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VIPKID Overview

Beijing, Beijing (China)
1001 to 5000 employees
2013
Company - Private
Unknown / Non-Applicable
VIPKID provides an international learning experience to children in China between the ages 4-12. Headquartered in Beijing, the company offers fully immersive one-on-one English language instruction provided online by highly qualified teachers. The curriculum is based on the U.S ... Read more

Mission: We believe that there is a better, more effective way to teach a foreign language through curiosity, critical thinking, and creativity. We have an energetic, collaborative Silicon Valley style work culture with an international team of people who are passionate about education ... Read more

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VIPKID – Why Work For Us?


Founded in 2013,

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.

Because of

its innovative business model, 

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. 

VIPKID is 

venture backed by top investors, 

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.

For teachers,
VIPKID improves quality of life by providing an extra source of income, and a fulfilling, unique, and flexible teaching experience.








 

Who We Are

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.

What We Believe

We believe that there is a better,
more effective way to teach a foreign language: through curiosity, critical thinking, and creativity.

What We Do

We provide 1-on-1 online full immersion language and content classes based on the US Common Core State Standards.

 
 

4 Reasons to work with

VIPKID

CONVENIENCE AND FLEXIBILITY

 
Add your schedule conveniently from home. We recommend teachers to be available for at least 7.5 hours of teaching per week.
 
 
 

FEEL SUPPORTED

 
Teachers feel supported before, during and after class. At VIPKID, we provide lesson plans, a real-time tech support team and a large operations team to meet our teachers' needs.
 
 
 
 

MADE BY EDUCATORS FOR EDUCATORS

 
VIPKID’s team truly cares about student learning because we are educators at the core. Join a dedicated and passionate education community.
 
 
 

BE THE BRIDGE BETWEEN TWO CULTURES WITHOUT LEAVING HOME

 
Teach our Chinese students not only the language, but also American culture and traditions. In return, learn about the Chinese.
Donna D:
"VIPKID is an amazing opportunity for teachers who, like myself, had to take a hiatus for whatever reason, or even for those teachers that want a little extra income on the side.
 

At VIPKID Since November 2015"

 
 Rachel J:
"The community of teachers all around the world means that there is always someone who is going through what you’re going through as you prepare for you lessons.
 
At VIPKID Since December 2015"
 
 
 Jojo F:  
"I believe that VIPKID is a ‘perfect’ company. Because ‘perfection’ means always trying your best, always striving to improve, always considering the welfare and futures of our dear students and their respective families, and always promoting a better tomorrow.
 
At VIPKID Since March 2015"
 
 
 Stephanie J:
"The Education Department is very quick to resolve any concerns or answer questions. They really listen to their teachers! I love being a part of the company.
 
At VIPKID Since April 2016"
 
 
 Tresh R:
"This year I taught with VIPKID, and it has been amazing! I get to teach, but I don't spend hours planning. The curriculum has an engaging scope and sequence. I get to teach students who are dedicated, attentive, and focused!
 
At VIPKID Since February 2016"
 
 


VIPKID Reviews

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    Helpful (76)

    "The BEST part-time job I've ever had"

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    Current Employee - Kailey in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Kailey in San Diego, CA
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    I have been working at VIPKID part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -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
    -Rewarding field
    -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

    Cons

    -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.

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VIPKID Photos

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VIPKID photo of: When VIPKID students and VIPKID teachers meet, from online classes to offline meetings!
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VIPKID Interviews

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  1. Featured Interview

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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Accepted Offer
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    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at VIPKID (San Antonio, TX) in July 2017.

    Interview

    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!

    Interview Questions

    • What teaching experience do you have? Are you ESL qualified?   Answer Question
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VIPKID Awards & Accolades

  • Top 100 Companies Offering Remote Jobs, Forbes, 2017
  • Top 21 Global Innovators, Shengjing Global Innovation Award, 2015
  • Top US-China Entrepreneurship Leader, 中美创业大赛, 2014
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