Applying to Gogokid – Hours and Pay

Hours for Gogokid are pretty typical compared with other Chinese companies. Peak hours of demand are from 7 PM to 9:30 PM BJT – I’m not sure where you live, but if you’re in the Pacific Time zone, that would be 4 AM to 6:30 AM during Daylight Saving time. Now, those are PEAK demand hours. Many teachers work overnights… Gogokid offers their first classes of the day at 9:00 AM BJT (6:00 PM Pacific Daylight Savings Time). During the school year, these hours fill on weekends. School should be letting out in China within the next week or so, so there will be more parents booking classes during weekday mornings (our weekday evenings).
 
Gogokid has no required minimum hours. Work as much or as little as you want. You have to earn $50USD to be paid in a month, otherwise, it will roll over to the next month.
 
There are penalties/dis-incentives for canceling. It’s fairly simple: Only open time slots you can commit to teaching. Teach the classes that parents book. If you are consistent with this, when something happens (e.g., an emergency) you can roll with it. I can give you more information about cancellations if/when you wish, but basically, you need to be fully committed to teaching classes that are booked.
 
Most Chinese companies work pay as follows:
  • There is base pay per class. T
  • There are incentives and bonuses.
Gogokid is unique in that it employs a credit score system. You can points for desired activities, lose them for undesirable actions (like cancellations). A maximized credit score allows you to earn 125% of your base pay. I have consistently maintained this level of pay for nearly a year now. Read more about Gogokid’s credit score system here.
The interview process is very straightforward:
  1. Complete the online application. Be careful how you answer. There are some visa questions that can be confusing. This form is “checked” by software – no human reads it. If you make a mistake, the computer is not forgiving. I can send you a screenshot to help you avoid selecting boxes that would inadvertently disqualify you.
  2. At this point, you should receive an email if you’re moving on to the next step (you might not). Check in with your referring teacher. We have access to automated referral tracking, so we can advise you if you have been approved and what to do next.
  3. You interview, during which you teach a short demonstration class (your interviewer will stand in for the student). This is where a lot of people get hung up. Interview slots fill quickly. However, there are a few tricks to get an interview slot. 
  4. Sign your contract.
  5. Upload your documentation (certifications, identification, pictures/bio/short intro video for your profile)
  6. Wait for your background check to come through. This can take up to five business days. Some companies require teachers to have their own background checks run; however, Gogokid will run your background check on their own.
  7. Open teaching slots!

If you’re new to online teaching, it’s a lot of information to process. The list above will likely raise more questions for you – great! Ask me – I’m happy to help. You can comment below, email me, or leave a message at this link.


I’m Sandra Girouard, and I’ve been blessed with a long teaching career – first as a music teacher, then an instructional technology manager. When my family’s needs meant traveling and later moving around the country, I began the adventure of homeschooling and eventually working online. Teaching online has allowed me to return to passion my of working with children (besides my own), and lets me spend time each day with students and parents at home and across the world. If you’d like some specific feedback on increasing your bookings or have any other questions about teaching ESL online, I’d love to hear from you. Click here to send me a message.