On-demand economy is on the rise. We have all heard of Uber, Lyft, Airbnb providing a platform for people to match whatever they have (from fancy apartments to their passenger seat) with people that have a demand for those resources. The latest industry to follow is English language education. In China, this is booming.
VIPKID matches teachers from North American with Chinese students. Classes are live and one-on-one. Moreover, staying at the forefront of innovation in this industry, VIPKID’s curriculum uses a flipped classroom model and gamified homework to enable true English learning to happen.
Among so many online English learning companies, why should someone choose to be a teacher at VIPKID? Here are our top 10 reasons to join (and stay) at VIPKID.
By Beleza Chan
- The most and the best students
Not only can these students make your heart melt, but VIPKID has lots of them. “As a VIPKID teacher for seven months, I have taught hundreds of students and I still continue to learn from them every single day.” mentions teacher Kristin M.
Currently at 500,000 registered users and 30,000 paying students, teachers have plenty of work. Last July, our highest paying teacher made USD 9,000. Yes, that was just one month’s paycheck.
2. A fun, easy to use, unique curriculum that will change the way you teach
Teachers often say they hum to the VIPKID’s Hello and Goodbye songs. They also go around giving high-fives to people who are not children.
VIPKID wants to change the way children learn English by teaching them more than just English. Based on the US Common Core State Standards, VIPKID’s curriculum aims to provide children the North American elementary school experience online. There is a better way to learn English: through curiosity, creativity and critical thinking. Our curriculum is fun and innovative, and teachers and students cannot get over it.
3. No-fuss platform
No downloads. Just click a button and enter the classroom. THAT’S IT!
4. Get valuable professional development
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Looking to become a better teacher? Check out our trainings, tools, tips and tricks to improve your classroom performance online, and possibly offline as well. Side note: we have recently begun offering a TESOL certification to some of our most dedicated teachers for FREE through Arizona State University and Coursera.
Looking to learn about China? VIPKID offers trainings in Chinese language and culture
Looking to grow professionally? VIPKID invites its highest performing teachers to positions such as practicum evaluator, teacher evaluator, recruitment partner, curriculum designer and others!
“VIPKID prides itself with constant and continuous learning at the highest professional level for each teacher. This translate to an enhanced learning experience for the students as the teachers have more strategies and methods to use in their classrooms,” says teacher Jojo F.
And we will always bring new stuff to the table: “VIPKID listens to their teachers and works to implement these suggestions. When teachers asked to learn more about the Chinese culture, they brought in an expert who not only taught teachers about the culture but also introduced us to Mandarin,” teacher Elayne L. adds.
5. A caring teacher community
Thousands of other teachers are already in our platform and 1,000 more join every month.
VIPKID has created virtual learning communities for teachers to share their experience and tips with each other. You might not be going to the office to work, but you will definitely feel that you have co-workers and support going through a similar experience as you.
“The teacher community is large and vast, we come from the four corners of the earth daily and all have a common goal. We encourage teachers to ask questions and to give suggestions to each other so that the best lessons can always be delivered,” confirms Elayne L. You will be teaching online from home, but you will definitely not feel alone with us.
6. Support from HQ
All of the thousands of daily VIPKID classes are watched by our Firemen (that’s how we call our real-time tech support team). Firemen troubleshoot problems that teachers or students might have. Forget trying to figure out a solution to your tech problem on your own, call firemen to the rescue!
Besides technical support, our teachers are also cared for by our Communications Specialists. All teachers are assigned to Communications Specialists that will follow them throughout their time at VIPKID. “Though the Support Staff are not always visible, as a delegate to see the HQ staff in person, I can attest that they are all loving and sincere, showing the highest possible concern for their respective roles. They are fully aware that their support requires utmost attention to details for all students to have the best experience possible with each class they have,” mentions teacher Jojo F, who visited VIPKID’s headquarters in July 2016.
7. A respected company
Founded in 2013, VIPKID is the FIRST company of its kind to innovate and create such model of teaching. Companies that offer a similar product are copies of VIPKID.
Award-winning start-up that is frequently featured on Chinese media, VIPKID has won accolades from technology giants like Tencent and Sina. Internationally, VIPKID has won the trust of top investors such as Innovation Works, Northern Light Venture Capital, Matrix Partners, Sequoia Capital and Yunfeng Capital. Among the people behind these investments are Kaifu Lee, the founding president of Google China, and Jack Ma, founder of Ali Baba. Among celebrity supporters, we have famous Chinese actress Liu Tao and basketball superstar Kobe Bryant.
World-renowned powerhouses in education have started noticing VIPKID as well. VIPKID is the first online company in China to be granted the status of official provider of the TOEFL Primary. TESOL has recently certified 150 of VIPKID’s staff members in ELT Management. VIPKID has partnered with Coursera to provide TESOL certifications to many of its teachers.
8. Support children to become better world citizens
VIPKID’s curriculum focuses on the learning development of the child as a whole and fills the gaps that the Chinese education system. Also, “VIPKID exposes its students to the lives of their teachers every time they have class together. The teachers and the students learn about each other’s cultures, traditions, food, likes and dislikes. We talk about current events, the weather, geography and travel. This cultivates an interest, understanding and tolerance of other cultures that is immeasurable,” adds Kristin M.
Caring for its community in China, VIPKID has also donated RMB 10 million to Yourbay for the creation of 100 community libraries in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou and Nanjing. VIPKID and YourBay are dedicated to creating a brand new reading experience for Chinese children.
9. Have fun!
VIPKID runs frequent contests and challenges to energize the teaching community. We have asked teachers to share their favorite class moments, their accomplishments, their funny and awkward stories to get a chance to win prizes/money.
Moreover, twice a year, we invite VIPKID teachers to visit headquarters! Yes, our teachers can win a trip to China. Check our video above to see the July 2016 visit.
10. We will always be improving!
Comparing now to seven months ago, when she started, Kristin M mentions that “there are more online resources available, the weekly newsletters are more robust, the online Chinese culture classes, the new offering of an ESL certification, monthly incentives, teacher challenges, and the new curriculum are just some of the improvements and changes made in the past six months.”
Real-time feedback helps us improve the user experience and create better products. We pay close attention to all feedback from teachers, students and parents and we are always improving to make sure every user has the best experience possible. Week to week, month to month, there are changes to make teaching and learning better.
VIPKID is a great place to be. A telling sign is that our retention rate is above 95%, which means almost no teacher leaves VIPKID. (Our student retention rate is also above 95%). If you are still skeptical, maybe Kobe can convince you.
“Two months ago, the basketball legend crossed the Pacific to meet with the company, Vipkid, which aims to give Chinese children a virtual North American elementary school experience.
Bryant said it took only five minutes of listening to decide he wanted to invest.
“Their platform is changing things,” Bryant said in an interview Monday. “It’s a no-brainer for me. We have to look for companies adding value to society, helping kids learn and grow whether through education, nutrition.””
Will you also take five minutes?
Apply at: http://t.vipkid.com.cn/signUp.shtml