Being a VIPKid teacher has been a financial solution for me and my family. It has given us an income stream without sacrificing our family commitments. I highly recommend it for anyone looking to generate a reliable income source. I am going to share the process that I went through to land the job. The ability to work from home while making a reliable paycheck it worthwhile. This opportunity has increased my yearly income and if you want to make money from home you might want to consider VIPKid online teaching. For most VIPKid teachers, it takes about two weeks from filling out the application to the status of hired teacher. It is a rigorous process by design. A candidate that goes through the interview process successfully will be prepared to teach on the VIPKid education platform.
For me the process went almost a month because of my other work commitments and the prep I put into each step of the interview process. I have been a schoolteacher in the US for 15 years, so the opportunity seemed to fit well with what I was already doing. However, I can’t emphasize enough, YOU DON’T NEED TO BE A TRADITIONAL SCHOOL TEACHER TO DO THIS! Some of the best VIPKid teachers come from backgrounds other than teaching.
The biggest challenge I faced was technology. First, I found out through the interview process that my internet wasn’t as good as I thought it was. I had to call my internet provider to adjust my equipment to improve my internet connection. This is something that needed to be done because I wasn’t getting what I was paying for. Second, making videos and teaching in front a webcam was awkward at first, but it was something I was able to overcome with practice and persistence.
As I mentioned, the interview process is rigorous, but I believe it was worth it. By the time I was hired, I ready to start teaching with VIPKid. The process includes four basic steps: 1.) Application 2.) Demo Lesson, 3.) Mock Lessons and Certification, and 4.) Sign a contract and set-up a schedule.The following will detail each step. Here is picture of what to expect.
The first step is to fill an application. This is a very short and fast process, but it’s important that you understand the minimum requirements. Remember, you need a bachelor’s degree (any major), you must have some type of teaching experience of at least a year (this doesn’t have to be a classroom teacher),have a native North American accent and be eligible to work in the US or Canada. The pay rate is between $18 to $22 per hour.
You can fill an application by clicking on the banner. By clicking on the banner, I will be you referring teacher, and I can assist you with any questions going forward in the process.
After you fill the application, you will need to do a demo lesson. You have four options: you can do a recorded demo (this is the option I used), you can do a live demo (it works the same way as the recorded demo but in front of an actual person), you can do a SMART demo on your phone, or if you live in certain areas you can attend a Fast Pass Coaching day.
Here are the details:
Options 1 & 2: Traditional Demo Lesson (Recorded or Live) – This was the standard path until early 2019. It is a ten-minute demonstration of you introducing yourself and teaching a 5-minute lesson that will be used for evaluation.
This step can be done in one of two ways you can “Record” it or do it “Live” in front of an interviewer.
- The live demo lesson– you answer interview questions (5 mins) and teach the demo slides (5 mins) to an interviewer, who will pretend to be a five year old child.
- The recorded demo lesson – involves logging in to the portal and making a recording wher you speak about yourself (2 mins) and teach the slides (5 mins) to an imaginary student.
Option 3: Smart Demo Lesson (100% on smartphone app) Brief content review of VIPKid Essentials
- It must be done on a Smartphone after downloading the VIPKid Teacher app
- 5-question quiz
- Question 6 is a sample teaching Demo lesson (1-slide, 2.5 minutes) – The Smart interview is like the recorded option except it is a shorter lesson done on your smart phone.
Option 4: Fast Pass Coaching Day
If you live in certain areas, you can take part in a VIPKid fast pass coaching day. This is a 2 hour event that allows you to meet other teachers and complete hands on learning as you go through the process. It takes the place of the demo lesson but it is only offered in certain large cities at certain times. Unless you live within 1 hour of a Fast Pass Coaching site, I recommend that you pick one of the three options mentioned above.
Which Option Should You Pick
Regardless of the option you pick, a wealth of material is available for applicants provided by VIPKid and VIPKid teachers that can prepare you for the demo lesson. In additional, VIPKid teachers have posted YouTube videos on how to successfully create a demo video. I have set up this website for that purpose as well. I can help you with finding the resources I used when I did my demo. I was not very tech savvy and making a video was awkward, so if I can do it, anyone can do it. This is an important step because it determines if you will move forward in the process and it determines you starting pay rate.
After you pass the demo lesson phase. You must take a short quiz (it’s easy) and use the resources provided to start preparing for the mock interviews.
Mock Interviews and Certification
After you have submitted a demo and it is approved, you will schedule a mock interview in which you will teach a 25-minute lesson to an adult pretending to be a 5-year-old child. This is an awkward phase, but it is necessary because it will help VIPKid determine if this is something a candidate is able to do while at the same time training the candidate for actual teaching of students.
This step is used for certification as well. You will either be certified to teach level 2- 3 students (younger children) or Level 4- 5 students (older children). The mocks will determine where you start after you have been hired. You can begin to certify for all levels once you are teaching on a regular basis. Again, there are plenty of resources to help you through this part of the process.
For me, I had to do two mock lessons. My very first mock lesson had to be done twice because during the mock, I discovered my internet connection was slow, so this had to be corrected. I corrected my internet issues. I did my first mock and passed successfully. Again, I was well-prepared thanks to all the resources that are available during this phase. I had to schedule a second mock lesson (some candidates only have to do one mock) and it went well, also. You are notified after the mock lessons about your status as a VIPKid teacher.
A few days after completing both my mock lessons, I received an email from VIPKid informing me that I was certified and was ready to sign a contract, the final phase of the hiring process.
Sign the Contract and Set up a Schedule
Before scheduling classes with students, I had to sign a contract (I had already been informed of my starting rate), upload required paperwork, and pass a background check. This took a couple of days but once completed I was able to set up a schedule.
From the time I filled my application till the time I was able to start scheduling for students, it took a little over three weeks. This part of the process takes some patience because once you sign you contract you are eager to start teaching and earning money. The bookings take a little time at first because parents must find you and you are a new teacher. I signed my contract it took about three weeks to get my first student. This process works like a snowball it starts off small and then grows and grows. As of today, I can’t keep my schedule slots open and the only thing that prevents me from teaching more is my commitments to my family.
Here is the video my students see in China when signing up for my class.
VIPKid TESOL certificate (required if no teaching degree)
Once you have passed your mock class certification, there is one final step before signing your contract if you are not a traditional certified teacher.
You will need to obtain the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate. This certification is done through VIPKid. If you have a degree in education, this is not required, though it is recommended. If your degree is in another field, you will be required to complete this course before signing your contract.
I hope you have found this overview helpful.
Read more about
VIPKid Teacher Pay and Pay Schedule Go here
The Importance of a Referring Teacher here
VIPKid Teacher Qualifications here
Everything you need to pass the demo here
Everything you need to certify- mock lessons here