Teach English in Vietnam: What You Need to Know
Are you a teacher looking for a new experience? Perhaps new to the profession in general and just looking for a way to help others to learn English or in need of some fundings to travel around the world? Teaching English in a foreign country can be a daunting task and sometimes not for everyone, but it also can be an extremely rewarding experience with the pros outweighing the cons. But, in order to make the final decision on a career move out of the country, one should know all of the facts. There’s a lot to know, so check out the tips and facts below to help the decision-making process a little bit easier for you!
Requirements To Teach English in Vietnam
As with most teaching jobs even here in the United States, there are requirements and rules that one must adhere to in order to make this a successful experience for all of those involved. Prospective teachers must have a clean criminal record, which is a given fact since you are responsible for the safety of others, mostly children, for a significant amount of time. A Bachelor’s Degree in Education or English is preferred, or even a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Certificate along with a Bachelor’s Degree in an alternate field of study. Of course, it would be easier to find a job if you are a native English speaker.
To work in Vietnam, you can’t use a Tourist visa. You must obtain a work Visa. In order to do so you will have to find an apartment or other living space that will be permanent to prove that you will be living in Vietnam for an extended period of time.
In some cases, you might also have to provide health records to show that you have received required immunizations and also medical milestones and also proof of transcripts or diploma of your Bachelor’s Degree.
The Day to Day Schedule
A Full-Time English Teacher in Vietnam will be expected to work a forty-hour work week, which consists of about twenty hours teaching in the classroom and another twenty hours planning and grading. A Part-Time English Teacher in Vietnam is expected to work about twenty hours a week, averaging about three classes each school week. Teaching jobs could be available at Language Schools or even higher-level Universities or even as a private tutor for individual students and their families.
On average an English Teacher in Vietnam will make between $1,000 and $2000 per month. While that would only add up to under $25,000 a calendar year here in the United States, it is actually a reasonable source of income in Vietnam and one could actually live comfortably while still doing what they love. Note that the hourly pay rate for teachers in Vietnam has increased and you might end up earning 2000-3000$ if you are willing to work the hours.
As you begin the job search, you will see that the major cities such as Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi will have the best opportunity for securing a job. Current TEFL jobs that are available include:
What are you waiting for? Teach English in Vietnam!
It may seem like a lot of work to pursue your goal of teaching English in Vietnam, and between all of the hours of TEFL classes and obtaining a working VISA, you may start to doubt your decision to even go forward but, think about everything you will gain.
Vietnam is a gorgeous country, rich in history and will truly be an experience that you won’t forget. Visit Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City to learn more about your students’ culture. Try a traditional bowl of Pho, because if you are living here, shouldn’t you eat like the locals? On off-days, you could visit a local market for fresh produce or other goods and learn all about the “deal-making” that is used to purchase groceries, which is completely different than in the United States. And, why don't you learn some Vietnamese, it could only help to learn the native language of your students as well as living in the country even easier.
How to get started?
You might just start by randomly searching job boards for teaching jobs in Vietnam to get a feeling for the salary and the requirements for teaching abroad. Once you gained some knowledge and you made up your mind, you could post your resume on www.esljobsforu.com/submit-resume/ in order to be seen by your future employer.