Vietnam is one of the best places in Asia for teaching English. An interesting culture, stunning natural scenery and huge demand for English tuition make it one of the most popular destinations. Most jobs are in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and it is worth reading up on the different characteristics of the two cities in order to be able to focus on vacancies in your preferred location. Salaries are perhaps the best in the Mekong region and there is a lively expat scene in both main cities.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|Language centres and kindergartens||1,200 – 2,000||Various but often including weekend and evenings||2 weeks plus national holidays|
|International schools||1,800 upwards||8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work||8 weeks plus national holidays|
Main places for jobs
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Haiphong.
Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp.
1. Experienced teachers without a degree can obtain a work permit if they can demonstrate that they have worked for 5-7 years as a teacher.
2. If you don’t get enough hours from your employer, consider working for a second school or language centre. This is quite common. The British Council employs part-time staff on an excellent hourly rate.
3. The New Hanoian is a good place to find out more about Vietnam and meet people who already teach there.
Normally teacher arrive on a tourist visa and then convert it into a business visa with the help of their employer. Unlike neighbouring countries, you do not have to leave Vietnam and return on the new visa. However, a work permit also requires a health check and a criminal records check from your country of origin. If possible, obtain a criminal records check before arriving in Vietnam because it costs more and takes longer if you try to get one once you have arrived. The work permit is valid for 3 years and allows you annual business visas sponsored by your employer.
Cost of living
Transport, food and accommodation are all quite cheap in Vietnam but bear in mind that you will probably be charged more for many goods because you are a foreigner.
Tax and salary information
Salary tax should be taken care of by your employer. Normally you should expect to receive your salary on a monthly basis.
|Lots of jobs available||The process of becoming a teacher in Vietnam not only requires the usual certificates and experience. You also need a health check and a police check from your country of origin|
|Good pay when compared to neighbouring countries||As a foreigner you will be charged a higher price for many goods and services|
|The local food is delicious and cheap!||Some people complain of an unfriendliness towards foreigners – particularly in North Vietnam|
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