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Kyna for Kids Review Summary

Kyna for Kids is a Vietnamese online ESL program offering flexible 1v1 and 1v4 classes with children. They pay Natives and some Non-Native Speakers $10-20 per hour with good booking rates, though you must have a teaching certificate and degree, learn multiple platforms, and pay 20% tax on your earnings.

Pay (per hour):$10-20
Native / Non-Native Speakers accepted?Both
TEFL / TESOL / CELTA required?Yes
Degree / diploma required?Yes
Adult / child students?Both
Class size:1-4
Minimum hours (per week):0

Kyna for Kids Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Flexible schedule with no minimum hours requirement
  • 80% booking rate during peak hours
  • Fair cancellation policy
  • Lesson plans provided
  • Adult (Business English) students available through parent company Kyna English

Cons:

  • 20% Vietnamese tax on earnings (for non-residents)
  • Pays less than some companies
  • Multiple teaching platforms to learn
  • Very academic curriculum which contains errors

Is Kyna for Kids Legit?

Kyna for Kids is a legitimate ESL program based out of Hanoi, Vietnam. Kyna English online started as an e-learning company for adults and companies, before launching its Kids courses in 2017 aimed at learners between the ages of 5-17 (Kyna for Kids teachers may still deliver Business English classes for Kyna English’s adult learners). Students predominantly come from Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia, and are taught one-on-one. In July 2021, it was reported that the company had 185 teachers, 1048 students, and delivered over 12,000 classes in that month.

Kyna English Pay

Kyna for Kids pay a base rate of US$5-8 per 25-minute class (the precise amount is determined by a teacher’s qualifications and interview performance). On top of this, there is a $0.50 bonus for finishing all slides on time (increasing to $1 for over 100 classes taught in a month), a $1 raise (loyalty bonus) after you’ve delivered your 200th class, and also a referral incentive scheme. The Kyna for Kids hourly rate will thus range between $10-20 an hour.

It is important to be aware that, unlike many ESL jobs where you will usually only be responsible for paying taxes in your home country, Kyna for Kids deducts a 20% tax from the salary of non-resident teachers, as stipulated by Vietnamese Law.

Kyna for Kids pays its teachers via PayPal around the 10th of the month.

Kyna for Kids Hours

Kyna for Kids hours are between 9am-10pm (Indochina Time), Monday to Sunday. Peak hours are on weekday evenings between 6-10pm, and at 9am-9pm at weekends, attracting booking rates of around 80% for these busy periods.

A Kyna English class lasts 25, 45 or 50 minutes, depending on the age of the student (younger children usually receive shorter classes), and is delivered individually or to groups of up to 4. Written feedback is also required afterwards.

There are no minimum hours.

Teaching schedules are planned two weeks in advance through the Kyna phone app. Upon setting your availability, you will receive offers of classes through the app, which you’ll have 12 hours to accept before the invitation is passed onto another teacher. These allocations are decided by the company, though parents may request certain teachers.

Teachers may cancel up to 10 classes a month so long as over 24 hours notice is given; cancellations less than 24 hours before a class will result in a $2 penalty. If a student cancels within 6 hours of their lesson, then the teacher will receive full pay still.

Kyna for Kids Requirements

To become a Kyna English online teacher, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Come from a Native English Speaking country or Vietnam or the Philippines
  • Have completed or are currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree
  • Possess a TESOL/TEFL/CELTA certificate
  • Previous teaching experience with children
  • Proficient in the use of computers
  • Excellent social skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Patience under pressure
  • Be passionate and energetic about teaching

Kyna for Kids Application and Interview

To apply to become a Kyna for Kids teacher, email your resume/CV, certificates and introduction video link to: [email protected]. They are currently hiring (at the time of writing).

Should your initial application pass their review, you will receive an email saying that you have been approved for a Kyna for Kids interview, including the time and date. You will also be sent the rubric, lesson plan, videos and demo course slides to help you prepare ahead of time (these need to be uploaded to the platform).

The first 10 minutes of the interview will involve questions regarding your teaching experience and expectations, followed by a 30-minute demo class where the interviewer will play a child student. You will then be given feedback and told whether you are hired or not. Kyna for Kids wants to see you using your own reward system and props, with a colorful and attractive classroom background behind you.

Below is one applicant’s experience of the Kyna for Kids interview:

After successfully passing the interview and demo class, you will receive an offer letter, plus instructions and training on how to use the companies multiple platforms (Big Blue Button, WizIQ and ClassIn).

Kyna for Kids Reviews

It is rather surprising to find so few Kyna English reviews online, considering they employ over 185 teachers. There is a Kyna for Kids Glassdoor page, but it currently contains just 5 reviews, including this most-recent one:

Kyna Glassdoor review

Teacher Lexi worked for Kyna for Kids for a month, and recorded a video outlining some of her experiences and why she quit. The video has since been removed, but here is a summary:

  • Good experience of staff members who were very kind, helpful and responsive.
  • Time zone didn’t work with her personal commitments.
  • Paid less than Chinese companies.
  • Static and very academic curriculum (especially for upper students). Answering questions and multiple choices based on Youtube videos not very interactive or engaging (upper level involves a lot of listening comprehension, less conversational) – no animated slides or games.
  • Multiple teaching platforms, levels and curricula meant a large learning curve with too much to remember, creating IT issues (as not tech-savvy).
  • Heavy academic focus on grammar and long Youtube videos, plus late students, meant it was difficult to complete slides on time to earn the bonus.

Conclusion – Is Kyna for Kids Worth It?

Kyna for Kids is another non-China option worth considering for those looking for companies outside that country. They offer a flexible schedule with good booking rates (at peak times) and a not-too-punitive cancellation policy. The pay is middling, however, and is reduced further when you take into account the 20% Vietnamese tax, plus the multiple teaching platforms and academic curriculum won’t suit everyone.

To apply to Kyna English, email your resume, certificates and intro video to: [email protected].

Other non-China companies can be found here.

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Dr Daniel Spence

Daniel Spence is the founder of Online Teaching Review. He has been an international teacher since 2008, an award-winning academic, author of two books, and holds a PhD, MA, BA (Hons), and TESOL.

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