What is VIPKID?
Today I am going to discuss how I supplement my income by teaching with VIPKID! First, let’s learn a bit about the company.
VIPKID is an online English learning platform catering to Chinese families.
The company describes itself as a global classroom that makes education more accessible by connecting teachers with students.
Once you are hired by VIPKID, families can book classes with you according to his or her availability. Teachers set their own schedules, which is a big draw for the position.
Classes are 25 minutes apiece and starting pay is $10 a class. Teachers also receive $1 for every finished class and $1 per class after teaching 45 classes in one month.
What are the benefits of teaching with VIPKID?
– As I mentioned, the main benefit is choosing your own schedule. As a VIPKID teacher, you are not obligated to open any slots to stay active in the system.
– After our move back to Nicaragua, I didn’t teach for four months because I was focused on other projects. There were no repercussions from my absence when I decided to start opening class slots again.
– The pay is good, and it’s easy to earn a raise. Now that I make $10.50 per class, I make $25 an hour after incentives. By just teaching 2 hours a day, I can earn $250 a week.
– You also have the option of working all-nighters on the weekends, which can be an effective moneymaker if you need some spare change!
– The students are generally well-behaved and sweet. Most are hardworking and enjoy their classes.
- Poorly behaved students aren’t much of a problem as classes are only 25 minutes!
- VIPKID teachers are their own bosses. No one is supervising you except your students’ parents, and there are no higher-ups you need to impress.
- As a VIPKID teacher, you are entirely in control of your classroom. It can be as extravagant or as minimal as you like.
- VIPKID teachers work from home, and from anywhere they like. It’s an excellent job for digital nomads and homebodies!
What are the cons of teaching with VIPKID?
- VIPKID teachers are contractors, so they need to manage and deduct their own taxes. Not fun.
- Likewise, your paycheck is all pre-tax.
- The hours are VERY early if you live in the US. Available class times are based on before and after school hours for Chinese students. Weekday slots can begin at 2 am and end at 7 am. Night slots are available between 6 pm and 12 pm but are not as popular for bookings.
- It can be hard to get bookings as a new teacher. Growing your clientele will usually take a few months.
- Sometimes your bookings will be low for no reason. Sometimes you will be booked out! Your booking rate can fluctuate a lot.
- A Bachelor’s degree in any field
- Eligibility to work in the USA or Canada
- English as your native language (preferably a North American accent)
- At least one year of experience in teaching, tutoring, mentoring, or child care
- PREFERRED: A teaching qualification (but not necessary)
- Secure, stable, and fast internet connection
- A functioning computer or laptop
- Preferably a quality webcam (find my favorite affordable webcam HERE)
- A reward system and props
VIPKID My Way
Setting My Schedule
The key to being a VIPKID teacher is making the system work for you.
When I lived in Spain, my hours were terrific. I could teach from 10 am to 4 pm with a break for lunch!
Now that we are back in Nicaragua, the hours are much earlier, but that’s okay.
I generally open my schedule between 5 and 7 every morning, and I usually book all my classes. In the evening, I teach 3-4 more classes between 7 pm and 9 pm.
On the weekends, I teach several hours on both Friday and Saturday night, which increases my weekly pay quit a bit.
With eight classes a day and ten classes on the weekends, it’s easy to reach the weekly 50 class mark necessary to earn over $2,000!
The best part is that teaching with VIPKID allows me plenty of time all day to work on my blog, workout, clean, and cook. I have time for my hobbies and relationships. If I’m feeling overwhelmed or burned out, I can give myself a vacation with no hassle whatsoever.
I keep my VIPKID classroom very minimal. I don’t have the time, patience, or money to design, print, and cut out a thousand paper props. Some teachers even magnetize all of their props by hand! I could never have that kind of patience.
Instead, I keep things very simple. I use a camera streaming platform called ManyCam, which allows me to use slides and stickers when I’m teaching.
A large portion VIPKID teacher community uses Google Slide rewards religiously, and many of them have designed rewards for all teachers to use.
VIPKID teachers even created their own app called Slidekick to house all of the digital reward slides!
The Slidekick app is free of charge and a game-changer for my classes. A bonus? The kids love them!
After moving from Spain, I got rid of ALL of my physical props. I used to have a toy microphone, toy animals, toy foods, a few paper cut-outs, ABC cards, and more.
While these things were helpful to have on hand, I do not miss the clutter at all! My classroom runs smoothly without them, and I’ve received no complaints. High energy is all you need!
I should also mention that I do not do ANY prep work for VIPKID classes. I generally sit down at my desk about 10 minutes before my first class. Usually, I review who the students are and read the previous teachers’ comments if they are new to me.
Pulling up a few Google Slide rewards is the extent of my teaching prep. The class format is easy to follow, which makes teaching a breeze.
Some teachers do a lot of extensive planning for each class, and it works for them. Everyone has a different teaching style, and mine works great for me!
Another fantastic thing about VIPKID is that teachers can choose what levels they want to teach. Everyone starts out with a Level 2 certification, but you can earn more certifications for your profile.
Each certification process involves some light informational materials and a multiple choice quiz. Once you pass, the level will be added to your teacher profile.
After being hired, it’s recommended to get as many certifications as you can to book out your schedule.
Once you have enough students who book you regularly, you can be a bit pickier about what levels you want to teach.
This year, I removed my Level 1 certification because I was tired of bouncing around for the attention of 4 and 5-year-olds. I kept my Level 2 badge because I have too many students I love in Level 2, even if the material is not my favorite.
These days, I teach mostly Level 4 students. I am working on my Level 5 certification to keep teaching the same group when they level up.
Classes consist of casual conversation, engaging texts, and grammar practice. It’s easy money!
How to Apply
To begin your VIPKID application process, click HERE.
Please feel free to email me with any application questions!