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Work-At-Home Opportunity: Enrich lives across the world as an ESL teacher without leaving your home!

(Note: This post was sponsored by VIPKID. All opinions are my own. Read our disclosure policy here.)

Are you looking for ways to have a tremendous impact on the world? If so, teaching with VIPKID might be for you!

VIPKID — an online English education platform with 200,000 Chinese students and 20,000 teachers — offers you an opportunity to change the lives of millions of kids across the ocean, while simultaneously earning an income from the comfort of your own home.

They are especially looking for current teachers who are interested in extending the reach of their teach to enrich the lives of children globally. If you’re interested, be sure to keep reading below for in-depth information!

What is VIPKID?

VIPKID is an online English education platform allowing children ages 4-12 in China to take classes from North American teachers, all from the comfort of their homes.

Starting in 2013 and now having 200,000 students in 2017, they have grown exponentially fast and are in need of more teachers.

VIPKID has a unique business model that works for everyone involved. Chinese families can get a quality educator for a good price point, and teachers can have a part-time work-from-home job with flexible hours.

VIPKID differentiates themselves in many ways:

  • Social impact. They have a research institute at Stanford studying how children learn languages, and they also have an ongoing project in the rural schools of China where VIPKID teachers get connected to a lower income rural school and virtually teach English to the class.
  • Teacher Community. They offer a very supportive culture both online and offline at meetups.
  • Curriculum. Their curriculum is proprietary so that they can fine tune it as needed. All lesson plans are created by the VIPKID curriculum team, which takes pressure off of the teachers.
  • Technology. Their technology provides the platform that makes online teaching possible.
  • Students. VIPKID students are engaged, motivated, and have highly invested families.
  • Flipped Classroom Approach. Students independently learn the material and then get a 30-minute lesson with the teacher. After that, they receive virtual homework and practice games.

Benefits of working as a VIPKID teacher

If you’re looking for a creative way to make an income from home, this might be a really great fit — especially if you have an interest in teaching! VIPKID offers the following great benefits:

  • Impact hundreds of thousands of children in China.
  • Flexible hours.
  • Work from anywhere.
  • Earn an average of $19/hour.
  • Incentives including cash, prizes, and even trips to Beijing.
  • Low-pressure teaching. Since teachers do not have to worry about curriculum development, lesson planning, or grading, they get to focus on what they love best — teaching!

Qualifications required to apply to be a VIPKID teacher

VIPKID is specifically looking for stay-at-home moms with teaching experience, current teachers looking for extra income, retired teachers looking for part-time work, or ESL teachers currently in the U.S or Canada.

In order to apply to be a VIPKID teacher, you must:

  1. Have a bachelor’s degree in any field.
  2. Have at least one school year of full-time teaching experience or equivalent hours in similar educational activities (such as home schooling, tutoring, or educational mentoring).
  3. Be eligible to work in the U.S. or Cananda.

Note that you do NOT need to speak Chinese in order to teach!

If you meet all of these requirements, be sure to scroll down for instructions on how to sign-up to teach with VIPKID and start impacting children’s lives today!

How to sign-up to be a VIPKID teacher

  1. GO HERE to sign-up.
  2. Fill out your basic information.
  3. Go through the interview process that involves a demo of your teaching skills.
  4. Go through their Intro to Teaching class.
  5. Practice teaching a mock class with an experienced VIPKID teacher.
  6. Sign your contract and start teaching kids!

It’s that easy! If you follow these steps and meet all qualifications, you could become a VIPKID teacher within less than a month!

Ready to start impacting lives? Go here to sign-up to teach from home with VIPKID!

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9 Comments

  • It’s definitely becoming a popular way to work from home. I was disappointed to read that they used Common Core standards.

    • Heather says:

      Not sure if they use common core standards, but I’ve been teaching with them for a few months and have found the curriculum to be excellent. The kids are learning a lot of grammar along with great English speaking skills.

  • Kerrie says:

    I’ve been working for VIPKID since the end of the summer, and I really enjoy it! The early morning hours have been an adjustment, but I like that you can pick the hours you are available to work.

    • Kristine says:

      I’m a teacher and looked in to applying. After watching the sample audition video, I was turned off. It seemed very exhausting to talk like that for so long. What is your opinion?

      • Heather says:

        I agree. I was a secondary teacher, and I came to realize that VIPKIDs is better suited for those people who are elementary/preschool teachers – or who are better at faking it than I am!

      • Melissa Jane Franklin says:

        There are a variety of levels. Some of us love teaching the littles and being silly and some really like the older/ higher levels where the student does most of the talking. I have been teaching for several months and I really think there is a spot for just about anyone who likes kids!

  • HHA says:

    Is there a list of work-from-home ESL organizations?
    Has anyone done a post about pros and cons of the major ones out there?

  • Margaret says:

    How many hours minimum do you have to commit?

    • Becky says:

      There is no minimum, Margaret. That’s one of the great things about being an independent contractor – you can choose your hours! If you’re interested in applying, I’d be happy to help you out with the process or any questions you have.

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