VIPKid: Can You Really Earn $22 Per Hour Teaching English Online?
Are you an English teacher?
Or are you the one who can teach English language?
And do you want to make $22/hour without leaving the comfort of your home?
If you're the one, I've got good news for you.
VIPKID is the perfect place for you.
Apart from the fact that VIPKID has been reported to be one of the highest paying, and having won the:
- Shengjing Top 21 Global Innovation in 2015
- US-China Entrepreneurship Leader Award in 2014
- Best Teacher Award in 2015
- Tencent's China Most Powerful Education Brand in 2015.
- And also became the official provider of the TOEFL Primary assessment in China in April 2016.
There are tons of benefits for teaching the English language at VIPKID.
So let's begin with the overview.
A Brief Overview of VIPKID
VIPKID is a China-based online educational platform founded in 2013 with the mission to provide the America Elementary School experience to Chinese children, between the ages of 4 and 12 years, from the comfort of their home.
It connects students in Beijing, China with English speakers around the world through video conferencing.
Teachers will guide students through pre-made slides and help them improve their English speaking and conversation skills.
You're eligible to teach at VIPKID once you can provide the following requirements:
- A Bachelor’s degree in any field – it doesn't matter what degree it is, just have one.
- Must be a native English speakers from North America, but you are allowed to teach from anywhere in the world.
- You must also have some experience in the teaching line. Though this doesn't have to be for experience – just have something to show that you have a background of being good with kids.
Device and requirements include:
- Desktop, Laptop, MAC, Surface
- HD External camera or HD integrated camera (Most laptops have it)
- Use a headset with a microphone, stable output, and input
- System minimum requirements include:
- Windows7, Windows8, Windows10, MAC OS 10.8x
- Intel Core i3 above CPU
- AT Least 4GB RAM
- Wired DSL Internet Connection – at least 20 Mbps
- Latest Flash player version
- Must be ready to teach a minimum of 7.5 hours per week during Beijing peak times. That's no more applicable as of 2017 update – now there's no minimum number of hours required to teach.
- Have a passport – you will need to present a copy of it once you get hired.
Application and Interview Process
The application and interview is a 6-step process as follows:
To get started, first create an account, fill up the required fields, and submit your resume.
Once you've submitted your resume, you’ll get access to the next step in your VIPKID account,
In this step, you will schedule to have a 30mins one on one interview session or a demo lesson with VIPKID representative in Beijing.
This allows you to display your teaching skills to the VIPKID representative.
After the interviewing stage, you'll be Introduced to how VIPKID platform works.
This comes with loads to information such as the curriculum, technical standards on how to teach online, with tips and videos with a quiz at the end.
In this step, you'll need to take a mock-up class in which one of the experienced teachers would be acting like a student.
This session will last for 25mins. The materials needed for this session would have been given to and reasonable time for preparation.
This is done to pre-expose their standard. And your pay would be based on how well you excel.
This step deals with reviewing signing of the contract document.
Plus you will also need to create a teacher profile that will a 15-second bio video introducing you.
This is the first impression parents and students would get to receive before enrolling, so you have to make it a little bit more catchy, such that they can be convinced to hire your service.
Congrats! Now you're a VIPKID teacher.
What are you still waiting for?
Sign into your teacher portal, select your availability, and enjoy your teaching.
Each and every stage of the application process is timed; it shouldn't take you anything less than a week to complete and start teaching.
How You Get Paid
Each class takes 30 minutes, and teachers are paid between $14 and $22 per hour. The minimum earnings are $14 to $18 per hour.
Your minimum hourly wage is determined by your experience and your performance during the demo lesson.
But it doesn't end there-there are also bonuses attached
- You will receive $1 USD for teaching 30 or more classes per month – resulting to 15 hours per month. Meaning that your hourly base rate will increase by $2.
- You will earn additional 50 cents if you teach more than 45 lessons per month that is, 22.5 hours per month, for each class. Meaning that your hourly rate will increase by $3 USD.
- You will get an additional $1 per class for Participation Bonus – for showing up for all your classes booked,
- Another $1 per class for Finished class Bonus when you successfully complete all your classes without technical difficulties.
- Your schedule should ordinarily be opened up 2-4 weeks in advance. Short notice classes. You'll, therefore, earn an additional $2 USD per class if a time slot is booked less than 24 hours in advance – $4 USD extra per hour.
- You will earn $5 USD additional bonus when a student signs up for a trial class.
- If a friend signs up through your referral link, and he ended up teaching at VIPKID, you will earn a $50 USD referral bonus after your friend teaches his first class.
So what are you still waiting for? Sign up at VIPKID and start throwing between $14 to $22/hour into your account.
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