Never heard of VIPKid? What is VIPKid? What opportunities are available with VIPKid? Do people make money with VIPKid? These are all excellent questions for someone that has never heard of VIPKid or VIPKid is new to them. In this post I am going to answer these basic questions and a few more to give you a real overview of what VIPKid is and what it could mean for you.
VIPKid is an ESL (English as a Second Language) company based out of China. It was founded in 2013 and launched in 2014 by its current founder and CEO Cindy Mi. VIPkid developed an English learning curriculum that is utilized on its own video chat platform. Vipkid uses English-speaking teachers (tutors) from the United States and Canada to teach English Language Learners (students from China) through its curriculum and video chat platform. Essentially, VIPkid is an English learning online platform that connects English teachers from the United States and Canada with children (from China) who are wanting to learn English.
Currently, VIPKid has over 600,000 students and 80,000 teachers. In 2018, the company was valued at over $3 billion dollars. It is the fastest growing startup company in China. It was the #1 rated online work from home opportunity in 2018 according to Forbes. It was ranked higher than some companies such as Amazon and Dell. It was ranked in the top 3 of all online companies to remote work in 2019 according to Flex jobs.
The teachers come from a variety of backgrounds and live all over the world and currently VIPKid has about 80,000 teachers. The teachers are hired as independent contractors. The teachers that work at VIPKid must be eligible to work in the United States or Canada. They don’t have to be naturalized citizens of these countries nor do they need to live there. They have at least a bachelor’s degree, but it doesn’t have to be bachelor’s in education. Many teachers hold multiple degrees including master’s and Doctorates. The teachers must have at least one year of teaching experience, but that experience doesn’t have to be at a traditional school. Many VIPKid teachers are current and former traditional teachers but many are not. VIPKid teachers come from all backgrounds including but not limited to doctors, lawyers, stay at home parents, and people with all types of business backgrounds. Basically, VIPKid teachers come from large and diverse population. VIPKid doesn’t discriminate and is an equal opportunity employer. The VIPkid curriculum is prepared by VIPKid and so there isn’t much after work prep. VIPKid teachers are expected to teach fun and interactive lessons and provide the parents with feedback.
The students are Chinese children that mostly range in ages 4 to 12. Children and students are required to learn English in their traditional schools. They need to be proficient in a second language in order to pass the exams necessary to enter institutions of higher learning, which is why learning English and being fluent in English is so important to the Chinese students and parents. The students at VIPKid learn on a one-to-one basis with the VIPKid teachers.
Most teachers at VIPKid make between $18 to $22 per hour. Pay is on a per class and teachers usually teach 2 classes per hour. In North America, teachers work early mornings and throughout the weekends. A part-time teacher can reasonably expect to make between $500 to $1500 per month and full-time teachers can make around $4000 per month. It is dependent on the number of classes a teacher teaches. VIPKid offers additional incentives for a variety of services so there is opportunity to make more money.
Most teachers, including myself, find working for VIPKid is a positive and rewarding experience. The overall job is relatively easy especially compared to traditional teaching.
The benefits include having a flexible schedule and working with students that are already motivated and eager to learn.
The downsides include working early morning hours (in North America), difficulty canceling classes (even in an emergency), getting enough bookings (it takes time in the very beginning), and technology issues from time to time.
The interview process can be rigorous and can take a couple of weeks to complete.
However, despite the downsides, it is a great job that allows you to work and make money from the comfort of your home.
I have been working for VIPKid just shy of a year. When I first started working for VIPKid I wanted to make an additional $500 per month. I am happy to report that I have far exceeded that and if this opportunity sounds interesting to you. you should pursue it.
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