Laos is one of the most laid-back countries in which to teach, although it can be difficult for first-timers to find anything more than offers of part-time work paid by the hour. A small number of education centres will offer full-time contracts and pay for visa costs for teachers who are experienced in teaching in the Indochina region. There are numerous opportunities to volunteer in more rural areas, but almost all paid positions are in the rather sleepy capital of Vientiane.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|Language centres||800 – 1,500 (DOS)||Various||2 weeks plus national holidays|
|International schools||1,500 upwards||8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work||10 weeks plus national holidays|
Main places for jobs
Degree, TEFL certificate, local interview preferred.
1. Be prepared to survive on a part-time salary to begin with.
2. Expect students to be shy until they get to know you well.
3. When in Laos, check out the jobs section of the Vientiane Times.
Most employers will arrange a visa for you. It is normal to enter on a tourist visa before applying for the work visa. Some employers will expect you to pay for your work visa (approximately 300 USD per year).
Cost of living
The cost of accommodation in Laos is low, but rising in Vientiane. Local food and transportation costs are very low.
Tax and salary information
Schools usually pay in US dollars. Employers are responsible for income tax.
|Compared to many capital cities in Southeast Asia, Vientiane is truly idyllic and relaxing.||Difficult to find a job unless you are already in Laos as very few vacancies are advertised online.|
|There is a growing demand for English language studies.||Teachers without much experience or any contacts will probably be paid by the hour for part-time work and potentially work split-shifts.|
|The local beer is the finest in the region!||If you are single you should be aware of strict laws in Laos regarding personal relationships between locals and foreigners.|
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