Earning Money through VIPKid

Making Money Teaching ESL Online with VIPKid: Wayfaring Wanders

A lot of people wonder how travelers can make money on the go. There are actually tons of posts, like this one, explaining the best ways to find remote work. Now, personally, I’m not a huge fan of doing personal selling type gigs, but I know a lot of people who have made a decent income off of selling beauty items, essential oils, and other products! If you have that salesman charm, go for it! If you’re more like me, continue reading and I’ll explain how I earn money teaching English online.

A little bit about VIPKid:

This video does have a lot of “extras” that you wouldn’t normally see…

I teach English as a second language (ESL) online through a company called VIPKid. The basic premise is that you teach children, aged 5 – 12, English through an online platform. It’s a video taught, one-on-one class that lasts for 25 minutes, sort of like teaching over Skype. The children have varying degrees of English ability, ranging from a LV0 child who speaks ZERO English, to LV4 children, who can read, write, and speak English very well. VIPKid hosts you on their platform and servers because they also have a prepared lesson plan that you are to use depending on the child’s level. This means that you don’t have to do any lesson planning! You do need to go over the slides ahead of time, just to be prepared for your lesson.

Who can apply?

If you’ve liked what you’ve seen so far and want to know if you can apply, here is a list of the qualifications that a potential teacher must have:

VIPKid requirements

This, however, is not really a hard list. Their FAQ page has more detailed information, but here is the quick breakdown:

  • Be from North America (for the accent) – No, you cannot be from the U.K. or Australia or anywhere else… You can teach from there though.
  • Have any Bachelor’s degree (only exception is for those with an associates for early childhood education) – You will need to submit a copy of it once hired.
  • Have some experience teaching
    • This is not as important… Most of the people who apply have limited teaching experience. Moms count, babysitting experience, anything really should be fine. They just want to know you’re comfortable around kids; it doesn’t have to be formal teaching experience.
  • Be available to teach at least 15 half hour classes per week during BEIJING PEAK HOURS which probably means pretty early for you in the U.S.
  • Have a good internet connection with audio/video capabilities
  • Have a passport – I know confusing, but once you’re hired, you need to provide a copy of it…

I’ve seen a lot of British people or other people from native English speaking countries ask if they can still apply, and the answer is no. Unfortunately, the company boasts giving the American Education to Chinese students, and therefore, they want candidates who “sound like the typical American.” Another note is that my bachelor degrees are in marketing and media arts. They say in a “relevant field” but that’s more of a soft rule, in my opinion. Also, I did not have any prior ESL teaching experience or a current teaching certification, so that was another soft rule.

Should you apply?

If the video is being weird, click here to watch on YouTube.

The Application Process
The process of applying to VIPKid is actually pretty rigorous! Once you visit their site, you’ll be asked to create a login (preferably with a gmail account or something similar). Once you create your account, you’ll submit your résumé or CV. They’ll email you back saying they’re looking over it and you will most likely hear back in a day or two. If they select you, they’ll send you an email link telling you how to schedule your interview! Yay! You log back in with the username you created in order to apply and you will see your application in the first stage. Once you schedule your interview, you’ll be expected to talk a little bit about yourself. They’ll ask you some questions about your experience teaching and ask you about your college degrees. You will then have to do a 10 minute “demo” class where the interviewer will pretend to be a 5 year old with limited English abilities. This part was a little awkward for me, but it’s really not so bad! They’ll grade you on your timing, happiness, and overall abilities to teach.

A good example of what the interview is like:

This will also be similar to what teaching the kids looks like!

Once you pass your interview, they will then ask you to move onto the second step which is accepting your contract. Based on your interview/experience, they will offer you a per class dollar amount between $7-$9 (for a half hour session). There are also bonuses you can earn. You get $1/class simply for showing up for the full time. You earn an extra $0.50/class if you teach at least 30 classes in a month, and an extra $1/class if you teach at least 45 classes in a month. That means you’ll be earning somewhere between $18-22/hour if you earn all of the bonuses! The 6-month contract also has terms outlining your position, cancellations, what is/is not acceptable, taking vacation, and payment info. They pay you once a month through direct deposit. Once you’ve accepted and signed your contract, you will then fill out a little bio page. You upload a few pictures of yourself, a short intro, a 10-15 second video introduction, and personal info. This includes your passport, bank information (for payment), diplomas, etc. The next step is to watch a TON OF TRAINING VIDEOS. You’ll download some example PowerPoints & PDFs, watch a ton of informational videos about the different levels of students, different class sessions, payment information, troubleshooting information, etc. The final step in the application process (finally!) is to schedule your practicum. The practicum session is basically the same thing as the interview, but full time. You will book your practicum for one hour and a teacher will pretend to be a student. Halfway through, you pause, and talk about what’s going well and what you need to improve on. You then finish the lesson and talk some more. You will then get an email saying your next step. For most people, it is to book a second practicum, while a select few may go straight to teaching and even fewer will be told they’re not a good fit and they will be done. If you’re like me, you had to schedule a second practicum. This is basically the exact same thing as the first, they just want you to get additional practice in and make sure you are ready before you begin teaching. Once you have finished that, congratulations! You’re ready to be a VIPKid teacher!

In The Classroom

Once you’ve made it this far, you’re ready to begin scheduling your open time to teach! Your same log in will now bring you to the homepage you will become familiar with. There are now MORE training videos to watch (I know, I know) to teach you how to begin scheduling classes and give student feedback, etc. You are expected to fill out a months worth of availability in the schedule area which looks like this:

VIPKID Scheduling Classes

Once you have your timezone set, the times on the left-hand side are local for you! When you hoover your mouse over the selected time, you can see what time that is in Beijing. Again, this is EARLY for us here in the United States, so that’s something to keep in mind. I figure I can do an hour before work Monday – Friday (hour and a half Friday), an hour on Friday night, and an hour Sunday morning to meet the 15 class requirement. Once your free time has been BOOKED, you can no longer change it. You can also not make any changes until you have at least 15 classes selected. This means I could change my mind and do Saturday night and take of Sunday morning if I wanted, but I must always have 15 classes selected before I can make those changes. While you do have the ability to control your schedule, it is mostly limited to those “peak hours” so be prepared to get up early… Clearly the early evening is more popular for Beijing, which is why my earliest classes fill up first (6am for me is 8pm in Beijing during DST). Now I’m not really willing to get up too much earlier, but if I were, I’m sure I could get more slots filled faster!

Before applying, I just sort of assumed that any time you put during “peak hours” would be filled, but that is not the case. It takes time to build up a rapport with students and parents, so don’t expect to be for sure getting every slot filled! Kind of a bummer for me if my 6:30am classes don’t fill. I guess I could go into work extra early… haha. Also, if students cancel within 24 hours, you get paid for the session. If they cancel outside of 24 hours, you do not. You’ll watch about 8 videos explaining this, so if you’ve made it this far, you already know.

Here’s a short video of an actual class:

Teaching the kids can be full of laughs! Also lag is real and patience is a virtue 🙂

After class is over, you have 12 hours to leave course feedback. This is very important to the parents of the student as well as VIPKid. It let’s the parents know how the student is progressing and it lets VIPKid know if the student is in the correct level. It also gives you a chance to fill out any information related to behavioral problems, tips for future teachers, etc.

VIPKID Feedback Form

Apply Now!

If you think you might be interested in applying, click here for my referral link! Please make sure you’ve researched the hours in Beijing and know that this is something you’d be interested in doing before you apply!

CLICK HERE for my update after working for VIPKid for 2 months!
CLICK HERE for my update after working for VIPKid for 4 months!

What do you all think about VIPKid? Does it seem like a neat company to work for? Do you have other remote teaching jobs that you enjoy? Let me know!

76 Replies to “Earning Money through VIPKid”

  1. hello any advice on what one should include on the bio and video?

    1. Hi Jackie! It’s mainly up to you. For the bio, I would include anything that makes your teaching experience stand out. If you have a TEFL certification, a teaching degree, any ESL experience, include that! The parents of the students have access to that info, so it’s important to sound well educated so they’re more likely to choose you as a teacher. For the video, it’s up to you! It’s just a short 10-15 second introduction, so be fun! Maybe include puppets or toys… something to show off that kids will enjoy your classes. Good luck!

      1. Do you think VIPKID will hire one with a TEFL certificate who doesn’t have a bachelor’s degree?

        1. Unfortunately, I think they’re pretty strict about requiring a bachelor’s.

  2. Hi there, I’d love some feedback. I guess I made it through the practicums and welcome email. I have even scheduled my availability for the next four weeks. But I never got the activation email for Freshdesk. So I am unable to log into it. I have set up my Fireman Skype and all my banking information. But now, radio silence. NO BOOKINGS. And no one is returning my emails regarding assisting me into getting into the Freshdesk portal. I am totally 100% at a loss of what to do since everyone i have spoken to started working right after being welcomed aboard.

    Do you have anyone’s direct email that I can use to assist me because I keep receiving emails from education@vipkid but no one is responding to my emails to them.

    1. Hi Kelly! There are many teachers who never received the Freshdesk activation email, myself included. When you go to log into the Freshdesk website, click “forgot your password?” at the bottom. This will send you an email prompting you to reset your password and then you should have access! That’s what worked for me and everyone else I spoke with who seemed to have issues.

      As far as bookings, how long have you worked at VIPKid? Personally, I have seen a HUGE decline in the number of Major Course students, which you can read about on my Four Month Update post. If you haven’t yet been certified to teach trial classes, this could be the cause.

      Have you also made sure you’ve taken the new training course, Peach Garden, and passed it? It’s a series of new videos followed by a 22 question survey monkey quiz. Education said that if you don’t take/pass the quiz, booking rates will drop substantially. You have access to that info in Freshdesk, so make sure you try resetting your password so you can get in.

      I’m a little concerned that you said you “guess” you made it through the practicums. Are you sure? Did you have the (usually 2) practicums with evaluators? The process usually goes: apply, get interviewed, accept your offer, fill out your information (degrees, bank info, Skype, etc – sounds like you have), then schedule your first practicum. That’s a full hour mock class with an evaluator. Afterwards, VIPKid usually emails you with info about scheduling a second practicum, which you do exactly like the first. Then you hear back again, usually with another email saying you’ve passed and can start opening slots for booking. Did you go through all of that? It took a while for me! That’s when I started opening slots, and as you can see from my schedule above, I didn’t automatically get every slot filled.

      That was also about four months ago when the students were still in school. As I’ve mentioned, I have found that summer has shown a decline in the regular students (for me, personally). For the past month, I have almost exclusively been teaching trial classes. I talk about trial classes in my Two Month Update post. I didn’t start teaching trial classes until a month or so after I started working with VIPKid.

      Unfortunately, I do not have access to any other emails. Whenever I’ve had an issue, I’ve emailed education. That typically auto creates a ticket in Freshdesk, but even when they respond to my ticket, it gets sent to me as an email. Are you receiving other emails from education? Every Monday they send out an update. If you’re not receiving anything from VIPKid, maybe you haven’t completed all of the training yet… It’s tough because I am not sure what you see when you log into your teaching portal and I don’t know what exactly you have/haven’t done. I would suggest starting with Freshdesk and making sure you’ve got everything all set. Maybe it’s just that summer is going on and less regular students are booking… Maybe you need to pass the new curriculum training. Sorry I don’t have more insight for you! If you still run into issues, you can always shoot me an email on my Contact Page. Good luck!

  3. Mary Anne Kolb says: Reply

    Hi . Does VIP do direct deposit to a us bank account or do you have to set one up in China or somewhere else?

    1. Hi Mary Anne, VIPKid will direct deposit into any bank you have! They actually do it as a wire transfer. As such, you need to give them your account number and routing number (swift code in other countries). For this reason, many teachers choose to open a separate checking account for direct deposit and then transfer the money into their existing account. I’ve been using a small, local bank and I’ve never had any issues with payments; I always get paid somewhere around the middle of the month!

      1. Is it possible to get money transferred through pay pal?

        1. Hi Jessica, no, unfortunately you can’t be paid through PayPal (at least not at this time). What some people do is open a free checking account in the U.S. (or Canada) specifically for VIPKid. That way, there is no money in the account and nothing to worry about. Then, you can simply transfer this money into your existing account! Personally, I used my normal checking account and have had no issues. It’s been 6 months and the company has had no issues with me. However, I totally understand the concern, so if you’re worried, I would go the second account route. Good luck!

  4. […] hiring process for VIPKid is pretty long and rigorous. For a really in-depth look, you can visit my blog post here. In total it took me about 3 weeks. You can definitely complete it quicker than I did, but […]

  5. My wife is new to VIPKID! she only did 1 practicum and she was hired ready to go. Her Bookings are not filled up, usually she is Monday-Friday from 5:00 am to 6:30 pm. How long does it take to start seeing an increase in students???

    1. Congrats to your wife! And honestly she might have to be a bit patient with VIPKid for a couple of months here. It’s Chinese holiday for the next month or so, and bookings are slow for everyone in January/February. She should start getting more classes come March. If she is consistent with her hours, regular students should start showing up as well! The more time slots she opens, the more likely she is to start seeing familiar faces and getting repeat bookings, but it can take some time (especially over the holidays). She’ll get there! 🙂

  6. Thanks for the info! Could you please tell me your internet speed and if you have an opinion on what speed is actually necessary? Thank you!

    1. Hi Sarah! My internet is actually quite slow compared to what I had in the U.S. 🙁 Back home I got download speeds of 30 mbps, while in Spain I’m only getting about 9 mbps. I’ve definitely noticed some lag because of this. My roommate and I have spoken to our landlord and he said he was going to upgrade us to fiber optic cable, but it’s Spain… So I’m still waiting on that, haha. Still, I’ve found that I can get through classes without too many issues and I’m still doing fine with the company! If you’re a new hire, they might expect you to have it a little faster though. I wish I had a more definite answer for you, but I hope that helps!

  7. […] hiring process for VIPKid is pretty long and rigorous. For a really in-depth look, you can visit my blog post here. In total it took me about 3 weeks. You can definitely complete it quicker than I did, but […]

  8. Jessica Parrent says: Reply

    What happens if your mock two doesnt go well?

    1. Hi Jessica. I’m not an interviewer, but I imagine if you don’t pass the second mock interview, you wouldn’t be offered a job.

  9. This is the only site I see that says they require a passport. The others list a gov’t ID, such as a driver’s license. Please confirm. I have an interview tomorrow but I don’t have a passport. Thanks!

    1. Laura, I can’t say for certain, because a lot has changed since I applied 10 months ago. But when I applied, there was a section for an uploaded document called “passport” so that’s what I used. I imagine if you don’t have a passport, you could discuss that with them and see what they say. I’m sure there are some teachers who have been able to use a government ID but maybe they just needed two forms to verify if it wasn’t issued at the federal level (like a passport is). Good luck!

  10. Thanks! That makes sense! I just passed my Mock Class I, YAY! They sent me a score but I’m not sure I have read what the scale is for that to know what that actually means. I’m just curious what the total amount of possible points were. Do you know? Thank you.

    1. I’m not sure what the possible scores are… They’ve changed the hiring process a lot in the past 10 months and it was different when I went through. But congrats on passing your mock class! Welcome to VIPKid!!

  11. Hi! I just recently got hired (about 10 days ago) by VIPkid and still haven’t got any classes filled yet! Is that normal for a couple weeks to go by and not get any classes? Also, how do you change your availability on the schedule? I accidentally put in a day I will be out of town (still about 3 weeks away) and want to cancel those classes before they filled. I love your blog…thanks for all the great info!

    1. Thanks Jodi! Unfortunately, we are just getting over the Chinese New Year, so yes, it’s been slow bookings for everyone as of late. The good news is that the classes are starting to fill back up again, so you should start seeing bookings pick up! If not, check out my 4 Month Update for tips on how to increase your bookings. As far as changing your availability, you should be able to just un-click the slots you accidentally opened. The good news is that parents sign their kids up on Monday for the following week, so if you’re three weeks out, you should be fine! Good luck, and welcome aboard 🙂

  12. Hello!
    I have a student signed up for a trial class in a few hours.
    When I go to classroom and try to preview the ppt, it won’t let me. 🙁 It just sends me back to the bookings page.
    Any advice on what I’m doing wrong or is it too early to view the ppt?

    1. Hi Michelle, you should be able to view the powerpoint 48 hours in advance so you’re not too early. I’ve never heard of anything like that happening before. Once you get into the lesson, you should load the ppt just like you did for the mock classes. If that isn’t working, then try clearing your browser history… get rid of the cookies and cache. Sometimes that helps. Also try using Google Chrome. That browser tends to work best. Good luck!

  13. Hello Genevive!! thanks for all the info!!! So with them do you have to have a teaching degree?
    Thank you!!!

    1. Nope! As I mentioned under the “Who Can Apply?” section, you just need to have a bachelor’s degree. My degrees are in Marketing and Media Arts and I was still hired! If you don’t have a degree in education, make sure to highlight extra info about your teaching experiences/working with kids on your resume. That will give you the best chances at being hired!!

  14. I have been with VIPkids for 14 days, working for 6 days. I opened my entire schedule after reading that I might have trouble filling it, and by morning, there were 52 classes booked (for 6 open days)! This last week has been interesting and full of sleepless nights. Lol.
    Anyway, my question for you is what shall I do if I cannot pronounce their Chinese name? Trial classes are hard because most students can’t understand when I ask what their name is, and I don’t want to incorrectly read their name. What do you do?

    1. Hi Kris! Their Chinese names can be really difficult to pronounce. Honestly, just do your best! Or if you see the name ahead of time, you can try inputting it into Google Translate and listening and practicing.

  15. Hello. I want to apply to be a teacher but I am curious as to what to put where it says teaching experience as I have none. This is in the initial sign up portion of the application where I create a login as well. I do have experience teaching my 2 children (ages 6 and 9) but no formal training. Do you know if this counts and if this is where I would put this information? Or would that be a second part of the application process… Any help would be great… Thank you. – Alyssia

    1. Hi Alyssia, if all you have is experience teaching your two children, definitely mention that! I think VIPKid wants to make sure that you’re comfortable teaching young children, so raising children should certainly qualify. Mention that you do things like teach them to read and speak and that should be great. I have very limited experience working with children but I made sure to mention that I had experience babysitting and they hired me! Coupled with a bachelor’s degree, you should be set (although I can’t speak on behalf of VIPKid since I don’t actually work in the HQ). Good luck! And if you’ve found my posts helpful, please apply through my recruitment link! 🙂

  16. So… i applied and just finished my interview and i passed to the next stage. Im really excited. Just out of curiosity… is there a way to check if the link went through for your recruiting link??? Im pretty sure i used it but i dont think i saw anything naming you or anything…

    1. Hi Alyssia! I didn’t see your name… VIPKid just added a feature for teachers to track their referrals but your name isn’t showing up from anything recent (this year). If you did want to sign up with my link (which I would greatly appreciate!), we could both email education@vipkid.com.cn and they can go ahead and backtrack to give me credit! Both of us have to do it for that to work, so let me know if you’d be interested!! Thanks, Alyssia!

    2. Hi Alyssia! I am thinking about applying and had your same questions. What did you end up putting in the experience section (organization, job title, etc). Like yourself I do not have any formal experience. Thank you!!

  17. Hi there!

    Can you explain more how VIPKID is paying for your TESOL certification? Is this after you’ve spent a certain amount of time with the company?


    1. Hi Jess, VIPKid is paying for my TESOL because they offered a promo this summer for teachers who had been there for more than 5 months and I signed up! It was actually quite lucky and I haven’t seen them make the same offer since. It’s possible that they may make the same offer again, but I’m not sure! Keep your eyes out on the weekly announcements!

      1. Thanks for your reply. That’s awesome!!

        I haven’t signed up with VIP yet. Still trying to wrap my head around the schedule. I am NOT a morning person. Ugh. 😉

        But the possibility of a similar offer at some point is very enticing.

        1. I totally don’t blame you… It’s much easier being in Europe and teaching from noon until 4pm! Haha

  18. Hi my question is: will there be an issue if I was born in another English speaking country and did my bachelor in English there but lives in the US where I’m am a citizen.

    1. I’m not sure, Fen! If you have a native, North American accent, you might still be good to go. I’m not sure what the degree requirements are as far as having to have a U.S. or Canadian bachelors. It would be worth applying to check it out! My guess is that the most determining factor will be having a native, North American accent.

      1. Thanks for your responseI did my mock 1 today and awaiting the results. I’m just so worried that my degree is not from North America but I would hope a degree is a degree. I’ll be sure to return and let you know the outcome.

        1. So I had pass the mock 1 but not 2 so I never found out the answer to my question. I’m hoping to try again or maybe another online teaching job.

          1. Genevieve says:

            Did you apply through my referral link? I searched my “processing” file, but I didn’t see your name in there! So I am not sure where you are at. That’s interesting that you passed Mock 1 but not Mock 2. I think it was the opposite for me and I started right after my Mock 2 class. I just can’t seem to find you in my teacher referrals. I wish I had more insight for you!

  19. Let’s say you add the classes you want and no student books, do you still get paid?

    1. Hi Jessica, unfortunately you only get paid for the classes you teach. So no, if you open 15 slots and only teach 8 classes, you only get paid for the 8 classes you taught.

  20. Hi there, I am not sure if you can help me. I did my first interview on Friday and was not hired. I thought my interview had gone well, but I guess it didn’t go as well as I thought. Is there any way to find out what my score was and what they didn’t like. I was told I could apply again in 3 months, but I’d like to correct what I did wrong. Thanks

    1. Hi Ali, unfortunately the only way to know your score is to directly get a hold of your interviewer. You could try responding to the email that said you didn’t get hired? Other than that, I’m not sure what you could do. I do know of others who have applied with different email addresses sooner than the three months if you don’t want to wait. Sometimes it just depends on who interviews you! Good luck.

  21. Hello! Thank you for all the information on your blog. I just got hired on and have a few questions about bookings and thought you may have answers. When you are first hired, do you book for the next four weeks or just to complete the month? I thought I read that you book for the next month by the 24th of each month. Is that correct or should your schedule always be four weeks ahead?

    Also, it seems as though you can remove and add classes as long as they have not been booked. Is that correct? Because then it seems unnecessary to need to add classes 4 weeks in advance because there is no minimum classes anymore.

    How does that factor into vacation? I understand when there was a required 7.5 minimum hours, but now with no minimum, can’t you just take off anytime you want? I want to make sure I’m doing it correctly so that they want to keep me hired on.

    1. Thanks, Lyssa! Congrats on getting hired. When I fill out my schedule, I always make sure to have a rolling 4 weeks filled out. However, I’ve found that as long as you have at least 2 weeks in advance, parents book you without any issues. Yes, now that they’ve abolished the minimum requirement, you can remove and add time slots whenever you would like. You no longer have to have 15 slots filled in for the week to make changes (how awesome!). As far as vacation, I looked and there is no longer an option to fill out “vacation” on FreshDesk when creating a ticket, therefore I believe you just don’t put any time in when you don’t want to work and you’re fine! I just took last week off for Spring Break (or Semana Santa here in Spain) and I had no issues. Parents have already booked me for next week so I think all went well there! They should keep you hired on 🙂 As long as you don’t make too many cancellations or have very negative parent reviews, you’re fine!

  22. I just opened an application today for VIPKids, and it seems like the perfect fit for me, especially when I study in Glasgow next year! Thanks so much for the info! 🙂

    1. Awesome! The European hours are so much better!!

  23. Hi, Genevieve,
    I just get my message from the VIP Team, at this time. I was not accepted to the program. How long do I have to wait to reapply and How do I go about doing so. I was prepared, It was my first time dealing with a webcam, online process. I had a lot of technical issues and I was all nerves and lost my focus, timing etc. I really enjoy the program and some day like to be apart of a great team. I will be working on the procedures I need to improve. I have the degree and the teaching experience, which they were impressed with other client was closer to VIPKiD family fit.

    1. Hi Lavern! I just checked my teacher’s referral section and I didn’t see your name… Did you apply through my referral link? There is an appeal process I can help you with but I can only do it for my referral candidates, and only for the next couple days… 🙁 I looked back through all the names since February and I didn’t see you. If you had a lot of tech issues, I would make sure that next time you have a strong internet connection (this is one of the most important things you need). Nerves are ok. I was really nervous for my interview too. I had to do two mock interviews! So yes, prepare again and remember you’ll be in front of young kids who will think you’re awesome. These interviews are only 25 min (or an hour for mock) of your life! So don’t be stressed! I think guidelines recommend waiting for 3 months and then applying again. I have heard some people use a different email and can apply more quickly, but I’m not positive about that. Do whatever you think is best for you! And if you apply through my link, I’ll be able to help you out more 🙂 Good luck!

  24. Hi! Thanks for your post! I passed the interview a few quiz and now I am scheduled for my mock 1. I started frantically looking for my diploma and I have no idea where I have tucked it away! Ahhhh! Will they accept transcripts if I go ahead and get them? I have no idea what to do. Thanks for your help!

    1. I’m not sure what they’re policy on accepting transcripts is, but I would imagine that would be fine. Or if you can get an electronic copy of your diploma from your University? Sorry, wish I could answer definitively for you! Good luck 🙂

      1. Transcripts are just fine. That’s what I used.

        1. Perfect! Thanks, Jess!

  25. Prechaya Chaogunha says: Reply

    Hi! I’m a non-native English speaker. But I’ve lived in the US for a year as an exchange student, and have a typical American accent. I got a 8.5 IELTS score, which places me on an advanced level of English users. I’ve also taught English for 5 years, and a year and a half with a Cambridge English center in Thailand. Do you think I’d get a shot at this? Or They’ll cut me off just cause I’m not a native speaker.

    1. Hi Prechaya! Sounds like your situation is unique. It wouldn’t hurt to apply, though I can’t say for certain what they outcome will be. If you interview well and they approve your degree, you might have a shot! Good luck and let me know how it goes!

  26. Hi! Thank you so much for all the awesome information!

    I just got hired and I am trying to figure out how to avoid the wire transfer fees! Do you know how I should fill out the bank information in order to avoid that? Thank you!!

    1. Hi Dayna, if you have an American bank account, you should be ok. It has to do with your bank allowing ACH transactions which avoid all transferring fees and that’s what VIPKID uses now for direct deposit. Contact your bank if you’re unsure if they do this, but my guess is that they do. Then there are no fees to speak of! 🙂

  27. Hi. I just recently applied and notice you have the option to select to have the interview/demo done at a scheduled time, OR record your demo class yourself. How does that work exactly? Does that also include the interview portion where you are suppose to talk about your experiences and then get right into the lesson? Or is it just about the demo lesson?

    1. Hi Janna! The recording demo is new in the past 2 months and I’m not sure of anyone who has done it yet, so I couldn’t tell you exactly how that works. I think the recording is only for the demo class, not for the actual interview, but I could be wrong! I wish I had more info for you! But it’s probably just easier to do it live, unless you’re traveling and don’t have access to a computer 🙂

      1. I am a new teacher at VIPKID and had 8 bookings last week all trial classes, but no new bookings this week. I opened many, many spots, but now complete silence. I sent a ticket in to see if there is a problem, but haven’t heard back quite yet. Can you tell me what I should do to increase bookings? I feel that the classes I taught went well. Thank you.

        1. Hi Shelley! Check out my Four Month Update. I have tons of suggestions at the bottom there on how to pick up some bookings. Also, I experienced a lull in bookings last summer too. I think a lot of parents don’t make their kids keep up with their English as much while they’re on summer break. Hold out til fall and you might experience some pickup in bookings!

  28. Thanks for all your posts about VIPKid! I just passed my interview, and while I thought I prepared well, I am somewhat disappointed that I was offered the low-end of that $7-9 per class. I am have a M.Ed. and a few years teaching experience… I thought my props and tools and demo lesson went well… is there any way to up that initial offer per class? I understand the bonuses and everything, just curious if teachers with VIPkid ever get raises?

    1. Unfortunately, the way they decide who gets paid what is pretty arbitrary sometimes. The good news is that YES, VIPKid does offer raises periodically. When I was hired, they gave a raise after you’d been with them one year, so on your third contract. I think they’re updating their policies now, so I’m not sure if that will always be a consistent thing, but I know they do still offer raises to their teachers. And remember, you’re going to earn about another $2 on top of what they offer you if you teach a minimum of 45 classes per month ($1.50 more per class if you teach more than 30 classes per month), so it does add up pretty nicely. And you can always recruit new teachers for some bonus money as well! Good luck, Steph!

  29. Hi! Thank you for your article. How long after you passed the interview did you actually get your first check? If I were to start teaching next week (I won’t be but hypothetically) would I get a check in August, September, or October?

    1. Hi Katie! You get paid once per month around the middle of the month. So, for example, if you teach your first class on August 3, you will get paid for that class around the middle of September. If you teach your first class August 31, you still get paid for that class in the middle of September. They total up all the classes you teach from the first day to the last day of the month and pay you for them the following month. I hope that makes sense!

      1. Hi!!
        Thank you! That makes sense!

  30. Hi!
    I recently joined the VIPKID community! I live in the US, but I plan on traveling in the UK for about a month at at time throughout my contract. It won’t be a vacation, because I still want to keep up with teaching while I’m there. But I was wondering how things with with an online job? Will it be okay to teach in another country without a work visa? Have you run into any trouble with this?

    1. Hi Tatum, you’re still a US citizen and teaching with VIPKID doesn’t require a work visa… Think of it as working from home, but while on vacation. Unless you’re trying to apply for a new job within the UK, you do not need a work visa! So you are all set! I taught from Spain while I was living there and it was exactly like teaching from the US, but with better hours. Enjoy that!!

  31. Hey-
    Thank you for sharing all of your experiences with VIPKID. I recently was hired and opened up numerous slots for the upcoming week. While I was scheduling, I was notified that I had to complete the background check. My results are still pending, I am confident I will pass. Just curious, how long after you were hired did you teach your first class? Also, how long did the background check process take?

    Thank you!

    1. You know, they implemented the background check process after I started! Haha, but they blocked me from teaching until it was complete. I think it only took about 5 days? Maybe even less, I honestly don’t remember. So right after I was hired, I got maybe 1 or 2 bookings for the following week and it’s steadily increased since then!

  32. good, i like your post keeps it up…

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