The Truth about Teaching for VIPKID

You have heard the name and all the bonuses of working online from home.  But what is it really like to work for VIPKID?

As always, a video version (with more detail) is available for your viewing pleasure.  🙂

 

So, what is the nitty-gritty? Let me break it down into some basic pros and cons.

Pros

  • You work from the comfort of your own home (no commute…yay!).
  • When classes cancel, don’t show, or you have a break due to no booking, you are not locked in at an office.
  • You set your own hours.
  • The classes are one-on-one with students (and usually a parent who is seated just off screen…good thing to make a note of).
  • It pays pretty well for a job that doesn’t require you to spend money on gas ($18-$22 per hour).
  • You do not have to be a teacher to apply. You only need a Bachelors Degree (in any subject) and to be a native English speaker.
  • With time, you will get regular students with whom you can build a teacher/student relationship.
  • The teaching atmosphere is what you make of it.
  • It can be full-time or part-time.
  • You are paid once a month via direct deposit.
  • You are provided a 1099 from the company.
  • There are financial and other reward incentives for teaching more classes, teaching classes during peak times, recruiting new teachers, and getting high parent ratings.
  • Your schedule is set two weeks in advance (This may or may not be a pro, depending on how you look at it).

Cons

  • Your family may have to adjust to your routine and need for quiet.
  • You must have a dedicated, professional space.
  • You can’t work just any hours.  Hours are early morning or late at night. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Beijing Time – That translates to 8/9:00 p.m. to 9/10:00 a.m. EST (modified for daylight savings time).
  • To work full-time, you work the night shift.
  • There are no health benefits.
  • There are no sick days or paid vacation.
  • You are responsible for all taxes.
  • You are not guaranteed hours.  You are responsible for opening slots and they may or may not get filled.
  • You cannot just call out sick.  There is a very strict leave policy.  VIPKID is working to create a more understanding policy, but it is still pretty stern for a position where you are contracted to work.
  • IT issues are a regular occurrence.  Patience is a necessity.
  • Burn out is real…find your happy place.
  • There are challenges working for a company located overseas.  All communication is via tickets (email), and is regularly answered by an employee whose first language is Chinese, not English.  Additionally, there are a variety of cultural differences that you will notice (i.e. the definition of contractual work), and all teaching notes to parents and feedback, from parents, get filtered through a translator.  A lot gets lost in translation.

I hope you find this information helpful.  If you have additional questions, please feel free to email me at amyzomteacher@gmail.com.  You can also check out my YouTube Channel for additional tutorials on all things VIPKID.

 

The content of this blog is the opinion and experience of the blogger and is not endorsed by VIPKID or any of its subsidiaries.  

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