Overview & Highlights
- newer company in the online ESL industry
- a company committed to hiring quality teachers
- earn up to $24/hour at home
- wide range of hours available
- a great alternative to VIPKid or Gogokid
- can teach regular students long-term
- you can keep a regular schedule
- 70% of hot spots booked for each teacher
- parent feedback is simple to write
- great tech support in the classroom
- uses mostly Email for communication
About Zebra English
Zebra English is a newer, emerging company in the online ESL industry. They have a student population of over 450,000 and they are looking to hire qualified teachers who are committed to online ESL education. Teaching English with Zebra English is a rewarding experience because of their potential for growth and commitment to teacher development.
This is directly from their website (www.zebraenglish.com)
Funded by Tencent, and produced by Yuanfudao, the leading online education company in China, ZebraEnglish is a well-known English education platform in China. Our teachers focus on communicating with students to ensure they have mastered the lessons they have already learned on our APP. Our unique online platform does the heavy lifting by teaching grammar, phonics, vocabulary, and sentence structures. Our vision is to provide our teachers with the most advanced technologies and educational tools so they can guide our students toward outstanding English learning outcomes and prepare them for a globalized future.
Zebra English Requirements
- Legally allowed to work in the US or Canada
- Speak English at a native-speaking level
- Bachelors degree or higher
- TESOL/TEFL certification
- K-12 teaching experience (preferred)
- Willing to teach long-term students
- Teach a fixed-schedule each week
- Desktop computer or laptop (not phone or tablet compatible)
- OS Windows 7 (or higher), Mac 10.10 (or higher)
- 4GB Ram
- Internet Speed: 20mbps minimum
- Headset with microphone
Zebra English Pay
- Base Pay: $8-$10
- $1 extra for conducting the class on time
- $1 extra for 45 plus classes/month
- $2 for short notice classes
(If you select short notice slots, you can be booked anytime between 24 hours – 1 hour before)
Zebra English Pay FAQ:
How will I be paid?
You will be paid by Bank Transfer and you will recieive the payment no later than the 10th of the following month. For example, January’s payment will arrive by February 10th. If you are looking for a low-cost transfer service that gives great exchange rates, consider TransferWise or Payoneer.
How do taxes work?
You are an independent contractor while teaching English online with Zebra English and are, therefore, responsible for filing your own taxes according to your countries tax laws.
Check out the online teacher tax guide for more information about teaching online and paying taxes!
Does Zebra English have pay raises?
Yes, you can qualify for a raise every 2 contracts.
Zebra English Application Process
1. Apply to Zebra English
If you fulfill the requirements, create an application with Zebra English. Make sure you are using an active email address as this will be your primary means of communication.
2. 5-minute Zebra English Sports Demo
The slides for the 5 minute demo will be emailed to you when you are on this stage! This will need to be recorded on your own, meaning you will not use the Zebra English app to do this self-recorded demo.
You can record yourself using any recording software on your computer (ie: Quicktime for a Mac), and then you can upload it anywhere (ie: unlisted YouTube video) and send Zebra English the link through the portal.
3. Demo Test 1:
The Demo Test 1 is a very important part of the Zebra Hiring process. This is one of the most important aspects of the hiring process where you can really showcase your talents and skills as an online ESL teacher. You will want to be very prepared for this stage and invest the time into understanding what it is Zebra English is looking for in its teachers.
You will teach a 20 minute lesson, called “My Feelings”.
4. Teacher Briefing
The teacher briefing stage is a more relaxed, 25-minute long session where you will have a 1:1 session with a Zebra English mentor who will walk you through the platform, give you further information on their core values and how you can fit into their company.
5. Background Check, Document Upload & Contract
Congratulations! The hardest part is over. You are now on the final stages and you will need to complete a background check, upload your documents and sign your contract. Any trouble that you have in this section will be best directed to Zebra English via email.
Available Teaching Hours
In other words, when can I teach?! Here are the listed peak times, peak peak times and available hours for teaching at Zebra English
Peak Times (all times are listed in BJT (Beijing Time):
Monday – Friday: 6 -7 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm
Peak Peak Times (very likely to be booked hours!):
Sunday – Saturday: 7 – 9 pm
Saturday + Sunday: 8:30 – 10:30 am
ALL Available Teaching Hours:
Zebra English is open from 8:30am – 9:00pm and you can receive bookings during these times, which are called off peak teaching hours.
Zebra English vs VIPKid
There are a lot of similarities and also many differences between Zebra English and VIPKid. Zebra English, like other companies, seem to be modeling a lot of their pay structures and policies after how VIPKid started as a company many years ago. Let’s take a look at some specific examples.
$8 – $10 / class base pay.
Incentives: $1/class for each finished class
$1/class for teaching more than 45 classes in 1 month.
$7 – $10 / class base pay. However, most new teachers now only get $7.50 / class
Incentives: Tiered system based on number of classes taught in a month.
Available hours: 8:30am – 9:00pm (BJT)
Peak hours: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Available hours: 8:30am – 9:00pm (BJT)
Peak Hours: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Zebra English’s classroom is very interactive and is game-based with a variety of games that you play with the child throughout the lesson.
Focus: Conversation, vocabulary, role play, application in real life settings
VIPKid’s classroom has become more interactive over time but their slides are still predominately static and there are more slides to get through in a lesson.
Focus: Reading, grammar, math, social studies, vocabulary
Zebra English Reviews
Zebra English GlassDoor:
They have only 8 reviews on Glassdoor and a 3.0 rating.
Zebra English Indeed:
They only have 8 reviews on Indeed with a mix of positive and negative.
Zebra English FAQ’s
What are the advantages of working with Zebra English?
Some of the advantages of working with Zebra English that set them apart from many other online ESL companies are:
- guaranteed hours
- long-term bookings
- consistent students
- quick start hiring process
Is Zebra English legit?
Yes, without a doubt, Zebra English is a legitimate company. They are founded by Tencent, the company that owns TikTok so they certainly have the funding and technology innovation support.
Are Zebra English on a hiring freeze?
Zebra English was on a hiring freeze from July – November 16th, 2020 due to not needing to onboard any new teachers. They wanted to ensure their students had a wide selection of teachers and that their teachers were receiving consistent bookings.
However, as of November 16th, 2020 they are hiring!
Check out this video, where I talk about 5 VIPKid alternatives, including Zebra English!
Zebra English is a company that is worth exploring. They have an angle of hiring teachers who want consistent bookings and a regular schedule for the long term. This is appealing to many online ESL teachers because of the industry being saturated with companies that do not guarantee any bookings.
They are a great VIPKid alternative! If you are a VIPKid teacher, like myself, you will find Zebra English extremely appealing and I would suggest applying and giving them your best shot!
They are gaining a reputation and many are finding them a great platform to teach on. If you would like more information, please consider applying and accessing their Resources section which will give you all the information you need to get started.