Paid Teaching in Vietnam
Get an internationally recognised TEFL qualification and teaching placement in Vietnam!
Book now for £199
Group Size: Varies
Trip code: VNPT
Duration: 12 months or more
Packed with culture and history, breath-taking natural beauty, and vibrant modern cities, Vietnam is a top destination for intrepid travellers. However, if you’re the kind of traveller who likes to immerse themselves in a country, instead of just passing through, our Paid Teaching in Vietnam trip is the perfect choice for you. You’ll gain an internationally accredited TEFL qualification, earn a great salary while building CV-friendly skills and exploring this stunning country in your free time – what are you waiting for?
- Gain internationally accredited TESOL certification
- Expert assistance in finding a paid teaching job based in and around Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City
- Placement in reputable public schools or private language schools
- Monthly salary of between $1200 - $2000 per month
- Travel the length of Vietnam in your downtime
Become a qualified TEFL / TESOL teacher in Vietnam and immerse yourself in this wonderful culture! Vietnam is quickly becoming a sought after destination to teach abroad due to the low living cost and competitive salaries!
Why do the course?
Living and working in a foreign country is something most people dream of doing. Teaching in Vietnam allows you to enjoy everything this beautiful country has to offer without eating into your savings. You’ll come back with some incredible life skills and CV-bolstering experience, as well as an internationally accredited qualification to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for you to work, travel, grow your skills, and become a valued member of the community in a diverse and wonderful part of the world. Your qualification can then be used to teach in other amazing countries around the world too!
Week 1: Ho Chi Minh City Fun!
You’ll be met from the airport by one of our friendly local team and taken to your accommodation in the heart of the bustling city, where you’ll stay for the next 4 weeks. We’ll spend the first week showing you the highlights of vibrant Ho Chi Minh, with exciting excursionsincluding visiting a farm for a Vietnamese cooking class, exploring the fascinating Cu Chi tunnels used by the Vietnamese for shelterand transport during the war, and a visit to the War Remnants Museum. We’ll also take part in a martial arts class, have fun lessons on the Vietnamese culture and language, and finish the week with a delicious welcome dinner at a local restaurant with some former graduates. Outside of group activities, you’ll have plenty of free time to explore the bustling city.
Weeks 2 – 4: The TESOL Course
You’ll be doing your learning from our HQ in central Ho Chi Minh City. It’s a great location with offices, meeting rooms and a large classroom for TESOL training, close to major attractions, parks, shops and eateries. You’ll be doing your course with a group of like-minded people and you’re sure to make some friends for life! During the course, you’ll learn how to plan and structure lessons, how to teach reading and listening l classroom management, bonding with excitable students and much more. You’ll also present a number of lessons as you would in the classroom, and also practice your skills in a local school, with the support of an instructor. Your confidence will grow quickly over the course and you’ll be amazed how much you’ll learn in a short time. In total, the training takes 120 hours. It concludes with a final in-class exam before you become a fully-fledged TESOL teacher! You’ll have plenty of downtime over these 3 weeks to explore the surrounding area – why not check out Binh Tay Market, Cao Dai Temple, the Reunification Palace and the amazing floating markets of the Mekong Delta?
You’ll receive full support from our team to find your placement, sort out accommodation for after the TESOL course is over and help to figure out the basics. Once placed with a school, you can count yourself a resident of Vietnam and can expect to earn a salary of between $1200 and $2000 a month before tax. But you won’t be left without any support – our team and tutors are available for the duration of your time in Vietnam, so whenever you need help or advice, or even just a chat, there’ll always be someone on the end of the phone to talk to. There are also always English-speaking staff members in the school management teams, so you’ll have plenty of support.
Placements are available all over the country, from major cities such as Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, to more rural or coastal destinations. A typical working week is 15 – 25 hours, and are usually either in private language schools, or public schools. Our graduates find their school placements to be an incredibly gratifying experience, allowing them to form meaningful connections with local people, and immerse themselves in local life.
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The first week of the trip is spent in Ho Chi Minh City, so you’ll need to fly into Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN). You’ll be met from the airport by one of the local team and taken to your starting accommodation in the city centre.
The airport you fly out of will be dependent on where you’re based during your school placement. You’ll need to arrange your own departure transfers.
Accommodation during the TESOL course training is included. This is usually in twin or triple share, single sex rooms (although if you’re travelling with a friend or partner, this can be accommodated). Your school and the local team will help you arrange your own accommodation after the course is over and once at your teaching placement. You’ll need to budget $250 - $450 a month for accommodation during your placement. Accommodation is usually in studio apartments or shared houses.
Meals, snacks and drinks aren’t included. This gives you maximum flexibility to explore the incredible cuisine of Vietnam. With a focus on fresh ingredients, and vibrant flavours, it’s a really important part of your cultural experience in Asia.
In order to be eligible for this programme you must
- Be aged between 21 and 40 to participate in this programme
- Hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent
- Have an original copy of an enhanced criminal background check which is less than 3 months old (we can help with this)
- Be a fluent English speaker and have a clear speaking accent
- Be in good physical and mental health
- Have full travel insurance which includes emergency medical coverage
- Have sufficient funds to cover the cost of personal living expenses
- Hold a valid passport from South Africa, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the United States of America
- Be fully vaccinated against covid 19
- Have a return or onward flight out of Vietnam booked before you travel out to begin your TESOL training.
- Your passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months on the date you will leave Vietnam at the end of your stay.
Please note that there is a strong possibility that schools will require all teachers to be vaccinated against covid 19 in order to offer them a teaching contract. Due to the wider availability of vaccines in the west, we strongly recommend you obtain your vaccines before arrival in Vietnam.
You should apply for a Vietnamese single entry business visa, valid for 3 months, online before you go. After your application has been approved you will receive a letter supporting your visa. You will need to print out a copy of this and bring a copy of it as well with you to the airport. In addition, you will need to bring 2 passport-sized photos 4x6cm and money for the stamping fee when you arrive.
When you are placed at a school, you’ll then change to a working visa linked to the school you are placed at. Changing to this visa is a very easy process, and we’ll guide you through while in Vietnam.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.