It’s no secret that Vietnam’s economy has boomed in recent years. Foreign investment has flooded the economy and tourism has increased dramatically. Because of this big increase in foreign involvement, the demand for TEFL Jobs in Vietnam has similarly increased.
It’s easy to find well paying jobs in Ho Chi Minh City (previously Saigon), a burgeoning business center, the port city of Ga Nang and in Hanoi, the cultural capital. English teachers with TEFL qualifications will find it relatively easy to secure a desirable English teaching position in this gorgeous country.
Salaries are quite high here, relative to the cost of living. If you are interested in working outside of the cities, having a more rural and culturally traditional experience, you may find it necessary to take a volunteer position. There are a number of agencies willing to help you find one of these.
Of course, the culture in Vietnam is radically different from those in the West. Provided you bring an intention of being culturally sensitive and of having an open mind, you will find that you will be warmly welcomed and quickly accepted by the local community.
Teachers traditionally engender a tremendous amount of respect in Vietnamese culture. The social order is expressed in the traditional saying, “My king, my teacher, my father”. Most English teachers report that their school students are generally well behaved, courteous and keen to get to know you better. Education has a very high value in the culture, and most students see learning English as an important career step, so motivation levels are high for the most part.
Finding a TEFL Job in Vietnam
Many jobs in Vietnam are posted on the internet on several different TEFL related web sites. However, most people get their jobs after actually arriving in Vietnam. It’s a very good idea to thoroughly look into the reputation of schools you may be interested in working for.
You can ask questions on TEFL oriented internet forums as well as asking around the ex-pat community for information. It’s not hard to get connected with the community of English teachers, and they are usually very willing to help out. They can not only give you information about the schools, but also let you know who might be currently hiring.
Once you have some interesting looking schools identified, show up in person with your up to date resume and your best professional clothes on. You may, at some point, be asked to present a sample lesson, so be well prepared for that.
Securing a TEFL Job in Vietnam
Make sure that you ask questions of the employer regarding salary or hourly pay rate, whether you’ll have to travel to your lessons and if you get compensated for this time and reimbursed for expenses, what kind of material resources the school has for lesson planning and teaching materials, what kind of administrative and collegial support you will have, whether a visa will be needed and if the school assists with that, is there a housing allowance, what holidays do you get, etc. Also be sure that the contract you sign will accurately reflect these details. This will help to avoid any nasty surprises after you’ve already agreed to take the job.
Sign up for TEFL International’s training course at our center in Vietnam. Upon completion, you will hold in hand one of the most valuable teaching qualifications in the world. From there, you can move on to teach English all over the world.
Vietnam is a great location if you want to start a career in teaching English. Thousands of schools throughout Vietnam are looking for qualified teachers. Even if you don’t want to stay in Vietnam, you can find ESL positions in neighboring countries, such as Cambodia, China, South Korea, Taiwan, or Japan. The opportunities are truly endless.
Vietnam is a popular vacation destination and a true gem in Southeast Asia. The delicious local food, culture and welcoming people are what makes the country perfect for ESL teaching. Living in Vietnam, you can indulge in the unique history and enjoy its many vibrant cities and beautiful landscapes.
Especially the low cost of living is what draws many teachers to Vietnam. Paired with the laid-back lifestyle and the splendid beaches, it’s not hard to see why Vietnam is a popular destination for ESL teachers around the world.
The need for ESL teachers is high in Vietnam. Throughout the whole year, you can find suitable teaching positions in the big cities, such as Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi. The countryside, however, is also a popular place for teachers as it gives you the real Vietnamese experience. Living where tourists don’t wander is usually more attractive to trainees who decide to stay and work in Vietnam. Luckily, our training center in Ho Chi Minh is offering new courses each month throughout the whole year, making it easy to fit it into your schedule.
TEFL Course Vietnam
The vibrant city of Ho Chi Minh is the perfect place to start your teaching career. At our training center, you will learn everything you need to know to succeed in the classroom. Our professional teacher trainers help you along to way to obtain your internationally recognized certification. After completing the course, they will also assist you in your job search and help with your resume and prepare you for tricky TEFL interview questions.
Ho Chi Minh City is an exciting place with a long history and beautiful sites. Temples, shrines and street markets offer you insight in Vietnamese culture and in the colonial area; you can still feel French influences at cafes offering the most delicious croissants. After classes, visit the Independence Palace, fascinating museums, and stop in at the Notre Dame Cathedral. Take trekking and hiking tours just outside the city and sunbathe at the many beaches in the surrounding areas. Vietnam is also a premier scuba diving and snorkeling destination. As you can see, you will not get bored when you come to Vietnam to take your TEFL test. In the end, many of our TEFL graduates decide to stay in this wonderful country.
TESOL Courses Ho Chi Minh City