Teach ESL Online

Here in California, I work two jobs: one as an Environmental Planner for the State of California.  The other, as an English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher for VIPKID.  If you’re interested in learning how to teach ESL online, I can help you!

VIPKID relies on current teachers to recruit new talent.  They are a rapidly expanding company with a huge customer base, so they are always eager to make sure they have enough teachers to satisfy the demand.  The last thing they want is for parents to purchase lessons and then complain there aren’t enough teachers available on the platform.

Therefore, the company pays a bonus to teachers for recruiting new, qualified applicants and helping mentor them into the company until they successfully finish their first class!  If I can recruit enough teachers per month, I can go on a LOT more travels and adventures here in California!   I have been teaching with VIPKID for over one year and can say I love the job.  It is a lot of fun and very rewarding.

Please follow the following link to utilize my referral code:


Alternatively, please use the referral code ERICA0097 when applying at the company’s website:

Required Qualifications:
— Native English speaking fluency
— Bachelor’s Degree or higher (in any field)
— Ability to pass a background check
— 1 year (or more) experience working with kids (coaching, babysitting, home-schooling, teaching, counseling, etc.)
— A patient and creative personality

Other Requirements:
— Internet service with a decent speed (able to communicate via video smoothly)
— Decent webcam (internal or external with decent clarity and color)
— Decent microphone (a headset works best. Target sells Logitech headsets for around $15)
— Decent lighting in your teaching space. (This takes some experimentation. A couple of lamps generally work.)

Salary: $18-$24/hr depending on education, experience and other factors.  On average, I earn $1,500 per month from this job.

All teachers are independent contractors. The company provides the curriculum and the website platform from which to teach. You can work as much or as little as you choose, but once you open a time slot and a parent books it for a class, the company is very firm about expecting you to show up for it, unless you have a very good, verifiable excuse for not doing so.

Options are available for early morning classes and/or evening weekend classes. Summertime also offers weekday evening class options. The children are mostly located in China, so this correlates with weekday evening or weekend morning classes for them.

You do not need to know how to speak Chinese; the classes are taught entirely in English, with tech support provided by Chinese bilingual VIPKID staff.

After you enter your basic information in the application and are approved to proceed to the next hiring phase, I will send you instructions on basic ESL teaching techniques to use in the interview. If you pass this, you will have as much time as you need to review the company’s training materials before you begin teaching.

Good luck! Let me know if you need help by emailing me at essumner0407@gmail.com