I’ve been a little quieter on the blog lately, and it’s because I’ve started teaching English with VIPKID online. It’s taken a lot of my attention, but I have been enjoying the process! I started my journey with vipkid several months ago. I started seeing ads on my facebook page, along with craigslist and various job boards, but I figured it wasn’t a legitimate opportunity and didn’t think too much about it. I decided to go ahead and apply for vipkid. I actually applied twice, failed the first time, tried a second time and got hired on my second try!
What is VIPKID?
If you haven’t heard about vipkid, it is an online ESL company that teaches English to children in China.
I’ve been missing teaching, and it’s been a fun way to teach students, and still be at home with my children during the daytime. I don’t have to pay for childcare or even leave my house to go to work! It’s been a great opportunity!
Maybe you’ve seen some posts about vipkid and are wondering what exactly it is. If you are like I was, you may be wondering how to apply. I’m going to give a little run down on how to apply for vipkid!
The application process can seem a little daunting. There are many steps involved, but if you think you’d be a good fit, I say go for it!
How to apply for VIPKID
Here are a few questions to help you decide if this is a good opportunity for you:
- do you have at least a bachelor’s degree? (doesn’t have to be an education degree)
- do you have at least a year of teaching experience of some kind?
- do you like working with children? (if you don’t, this is probably not a good fit)
- do you have a stable internet connection?
Step 1- Apply
Apply! You just have to fill out a simple application on the vipkid website. Here’s my referral link , but you could also go to vipkid’s website and sign up without a referral link, if you prefer that! I heard about vipkid through a friend from college, so I used her referral link when I signed up. If you have a friend that works with vipkid, you could sign up through their link!
**Tip: Be sure to emphasize your education experience in your application**
Usually, if you make it to the interview stage, you’ll be contacted immediately after submitting your application. If you meet all of the requirements for working with vipkid and your application is not accepted, you can reapply. Be sure to highlight any applicable experience working with children.
Step 2- interview
Once your application is accepted, you’ll be contacted to schedule your interview. The interview is a chance to teach a mini lesson (10 minutes). There are two ways interviews are done. You can schedule a live interview with a vipkid employee in China, or you can choose to record a demo lesson of yourself. I have done both (as I mentioned above, I did apply twice before making it through the hiring process) and I personally preferred doing a recorded demo.
During a live interview, your interviewer begins by asking you a few questions about your experience, and then you do the demo lesson with them pretending to be a young child. The recorded demo can be done whenever you’re ready, and you have 30 minutes recorded, which means you could record yourself doing the lesson a couple times. If you pass the interview portion of your hiring process, you’ll receive a contract that tells you your base pay. That can be confusing because you aren’t actually hired at that stage of the hiring process. Also, the pay rate quoted is per 25 minute class, so it will look a little different ($7-9/25 minute class).
Step 3 Training Prep & Quiz
You’ll receive training materials on the company and teaching, including videos and reading materials. Once you’ve finished going through the training materials, you’ll take a short quiz.
Step 4- mock class/classes
If you pass your interview, you’ll move on to the next step of the hiring process: the mock class! It’s important to remember that you are not hired until you successfully pass the mock stage. Some people do only one mock class, but many people do a mock one and mock two class.
To prepare for mock 1, you’ll receive a powerpoint lesson to prepare, which actually consists of 2 different lessons. You’ll teach 15 minutes for a younger level student and 10 minutes geared toward a higher level student. During the mock 1 class, your mentor teacher will pause you at the 15 minute mark and give you feedback on the first part of the lesson. Then, you’ll start the second half of your mock 1 class, during which time you need to apply the feedback to your upper level lesson.
After the mock 1, there are a few different results you may receive:
- you may be one of the few who are hired immediately after doing a mock 1 and not need to complete a mock 2
- you may be told to schedule your mock 2 class
- you may hear you did not pass the mock 1 and they are not continuing with your application
If you passed after the mock 1, congratulations! You are hired!! But most people do not have that experience, so no need to feel like you failed if you are told to schedule a mock 2 class. If you are told to schedule your mock 2, you’ll receive a powerpoint lesson to prepare that will be either a lower level or upper level, based on which level you received a higher score on during your first mock class.
Once you’ve completed your mock classes, you’ll hear back from vipkid with your results. If you are hired, you’ll be instructed to upload your documents, and once you’ve uploaded all of the necessary documents, you can open up your schedule for bookings! If you don’t make it through the first time, and you meet all of the requirements, I’d highly encourage you to reapply!