Updated: Oct 26, 2020
Do you want to work from the comfort of your home and have the flexibility to create your own schedule? If so then teaching English online with VIPKID may be the opportunity you are looking for!
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What is VIPKID?
VIPKID is an online English learning platform where Chinese children can learn English from native North American English speakers. VIPKID has developed its own interactive curriculum so teachers can focus on facilitating the material in a fun and engaging manner without having to create their own lesson plans.
What are the Qualifications for Employment?
Eligible to work in the USA/Canada *Due to a new law in the state of California, Washington, and New York that affects independent contractors VIPKID cannot hire new teachers from these states.
Native English speaker
2 years of language teaching experience OR a teaching credential or certificate.
Stable and reliable internet- Currently you can teach from an Ipad, desktop or laptop. You cannot yet teach from a phone.
What Hours Can I Work?
Vipkid is a Chinese company so peak hours are in Bejing time. Everyday peak hours are between 6 pm-9 pm (Bejing time). Saturday and Sunday peak hours are basically all day with hours between 9 am and 9 pm (Bejing time).
This does not mean you cannot open slots during other hours, it just means that the probability of getting booked outside of these times is lower.
Teachers have full autonomy over their schedules. You can teach as many or as little hours as you wish!
How Do Students Contact Me?
All teachers must create a profile that includes a bio and video before they can begin teaching. Create both of these with care as this is what parents will view before booking you. VIPKID provides resources to help teachers create an inviting profile but they do not guarantee bookings. It is up to the individual teacher to attract students. Families can also look at previous parent feedback and statistics (on the teachers number of classes, cancellations and IT issues) to help them determine if the teacher will be a good fit. Occasionally Vipkid will also offer discounts and promotions to parents to encourage them to book new teachers.
Teachers open up half-hour time slots which are displayed to potential students. Parents can book any open slots. The teacher is notified of bookings in the teacher portal and mobile app. Families can also send teachers booking requests if they want to request a time outside of the available open slots. The teacher then has the option to either accept or decline the request.
How Long are Classes?
VIPKID classes are 25 minutes long. Teachers have 5 minutes in between classes. This time can be used to complete feedback that will be seen by the parent and learning partner, grab a quick snack/drink, or use the restroom.
How Much Do I Get Paid?
A teacher's base rate starts at $7-9 per 25-minute class ($14-18 hourly rate). Incentives for each class are based on how many classes you teach each month. The more classes you teach, the higher the incentive per class. For example, in your first 20 classes, you will receive an additional 80¢ per class. For your 21st-40th class, you will receive an additional $1.20 per class. For classes 41-60 you will get an additional $1.60 on top of your base pay.
How Do I Get Paid?
Before you begin teaching you must connect a bank account to your teacher portal. This will allow Vipkid to direct deposit your paycheck into your account. Teachers have the option to be paid weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.
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