Filling out your VIPKid application sounds like it should be a pretty simple process, right?
Trust me, there are more people who apply for VIPKid than there are that get accepted by VIPKid.
Want to make sure you are in the group that gets accepted? Then keep reading to learn everything you need to know about the VIPKid application.
The Purpose Of The VIPKid Application
Imagine how many applications VIPKid must get on a day to day basis...
It would be impossible for them to manually review each person that applied to the company. So in order to save time and money, they use a basic application to pre-screen individuals.
If you answer certain questions wrong, you will be automatically disqualified. Answer them correctly and you get to move to stage two of the VIPKid hiring process.
And to be capable, you must meet two kinds of eligibility requirements...
First, you need to be legally qualified to work with VIPKid. Second, you need to be experienced enough to work with VIPKid.
I have a full write up on the VIPKid teacher requirements, so I won't go into full detail here. Instead, I want to share a few of the things that get most people disqualified.
A Closer Look At The VIPKid Application
Below you'll see an actual screenshot of the most recent application for VIPKid. You can click on the image to see a full-size image.
Over the next few minutes I'll be going over each question to give you an idea of what they are looking for.
Complete Your VIPKid Application In Full
Keep in mind that if you don't complete your VIPKid application in full, you won't be approved.
For some reason this seems to be a pretty common problem. So if you are serious about working with VIPKid, be sure to fill out the entire application in its entirety.
Choose Your Permanent Residence Address
Some VIPKid teachers travel the world while teaching with VIPKid. However, you're only eligible to work with VIPKid if you are legally eligible for work in the United States or Canada.
So even if you are traveling Europe while teaching with VIPKid, put your permanent resident address on your application.
Select Your Highest Level Of Education
VIPKid requires all of their teachers to have a bachelor's degree. So be honest about your highest level of education on the VIPKid application.
And if you are wondering, "Does VIPKid verify my college degree?", the answer is yes. They will require you to send in a picture of your diploma to prove you are a college graduate.
Select The Languages You Are Most Fluent In
Obviously, the VIPKid application is intended to make sure that you can actually speak English. But more specifically, VIPKid is looking for people who speak English with an American English accent.
So if English is a second language for you and you have a heavy accent from your original language, you may have a hard time getting approved with VIPKid.
And even if you happen to get your application approved, you are likely to fail your demo lesson if they detect a strong accent.
So your best bet is to do your best to speak clearly with an American English accent. As long as you can do this, you shouldn't have any problems.
Teaching Experience and the VIPKid Application
The very last section of the VIPKid application is designed to make sure you have the right teaching experience.
First, they ask you what type of teaching experience you have with K-12 education in the United States or Canada.
Keep in mind that you don't have to experience teaching K-12 or homeschooling. Simply attending K-12 is fine. So don't be intimidated by that question.
If, on the other hand, you're not familiar with the K-12 education system, that could possible trigger your application to fail. But I haven't confirmed this yet.
The second question asks how much teaching experience you have.
This is a question that gets a lot of people tripped up. I also personally know that if you say anything less than a year, your application will be denied.
The problem is that most people think teaching experience is in a K-12 classroom. But here are some examples of "teaching experience" that you may want to consider:
- Volunteer with kids
- Working at a summer camp
- Working at a daycare
- Homeschooling your children
- Working at Vacation Bible School
- Helping with an afterschool program
As you can see, there are a lot of possibilities beyond the traditional K-12 classroom. So as long as you have one year of teaching experience combined, you will be ok to proceed.
I personally had taught in the K-12 classroom prior to teaching with VIPKid. However, my husband had only worked with kids in the ministry setting. He taught Sunday school on a regular basis and volunteered in Wednesday night programs as well as summer programs.
- Be sure to review the VIPKid teacher requirements.
- Select your permanent address if you are currently traveling abroad.
- You must have a bachelor's degree to teach.
- You must have a mastery of the English language and be cautious if you have a strong accent.
- Your teaching experience doesn't have to be in a K-12 classroom.
So now that you know what to expect on the VIPKid application, you should have a better idea if you are ready to apply.
If you are ready to get started, you can click here to go ahead and complete your application.
As a bonus, if you apply using my link, I'll give you free access to my VIPKid hiring course. It's designed to help you get hired as quickly as possible without needing to watch hours of YouTube videos or scour the internet for answers to your questions.
PS - If you are certain you meet the VIPKid teacher requirements, but your application is rejected, try applying again with a new email address.