Where in the World are VIPKid Teachers: Ep. 2, Cairo

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For Where in the World are VIPKid Teachers, we’re highlighting members of our amazing teacher community teaching from around the world.

This week, we spoke to teacher Caroline. She teaches in Cairo, Egypt. 

Tell us a bit about where you teach

I am currently teaching from Cairo, Egypt! I have been living in Cairo for over two years with my Egyptian partner. I have been spending my summers in Egypt since 2013, so I was familiar with the area before I made the big move! I love being able to travel around the different amazing places in Egypt while teaching for VIPKID! I am a huge fan of warm weather and no humidity, so Egypt is the perfect place. One of my favorite things about Cairo is how friendly the people are, but my absolute favorite thing is that they deliver anything at any time!

How did you get started as a VIPKid teacher?

I started teaching for VIPKID in May of this year, after deciding to leave my Kindergarten Montessori teaching position to pursue my Masters in International Education Development! I have been teaching full time, seven days a week with VIPKID for the past three months, and I am loving every second! 

What do you love most about your classroom?

I am currently renting an apartment with a built in office space, which is amazing! It makes creating my classroom that much easier and organized! Whenever I teach from other locations in Egypt I always make sure to bring my monkey puppet, the children love him!

What's one thing the world should know about Cairo?

Living in Egypt is a new experience every day! Coming to Egypt I was aware that the language barrier would be hard, but the people here are so kind and helpful, it has never been a huge problem. I have been able to learn so much Arabic in my time here, and I am so thankful for the opportunity. 

 

Egypt has some of most beautiful places in the world between the seas and the ancient wonders. Egypt has the ability to take my breathe away everyday, I always feel like there’s something new to do! Moving to the Middle East was daunting at first, but the longer I’ve been here the more I fall in love with it. 

Do you have any advice for others who want to teach from abroad?

Teaching from abroad is amazing! I am able to go outside my house and experience new things everyday while working for VIPKid. I often travel for the weekends to new locations within Egypt, or go to the beach for a week and bring VIPKid along with me. 

I found that diving right into a new culture was much easier than I was expecting it to be, and made me a much stronger and independent person!

My MAJOR advice is to find out if there are any other VIPKid teachers in the area you are looking to travel to, they always are so helpful to newbies and provide a lot of assistance! Definitely find out about your accommodations and internet prior to traveling, especially with the more “remote” places like Egypt. It will save you a lot of stress and hassle once you arrive, and allow you start teaching that much faster.

155 COMMENTS

  1. This is so cool. I like the idea of traveling to cool places while teaching. I will keep this in mind for the future!

  2. This is awesome and very inspirational! I was just considering getting car WiFi so that I could travel the states more. We started VIPKid around the same time so I applaud you for being brave from the get go. Makes me a little more ready to try traveling with VIPKid myself.

  3. I taught while on vacation and I found it really fun! New things to show and talk about with the students. have you ever taken them to show them places while in class?

  4. What beautiful scenery! Do you ever have class outside with some of that scenery as a back drop, or does the technology not allow that?

  5. I have a friend that loved in Egypt several years ago. He loved it! I would love to go visit there 🙂 Teacher ShellyER

  6. I think this is an awesome opportunity!! This would be SO fun to take the students on a virtual field trip of where you live.

  7. My children are all live in different cities, so I am often staying with one of them. I teach from their homes. I had a great time yesterday because I was able to grab my adult child’s stuffed cat (the cat is seventeen years old) and introduce her to the my student, at the same time that my student was introducing me to her stuffed friends. Had I not been traveling, I would not have had a stuffed friend handy!

  8. I Live and teach in London, and when I went home for the summer I taught in my parents basement in Denver, Colorado! Winning!

  9. I’d like to do some traveling while teaching too! My first attempt was highly successful when I traveled 2 hours from home to the Chesapeake Bay. The rental had great internet and all went well, so I have confidence to try it more often. Thanks for the tips!

  10. Caroline, this is so cool! My next dream language to learn is Arabic! I am working on ways to incorporate living in Madrid with my students. Good luck and enjoy Egypt!

  11. How do teachers ask about hotel and rentals’ internet connection? Most hotels just say, “We have great internet but no promises.”

  12. Oklahoma teacher! I have taught from Mexico once…I definitely second the suggestion to check into internet speed and availability before hand. Would have made things much easier!

  13. This is so great! I think that it’s so cool that you get to live in such an awesome place and teach VIPKID at the same time!! Thanks for opening my eyes to all of the possibilities!

  14. That is so cool that teachers can teach from all around the world! Thank you for sharing your experience! I have lived in Scotland and have visited other countries as well. Such a neat experience. We currently reside in Texas.

  15. You create an amazing picture of teaching for VipKid in Egypt. Thank you for making it come alive for us!

    I teach from Tallahassee, Florida.

    Its beautiful here, too.
    <3 VipKid Margaret SY

  16. Wow, Egypt looks stunning and so interesting! I teach from a wee little island off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, and for most of my first contract with VIP Kid I taught from all over Mexico! It’s so liberating to be able to take it with us wherever we go 🙂

  17. I love seeing this! I just joined and have not yet taught as I am a but nervous and want to study and read and take workshops first… But seeing that others love teaching from all over the world!

  18. I teach from a variety of places. 1st – my mountain home in Wolf laurel,NC. Then I travel all over the southeast with my husband partly for fun and partly as we run our water restoration company installing aeration systems in privately owned lakes and ponds. Most recently we have purchased a yacht to be our winter home and enable us to be on the water (which we love) and to get away from the winter weather on the mountain. It is fun to share “where is Teacher Marjorie” especially with regulars who notice my classroom changes and ask!

  19. I teach from all over the world as a full-time traveling VIPKID teacher!! It is awesome! Currently teaching from Thailand 🙂 I usually follow housesitting gigs so I can get free accommodation too. VIPKID + House/Pet sitting adorable pets = SO HAPPY!!

  20. I teach from the South Central Missouri.. I”ve only taught one time away from home, and it worked wonderfully! Now I hope to do it more often.

  21. I am just in an ordinary NC town in the outskirts of Charlotte. I get Charlotte WIFI speeds without the traffic or prices. I hope that there will be a day when I feel confident enough to teach with WIFI and props. Until then, I usually stay pretty close to home. Thanks!

  22. I love this! I would love to travel while teaching and show my students! I currently teach from Kansas and sometimes Michigan. I have also taught from Illinois.

  23. I frequently visit my family in Florida and my students love to hear I’m teaching from there! Love to read about your travels, Caroline! 👍

  24. I truly wish I could say that I was on a beautiful beach in the Bahamas…but alas…I am in Sweetwater, Texas! Population 10,000! Not to terribly exciting! But our claim to fame is called, “The Rattlesnake Round-Up”. We have this every March and our little town is FLOODED with people

  25. Love to see your adventures! I teach from Indianapolis, IN and would love a chance to travel and teach from somewhere new at some point, too!

  26. I teach from sunny Jacksonville, Florida! Have computer will travel, so I can teach in Virginia, South Carolina or Georgia when I want to visit one of my kiddos!

  27. Good for you that you made it work. Egypt is beautiful as you say, but it is in Africa not the middle east like how you wrote. She needs to correct herself. I am West african and find it very annoying when people try to make countries like Egypt and Morocco sound divided from the way the rest of the Continent. They are African nations to the core.

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