ANSWERS TO YOUR BURNING QUESTIONS!
WHAT IS THIS JOB IN A NUTSHELL? ANY REQUIREMENTS?
With VIPKid, you get paid to teach English to students in China through an online learning platform. You don’t need to speak Chinese, the curriculum is already developed, and you can teach from anywhere on your own schedule.
You MUST have a Bachelor's degree in ANYthing, be a native English speaker and eligible to work in the US or Canada & have 1-3 years teaching experience. And finally, reliable and strong internet!
IF I DON'T SPEAK CHINESE HOW WILL I COMMUNICATE WITH THE KIDS!?
The 25 minutes we spend with a student is only one component of their program. The kids also have a Chinese "learning partner (LP), workbooks and an online component. Once they get to us, it's full-on English immersion!
Don't worry, they're little geniuses and they know the drill!
WHICH INTERVIEW SHOULD I CHOOSE?
You have three options; live demo, recorded demo and smart demo. I am a firm believer in biting the bullet and doing it live. It's good practice (you'll need it!) and you have a better chance of securing a higher base pay. You may even be able to negotiate that pay in a live interview.
There's a post on my blog for how to teach the lesson, "Me, Myself & I".
If you choose the smart demo (done from your phone) be sure you are comfortable navigating with it!
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET HIRED? DOES ANYONE NOT MAKE THE CUT?
The hiring process can be rigorous but it's doable in 1-2 weeks. Ignore their pushy timeline! You can take longer if you prefer. You will first have an interview with a rep in China. This includes a 5-minute mock class and a short conversation. If you pass that stage then the following ones are not "failable"!
WHAT HAPPENS IF I GO ON VACATION OR I'M AWAY FOR A FEW DAYS?
You are in complete control of your schedule! Headed to Disney? Don't book classes! (Or work from your hotel! Entirely up to you!)
Many teachers take their classroom on the road and teach from every place imaginable!
WHAT HOURS CAN I WORK?
China time is the trickiest part of the job! The best hours for EST is 5AM-10AM (4AM-9AM during daylight savings) and some people even manage earlier! Evenings begin at 8:30PM.
Those evenings are hottest on Friday and Saturday nights which is China's Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Reach out to me and I'll help you adjust accordingly for your time zone. ;)
WHAT COUNTS TOWARDS MY 1-3 YEARS EXPERIENCE?
You must select the 1-3 years experience option when applying. It's the minimum requirement but don't despair! This can be ANYTHING... volunteer work, homeschooling, youth group experience, etc... Get creative!
DO I HAVE THE SAME STUDENTS EVERY TIME? HOW LONG IS A CLASS? DO I TEACH A GROUP?
Classes are 25 minutes long and are one-on-one. Once you're established, it's possible to get the same students every week depending on your availability, of course! Kids and parents have favorites and will try and book with you regularly. You can also deny these "priority bookings" and get new kids daily if you so choose!
DO I NEED A PHYSICAL DIPLOMA BEFORE GETTING STARTED?
If your diploma/transcripts are on their way then you can begin the process while you're waiting. You will not be able to become an official teacher until one of those documents are in your hot little hands and can be uploaded into the VIPKid system. Be sure they are clear and readable. They ARE checking!
DOES VIPKID OFFER ANY SUPPORT DURING THE HIRING PROCESS?
They sure do! You can attend an online coaching seminar specifically for the certification you are working on. They come highly recommended by mock class mentors who can see a difference in applicants who have taken advantage of this resource and those who haven't.
Use this link to find it!
DO YOU STILL OFFER EDITING FOR INTRO VIDEOS AND WHAT'S AN INTRO VIDEO ANYWAY?!
Once you hit the contract stage you will be asked to upload a short 20-60 second video that showcases your classroom and your personality. Parents watch these before selecting a teacher so you want to stand out! I have a document on how to go about doing this on my blog.
HOW AM I PAID? WHAT ABOUT TAXES?
Direct deposit to whatever account you choose either monthly, bi-monthly or weekly! You can watch your payment tab grow daily after your classes are finished. It's pretty addicting! Taxes are all on you. What fun! ;) We are independent contractors so if you aren't familiar with filing your own, I can point you in the right direction to get started.