VIPKID is the industry leader in online teaching. They were founded in 2015 and have rapidly grown from a small company of a few hundred teachers to more than a network of 50,000+ teachers located around the world.
VIPKID is a little different than other teaching websites in that they operate like a marketplace of teachers where the parents book you directly instead of the company placing you.
For quality teachers who make a good first impression via their introduction video and then deliver in the classroom a quality experience for the student can make it easy to go full time with VIPKID. Particularly if the teacher is located in South East Asia or Europe where the time zone is a better fit for teachers.
VIPKID Job Description
Let’s cover what VIPKID online teaching job is like.
- $14-$18 per hour base pay. Teachers get a completion bonus as well as a bonus for teaching a minimum amount of classes per month (45).
- Flexibility with no minimum! You can absolutely take a week of for vacation and it won’t affect your booking rates.
- Curriculum is provided for you. You will be required to have applicable teaching props.
- A supportive community of 50,000 teachers. There are internal forums for VIPKID as well as Facebook groups and meetups.
- VIPKID classes are 1 to 1.
- Class time is for 25 minutes. After class your expected to leave student feedback. You have 12 hours to submit feedback before you’re penalized for being late.
Do you teach the same students?
If the parents like you, it’s not uncommon to see the same group of students week to week. But again, it depends on your avialbilty as well as the students and if the parent books you.
What about the parents? Since the parents book you so are there any interaction with them?
No, the parents book you but the only thing you’re required to do is teach the lesson.
In order to maximize the number of classes you could get scheduled, we recommend you to be available for at least 7.5 hours (15 time slots per week at 30 minutes per time slot) during Beijing peak times.
Peak Times For Online Teaching With VIPKID
VIPKID is an after school program the students participate in once they finish school for the day. As such, if you’re based in America the hours are going to be early morning. For a lot of teachers this is fine. Wake up at 6 am, teach 3 or 4 classes then head off to work for the day.
For Beijing, the peak times are 6-10 pm and for Saturday and Sunday it’s 9 am to 10 pm. You can get booked during non peak hours of course. While I was in Thailand, I was teaching 11 am to 12:30 pm Monday to Friday.
The hours are excellent if you’re comfortable basing yourself in Asia like Bali or Vietnam. You can teach with ease from 4 pm to 9 pm if you like. Giving yourself the morning and afternoon totally free while still earning more than you would as an ESL teacher and having the cash to live comfortably abroad.
VIPKID TEACHER REQUIRMENETS
The requirements for teaching English online with VIPKID are as follows:
Be a US or Canadian citizen. This is VIPKID’s selling point and it’s non-negotiable. Chinese want a North American accent.
Have a bachelors degree at a minimum. Chinese law states that teachers must have a degree from an accredited university. This is normal in the teaching world of ESL and not unique to VIPKID.
Have experience working with kids for at least 1 year. You can be a coach or you could volunteer or be a teacher. You just need some experience working with kids.
VIPKID as with any online teaching company also has technical requirements for teaching English online. They are:
How Much Does VIPKID Pay?
The compensation for VIPKID is quite good.With your base pay plus applicable bonuses you can comfortably make $22 – $24 an hour working from home.
VIPKID pays a base rate of $7-9 an hour per 25 minute class. This base pay is based on your qualifications and performance in the interview.
In addition to your base pay, you get a $1 bonus per class completion. On top of this, you get another $1 if you teach 45 classes in a month. This ends up being a $2 bonus to your base pay.
For your average teacher with VIPKID, though their base pay may be $8 an hour, they are actually getting $10 per 25 minute class which results in a $20 an hour pay rate.
You can also receive a $2 “short notice” bonus if you open a class and it gets booked within 24 hours. This is how top VIPKID teachers make a lot of money as this $2 bonus is PER class.
If you’re aggressive with short notice you could easily be getting $25 an hour per class.
|PAY RATE||PER 30 MIN||NOTES|
|Minimum||$7-9 per class||This is decided on your interview and qualifications|
|Participation||Up to $1||You get a bonus for simply teaching class on time.|
|Finished Class||Up to $1||If you teach more than 45 classes per month, you get $1 bonus per every class|
So let’s take an actual example. Say I open two short notice classes for Saturday morning from 8 am to 9 am. Both classes get booked for trial classes, but then one class the parents cancel and it gets re-booked with a new student.
I get $24 for this hour of teaching (two classes) as well as $6 for the canceled class (half pay for the canceled trial class plus the $2 short notice bonus) So now I just made $30 for one hour. But these were trial classes, if the parents decide to sign up to VIPKID you would also get a $5 bonus on top of everything.
So if both students convert you could technically make $40 for one hour. In general though, you should expect to make $22 – $24 an hour. But it’s this process that I just showed how top VIPKID teachers make a lot of money.
What Hours Do You Teach With VIPKID?
There used to be a 7.5 hour minimum with VIPKID, but they no longer enforce this requirement. You can teach as much or as little as you like week to week. You simply open hours a week in advanced and parents book you.
The ideal day to open hours for the following week is Sunday each week. For actual class time for US based teacher here:
|TIME ZONE||MON – FRI||Daylight Savings|
|EST||5 am – 9 am /||6 am – 10 am|
|CST||4 am – 8 am||5 am – 9 am|
|MST||3 am – 7 am||4 am – 8 am|
|PST||2 am – 6 am||3 am – 7 am|
|HAWAII||12 am – 4 am||1 am – 5 am|
For the weekend, the peak time is 5 pm starting on Friday going into Saturday morning depending on your time zone. VIPKID has peak time and peak peak time. Peak peak time is the same on the weekends as it is during the week.
The only difference is that you’re able to get booked more on the weekend as students are not in school. However, please note that if your US based these hours will typically be night time hours. But if your located in Europe or you’reteaching abroad, then the weekend is a great opportunity for you to teach.
How Do You Get Hired With VIPKID
VIPKID takes a bit of work to get hired. They don’t want lazy people. It’s worth going through the process because once you’re setup as a teacher, you’re basically good to go and you only need to open hours and teach classes.
Step 1 – Apply to VIPKID
Do you meet the basic requirements to be a VIPKID teacher? Great! Go ahead and apply. It’s essential you have some sort of experience with kids so even if it’s something like coaching children after school, volunteering or whatever – indicate it in your application.
Step 2 – Short Interview
If you pass the requirements to be an online teacher, VIPKID will conduct a short interview with you. This interview will be with a Chinese staff member at VIPKID. It’s just a short 10 minute “get to know you” interview to see what you’re like.
You’ll have to answer questions related to VIPKID and your background and the goal of the interview is to simply see what you’re like as a person. For the interview make sure to wear a nice shirt, style your hair and conduct the interview in a quite place with a nice background.
You may be expected to teach a handful of slides. Again, pay attention to what they say in the emails you get. I personally had a 10 minute interview followed by a 5 minute demo.
Overall, it’s not too formal, but make the effort. You have a few different options for the interview:
- Recorded demo class
- Interview express
- Coaching day meetup
- Simple interview
Recorded Demo Class
This is the new normal for VIPKID. The demo class is a bit nerve racking but just DO IT. You will have to record yourself giving a demo lesson. Yes it’s silly, but they need a way to see if you’re able to follow instructions and meet the lesson objectives.
It’s a one time thing. You do this once, you get hired and you’re good to go so just set aside time on the weekend and get it done.
This is for invite only and is typically reserved for highly qualified teachers who already have a few years experience teaching English online with other companies.
Coaching day meetup
VIPKID now hosts meetups all across America and Canada. You can attend one of these meetups and go through the hiring process in person.
The simple interview is 6 slides long and is designed to expedite the hiring process for select candidates.
Please have good lightning, a nice place to teach that has an appropriate background and a good internet connection. Also review the VIPKID applicant performance indicator.
For good lighting you need light on your face. You can use the light on your phone or better yet, buy a small lamp that can give you a nice looking glow. If it’s in the morning, consider using teaching near a window for natural lighting.
Your background is also important. At a minimum have a plain background with no distractions like laundry, animals or posters. At best, create a background appropriate for a classroom. Something like a map, large white board, stickers and your name are all fine. The background if your chance to show some of your personality.
Step 3 – Demo Class and Certification Center
Once you pass the interview you’ll have access to the self study section of VIPKID where you go through a self study process to learn about VIPKID and the various policies at work with the company. The self study part is your orientation to VIPKID so you can start learning about this organization.
You’ll be required to start completing certifications for different levels. VIPKID has levels 1 to 6. Most students are at the lower levels but there are some students at level 6. Depending on what level you choose to get certified for will dictate what lesson you teach.
For each level you can be asked to teach two different lessons. Prepare for both. The lesson is 10 minutes long and is with a mock class instructor.
Once you get certified for at least one level you’ll be given your contract. Make sure to certify for all levels as most students are at level 2, 3 and 4.
Step 4 – Sign Your Contract
The process from start to finish takes a few weeks. But once you’ve taught numerous classes with them, the lessons become easy and second nature. Allowing you to do minimum prep for each class.
When first starting, you need to review and prepare but after you’ve taught the same lesson over and over you’ll start to have mastery over the VIPKID curriculum. After your first month or two, you’ll be able to quickly and easily teach with VIPKID.