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VIPKID's mission is to provide the American elementary school experience to Chinese children—all from the comfort of their homes. VIPKID provides one-on-one, fully immersive lessons in its online classroom. VIPKID’s curriculum is proprietary and aligned to the U.S. Common Core State Standards.
platform and curriculum, VIPKID has won awards, such as the Shengjing Top 21 Global Innovation Award in 2015, the US-China Entrepreneurship Leader Award in 2014, Sina’s China’s Most Valuable Online education brand and best teachers award in 2015, and Tencent's China's Most powerful education brand in 2015. In April 2016, VIPKID became the official provider of the TOEFL Primary assessment in China.
such as Innovation Works, Sequoia Capital, Matrix Partners and Northern Light Venture.
For young students,
VIPKID offers world-class English language instruction online.helping students develop not only language, but also critical thinking and creativity.
VIPKID improves quality of life by providing an extra source of income, and a fulfilling, unique, and flexible teaching experience.
VIPKID provides an international learning experience to Chinese children – all from the comfort of their homes. Our sophisticated virtual classroom streams passionate, qualified teachers into Chinese homes, linking the world through education.
We believe that there is a better,
more effective way to teach a foreign language: through curiosity, critical thinking, and creativity.
We provide 1-on-1 online full immersion language and content classes based on the US Common Core State Standards.
At VIPKID Since November 2015"
I have been working at VIPKID part-time (Less than a year)
-Work from home (in your pajamas)
-Great starting pay (plus additional bonuses for short notice classes, new student enrollment, and teacher referrals)
-Create your own hours (as of Feb. 2017, they no longer require a minimum of 7.5 hours/week)
-The kids are adorable (for the most part)
-It's exciting to be part of such a new and successful company
-All you have to do is teach, there is no lesson prep or homework grading
-Classes are fast paced and go by quickly
-Teacher community + comradery
-I feel valued + respected
-Fun competitions and other ways to win money/prizes
-It is competitive and difficult to get hired (this isn't necessarily a con, you want them to be picky and selective about who their teachers are... it makes sense), only about 10% of applicants get hired
-Depending on your time zone, you may have to wake up at odd hours in order to get booked
-Upon being hired, it takes some time for your schedule to fill up
-Orange shirt required (not that big of a deal but I just look terrible in orange, haha)
Advice to Management
Keep up the great work! Improve the the teacher app, I would love to be notified of when I get a new booking or have the ability to swap my classes with other teachers or even release my classes to other teachers if I am sick, etc.
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at VIPKID (San Antonio, TX) in July 2017.
I just completed the VIPKID interview process. Because I am not an ESL teacher, this interview process was definitely challenging. First, you apply online. You must have a bachelor degree and teaching experience to be considered. I am elementary teacher so this was easy for me. Next, they schedule you for a demo. The demo, which consist of you giving a 10 minute class, is based on slides which VIPKID provides, questions about your educational and teaching background, and then feedback on how well you did on your demo. The process takes about 30 minutes. While I did well on being energetic (I am a kindergarten teacher so this is natural for me), I sucked on Total Physical Response (TPR) and time management. Although I had watch a lot of YouTube videos on how to pass the demo which include TPR, I still had not grasped it yet. However the interviewer must have saw something in me because I passed to the next stage. The next stage is called the MOCK 1 stage, You have six days to schedule and complete this stage but before you can do the MOCK 1, you have to read some literature, watch several videos and then take an online quiz on the material. This will take approximately six hours but they give you two days to complete this part. After completing this, you are now ready for the Mock 1. Mock 1 is a 25 minute presentation broken down into two parts. It will take an hour to complete because it includes the presentation and feedback from your mentor. VIPKID will provide the slides for the class. Now, I am back to watching more YouTube videos and practicing. Unfortunately, my initial MOCK 1 had to be reschedule because I was using wireless internet and the connection was poor. So, I ended up buying a cable to plug directly into the modem. My next MOCK 1, the connection was much better however while I had improved on TPR, I was still not proficient and again, time management was an issue. There were also other things that I needed to improve upon. Nevertheless, I was told that I could go onto MOCK 2 (final chance to get it right). Again, the slides are provided for you. Same format, it is a 25 minute presentation with feedback. I think that I had 3 days to schedule the MOCK 2 and complete it. So, I am back to watching more videos and practicing. However, Mock 2 was definitely fun for me. By now, I had become more proficient in TPR and my mentor was wonderful in helping me to relax. However, time management was still an issue for me. As a kindergarten teacher, I tend to explain and really elaborate on everything and this hurt me because in MOCK 2, the mentor was acting like a student that had certain amount of proficiency in English. But, my TPR had improved.:-) And again, there were some things that I needed to improve upon. So after completing this stage, I waited for approximately 1 1/2 days to find out if I would be hired or not. VIPKID hired me! Now, what I learned from this experience:
1. Be energetic and enthusiastic.
2. Know TPR.
3. Manage your time.
4. Be engaging and interactive with the student. Always encourage them to speak English.
5. Watch many, many YouTube videos by VIPKID teachers about how to successful pass the demo and the mocks
6. Make sure that you have a "great" internet connection, good sound capability, and good lighting
8. Don't take the process lightly...study and pay attention to the feedback provided.
9. Give it your BEST!
Finally, I have read some reviews where it was mentioned that VIPKID was selective in regards to race. I definitely did not find this an issue. I am an older minority female and my interviewer and mock mentors were all very pleasant and professional towards me. Overall, it was a great learning experience. The interview process challenged me, which I liked. Now, I am excitedly looking forward to meeting and teaching my new students!