As always, our goal here at Anomalous Educator is to help you transition your teaching career into online mode. There are a number of ways to do this, of course, but one of the most popular methods is to teach English.
VIPKID is a great place to start. VIPKID is an online English education platform allowing children (4-12) in China to take classes from North American teachers.
The site started in 2013 and found popularity pretty quickly, enough that Kobe Bryant is an investor these days, so they’re obviously doing something right.
Additionally, VIPKID is the official provider of the TOEFL Primary assessment in China, so teaching for them can make for a great resume boost and networking opportunity.
VIPKID is also a Strategic Partner of TESOL International Association, the largest global association for English language teaching professionals and a Partner of Coursera, an online learning pioneer.
VIPKID currrently has 300,000 K-12 Chinese students being taught by 30,000 teachers (most of whom are in the US and Canada).
The platform designs a unique curriculum for teachers to deliver English classes online in a 1:1 environment to their students, and the site has gained international attention not only as a language learning platform but as a great way for teachers to make money online.
To provide real-life information on teaching with VIPKID, we spoke with Rondola (name changed to protect privacy) a current teacher on the platform.
Take it away, Rondola!
How do you get scheduled for an interview, and how long does the process take before being hired?
The best thing to do is to get a referral link from someone, because that way both parties get a bonus after the first class of the new teacher has been completed – for me, the bonus was $100.
In my experience, the process didn’t take long at all – about one to two weeks and you’re ready to start teaching.
How flexible is the schedule? Can you work when and where you want?
Extremely flexible: you decide! On a side note: the more you teach the more you make, and opening time slots at the last minute provide extra bonus options.
What certifications or degrees are needed?
Holding a Bachelor Degree of any kind (not a certificate or proof of completion, but a diploma with signatures).
I’ve read online that in some cases they accept an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. The field of your Degree doesn’t matter, and you don’t need a TEFL or TESOL, or another kind of teacher’s certificate.
The basic requirements are:
- bachelor’s degree in any field;
- one school year of full-time teaching experience or equivalent hours in similar educational activities (e.g. home schooling, tutoring, educational mentoring, etc.)
- eligibility to work in US or Canada.
How many hours per week can you typically work?
Depending on your time zone. In CST (GMT-5), you have the following options:
Monday- Thursday 5 am-9 am (4 hours in the morning)
Friday 8 pm to Saturday 9 am (night shift)
Saturday 8 pm to Sunday 9 am (night shift)
During the summer months, you can work every day from 8 pm to 9 am.
What is the starting pay?
Depending on your mock lesson you make between $12 and $16 USD per hour.
If you teach 30 classes in one month you get +$1 for every 30-minute class.
If you teach 45+ classes in one month you get +$2 for every 30-minute class.
So as soon as you teach 7.5 hours a week or more you will make between 16-20 dollars an hour. There is also a last minute bonus of +$2 per 30-minute class, so if you don’t mind the last minute notice you can make up to $24 USD hour.
What else do I need to know before getting started?
You should take your time to prepare really really well for the interview and mock class because that’s when they decide to pay you up to $16 USD per hour for your base pay.
Also, you should be very punctual for your classes, always be 2 minutes before time in the classroom, microphone, camera, lighting etc. prepared.
If you’re not prepared, or you’re 1 minute late, the system marks you as absent and you get fined 10 dollars!!