Frequently Asked Questions
What are the teaching requirements?
Eligibility to work in the US or Canada
Bachelor’s degree in any field
Fast internet connection (+20mbps)
1+ years teaching experience
traditional teaching, mentoring, tutoring, coaching, home schooling, or alternative education
What are the tech requirements?
Device: Desktop, Laptop, MAC, Surface
Headset: Use a headset with a microphone, stable output and input
Camera: HD External camera or HD integrated camera (Most laptops have it)
What does the hiring process look like?
Create an account: Create an account using your email address here.
Online Resume: Name, Time Zone, Teaching Experience. Watch this video to see what the resume looks like and how to fill it out correctly here.
Interview: Applicant will have the ability to schedule a live interview/demo with a mentor or submit a recorded version if appointment times conflict with schedule. A shortened “Express” interview option is available for applicants who sign up under Jennifer’s account by signing up here or entering her code JENNI0139
Teaching Prep: Familiarize yourself with the VIPKid platform and teaching practices. The mentor added to your application is a great resource at this stage. Please email Jennifer for additional prep files if you have not received them upon sign up.
Certification Center: Schedule your mock class with a live mentor. Applicant may choose which level(s) to certify for and perform multiple mock classes.
TESOL Quiz: Learn more here.
Sign Contract: HURRAY! You’re now a VIPKid teacher!
Contract Type: Independent Contractor
Contract Term: 6-Months
Start Date: Immediately
Location: Teach Online
Hour Requirements: There are no requirements for how much/little a teacher chooses to teach.
Available Hours: 12 hours per day.
Peak Hours: (Week Day) 6am-10am EST ; (Weekend) 8pm-9am EST
How many students are in one class? One student per 25 minute class
How long is each class? Classes with students are 25 minutes long. A few minutes dedicated to writing feedback afterwards brings you to a commitment of 30 minutes.
How does scheduling work? Teachers are in charge of how little/much they want to work. For optimal scheduling, it is suggested to open availability with a month in advance. Teacher’s weekly schedule is available to parents each week on Mondays at noon Beijing time. Teachers can be booked for classes during the week, no less than 24 hours in advance unless teacher allows short notice classes. Watch this video to learn more WATCH NOW
What hours should teachers be available to teach? Teachers can make themselves available to teach between 7:30pm to 9:00am CST. The majority of our students take classes between the hours of 5am to 9am CST on week days and 8:00pm to 9:00am on the weekends.
Is there a maximum number of hours a teacher could teach? VIPKid sets no limit on how much a teacher can teach - you have 100% control over your schedule. However, non-peak times may not be as popular amongst our students as they are not available for classes (they are likely in school or asleep).
I’ve already created an account! Can i still add a mentor?
What is the payment? As an independent contractor, your payment or “service fee” is calculated on a per-class basis (scheduled in 30-minute slots) and is composed of a minimum pay between $7-9 + incentives. Your minimum pay will be determined by your demo class performance, while incentives are determined by your monthly class participation and completion.
Taxes: Watch now. As a self-employed contractor of VIPKID, you are responsible for filing your own individual income tax returns and remitting taxes as required. Please consult with your tax advisor for the reporting requirements. VIPKID will provide 1099s for the full taxable year.
When and how will teachers be paid? Teachers are paid through direct bank deposits between the 10th and 15th of each month. Bimonthly payments are also available if teacher so chooses.
Can teachers qualify for a raise?
Absolutely, teachers are evaluated on their performance for raises upon the 3rd contract (One year mark with VIPKid).
Becoming a teacher
How many students do I teach in each class? All classes are one-on-one to make sure you and the student have each other’s full attention.
Do I need to prepare teaching materials? Nope, our curriculum team has already designed materials for every class. However, teachers please prepare for class by reviewing the materials beforehand. You can preview class materials in the classroom on the teacher portal 6-12 hours in advance.
Do teachers need to communicate with parents? Nope, our office staff will handle that for you.
Do teachers always teach the same students? Nope, teachers can teach any student who books their class.
Where do classes take place? Classes take place on our website vipkidteachers.com or on our PC app.
workshop resources and links
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free prop & reward system resources
Thanks to Jennifer and the many talented teachers from the VIPKID: Videos & Props Facebook group, you can now find printable resources for your classroom easily.
Still have questions?
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VIPKID: Getting Started