Getting Started With VIPKID
Teaching for VIPKID is a lot of fun! The company is based in China and teaches English as a second language to young children. I adore my VIPKID students. I substitute teach at a public school district and thought this would be a fun way to use my teaching skills to earn money from home. I was right!
You don't need a teaching license to teach for VIPKID. However, they do require an undergraduate degree and some experience tutoring or teaching young children. Homeschoolers will be glad to hear that your time teaching your own children counts.
You've been hired and you are excited to begin! If nothing happens, do not despair. Use this time to sign up for various trainings in the portal on how to market yourself and prepare for your first class. Update your profile picture to make it stand out. Tell some interesting things about yourself in your profile. Create a video that highlights what makes you special as a VIPKID teacher.
I got hired on the 5th of December. I spent a few days preparing as I mentioned above. On Sunday night after I was hired the first "booking frenzy" occurred. What's a "booking frenzy?" The booking frenzy is when VIPKID staff schedule you with students. The majority of the bookings that occur on Sunday night for new teachers are made by VIPKID staff, so in the beginning, you will rely heavily on this booking frenzy period. After you have "regular student," or repeat bookings with the same students, you'll find that most mornings you wake up to see that parents have scheduled a few classes with you in the night. Our nighttime hours are China's daytime hours, so that's why they usually book during this timeframe. These bookings come in steadily throughout the week, rather than on Sunday only.
During my first booking frenzy, which occurred on Sunday night at 10:00 p.m. CST, I received 5 bookings! Hooray! You'll get booked if you focus on marketing yourself during your wait time. Prepare your video, profile, acquaint yourself with the portal, have a great profile photo in place and showcase yourself for parents.
When you are marketing your profile you can wear a boa or a silly hat. Your job as a teacher is to keep the child interested and engaged. Embrace your own unique style to do that. Don't be afraid to be a little silly and stand out.
During my second booking frenzy, which also occurred Sunday night between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m., I received 24 bookings. The following week I received 30 bookings. Now, although it's the slow season for VIPKID, I usually open and get booked for 30 slots a week. If I opened more, I would likely get more bookings. Which brings me to another topic, "priority booking requests."
What is a priority booking request? These are time slots that parents submit to you to request that you open a slot. It is during times that you didn't previously indicate you are available. You don't have to accept them. This week I got one for 3:00 a.m. I like to sleep, so I declined that request.
Getting Booked by Parents
My second week at VIPKID I booked 24 classes. They have promotions that you can join to help you get more exposure with parents. For example, this week they started a winter video promotion. Teachers are encouraged to film a short clip of their winter activities (Christmas dinner, their decorations, cooking baking, snowman making, etc.) and upload this video to a special promotional page for parents to view.
If you are in your first week as a newly hired teacher, take the opportunity to attend some workshops to learn more about working for VIPKID. You can find them under the "library" tab. Select the "Workshop Schedule" icon at the top of the page to register. VIPKID offers many different workshops to help new teachers get started.
How Much Does VIPKID Pay?
Pay will be determined by your contract, but is between $7.00 and $9.00 per class as the base rate. There are also incentives for simply teaching at least 45 classes a month or showing up to all your booked classes. If you earn a $1.00 per class incentive for showing up to your classes on time and a $1.00 incentive for teaching 45 classes a month, your pay per class is bumped up $2.00 per class. So, if my base rate is $8.00 per class, the extra incentive bumps it up to $10.00 per class. Each class is 25 minutes long. You can schedule classes back to back and complete 2 classes in an hour, making your pay $20.00 per hour. This pays a little better than my substitute teaching job per hour and I can teach in my slippers.
What are the Hours?
You set your own schedule with VIPKID, but the peak hours are from 4:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. daily and from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday CST. When I was new, I opened up all the slots during peak hours hoping to get booked. After 2 months with VIPKID, my slots usually get booked, so I've become more particular about the hours that I want to work. I teach from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 am. I am able to earn $40 each morning before I wake the kids up to get ready for school.
Before you apply ask yourself, "Do I want to work at 5:00 a.m.?" This is something important to consider because the VIPKID peak hours occur early in the morning. Also, your classes occur over video conference with the child and they are recorded.
Questions and Comments?
Do you have questions about getting through the interview or getting booked? Leave them here and I'll respond as quickly as possible. My referral code is HEATH0739 or you can sign up under my referral by using this link to go to VIPKID.
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