun!
- I work every weekday morning. And then I’m done for the day! My schedule is open for all the cooking, cleaning, reading, and Netflix my little heart desires!
Does this sound like something that would suit your lifestyle? If you’re interested, please contact me via the contact page, comment below, or DM me on my Instagram! I’d be happy to give you more information and to referyou!
This is honestly the best job I’ve ever had. It has been such a blessing to work from home, have a flexible schedule, and have a home cooked meal on the table when Billy gets home! Very much so an answer to prayer. I’d love to help you if this job sounds like a good fit for you!
I’ve worked with kids since I was 18. In my 6 years of summer camps, aftercare, and being a teacher’s aide, I’ve tucked away precious lessons and sweet memories. As this chapter closes and I move on to the next, I am thankful for the morsels of experience I can carry with me. I truly believe that there are lessons to be learned everywhere. All we must do is slow down and observe. Look a little closer. Hug a little tighter. Love a little more.
Here are the lessons I’ve learned from my past three and a half years as a teacher’s aide.
- Bandaids have magical healing powers. Even if you can’t see a scratch, give the kid a bandaid.
- Kids will do anything for a piece of candy. Even just one skittle.
- The power of a sugar high over a child is no joke.
- Kids are brutally honest. “I don’t like your hair like that.” “Oh okay, thanks.”
- Kids genuinely care. If I was ever out sick one day, I’d have kids asking how I was feeling for a week or so after.
- Four square is serious business. And if they ever hit me with the ball, I was “interference!”
- Childlike faith is a truly beautiful thing. They believe with such reckless abandon. Unwavering, blissful, steady faith.
- Watching a child break down walls–brick by brick, begin to trust, and flourish is one of the most heartwarming things to witness.
- The Bible doesn’t need to be watered down for kids. In fact, the more meat they learn from it, the more of the Bible they yearn for. Seeing them get excited in Bible class is so inspiring and uplifting.
- Copy machines have a mind of their own and they definitely aren’t people pleasers.
- Working at a school is like working with family.
- Teachers work so hard. Not only do they pour into a child’s education, but their inner struggles as well. It’s been an honor to work along side the very best, loving, invested teachers.
- Rainy days= bad days at a school. No recess = no sanity.
- The teacher’s lounge is a sacred refuge. With donuts. Lots of donuts.
- I’ve learned a lot about discipline and resolving conflicts—valuable, fruitful lessons I can apply to parenthood one day.
- It has been an honor to work with children of all different personalities, backgrounds, and perspectives.
- Kids see the world through different spectacles. They’re not afraid to get dirty, dig, and be free—a trait I need to embrace more.
- Sometimes you impact a child, and sometimes they impact you.
- When a teacher’s aide enters the room, teachers look at you like a paramedic about to save the day.
- In a world saturated with technology, it’s refreshing to see that reading a child a book still deeply affects them. Sitting criss-cross-applesauce, with their mouths slightly open, their gaze in awe and anticipation—they are entranced by the power of a good book.
- Speaking of technology, I’ve learned that it is not only unnecessary, but harmful in excess to a child’s imagination. (This is merely my opinion.) Nothing makes my heart soar more than seeing a child play house, drawing treasure maps, building things…being uniquely and creatively, them.
- Children aren’t afraid. They climb to the top of the play structure with ease. No looking down. No second guessing. They just climb. And that’s where I’m at right now. I needn’t look down, but rather look up.
As I tread unwandered trails, I hold fast to the fact that the Lord has always come through. He always provides. In His perfect timing. And He sprinkles the path with blessings and lessons. A truly beautiful journey indeed.