VIPKID is an online teaching firm which offers American education to Chinese children between the ages of 4 and 12 years old.
But as with all online platforms, it’s regularly shadowed by the question: Is this a scam?
Is VIPKID Legit?
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The answer is no
VIPKID is emphatically NOT a scam.
It currently boasts over 60,000 teachers and 500,000 students, and overseas operations in over 100 countries.
Here are the requirements:
So what’s it like working with VIPKID?
You needn’t look far to find those touting the benefits of VIPKID.
VIPKID provides free training for those who apply for a teaching position, and provides valuable experience which can also be applied outside of an online teaching context.
Prospective teachers also enjoy the benefits of working from home, and choosing their own hours.
Here is how to pass a VIPKID interview:
The children are regularly cited as being lovely, and eager to learn; but of course, there are a few cheeky mischief-makers in every classroom.
Here is a VIPKID review in detail:
So VIPKID is an easy ride?
While certainly not a scam, the platform does present its own difficulties.
The advertised benefits of ‘working your own hours’ are certainly true, but aspiring teachers in the western world should be aware that they will have to work antisocial hours if they wish to enjoy success.
Many western teachers discuss the difficulties of having to hold classes throughout hours where they would traditionally be asleep, due to the difference in time zones.
Those westerners looking to move abroad will fit right in, but if you’re hoping to teach from outside of China then you will have to drastically re-wire your body clock if you’re hoping to see any measurable success.
Assuming you successfully shift your schedule around to be in-keeping with Asian hours, this still will not guarantee you success.
Booking Classes with VIPKID
As with all online teaching platforms, it’s very difficult to get ‘off the ground’ early on. Some teachers cite anywhere between two weeks and two months before seeing anything more than a few lessons booked.
The argument can be made that these teachers are not effectively marketing themselves however, as it’s worth noting that the marketing of yourself as an educator is purely left in your hands.
You fill out your bio and the parents choose you. It’s that simple. So if you are ineffectively selling yourself then you are likely to miss out on opportunities afforded to better presented teachers.
It is also important to know that tech issues will ruin your day.
But really, everyone who comes to these articles is asking one question: what’s the pay like?
What IS the pay like with VIPKID?
The base pay is between $7 and $9 for a single 25 minute class.
VIPKID offers what they call ‘incentives’ on top of the base rate of pay.
These incentives are things such as an extra dollar for turning up on time and teaching the class, or an extra dollar if you teach more than 45 classes in a month.
VIPKID will not pay the bills unless you work a very full schedule…
…and this is dependant on getting the bookings for a full schedule.
If that sounds good to you then click the image below to read more:
But if not…
Alternatives to VIPKID?
VIPKID also owns another company called SayABC.
SayABC hire more native speakers outside of North America, and book the classes for you.
And is also not a scam.
Click the image below to read a review of SayABC from a current teacher: