What is it like to be a VIPKid teacher?

 

What is like to be a VIPKid teacher? I have been teaching English online for VIPKid over the past year and when I discuss it with family and friends I am often asked about the work, the hours, and the pay. I often hear, “How do you do it?” I hope to answer some of those questions in this post and I hope they are helpful to you especially if you are considering working for VIPKid.

The Students and the Work

Currently, VIPKid education serves over 600,000 school age children that are eager to learn English. The students are awesome. You are teaching Chinese students between the ages of 4 to 13. They are often motivated to learn, and you rarely have any behavior problems. Motivated students that behave is a rarity in most traditional American schools. Some students are young so it can be a challenge to keep their attention at times. They are hard-working and eager to please their teachers. I see my students improve with the curriculum within a 25-minute lesson which creates an intrinsic benefit of doing this.

Furthermore, there are no tests to grade or a grade book to keep up with. The lessons are prepared by VIPKid, I just get up, turn on my computer and work with a single student. The VIPKid teacher gives feedback at the end of every lesson that serves as a barometer of where the student is and what they need to do to improve. The work is actually very easy. I feel gratified at the end of every lesson knowing that I helped a child acquire a skill they will use for a lifetime.

The Hours

VIPKid online teaching allows you the flexibility to work the hours you want according to a schedule you set. A VIPKid teacher works on a contract that lasts 6 months. Currently, VIPKid online teaching has no minimum or maximum hours. VIPKid teachers work based on their preferences, some work full-time, some work part-time, and some work just a few hours per week. VIPKid online teaching is based on Beijing, China’s local time. Certain hours are called Peak Peak Time (PPT), these are the times that are in high demand by the students and parents. VIPKid would prefer teachers to be available during these times and often offer VIPKid teachers additional incentives to meet the demand. The actual working hours depends on where you live. I live in the US Central time zone, so I usually work from 4 to 9 am because I am 13 hours behind Beijing time.

VIPKid allows their teachers “vacation time” but this usually refers to availability. If I am not available to work for more than a week, I notify VIPKid that I am on vacation so they can inform my regular students and parents that I am not available to teach for a certain duration of time. As a VIPKid teacher, you are an independent contractor that oversees when you work and when you don’t.

The Training

Teaching English online, especially in China, is a growing industry and many companies exist to fill the growing demand. In my opinion, VIPKid online teaching is set apart by the amount of training and professional development that is available to VIPKid teachers by both VIPKid and the community of teachers that are willing to help each other. Whether you are a novice, and this is your first teaching job or a veteran teacher with many years’ experience with both VIPKid and other educational organizations, you can be successful. VIPKid provides a wealth of training materials through its teacher portal.

VIPKid teachers have set up Facebook groups, YouTube channels, and websites with everything you need to know. If you have a question about technology, taxes, teaching, and anything and everything in between, an answer is available to you. Furthermore, the amount of resources available ensures that prep time is kept to a minimum. As a veteran teacher of 15 years, just being involved with VIPKid online teaching for a very short time has provided me with resources and knowledge that has made me a better teacher overall. You have the resources to be a top-notch ESL teacher.

The Pay Check

A VIPKid teacher is paid per class. The starting rate is between $7 to $9 per class (25 minutes long) and you usually teach two classes per hour. In addition, VIPKid pays a $1 per class incentive for starting a class on time and finishing after the 25-minute duration. VIPKid pays an additional $1 per class if you teach 45 classes or more within a given month. VIPKid teachers make between $18 to $22 per teaching hour. As mentioned, you set your own hours, so you can make as much or as little money as you want. For example, if you teach for 10 hours a week (80 classes per month) and you are starting rate is $8 per class, if you are starting and finishing the classes on time, your effective hourly rate is $20 per hour. You can make an extra $800 per month working just 10 hours per week.

VIPKid pays their teachers once or twice a month, it is the teacher’s preference. I get paid twice a month and, in my experience, VIPKid has never missed a payment.

Final Thought

The students are awesome, the work is easy. You set your own hours and make your own schedule. The training is so rich that anyone can do this and flourish. The pay is reliable, steady, and very good. I enjoy being a VIPKid teacher and if you are looking to make some income from the comfort of your home you should consider the opportunity.

Read more about

VIPKid Teacher Pay and Pay Schedule Go here

The Importance of a Referring Teacher here

VIPKid Teacher Qualifications here

The hiring process here

Everything you need to pass the demo here

 

20 thoughts on “What is it like to be a VIPKid teacher?

  • April 2, 2019 at 8:20 pm
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    This is a very informative article. I have never heard of this company and believe this is a great tool to teach others English. Is this service only available in China or do other countries have this service as well? Do you need to have a degree to start or is this a service where you just get proper training to get started?

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    • April 2, 2019 at 10:04 pm
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      Vipkid is branching into other countries. China is where the action is at now. India looks promising. Vipkid requires a bachelors degree. Thank you for your comment.

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  • April 2, 2019 at 8:25 pm
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    This is so awesome! Our kids are our future and it’s up to us to make sure they’re prepared to take the reins when it’s time for us to hand them over. I have to credit the Chinese people for always being so willing to learn and put education so high on their list of priorities. With that said, this seems like an exciting opportunity to teach kids who are actually interested, while earning some decent money. I might actually look into this, as the extra money sure wouldn’t hurt. I’ll be sure to save this page and use your link, if I do. Thanks for sharing!

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    • April 2, 2019 at 10:05 pm
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      Thank you for your comment. Please check out the rest of my site. I am sharing as much information as I can throughout the site.

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  • April 2, 2019 at 9:09 pm
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    I thought that your website is well though out. I like the use and the placements of the images to reinforce the topic of the supporting text in the paragraphs. The website gave me the feeling of a classroom teaching environment.  The text was honest and gives the reader the expectation of becoming a VIPKID teacher. You did a excellent job guiding the reader by hand from start to finish. The orange color scheme was very effective in creating the mood for school. It reminds me of a school bus.

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    • April 2, 2019 at 10:06 pm
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      Thank you for your comment.

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  • April 2, 2019 at 9:58 pm
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    This is awesome and seems so exciting to me. It is something that I’ve wanted to try but I’m not sure if I have the write wear with all. What do I need to teach kids English? Do I need to know Chinese also? If you want you can e-mail me at marlindadavis at y dot com. The ‘Y’ is yahoo but I don’t want spammers spam my e-mail. Thanks and looking forward to speaking 🙂

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    • April 2, 2019 at 10:03 pm
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      Thank you for the comment. No, you don’t need to know Chinese. I will email thank you

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  • April 2, 2019 at 10:52 pm
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    Wow what a great opportunity for those that like teaching children. Thank you for the article. Well written.

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    • April 3, 2019 at 2:34 am
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      Thank you for the comment.

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  • April 2, 2019 at 11:00 pm
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    I considered being a VIPkid teacher last summer. I was a teacher for 25 years and am now retired. You explained the process very well, even better than the VIPkid website. My only drawback at the time was having to work at 4:00 in the morning. Do the teachers get to choose the age group to work with?

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    • April 3, 2019 at 2:34 am
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      Thank you for the comment. The really early hours does take some getting used to but I like having the rest of the day when I’m done. You do have some say on what you want to be certified in which usually determines the age. I have been teaching junior high for 15 years so I thought I would gravitate to that group but I actually enjoy teaching the younger ones, they are fun.

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  • April 3, 2019 at 2:01 am
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    Sounds very rewarding for you. Additionally, how nice to have well-behaved children to teach. Should I tell you about the time a fight broke out in one of my classes? Nah. Good luck to you and thank you for the information.

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    • April 3, 2019 at 2:29 am
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      Thank you for the comment

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  • April 3, 2019 at 12:34 pm
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    How do you communicate with these students? I am not talking about the technology, but in terms of two way communications between teacher and students. Let me clarify here. Since these students are very young and probably have little to zero English language comprehension, and as a non-Chinese English teacher , how do you communicate your teaching instructions/course to them.
    Secondly I want to know for someone aspiring to be a Vipkid does he have to be an English major ?

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    • April 3, 2019 at 1:48 pm
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      Chinese students are required to take in English in their everyday school, so most of them know some English already. The Vipkid platform is setup in way that allows you to teach the entire lesson in English, primarily using a Power Point type of presentation. Furthermore, you are trained on how to use body movements and lesson props to communicate. You don’t have to be an English major, just posses a bachelors degree- any major

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  • April 3, 2019 at 2:35 pm
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    I like your page to the point that I may look into this as well. I have a BS in Aviation and currently working on my MBA. How do you go about signing up to see if I would qualify? Is the only teaching lesson English?

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  • April 3, 2019 at 4:58 pm
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    Great information this article sheds more light on the growing opportunities for online education and having the opportunity to educate students all over the world!.

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