Online ESL Teaching Job Available

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  1. miatorres

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    You're welcome, Nancy! I definitely would love to apply next year if there are still openings. So far, one friend who is currently a substitute teacher (and holds a teaching credential in history and a school counseling credential) applied to VIPKID but unfortunately didn't pass the interview. She was told that she would be eligible to reapply in another 3 months and really wants to apply again.
     
  2. OneBerry

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    Hi, all! I'm in the process of applying to teach with VIPKID and was happy to find this thread. I'm hoping I can get a question answered... or really, just get your thoughts on the matter. Open to input from anyone who cares to read this!

    I'm early in the process. I submitted my basic information yesterday and have just started preparing for my interview. At first, I was really excited and wanted to book my interview for a couple of days from now to get the ball rolling. Now, after watching a couple of YouTube videos and reading a bit, my enthusiasm is dampened by the feeling that I need to do a ton more to practice and shopping to prepare for this interview than I initially thought. For example, one video I watched (Nancy, it may have been yours!) showed a nice wall behind the teacher with two world maps. Another girl's video had a white board, reward system, and cute decorations behind her. Some teachers have headsets and hand puppets. The camera on my desktop computer, where I'll have the best connection, faces into our guest room, so the wall isn't even within reach if that makes sense. Even if it was, I don't have these things to display or use. Are they expected or helpful for the interview stage? Thank you!
     
  3. miatorres

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    I'm glad that you got an interview with VIPKID. I am interested in applying to VIPKID in the near future as well. I have a friend who interviewed for the job a few weeks ago but unfortunately received a rejection e-mail. Based on what I'm hearing about what VIPKID seems to looking for in a candidate, the factors such as props and backgrounds don't seem to matter that much. It seems that what they're really looking for is how well you can follow the provided lesson plan and communicate with children who do not know any English. VIPKID also seems to emphasize total physical response (TPR).

    I hope that you get a job with VIPKID. Good luck!
     
  4. vdemery

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    Hi all- just like Nancy has said, this company is super fun to work for. They're in the midst of changing some things from all the info that's already out there, so here's a recent update on it, if any of you regular school-year teachers are looking for extra summer $$ (like some of my schoolteacher friends):

    -they're in the process of changing some things, so they are updating their phone app to make it easier to schedule bookings, switching up their teaching levels so teachers can apply to teach other levels other than what they test for initially, and adding things like summer programming and english language test prep lessons that you can apply to teach.
    -They seem to have a pretty high standard--not gonna lie, I had to apply twice. Their interview process is like a 3 or 4-step deal, and I just barely missed the last step. But they now provide you feedback either way, so you can take it into account if you do apply again.

    and then basics, as mentioned:
    -NO LESSON PLANNING! I teach in-home mostly now, but when I was classroom teaching the lesson planning was the worst (especially since my special learners were often different levels grouped together, and you never know which way you're gonna need to accommodate last minute).
    ----with that said, there is plenty of lesson PREP you'll need to do. because you ARE teaching young kids via a screen that they can just up and walk away from if they want lol, so props and laminates, and silly costumes are a must to keep them engaged.
    -work as much or as little as you want (granted, bookings can vary no matter how awesome you are, just because they have so many options and their own school schedule and whatnot)
    -FEEDBACK from them is QUICK. Any question, concern, etc that I've had I have always heard back within 24 hours. Also, they pay a crap ton of attention to their online teacher forums when teachers bring up issues or suggestions about ways to make something more efficient or anything.
    -The meeting platform they use (zoom meetings? anyone? it was new to me) is super easy to use, and me and some girls who we all started together meet regularly to practice, share ideas, clip arts, info about the company and workshops, etc. So its also a fun little social network you build, haha :)

    So if you're interested, and reallllly feel like you're missing your laminator if you haven't taken on summer teaching, let me know!
    My (Victoria Demery) referral code is: 038E5S

    Let me know, and I'll gladly help you prep, create some zoom meetings to practice! Whatever you'd like. It really is super fun, and a ridiculously easy way to earn some extra money if you're already used to just throwing on your Teacher Voice at a moment's notice anyhow, hehe.
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    @vdemery, thank you for your reply! I've been delaying scheduling my interview and I feel like the longer I wait the more anxious I'm getting... and I'm sure THAT'S not what they are looking for! It's encouraging to hear that you had to go through the process twice but are teaching successfully now!
     
  7. czacza

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    Call me the devils advocate, but I find VIPKIDS a hard sell. It seems to be newbies here advocating it and I've seen elsewhere. Something about it leaves me questioning. Make sure you research before signing on.
     
  8. OneBerry

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    I'm sure that is good advice... I'm trying to do my due diligence. I'm hoping it'll be a good opportunity for me to work very part-time.
     
  9. Upsadaisy

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    The pay seems awfully low for all the antics the teacher is required to perform to keep the attention of students.
     
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    I looked into this company. As far as the pay goes, I think that depends on what a tutor would normally make in your area. Around here, it's around $30 per hour, so when you factor in the fact that you don't have to drive to different kids' houses or prepare the lessons yourself, that makes up for the $10 discrepancy IMO. In my area there also isn't really a demand for elementary tutoring...I'd love to make some extra money, but it's all SAT/ACT prep and high school math that people are looking for.

    I was pretty sold on applying until I realized that they expect you to buy props (not reimbursed) for the lessons- things like stuffed animals, toys, etc. to act as visuals. If you have younger kids at home, it's possible you'd already have a lot of that stuff around your house anyway, so it might still be worth it. I personally don't have any toys or anything like that around, so by the time you factor in buying all of those props, the pay definitely isn't worth it. You are also expected to buy a headset, props for your demo lesson, and have a "cute teaching background" (for the wall behind you while you Skype) before they even hire you!
     
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    And it's all taxable. And you need to be available China hours. Add in the costs you mention? No thanks.
     
  12. HeartDrama

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    Czacza brings up some questions I had as well, particularly about taxation. Are federal and state taxes withheld? What hours are usually needed for classes? And are educators who teach full time able to teach with VIPKids in their spare time? I'm looking for a good side hustle.
     
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    I was anti-vipkid before, but I've started to get interested in it because I'm getting burnt out at my current job and I'm thinking of just taking on two part-time teaching jobs instead of one full-time (some of the private preschools in this area only want part-time teachers who work 3 full days a week or 5 half days a week, etc)
    I don't make much at my current job anyway!
    My fiance is looking into selling on Amazon on top of his well paying job so it made me look into making money online as well :p
     
  14. czacza

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    Consider you are possibly giving up pension and healthcare benefits.
    I could never make enough money teaching Chinese at $20 per hour taxable and selling stuff online to even come close to my salary. But good luck to those who find this good as income!
     
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    That's true, but I could go on my future husband's health insurance. One of his coworkers makes $2k-$3k per month just selling on Amazon, which puts him at over $100k per year with his fulltime job.
    And look at this guy, he pulls in $75k per year from vipkid:
    https://eslauthority.com/blog/interview-with-vipkid-teacher-dan/

    I'm not 100% sold yet, but I have been doing my research on it!
     
  16. czacza

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    I make more than each of your examples. And have pension and benefits....and other intrinsic benefits.

    Good luck to you though in your pursuits.
     
  17. MrsC

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    He also says that he works 68-72 hours/week.
     
  18. ChildWhisperer

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    Well I certainly don't make anywhere near $100k. Good for you if you make more than that. I barely make 1/3 of that.
     
  19. TeacherCuriousExplore

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    Hello you all, I work for VIPKID and Cambly. They are not online ESL jobs that would be substantial for Full time. They are very unstable. I work part time
     
  20. catnfiddle

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    Is it going well, under the circumstances? You're one of the posters here whose opinion I trust on VIPKID.
     

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