Ambassador City Fact Sheet: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

To help our students and graduates make a smooth transition to their new lives teaching English abroad, we've enlisted our ITA Ambassadors to provide us with insider facts and tips for making the most of life in cities around the globe like Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Whether it's finding an English-speaking doctor, opening a bank account, or simply finding a supermarket where you can find the odd comfort food from home (peanut butter!), our ambassadors have actionable on-the-ground-tips to help you feel at home in your new home city.  Please note that things change and we will do our best to keep these "Fact Sheets" updated over time and that current and future ambassadors will continue to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information possible.

Teach English Online with DaDaABC - Alumni Q&A with Abigail Jacobs in Vietnam

What is your citizenship?

I am a US citizen.

What city and state are you from?

I grew up in Sioux City, Iowa. I attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City for four years, then spent about 8 years living in Gilbert, Arizona before moving to Thailand.

How old are you?

I am currently 31 years old, I will be 32 at the end of May (2018).

Do you teach English online from within the USA or abroad? If abroad, where are you located?

I am currently teaching English online from Da Nang, Vietnam.

Alumni Video: Teaching English in Vietnam with Jacklynn Blanchard

Alumni Video: ITA Graduate, Jacklynn Blanchard, Provides an Inside Look at Life as an English Teacher in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


A native of Littleton, Colorado, who had never left North America, Jacklynn Blanchard was looking for adventure and a challenge when she took International TEFL Academy's 170-Hour Online TEFL Certification Course and headed to the heart of Southeast Asia to teach English in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

In this new alumni video, Jacklynn discusses the challenges and rewards of moving to a totally new part of the world for the first time and how making Vietnam her home for the past year has built her self-confidence in all aspects of her life. She also discusses how her TEFL course prepared for her job as an English teacher as well as the ins and outs of life in Vietnam's largest city, including her job, how she found a place to live, riding public transportation and making friends.