Teach for VIPKID Global

Teach for VIPKID Global: How to Start

“Top 10 Best Places to Work 2020” by Glassdoor

VIPKid Global is changing and growing fast, so I suggest joining the VIPKid Global Facebook groups to keep up-to-date. VIPkid has pivoted from teaching Chinese students, to teaching students worldwide.

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Starting to teach for VIPKID Global is easy. VIPKid Global gives you lesson plans so you can provide English lessons to kids aged 3-14 around the world. Apply here to start.

Here is the place to go to talk to current VIPKid Global teachers:

Earn $14 an hour

Set your own schedule

Work as much or as little as you want. Early mornings and evenings are the peak hours.

Work from home

Do you have an iPad or a laptop?! If so, you are ready to have some fun, teach some kids, and earn some extra money right now.

What you need to teach for VIPKid Global:

These are VIPKid Global’s teacher requirements. You need to meet all of them to apply. 

  • A Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in any field. 
  • Eligibility to work in the US or Canada
  • At least 1 year of teaching experience, which can include homeschooling, tutoring, coaching, mentoring, etc.

VIPKid is Forbes #1 rated company for Remote Jobs

If you are interested in working for VIPKID, I can help. Contact me.

Forbes has a great article entitled “Global Classroom: How 65,000 Teachers Are Teaching Over Half A Million Chinese Students Online” for you to learn more. Read my real experiences teaching at VIPKid too.

VIPKid Global: Quick Overview

Pay: $14/hr

Native Speaker Required? Yes

Degree Required? Yes

How to apply: Applicants need to complete a demo class and a mock class via video

VIPKID bases the curriculum on the US Common Core Standards.  This means that the methodologies will be familiar to teachers from the United States. 

Founded in 2013 and backed by more than $100,000,000 in investments from leading venture capital firms, VIPKID now boasts more than 500,000 registered students alongside 30,000 teachers.

teaching English with my favorite prop, my little pony and a child shows me her my little pony doll too
Manycam filters work great on Vipkid’s platform. You can combine them with the VIPKid platform’s built-in filters, too.

I have taught for VIPKID for four years and loved it. I built up regular students that feel like family. This is a great job for someone who is high-energy and enthusiastic about children. I like to play and entertain, and I try incorporating simple crafts (like making paper puppets or step-by-step drawing activities) into my lessons. Other teachers like to play simple competitive games with children. Every teacher has a unique style.

What students do you teach at VIPKID Global?

Kids from around the world (mostly Asia)!

VIPKid Global is not a good fit if you are not high-energy. Though it is possible to cater to older children and succeed with a more serious approach, the majority of trials and classes will be for younger students. It will take longer to build up a student base of older students. So, teachers should expect a certain amount of enthusiastic, engaging, child-oriented classes on their schedule.

Pay at VIPKID 

How much does VIPKID really pay?

The base pay rate is between $7-9 per class. Since classes are 25 minutes each, you can earn the equivalent of $14-18 per hour plus incentives (see next).

VIPKid Incentives and bonuses

VIPKID offers many incentives and bonuses. From teaching more classes to referrals, there are lots of opportunities to earn extra. In general, with incentives, a teacher can earn the equivalent of $15-22 per hour with VIPKid.

VIPKid: My Insider Tips

 I make $21.50 an hour on VIPKID. How?

I always complete the feedback on time, and I teach a decent amount of classes each week. I also often open up “short notice bookings”. For this, I make $25/hour. This means, once I became established, I knew I could keep my Saturday and Sunday closed until the last moment. Then, I open it, and I get booked. These classes are short notice classes, so I don’t have much time to prepare. However, they pay a few dollars more. I do this every weekend. 

Online English teacher smiling and showing a fan prop and the student shows her fan prop too
Fan rewards are fun to make with the kids while teaching the “Chinese vs. American culture” unit

Scheduling and Booking at VIPKid

Also, there are stiff penalties for canceling too many classes once the class is already booked. Medical notes are required for absences if they pass a certain threshold. This is not a good job for a teacher who wants a lot of flexibility. However, the teacher sets their own schedule, and it is perfectly fine to change your schedule weekly. The key is to realize that once you set your schedule and a class is booked, you have promised to be there. 

VIPKid filters are fun because they work on dolls and toys, too.
VIPKid filters are fun because they work on dolls and toys, too. 

I hope recounting my real experiences teaching for VIPKID has helped you learn more about the company. You can also join my teacher forum to learn more or post questions, and I will answer them.

If you are interested in working for VIPKID, I will guide you every step of the way during the application process if you apply with this unique referral link. My contact information is at the bottom of this website. Apply here.

If you want to sign up for VIPKid, use my referral code and contact me for help.

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Ingrid Maria Pimsner, MA, BA, TEFL
Ingrid Maria Pimsner, MA, BA, TEFL

Ingrid Maria Pimsner has been teaching for over a decade in various universities, nonprofits, and private academies. She has taught English as a Second Language for Lutheran Children & Family Service, Nationalities Service Center, Lernstudio Barbarossa Berlin-Tegel, and more. In addition to her Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certification, she holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a MA from Maryland Institute College of Art.