Teaching English in Vietnam
Combining twenty years of rapid economic growth with a young population yearning for education has made Vietnam one of the strongest English teaching markets worldwide.
Language schools are hiring English teachers in Vietnam year round. While many interviews are conducted in-person, some are conducted in advance over the phone / skype and via e-mail. Instructors are responsible for airfare and housing expenses. Most live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many room with coworkers.
A generous salary and low cost of living afford English teachers a comfortable lifestyle, with the opportunity to save up to $600 USD per month. Schools typically offer 20 to 25 hours of work per week, leaving plenty of time for teachers to travel and explore the country. English teachers need a bachelor’s degree to teach in Vietnam, and TEFL certification is required. The major cities for English teaching jobs are Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hanoi.
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Requirements to Teach English in Vietnam
- Education: BA/BS is required; TEFL TESOL Certification is required and students can obtain certification in Ho Chih Minh City Vietnam TEFL Course or any of our Worldwide TEFL locations or by taking the Online TEFL Class.
- Citizenship Requirements: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa.
- Typical hiring process: Face to face interview in Vietnam for most schools, some schools will interview in advance over phone
- Average teaching hours per week: 20–25 hours of classroom plus extra prep time
- Types of students: Business professionals, children in public schools and private language schools
- Cost of living per month: $700 - 900 USD (14,864,500 - 19,111,500 VND)
- Average monthly pay: $1,200 - 1,800 USD (25,482,000 - 38,223,000 VND) Can save $500 - 600 USD/Mo
- Start-up cost: $1,050 - 1,350 USD (22,296,750 - 28,667,250 VND)
- Potential to save or break even: Save 500-600 USD/month
- Accommodation/housing benefits paid: No, recommendations provided
- Flight reimbursement: No
Interesting Facts About Life in Vietnam
- Over the past decade, Vietnam’s economic growth has been among the fastest in the world.
- The most popular forms of transportation in Vietnam are bicycles and motorbikes.
- In 2009, Japan and Vietnam signed a deal that will bring a high-speed rail system to Vietnam in the near future.
- Rice, fish sauce, fresh seafood, and soy sauce are the primary elements of Vietnamese cuisine.
Living in Vietnam Teaching English
Descending from the border of China into the heart of Southeast Asia like an ancient mythical dragon, Vietnam represents a distinct blend of Chinese Confucianism and Cambodian Buddhist cultures, tempered with a taste of French-colonial charm. Stretching across thousands of miles of coastline, Vietnam mixes rural mountainous highlands with a collection of colorful and bustling cities. Foodie travel guru Anthony Bourdain claims Vietnam is one of his favorite countries in the world and a prime inspiration for his love of international travel. Once you’ve arrived and sampled local specialties like pho (beef or chicken noodle soup) and gỏi cuốn (fresh spring rolls with shrimp, pork, and rice noodles), you’ll realize he might be on to something.
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