In this guide we will look at the pros and cons of both DaDaABC and VIPKID, and try to come to a conclusion.
In the interest of remaining completely unbiased (seeing as I am a DaDaABC teacher) I have enlisted the opinions of VIPKID teachers to help create this comparison guide.
So let’s ring the bell and begin!
Here are some of the general points for both companies:
PROS of Working for DaDaABC and VIPKID
The freedom of working from home
Flexible schedule of working either part-time or full-time hours
CONS of Working for DaDaABC and VIPKID
Early morning teaching times dependent on location
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Due to these pros and cons being so similar, I have taken my research further to an ex VIPKID teacher who made the switch to DaDaABC, as well as a current VIPKID teacher.
I wanted to find some crucial key differences between the two companies.
So below, find the 6 main crucial differences in the comparison of DaDaABC vs VIPKID:
DaDaABC’s policy is that of any descent, as long as they are native English speakers.
You should also have a Bachelor’s degree, teaching experience and a good internet connection.
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The main key difference here is VIPKID hires only those that are native English speakers with a North American accent.
I suppose you could potentially practice a North American accent in your room for a few days before applying, but I’m unsure of the policy on that!
Stand-by Time Pay [DaDaABC vs VIPKID]
DaDaABC has a policy of paying teacher half-pay for class cancellations, i.e. teachers are only paid full-pay for when they are teaching, and not stand-by time during their contracted hours.
Now half-pay sound like a bad thing, but this policy of DaDa’s is actually a positive when in direct comparison with VIPKID…
VIPKID teachers are only paid for when they are teaching and there are no policies of half-pay when it comes to cancellations or stand-by time.
Half pay is better than no pay at all…that’s what I always say.
Cancellation Policy [DaDaABC vs VIPKID]
If a DaDaABC teacher cancels too many classes there will be a deduction penalty in their pay. This can seem pretty harsh, but when considering that you are hired as an independent contractor, it’s understandable.
However, VIPKID’s policy is not as lenient…
There is a strict cancellation policy – if you cancel 6 classes in 6 months, then your contract is cancelled and you’re out.
This can seem pretty extreme, but it is testament to how competitive the field is, and the level of importance VIPKID puts on reliability in teachers.
Hiring Process [DaDaABC vs VIPKID]
I talk through the hiring process for DaDaABC in the video below:
The basic process of this is:
- Mentoring session and demo class with mentor (pretending to be a student)
- Demo class with real student
- Offered position
- Fill out a profile
- Training videos
The process is quite similar to that of DaDaABC, so I won’t write it out again.
However, it is said to be more of a rigorous process by former VIPKID employees who then made the switch to DaDaABC.
Pay [DaDaABC vs VIPKID]
DaDaABC offers a higher flat rate than VIPKID, but the bonuses are harder to obtain. This rate is between $15-$25 per hour.
You can read more information about how much DaDaABC pays by clicking the banner below:
There are also several bonuses to be earned. One of which is the the referral bonus which you can read about here.
Based on your performance in your interview, you will be offered an amount between $7-$9 (per class, not hourly rate – classes are half an hour sessions).
Now this does seem significantly less than DaDaABC, but the bonuses are a lot easier to achieve in VIPKID.
An example of some of the bonuses you can achieve:
- $1 for showing up for the full time
- If you teach 30 classes in a month you can earn an extra $0.50 per class
- If you teach 45 classes in a month, you can earn an extra $1 per class.
So this brings you closer to an estimated figure of around $18-$22 an hour if you achieve all of the bonuses. Which is still less than DaDaABC’s highest potential flat hourly rate.
Class Bookings [DaDaABC vs VIPKID]
DaDaABC books the classes for you, which is beneficial due to the teacher not having to worry about things such as booking rates, bad reviews and being in competition with other teachers.
You also get regular students with DaDaABC, which you see on a weekly basis, allowing you to build a connection with them…and it also provides a great likelihood of a consistent stream of full-time pay.
One of my students, is now able to use my morning and goodbye song. She’s able to sing it all by herself.
I love seeing the growth and knowing that my teaching style is effective.’
With VIPKID, it operates more like the part-time hours for DaDaABC, as opposed to regular students.
You are most likely to get bookings during the peak hours (6pm-9pm Beijing time).
However, you are not always guaranteed bookings if you choose to work in peak time. This puts you in competition with the other VIPKID teachers to get your slots filled during peak hours.
A VIPKID teacher notes, that the competition is so fierce, it can often take weeks before you are fully booked when first starting out.
And an important note is, if your student cancels within 24 hours, you still get paid for the session. However, if they cancel outside of 24 hours then you don’t get paid.
This is different to DaDaABC, where a cancelled student always equates to half-pay if it is during your contracted hours…and no pay if it happens during your part-time hours.
So the thing to remember with DaDaABC is – you only get your full pay for the time that you are teaching…but with VIPKID, you can get your full pay whilst not teaching potentially…BUT your full pay with DaDaABC will be more once you take away the VIPKID bonuses…
…phew, this comparison business is taking its toll on me. One second, I’m just going to take a rest on a DigiNo signature beach image before I go to the final thoughts…
DaDaABC vs VIPKID…Final Thoughts!
It seems that the two are very similar when it comes to reviews. If we ignore things like time differences causing early risers over in the USA, then it comes down to the main points I analysed.
It seems as if there is a higher potential to earn more money at VIPKID with the much easier to attain bonuses and booking structure.
However, class bookings aren’t as guaranteed like DaDaABC and are very competitive. DaDaABC also has the opportunity to book extra hours alongside your regular students.
So it seems to purely come down to the fact that VIPKID has a very strict cancellation and hiring policy (North American accents).
And DaDaABC’s offering of regular students seems to be popular among teachers who have relished creating connections in the learning environment.
But…I’m not going to go ahead and say DaDaABC wins on a DaDaABC dedicated site…so I’ll leave it up to you decide based on what you’ve read so far!
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