WHY TEACH IN VIETNAM?
Teaching English in Vietnam is a great way for you to explore while investing in your international work experience and impacting students through the gift of a new language. The country offers a diverse range of experiences, with opportunities to rock climb, drop into one of the world’s largest caves, explore the coffee-making region surrounded by mighty waterfalls or light a lantern in Hoi An and watch it drift into the river during the lantern festival. If you want to eat your way through Vietnam, pho is a must! This linguistically diverse country is home to approximately 97 million people, with breadth in religion and customs. While in Vietnam, take the time to understand the political history from a perspective different than your own. There is no better way to explore a country than to dig deep into a local community and plug into a career.
There are three components to a teacher’s eligibility: citizenship, education, and personality.
In order to obtain a visa to teach in Vietnam, you need to be from one of the following countries and hold a valid citizenship: America, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, if you are from outside of one of these countries Vietnam immigration will not grant the appropriate visa for teaching abroad.
To qualify for a visa and get hired by a school, you are required to have a Bachelor’s degree from an English-speaking academy. Many of our teachers will also have Master’s degrees, which is a great bonus. You will also require a 120-hour TEFL teaching certificate. Don’t let the need for TEFL stop you from joining this program;we have many great partners through which you can acquire your qualification.
Adjusting to a new culture and work environment can be very demanding, and we have found that teachers who are flexible and driven in nature excel in this type of teaching environment.
Depending on the teaching role, age levels vary from kindergarten through to high school. You will be provided with a curriculum that guides you through the school year, with the ability to add your own flare.
Contracts in Vietnam offer great work life balance as some contracts have as few as 15 hours a week of teaching. Because the details of each job varies, the specifics of the roles will be addressed during the application and interview process with Adventure Teaching.
A Full Time Job
A majority of our teachers find themselves teaching abroad straight out of college. Teaching abroad provides both the stability of a full time job and the excitement of a new environment.
Housing will be provided by the school. You will live in an apartment close to your school which you can expect to include a kitchen space, bed, appliances such as a fridge. Having housing provided with a job is unique to this profession and is a huge benefit.
Your airfare will be reimbursed an airfare. Is that not incredible? You will need to pay for your flight upfront, and depending on the contract you sign, the school will either reimburse your flight to Vietnam, or your flight home.
Pension, Healthcare, Severance
Depending on where you are from, you will pay into your pension while abroad and then be given the means to collect your pension upon your contract ending.
Opportunity to Adventure
Limestone towers burst out of the ocean in the bright water of Halong Bay, visit this awe inspiring neighbourhood of boats or join a local cruise. While on the topic of water, you could also boat down the Mekong River. If you want to adventure in the city, walk through the Old Quarter in Hanoi, or visit the Imperial Tombs and eat Pho for dinner.
AT Staff Top Adventures:
- Ha Long Bay
- Independence Palace in Ho Chi Minh City
- Cu Chi Tunnels
- Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park
- Ho Thi Ky Flower Market
- My Khe Beach
- St. Joseph’s Cathedral
- Hoi An Night Market and Lanterns
- Hanoi Old Quarter
- Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Vietnam has a fascinating past, marked by independence following World War II. Many would only remember the Vietnam War, however the history is much more complex. Considerable effort has been attributed to increasing the economy of Vietnam, and now Vietnam’s population participates on the world stage with exports such as rice and coffee. Vietnam is ethnically, religiously and linguistically diverse offering a profound experience. Although geographically small (about the size of New Mexico), Vietnam is diverse in climate from a tropical south, a rainy north and wet and dry seasons. Vietnam offer a great environment to explore, culturally rich experiences and great schools to teach in.
Adventure Teaching has been placing teachers in Asia for 12+ years. We pride ourselves in working with schools that treat teachers with respect and value education. We believe that placements are only successful if both the teacher and the school are happy, therefore we are committed to getting to know our teachers so that we can place them in a school that fits. Teachers are asked to provide the AT team with their country and location preferences, we take these into consideration for a placement but ultimately will provide you with the best option.
Apply today if you’re interested in finding a school that you want to teach at.
You will see our user friendly application process online that will ask you questions about yourself and your timeline.
Submit Resume and Headshot
In order to apply and interview with our AT team, you will need a resume and headshot. Your headshot does not need to be taken by a professional but does need show your personality and professionalism. Our team loves photos on a neutral background with you smiling from the shoulders up.
Interview with our AT team
Once our team reviews your resume and headshot we will be inviting you to sign up for an interview. You will be sent a link so that you can schedule this interview at your convenience. It is a great opportunity for AT to learn about you, and for you to ask questions about moving and teaching abroad.
Gather Visa Supporting Documents
Our team will walk you through the process of gathering your documents required for your visa. Please visit our visa guidelines to learn more.
Interview With Schools Abroad
Once your documents are completed our Placement Coordinators will work with you to set up interviews with schools abroad. They work behind the scenes to submit your profile to multiple opportunities.
Sign Your Contract
When you are offered a contract, we will guide you through the specifications and advise you on whether to take the contract or not.
Time For Travel
Our team works with you to book travel and help you in the process of arriving abroad.
In order to apply please check your eligibility
“I’ve made this my home for at least the next 3 years while I save up for future life plans. Living in SEA I can travel to amazing locations at affordable costs, I get to learn the Vietnamese and greater SEA countries cultures and traditions which keeps me filled with a hunger for learning and growing myself. Vietnam was going to be a 1 year work away, but since arriving here I have grown within the company I work for and acquired a position that you’d only get in the west at maybe the age of 35, I now hold this position at 26 and the experience I am gaining is priceless. Honestly the best decision I have ever made was to come here!”
“I’ve been living in Hanoi, Vietnam for just over a year. If you’re looking for bustling cities, mountainous landscapes and long winding beaches, Vietnam is the place to go. It’s incredibly affordable and travelling is a breeze. Scoot around on your bike from the local market and around the massive lake to hole-in-the-wall coffee shops and as the sun is setting, experience the infamous Hanoi traffic on your way to work. I work in a language center that operates in the evenings, so you have the entire day to wander around the city or meet up with the hundreds of expats that reside here. The kids love to speak English, they’re eager to learn and will always try their best to impress you. The lifestyle here is an absolute dream, if you’re on the fence about moving abroad, just go for it!”