Novakid’s Moscow timezone is a good fit for Asian work schedules, and the company recruits both native and non-native speakers to provide private tutoring for kids. The salary is around par for the industry, and you’ll need at least a bachelor’s degree and a year of experience to qualify. However, it may take several months before you can begin teaching there.
Novakid Pros and Cons
- Both Native and fluent Non-Native Speakers are welcome.
- Earnings are accessible at any time
- To enhance their income, European students offer a convenient time zone for Asian businesses.
- South Africans receive very good wages.
- Teaching experience, a bachelor’s degree, and a TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certification are all required.
- Strictly enforced minimum workweek length (20 hours a week)
- Payment for trial courses is capped at 20% if a student does not show up.
- There is a predetermined time commitment that must be made in advance.
- Acceptance to a teacher training program may take several months.
Russian entrepreneur Maxim Azarov established the Novakid virtual English language learning platform in 2017. They serve students ages 4 through 12 from all over the world, including Russia, Poland, Turkey, Germany, and Spain, and have offices in Moscow, San Francisco, and Krakow. Evidence of their legitimacy can be found in the fact that their student body and revenue have grown by a combined 500% annually, allowing them to secure $5.75 million in seed funding in 2020.
How Much Does Novakid Pay?
There is constant speculation about why Novakid doesn’t list instructor pay on their website. One explanation is that Novakid offers varied pay rates depending on your country or location. Those who teach Novakid for a living can expect to make between $2.50 and $8 per hour as native speakers. In light of the fact that each lesson lasts for 25 minutes, the hourly fee for Novakid is $16 for Native Speakers and $5-6 for Non-Native Speakers.
It’s important to remember that many of your Novakid courses, especially at the beginning, will be trial classes for which you will be paid 50% of your standard rate. No-shows are common for trial students, so payment will be reduced by 20%.
When compared to other ESL firms, Novakid has a distinct advantage: unlike their competitors, you may cash out your money whenever you choose. A PayPal account is required to receive payment from Novakid.
You can earn extra money with Novakid if you convert trial lessons, refer new teachers, and collect ten 5-star reviews from parents.
Novakid Working Hours
The Novaks’ workdays go from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m., Monday through Sunday. Since it runs on Moscow time, it’s a good option for Asian professors who want to add extra hours elsewhere in the day. Monday through Saturday, the busiest time in Novakia is from 17:30 to 21:30 (MSK).
Novakid has a larger weekly minimum than other online ESL schools do, at 20 hours (and contradicts their other statement that they require at least 12 lessons a week). You can choose non-peak times, but you’ll need to stick to them for a while. Yet another thing that seems at odds with the firm’s “Flexible working hours” slogan.
When many students in Europe are on summer break, Novakid’s reservation lines tend to be less busy. No new hires will be made during this time; the next onboarding period will be in the late summer or early fall.
When asked about their policy on recruiting non-native speakers, Novakid gives conflicting answers. At least one page of the site expressly declares that it is only interested in receiving applications from nationals of the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa. However, this definition is expanded to include “Near-Native Speakers from other countries with [a] BA degree or higher” elsewhere on the same site. Since Novakid recruiters have been spotted offering lower compensation to Non-Native Speakers, this seems more in line with their existing stance.
Proof of English ability (C1 or better) may be required of non-native applicants, so be prepared to show off your skills with an IELTS, TOEFL, or CAE certificate.
As a Novakid, you must:
- Possess a Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited university
- A child-focused English educator with a minimum of one year of professional experience
- A proficient virtual classroom user who teaches online (preferred)
- Have an internationally recognized teaching credential (such as a TEFL, TESOL, CELTA, or DELTA) (preferred)
- The candidate must be dedicated to putting in at least 20 hours of instruction per week
In addition, you’ll need technical gear that meets these requirements:
- A high-end laptop running Windows 8 or later or Mac OS X 10.10
- 2GB RAM, 128GB HDD/SSD, 1GHz CPU or more
- Downloaded and Installed Google Chrome
- HD Web camera (720p or 1020p)
- A set of headphones that include a built-in microphone
- Connectivity speeds of 10 Mbps or more on a constant basis for internet use at home (you can test your speed here).
- UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) backup battery
Novakid Application Process
Jobs for Novaks are typically available in the European Fall/Autumn when schools reopen after the summer break. It’s possible that you won’t be brought on board to begin teaching until beyond this date if you apply much earlier, especially during the slower summer months.
The application procedure for becoming a Novakid consists of the following five stages:
- Complete the online application form and grammar test
- Equipment test
- 30-minute interview and demo lesson
- Self-study training materials and quizzes
- Sign the contract and fill out your teacher profile
Get started with your application on Novakid’s signup page. At this time, we require that you provide the following details about yourself:
- Full name
- Email address
- Phone number
- Photo (PNG, JPG, or JPEG file)
- CV/resume (PDF, DOCX, JPG, or PNG file)
- Cover letter
- Your full name according to ID/passport
- Documents confirming your residences such as tax ID number, driving license, or any other document
- Date of birth
- Insert the link to your video presentation (a short 1-2 min self-introduction video of yours) at Google Drive or other cloud storage, or attach your video. Applications without video are not considered!
- What languages do you speak?
- Level of proficiency
- Attach your Bachelor’s degree
- Attach your teaching certificates (preferred), e.g. TESOL, TEFL, TEYL, CELTA, etc.
- Did you find the job posting on social media or a career site and, if so, where?
- Confirm you have taken the Grammar Test
- Tick the following boxes:
- I understand that the hiring process is a strictly confidential matter and I hereby agree not to disclose any data regarding the process, such as emails, video recordings, photos, documents, etc. Any violation shall result in the removal of your application from the process.
- I confirm I am not a resident of the following territories: Crimea region of Ukraine, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Government of Venezuela and I can provide proving documents.
Novakid Demo Lesson
If your initial application is approved after you’ve taken the grammar and equipment exams, you’ll be invited to a 30-minute Novakid interview that consists mostly of a demo lesson.
The interviewer will role-play three to four progressively more difficult levels of students and may ask you whether or not they are appropriately matched to the level you are playing. With so little time to prepare, you’ll need to be able to think quickly on your feet and adapt your lesson plans accordingly.
Modeling, repetition, TPR, and positivism are all demanded of you; but, European companies are more guarded about showing excessive enthusiasm and energy than their Asian counterparts, so be careful not to overdo it.
The results of your trial lesson will be sent to you via email in a few days. In case you are rejected, you will be able to reapply after waiting 6 months.
Novakid Interview Questions
Since the sample lesson is the major focus of the Novakid interview, you shouldn’t expect to be asked a lot of in-depth questions. You can anticipate questions regarding your education and your preferred teaching level(s) and age(s) of students (4-12 years old) (you’ll need to show that you can teach throughout this range to succeed).
Conclusion – Is Novakid Worth It?
Teachers in Asia looking to supplement their income may find the Moscow time zone appealing, but Novakid is not a viable alternative for individuals who need a job urgently due to the lengthy wait many candidates endure before they can begin teaching. The sample lesson can be demanding; you’ll have to teach three mock courses in one sitting, so you’ll need to be able to think quickly on your feet. A greater salary is likely to be offered to those who meet the educational and teaching experience prerequisites.
In this space, you can submit your application to join Novakid.