How to Teach English Online with VIPKID


At TDE, our primary goal is to actually send teachers abroad to China. However, teaching online can be a good alternative to actually picking up and moving abroad, or it could also serve as a way of dipping your toe in the water before making the move abroad.  Teaching English online is also a convenient way to make a living from home, without the move abroad.  No need for visas or travel, simply log on from your chosen location.

There are many sites today offering online English language jobs.  One of the leaders of the pack is VIPKID.  They’ve just recently raised $100M, been profiled in TechCrunch, Bloomberg, and raised money from Kobe Bryant. It is one of the fastest growing online education companies and also one of the most well-respected.  

VIPKID is hiring thousands of native English speakers to teach its online students in China. As great of an opportunity as this is, it is also not suitable for everyone, as there are specific requirements to apply. You must have a bachelor’s degree, teaching experience and qualifications. This is to ensure quality on the platform, which is what distinguishes it from some of the other platforms out there. 

The great thing about VIPKID is that the curriculum is already built in.  You simply log in before the class to prepare with the given lesson plan. While there is flexibility in the teaching, VIPKID does not leave you hanging to develop your own material.  This makes it one of the easier programs to jump into. 


VIPKID provides an international learning experience to Chinese children – teachers will teach students one on one, all from the comfort of their homes.  This platform allows you to make a living from home, or supplement your existing income by taking on some classes on the side.  

VIPKID provides an international learning experience to children in China between the ages 4-12. Headquartered in Beijing, the company offers fully immersive one-on-one English language instruction provided online by highly qualified teachers. The curriculum is based on the U.S. Common Core State Standards and uses a flipped-classroom approach to foster creativity and critical thinking skills.

The Requirements

To teach on the VIPKID platform, you must be a native English speaker from the US or Canada.  You must hold a Bachelor’s degree in any subject and have some background or experience teaching children.  This could be basic tutoring, babysitting, or other experience showing you can work with children.

How much money will you make?

Base pay ranges between 7 USD per class to 11 USD per class. Initial pay is dependent on your interview and demo class. Classes are 25 minutes, so pay will be between 14-21 per hour.  There are also incentives to lift your base salary and bonuses.  

After completing a certain number of classes per month and showing up on time to class, you can easily raise your base salary up to over $20 per hour. 

What equipment is needed?

1) A desktop or a laptop with a webcam (our platform does not work on phones or tablets yet).

2) A headset with microphone

3) Chrome browser

4) High-speed internet

The Process:

The process is simple and straightforward:

1. Submission of Resume:

Send your resume, so VIPKID can screen for basic requirements and teaching experience.

2. Interview + Demo Class:

30-min session where you showcase your teaching skills to a VIPKID recruiter.

3. Introduction to Teaching:

Watch videos to learn about the VIPKID technology, standards and curriculum.

4. Mock class:

Practice teaching a full-length class with one of the VIPKID teachers.

5. Sign Contract and Upload Docs:

Send your information so VIPKID can create a profile for students and their parents to get to know and to book you.

6. Full-Fledged VIPKID Teacher:

Put your timeslots on your portal so that VIPKID students can start booking you. Get ready to teach!

TDE has officially partnered up with VIPKid to provide applicants. If you qualify and would like to learn more, simply click the button below to get started.