I have been teaching English online with VIPKid since 2018. I am a traditional “brick and mortar” teacher and have been for 15 years. Teaching English or anything else to children isn’t intimidating, however teaching online can be and I wanted to share my story in order to encourage others who may be considering VIPKid online teaching to generate income.
In February 2018, I was sent a message on Facebook Messenger about a VIPKid online teaching opportunity. I looked at it, closed it, and didn’t even consider it for another 5 months.
In June 2018, I decided I needed to generate some additional income and I took another look at the message about becoming a VIPKid teacher. I filled out an online application and in order to be considered for the position I would need to do a “demo” video. This is the part I found intimidating because making a video and putting it online is something, I was not very comfortable with, and I put off the idea for another month.
In July 2018, I made the decision to go for it. I studied the material provided by VIPKid. I watched YouTube videos, researched websites, and created the demo video. I submitted it. It worked and I was selected for an interview. The interview process took me about three weeks and at the end of August I was hired as a VIPKid teacher.
In August 2018 I was teaching English online for VIPKid.
As of today, I am teaching English online to Chinese students. I work very part-time (I still teach and coach at a traditional school) and making about $800 per month which surpassed my original goal. VIPKid online teaching as allowed me to meet my financial goals and I love it. I hope the information you find here will encourage you to become a VIPKid teacher.
The VIPKid Experience
VIPKid is an ESL education company based in China that allows teachers the opportunity to earn an income by teaching English online to students in China. Being a VIPKid teacher is a wonderful opportunity for people who want to work from home, people who travel, and people who want to generate either a full-time or part-time income. VIPKid teachers are English speakers from North America. They teach Chinese students between the ages of 4 to 12. The English classes are 25 minutes long and on a one-to-one teacher to student ratio. VIPKid education was rated #1 by Forbes in 2018 for the top 100 companies to work for online. According to the AP, VIPKid is recognized by Glassdoor as one of the best places to work in 2019.
How do you begin your VIPKid Experience?
All VIPKid applicants go through the same hiring process:
- Mock Lessons
- Sign contract and set up for lessons.
The process can be done in a couple of weeks. It took me close to a month (3 weeks) because I was still working my full-time job during the process. The hiring process is a little lengthy because VIPKid is preparing and training applicants to teach English online. I would call it learn to earn I found the process to be very helpful as I became a VIPKid teacher.
VIPKid online teaching does have some basic requirements in order to be hired: 1.) Bachelor’s degree 2.) some type of teaching experience (almost any type of teaching will qualify) 3.) a native English speaker with a North American accent 4.) be flexible in scheduling (we work early morning hours in the US) and 5.) a love for working with children.
The application experience
As mentioned, the first step is to simply apply.
Second, you will submit a Demo video to VIPKid to be evaluated. This is a lesson you teach to an imaginary student. I found this part of the process to be awkward, but I found plenty of online resources (such as videos on YouTube) to help me prepare a proper demo. Once the application and demo are submitted and evaluated, VIPKid will notify you regarding the next phase of the interview process (mock lessons).
Third, you will need to prepare for your mock lessons using the VIPKid online teaching method, which includes necessary technology, and the VIPKid curriculum and standards. You take a quiz and prepare for a mock lesson. Then, you teach a mock lesson. During this stage, I immersed myself the material provided by VIPKid and I continued to utilize other resources online to prepare for the mock lessons. I actually had to teach two mock lessons which is common in this process. Like the demo, this is an awkward step because you are teaching to an adult who is pretending to be a 5-year-old child for a full length (25 minute) lesson.
Finally, the mocks are evaluated and VIPKid notifies you about the results. If hired, you sign your contract, upload required documents (Bachelor’s degree, certifications, identification, etc.), pass a background check, and create a profile. At this point, you are ready to submit your schedule and work towards getting bookings. Congratulations, you are a VIPKid teacher!
The pay experience
VIPKid notifies you of your pay rate before you sign your contract. It is a little different for everyone. The pay rate per class (25-minute lesson) is $7 to $9. You typically teach two classes per hour, so you take your rate and multiply by two in order to determine your hourly rate.
VIPKid offers addition incentives to increase that rate per class (incentives are based upon 1.) starting and finishing a class on time 2.) the number of classes you teach in a month).
VIPKid teachers make between $18 to $22 per hour and sometimes more. Your experience and your demo determine your starting rate with VIPKid (so the demo needs to be done well).
Here is another VIPKid teacher doing a really good job of explaining the pay structure
The pay I have made has been exactly what I needed to meet the initial financial goals I set for myself.
Teaching English online, with VIPKid, has been a great experience for me. I can make an income from the comfort of my home by helping children. It has made me a better teacher, the additional money has been wonderful, and it is a job that I truly enjoy. If you decide to be a VIPKid teacher, I highly recommend it.
Read more about
Top 5 Reasons to Be a VIPKid Teacher 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