We are constantly trying to add location-independent income streams. That way, when a different stream isn’t pulling through for us like it usually does, we are able to fall back on another for that month. Teaching English with VIP Kid is the perfect solution for that. We are able to sign up for as much or as little work as we want, and it doesn’t matter where we are! As long as we have internet.
Through the help of some friends that went before us, and some googling of our own, we have compiled some facts about the company, the teaching style and day to day, and the application process. If you are ready to just jump right into it yourself – follow this link to get started! It only takes a few minutes to sign up and get going!
VIPKid is an online English learning company based in Beijing and created by ESL teacher and entrepreneur, Cindy Mi in 2013. Within a few short years, VIPKid has grown from less than 1,000 teachers to over 20,000 teachers and 200,000 + students! (numbers may vary slightly depending on what article you read)
The VIPKid classroom is a “flipped classroom” so student and teacher are connected through the internet in a full immersion lesson by webcam. Each class is 25 minutes long and pre-prepped by VIPKid.
All VIPKid lessons have been carefully crafted and based upon the US Common Core curriculum, which is attractive to many Chinese families.
The VIPKID Classroom
VIPKid teachers have their own profile and schedule. You choose which hours you’d like to be available and the student and/or family will elect your time slot. Your bookings are either filled with trial students (students trying VIPKid for the first time) or major course students (students who are already signed up with VIPKid). This means you will either have new students each time you teach, or you may be fortunate enough to build a consistent following and have regular students.
VIPKid lessons are formatted like a PowerPoint presentation and you are able to access the lessons once a student fills one of your slots. Since each class is a prompt 25 minutes, this gives leaves you with about a 1 minute per slide average.
It’s important to review your class slides beforehand so you can prepare any fun props or materials. TPR, or total physical response is also essential in a VIPKid classroom~especially with the younger students who have never heard a word of English before. This means constant hand gestures and facial expressions are crucial to a successful class!
One really cool feature in the VIPKid classroom is the ability to write on each slide. The students are encouraged to write on the slides if certain activities require them to circle specific words or match pictures with vocabulary.
VIPKID Teacher Requirements
*Bachelor’s degree in any field
*Be from North America (Canada or the U.S.)
*Have some teaching experience (Can be as simple as helping your niece or nephew with homework – “homeschool” or any volunteer experience you have with children)
*Have a strong internet connection
Applying to VIPKID
Next, you will choose a day and a time when you can have your initial interview and 10 minute demonstration class. VIPKid will send you information regarding the demonstration class such as what you will teach and ways to prepare with videos and PowerPoints. If you pass this stage, you are ready for your Mock 1 class, which is a full 25 minute lesson. Like the 10 minute demo, the interviewer will pretend they are a 5 year old student so they can evaluate how you would teach one of VIPKid’s youngest students. To me, this was the most intimidating step. I didn’t want to do a role play lesson with an adult. It just sounded WEIRD. But honestly, it was super mellow, and the person was very kind. Nothing to be afraid of at all.
Most applicants will also complete a Mock 2 class after Mock 1 to reinforce your TPR skills, receive further feedback, and practice one more time before teaching real students. Once you’ve completed these steps and a short quiz on VIPKid standards, you are ready to upload your profile pictures, a short intro video, and start opening your time slots!
If you’re interested in applying for VIPKid, you can use my referral link and start filling out your info through the “sign up” tab. You can also plug in my referral code, 063ZMI on the sign up page. I used the referral link of another VIPKid teacher which gave us each the chance of earning a bonus if I got hired! Using a referral link may also increase your chances of getting hired when completing all of VIPKid’s application steps. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need more advice or have questions!
For a part-time, online teaching position, VIPKid pays very well in my opinion. Depending on your teaching background and demo class performance, you will start with a base price between $7-9 (remember this is per 30 minutes, not a full hour). At the end of the month, VIPKid will add $1 to each completed 25 minute class. VIPKid will also add participation incentives. For example, if you teach 45 classes or more per month, they will add another $1 per completed class.
If a student signs up for your class less than 24 hours in advance, you will receive an extra $2 for that class. For example, if your base price is normally $8, you will receive $10 if the student signs up as a “short notice.” In addition to these payments, you can recruit other teachers to earn extra cash.
*Set your own schedule
*Teach from anywhere (with Internet)
*Make decent money
*Work with motivated (and adorable) students
*Have numerous opportunities for bonuses, meet-ups, and other activities
*Improve your teaching skills
*Student no-shows = FULL price of a class for the teacher (for regular lessons)
*Time difference with China
*Extensive application process
*Only teachers from North America are accepted
*Student no-shows = 1/2 the price of a class for the teacher (for trial lessons)
VIPKid is a great opportunity for anyone looking for extra income, wanting location independence, or wanting to try a new way of teaching. So far, I’ve had a very positive experience with VIPKid and I can’t wait to increase my hours and continue working!