Adding a VIPKid Referral Code

When you sign up through a VIPKid mentor, you get 1:1 guidance and support through the hiring process and beyond, and we get a little bonus once you teach your first class.

When you are just getting started as a new teacher applying with VIPKid, there are two ways you can sign up with an existing teacher as your “referring teacher.”

  1. You can sign up using a referral link. This automatically associates you with the referring teacher, and we’ll be notified of your application. As of October 1, VIPKid teachers are no longer allowed to share our referral links or codes in a public space like this, but you can contact a teacher directly if you would like their help.
  2. You can sign up using a referral code.

To do this is simple:

If you do not yet have a VIPKid teacher account

  1. From the registration page, click on “Sign Up.
  2. Click on “If you have a referral code, click here.”
  3. Input your referring teacher’s code in the box that appears. Complete the remaining information and click the “Sign Up” button.

If you already have a VIPKid teacher account

  1. Once you are logged in, click on “My Account.”
  2. Click on “Add Referral Code” (available until you complete the demo.)
  3. Add the referral code of your mentoring teacher.

If you aren’t sure what a referring teacher is, or if you want one or not, remember VIPKid’s objective is for you to have the opportunity to work with a friend or trusted acquaintance who is already a teacher. You get 1:1 guidance and support through the hiring process and beyond, and we get a bonus once you teach your first class. Most importantly, it’s totally free to you! We are here to help you.

In the meantime, best of luck, happy applying, and happy teaching!

VIPKid Interview and Full Demo

Effective in May 2019, all applicants who pass the initial screening are offered the opportunity to do an New Smart Demo Lesson – VIPKid Shortcut – April 2019. However, if you prefer a more in-depth session, then there is another option.

Below is a description of the old “Full Demo” but as of May 27, 2019, this has been replaced with the VIPKid Simplified Demo Lesson.  The below is left up for reference; however, always refer to your emails from VIPKid for the most current hiring and interview process!


At the time I interviewed with VIPKid, the Smart Demo Lesson was not available to me, so this was the standard option. The interview was very brief and consisted of a short conversation that included much the same agenda as the express demo introduction above. The interviewer asked me to tell them about myself. They asked about my educational background and my teaching experience.

For the demo, there were two options available:

  1. Schedule a live demo (which is what I did) or
  2. Record a sample demo

In either of these options, you are asked to teach a 10-minute demo class. The sample is typically used is “My Feelings.”  The objectives are very similar to that of the Express Demo; you just have ten minutes to present rather than two. There are a few important differences if you are using the ten-minute demo option:

  • Practice your timing and pacing. Each slide should take around one minute to complete. Your goal is to complete all of the slides in approximately ten minutes without finishing really early.
  • Plan for error corrections. If you are in a live demo, your interviewer will be playing the part of a five-year-old child and he or she WILL make mistakes. They will be looking for you to correct them. If you are recording a demo without a “live” student, you should pretend that the student makes a mistake so that you can correct them in a positive, upbeat manner and show that you are comfortable with error correction.
  • Plan for more props and rewards. In a ten-minute demo, you should use at least three different props and at least two different types of props. For example, if you used three different printouts, that would count as three props, but only one type of prop.

For more tips on how I prepared for my demo and mock class, check out the following posts:

If you have any questions, please let me know.  If you would like me to review a sample demo or mock class, please contact me. I would love to be your mentor through the process!

VIPKid Express Demo (Retired April 2019)

Important: Effective May 2019, the Express Demo is no longer available.

Please see VIPKid Application and Interview Process (Updated May 2019) for the current hiring process!


Effective February 27, 2019, all VIPKid applicants who pass the initial screening will be able to immediately complete the Express Demo Lesson instead of the traditional demo lesson.

For those of you who are new – this is GREAT NEWS!

What’s required:

  1. Shoot a three-minute video
  2. Send the video to VIPKid
    • Email it to as an attachment or
    • Upload it to YouTube/Google Cloud/Dropbox and send the link of the video to the email above

What needs to be included in the 3-minute demo?

  • A brief introduction. This should include:
    • Who are you?
    • What is your educational background?
    • What is your teaching experience?
    • When do you plan to begin teaching?

A few tips:

  1. Be consistent. If you applied and said you had three years of experience, be sure to talk about those three years here.
  2. Don’t overthink it. Consider your introduction like your “elevator speech” about yourself.
  3. Practice on camera a few times and play it back.
    • Are you smiling? Does it sound like you are happy to be applying?
    • Are you speaking clearly and enunciating?
    • Did you review all the required introduction points?

My introduction would be something like this:

Hi! My name is Amelia Barker. I have a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Missouri State University, and I have three years of experience as a corporate trainer plus five years of experience volunteering with children. I am excited to get started with VIPKid and would love to start teaching right after Spring Break!

  • Teaching Samples – VIPKid will send you the material you need to review, as well as tips and examples to help you prepare.
    • Target Words and Target Sentence – You will want to spend 30 seconds demonstrating how to teach a word and a target sentence to an ESL learner.  The current example being used is “Bicycle.” You will want to say (and have them repeat) the word two times. Then you will want to say (and have them repeat) the target sentence “I see a bicycle.” Be sure to use a slow and clear speaking voice, TPR, and props to do this. For more details, check out these helpful resources:
    • ESL Concept – You will want to spend one to one and a half minutes teaching a more complex ESL concept. The current example being used is the letter “m” sound. There are different ways you can do this, but there are a few key concepts you need to remember:
      • Be sure you understand the objective. Using the example slide currently in the express demo, we are not teaching the LETTER “m.” We are teaching the SOUND “mmmmm.”  You need to know how to correctly pronounce the sound (mmmmmmm, not muh.)
      • Think about what type of TPR can be used.
        • You should, of course, use the standard TPR of touching under your mouth when you are saying a new word, letter, or sound and cupping your ear when you want the student to respond.
        • There is standard TPR associated with each letter sound. “M” is rubbing in front of your tummy like you just ate something tasty.
        • You can use instructional TPR to demonstrate how the student should circle the answers.
        • You could use TPR when introducing the different animals on the slide.
      • Think about what types of props can be used. Here, the possibilities are endless.  A few ideas include:
        • Whiteboard
        • Stuffed animals
        • Puppets
        • Printed pictures
        • Digital images
        • Magnetic letters

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need special software to shoot the express demo video?

No! You can shoot the video using your computer, tablet, or smartphone. If you prefer to use software, you certainly can. VIPKid suggests trying or, but these are not necessary.

What happens next?

Once you pass the Express Demo lesson, you will be sent information about the certification center and how to become certified for a particular level of student.

What if I don’t pass the Express Demo lesson?

If you don’t pass, you’ll be given specific feedback as to why, and you can re-apply using the two traditional methods of completing the demo lesson.

VIPKid will send you all of the information that you need to be able to prepare for, submit, and ACE this express demo.  If you still have questions and would like some help as you prepare, please let me know. I would be happy to serve as your mentor through the process.

Happy teaching!

My VIPKid Interview Results

“So… how did I do? Should you listen to my advice? … In my demo lesson, I earned EVERY POINT AVAILABLE.”

There are thousands of teachers who post videos and VIPKid information online. But how do you know if they are good?

Do you ever wonder if you are taking advice from someone who didn’t get good results?

Despite the risk of sounding a little “braggy” I wanted to share some insight into my own interview results. I guess I consider this a part of my informal VIPKid resume package.

If you ask me to be your mentor, one of the things you’ll hear me talk about over and over is the VIPKid Teacher Applicant Performance Indicator. This is the scoring matrix that VIPKid uses to evaluate us in their interviews.

It’s not a secret! VIPKid SENDS YOU the performance criteria in advance so you know exactly what’s important to them!

Following the interview, they send you your scores along with comments to help you improve.

So… how did I do? Should you listen to my advice?

I scored 76 out of 100. 

What?? A “C”? I was a straight-A student in school. I’m not feeling a C.  But let me explain.

The first section is scored based on your education and teaching experience.

  • You MUST have a bachelor’s degree. (check.)
  • You MUST have at least one year of teaching experience (classroom, mentor, coaching, etc.) (check.)

Obviously, I got those points.

I did not get points for the following areas:

  • US or Canada Pre-K-12 classroom experience
  • ESL experience
  • ESL certification
  • US or Canada government-issued teaching license

I simply don’t have that experience, and I wasn’t going to be able to get it before my interview!

In my demo lesson, I earned EVERY POINT AVAILABLE. 

I know it sounds like bragging, and I guess it is. But I’m really very proud of this! I worked hard to prepare. I learned what is important to VIPKid (and subsequently, my students and their parents.) What I didn’t already know, I learned, and I practiced. And I can help you do the same.

In the area of professionalism, I got positive feedback on being presentable and having high sound quality and a functional workstation.

I needed improvements in my background, distance, and lighting. (Watch this video to see why.) And guess what – by my mock interview, I had fixed these things!

So yes, if you have more relevant classroom experience, it will most definitely help you in your interview.  But it’s not required. What is required is dedication to the process and a willingness to learn and apply the techniques that have been proven in VIPKid classrooms.

If you’re ready to get started, I can help you do it. My referral link awaits. 🙂 Or if you aren’t quite sure you’re ready to start, here’s a helpful video to give you an idea about how the process works and what you can expect from me.  As always, feel free to leave any questions in the comments below or contact me if you have any questions!

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