Requirements to Teach ESL Online with Gogokid:
Teachers must be legally able to work in the USA or Canada. You will need to provide a copy of either your passport (USA or Canadian Passport) or drivers license before being able to sign your contract. You do NOT have to currently be in USA or Canada to teach. You can live anywhere in the world as long as you can provide a US/Canada passport or drivers license. This is a great job for those of you who travel frequently or live abroad!
You must be a native speaker, typically this means English was your first language and you have a neutral accent.
Teachers must have a Bachelors Degree, the degree can be in any subject. This is not negotiable, the degree must be completed not in the process of being completed. You will need to provide a copy of the degree or transcripts upon hire.
China is in the process of strengthening the requirements for online and in person English teachers. It is likely that a TESOL/TEFL/CELTA or other teaching English certificate will be required soon. But do not worry! You can obtain a TESOL certificate for under $20 and a few hours online. As of now this appears to be sufficient for online ESL work. Watch my video below on how to get a TESOL off Groupon for cheap. Obtaining this certificate before you interview may increase the base pay rate that you are offered! See the 120 Hour TESOL tab for how you can get this through me for a discounted price!
Teachers should be able to demonstrate at least one year of experience working with children. Although preferred, this does not have to be actual teaching experience or ESL experience. Any experience working with children will be considered; homeschooling, tutoring, coaching, Sunday School, babysitting, etc. If you do have previous online ESL experience working with another company be sure to mention that! Gogokid understands that you may work for multiple companies as an independent contractor. However, don't be surprised if you end up dropping your other companies because you love Gogokid so much, lol!
You will need to have a strong internet connection in order to teach on the Gogokid platform due to the video/audio and interactive capabilities of the program. You will need to be hardwired into your router and not using wi-fi when teaching for a smooth connection. I also highly suggest making sure nobody in your household is using wi-fi when you are teaching and you shut off any devices that may be using wi-fi during your classes. It is recommended that you have at least 20mbs download speed and a ping of under 200, satellite internet will not work. You can check your internet by going to speedtest.net and connecting to a server in Beijing to get an idea of your internet capabilities. I highly suggest purchasing the highest quality internet available in your area.
You will need to use a computer or laptop, Chromebook works too! In order to access the classroom you will need to use the Chrome browser. You will want to make sure your computer is at least an Intel Core i3 or above, has 4GBRAM of memory, has the latest version of Adobe Flash and has a Windows 7, 8, 10 or Mac OS 10.8x or newer operating system.
You will need video capabilities. Many computers or laptops have a built in webcam that you can use or you can purchase an external webcam. An external webcam will generally give you a huge improvement in your video and lighting quality and is a great investment if you plan to do this for awhile.
You will need a headset with a boom mic for the Gogokid classroom, earbuds with a mic on the cord are not acceptable.