Yes I did get your PM but I'm going to answer here so if anyone else is intersted in the info....it's here for the taking....
I did get paid today, via paypal. Although, I did not receive a "paycheck stub" so to speak, so I'm not exactly sure how my base pay plus bonuses was calculated exactly. I sent a message today to the scheduler that I've been dealing with but since they are 13 hours ahead (I'm in FL so EST plus 13 hours) and the Chinese New Year has begun, the school is closed.
So I don't anticipate a response to my query until the 12th or thereafter.
If you have adsl or dsl or cable internet, you should be fine. I don't know about dial up. As far as hours and all that, given that you're in a different time zone, I don't know what would be the available hours for your local.
The school will be closed until February 11th, but feel free to send your resume and request information. I had my interview with Steve. A w****am is required, and you will probably need a headset with a mic too, because feedback happens with the proximity of the mic, your speakers, etc....
In the interview process they tested my internet connection. Although I myself have had problems with my ISP (I hate, absolutely hate ATT and their crap DSL
) I'm moving at the end of next month (literally across the street) and will be able to have cable internet which IMO is far superior to DSL, but that's just me.....
All the students I have had so far, have spoken some English, so I haven't had any absolute beginners. But I have had some students that were only a smidgen above beginner
I like doing it. The platform works for me and my needs and my schedule. I also hold a 40-hour/week job and my employer was willing to be a little flexible with regard to my coming in an hour later (and staying an hour later) than regular business hours.
So I get up pretty early (but I also have a relatively new puppy [whom I love dearly
] so I have to get up to take him out before I get on-line to teach. I teach a class at 7:30 a.m. EST for 45 minutes, then I get fully dressed (usually I'm still wearing pyjamas under a shirt I've thrown on - the w****am has a limited view....) then go to my full-time job.
I am required to "sign" in and start the session 10 minutes prior to the session start time and after the session is over, I am required to fill out a short evaluation of both the lesson plan (which they've provided) and the student(s) that participated in the session.
Having a good internet connection might be your biggest challenge, really; it's really the most important thing aside from the speed of your own computer and the memory you have available in order to support the live streaming video and audio.
I hope that that has answered some of your questions at least.
If you decide to send your CV and apply please post here and let us know how it goes.
p.s. Oh I also teach Saturday and Sunday as well 2 classes back to back both days starting at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. respectively.