Tuesday, March 13, 2018

VIPKID

Hi sweet friends! Today I'd like to share some information about my teaching position with VIPKID. I've been working for the company for over a year and I love my job. I get a lot of questions about what I do so I felt it was time to dedicate a post to it. It's a wonderful opportunity for the right person and it's a great way to earn supplemental income for yourself and/or your family (without having to leave your house!). Forbes also listed VIPKID as #1 on their list of companies who offer remote jobs!



What do you teach? I teach English as a second language to school-aged children from the comfort of my home. Everything is online.

Where are the students? Who are they? The students are located in Beijing, China. They are Chinese students learning English as a second language.

What kind of media platform do you use to teach the lessons? Can the students see you? VIPKID has its own student/teacher portal. I simply log in, upload the provided powerpoint, wait for my student to arrive, and teach via video. It's similar to Facetime or Skype. 

How many students do you teach at once? The classes are 1:1.

How long are the classes? Each class is 25 mins long.

Is there a lot of prep involved? No. The curriculum is provided and I tend to review the lessons the night before. I like to spend 5-10 minutes reviewing slides.

What is the pay rate? Pay is determined on your qualifications & interview. Typically, the breakdown ranges from $14-$22/hour including bonuses & incentives.

How often do you get paid? Once a month via direct deposit.

What time do you teach? I like to teach from 5:30am-10am most days of the week, but when I lived out west in Washington, I taught from 5am-7am most mornings. Depending on your time zone, the hours available to teach will vary. Friday & Saturday evenings are also available throughout the year and additional hours are added during summer break (including evening hours on weekdays). 

What are the qualifications? 
- Bachelor's Degree (any field of study)
- Experience in working with kids
- North American accent

I'm interested but I don't know anything about ESL (English as second language) or ESL techniques. My background is not in teaching. Is there training involved? Yes, there is. The hiring process helps train you for job and I'm here to help you as well! 

What equipment do you need?
- A good computer or iPad
- A stable internet connection with back up (ex: mobile hot spot)
- Headphones with mic 

What kind of support can I expect once I start teaching? We have a vast community on social media to help support VIPKID teachers. There are many FB groups to use as resources if you have questions, need advice, want to share ideas/teaching tips, etc. Some are even broken down by time zone. Not to mention, you have me to help guide you. ;) 

What do you like most about the job? I love the flexibility. Since this is supplemental income for my family, I work around my family's schedule. I prefer to teach before my kids are up/before my husband leaves for work. I take time off when I need to, but I also work more when I'd like to earn more money. This job allows me to get my 'work day' done early so that I can be mom for the rest of the day.  

How do I apply? If you'd like to apply, click here. (You may need my referral code which is: 01O849). If you decide to hop around the website, that is totally fine and encouraged. When you decide to go for it, please come back to this specific link. It is tied to my teacher ID which will list you as my personal referral and allow me to guide you through the hiring process. It also gives me credit for sharing about the job, which will be something you too can take advantage of if you choose to refer other teachers. (Referring and/or recruiting is not a requirement.)

If you'd like to know more, please reach out to me! You can get a hold of me on Facebook or Instagram. You can also click the 'contact' link above. I'm happy to share my experiences with you and answer any questions you may have.

XO,
Catherine

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