VIPKid, founded in 2014, is a rapidly growing company that specializes in teaching Chinese children to speak English. They are an extremely reputable company that has won many major awards and is backed by several top investors.
If you have ever been interested in teaching English to elementary school age children and you meet VIPKid's minimum teaching requirements, you're in luck because the company is currently looking to add more teachers to help with the 5,000 (and growing) active students they have enrolled in their program.
The position is ideal for teachers who work part-time and are looking for supplemental income as well as ESL teaching experience.
Requirements to Teach For VIPKid
You may be eligible to become a VIPKid ESL teacher if you are …
- a current resident of the US or Canada
- Any “formal” or “informal” teaching experience such as mentoring, tutoring, coaching, or alternative education
- have a Bachelor's degree in any field
- have a working desktop or laptop with high-speed internet that can handle both video and audio
If hired, you are working on a 6-month contract, which may be eligible for renewal.
What You Do For VIPKid
The goal of the company is to provide Chinese children with a virtual American elementary school experience. If hired, you'll be using VIPKid's online education platform to guide 1-on-1 online full immersion language and content classes and teach the American curriculum, based on the Common Core State Standards. Lessons are set up to be approximately 25 minutes in length.
VIPKid prepares all of your teaching materials for you, so you will not need to come up with these on your own. You'll be allowed to review the materials before you teach your classes, up to 24 hours in advance of each class.
There's an excellent video posted here and another here that takes you “inside” what VIPKid does to help you get a better understanding of what you'll be doing and how it all works.
VIPKid offers a generous base pay of US $14-$18 hourly (US $7-$9 per lesson with each lesson lasting approximately 25 minutes, plus an additional 5 minutes for you to leave comments afterward). In addition to the base pay, there are bonuses for each lesson you teach. With the bonuses figured into the base pay, most teachers will earn between US$ 16-24 hourly.
At the end of your 6-month contract, VIPKid will evaluate you for a raise in pay. You will receive your payments via direct deposit around the 15th of each month.
The Application Process
There are a few steps involved before you are officially considered a VIPKid teacher and are allowed to begin work:
- demo class
- sign your contract (if interview and demo class are passed)
- send the required materials requested to VIPKid
- initial teacher training (paid)
- teacher practicum
As a teacher for VIPKid, you will receive ongoing training and professional development. The company does pay you for the time you spend training ($40 is given to you for your initial training time).
If you are looking for a job that you can work around your schedule rather than having to abide by someone else's, you're in luck because VIPKid gives you a lot of freedom. The only thing they ask is that you commit to a minimum of 7 and a half hours per week (about 15 classes), during Beijing peak hours. The peak hours for Beijing are Monday-Sunday 6-10 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday 9-11 a.m. in Beijing time.
You are free to work as much as you want without limitations. However, the company warns that during non-peak times your availability will mostly not be used.
Ready to Get Started?
Good luck to all applicants!