Vietnam Paid Teaching
12 months from $3,512
- Spend a week exploring the highlights of Ho Chi Minh City, with visits to the Cu Chi Tunnels and War Remnants Museum
- Study at our centrally located HQ in Ho Chi Minh for a month
- Gain internationally accredited TESOL certification
- Get expert assistance in finding a paid teaching job
- Travel the length of Vietnam in your downtime
- Become confident in planning and delivering lessons before beginning your placement
Packed with culture and history, breath-taking natural beauty, and vibrant modern cities, Vietnam is a top destination for intrepid travellers. From dazzling beaches to lush green rice fields, misty highlands, and atmospheric colonial towns, it’s an incredible place to visit. However, if you’re the kind of traveller who likes to immerse themselves in a country, instead of just passing through, our Vietnam Paid Teaching trip is the perfect choice for you. You’ll have a fun week of orientation in Ho Chi Minh, before learning everything you need to know to teach English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). Then we’ll help you find a placement in a school of your choice, where you’ll get to experience the real Vietnam, while making a difference to young people’s lives. You’ll earn a great salary while building CV-friendly skills and exploring this stunning country in your free time – what are you waiting for?
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Week 1: Ho Chi Minh 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?
After week 4: School placement
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 $1300 and $1800 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.
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.
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- Accommodation during TESOL course
- Airport pick up on arrival
- Accredited TESOL course
- One week of cultural orientation
- Help finding accommodation after course finishes
- Help in finding a job placement
- Visa support
- Ongoing support once you begin your teaching placement
- 24-hour emergency support
- Travel insurance
- International flights
- Departure transfers
- Meals, snacks and drinks
- Accommodation after course is completed
- Day-to-day transport
- Optional activities and excursions
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). You’ll need to arrange your own accommodation after the course is over, but we’ll give you plenty of advice and guidance and schools often help as well. You’ll need to budget $150 - $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.
The first week of the trip is spent in Ho Chi Minh City, so you’ll need to fly into Ho Chi Minh 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.
- You need to be between 21 and 40 to participate in this programme.
- At a minimum, you must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Once accepted onto the program, you will need to have a copy of your degree notarised, authenticated and then legalised by the Vietnamese embassy. We will fully guide you on this process.
- You’ll need to have an original copy of a criminal background check, less than 3 months old and authenticated and legalised. (Contact us for more information.)
- You must be a fluent English speaker and have a clear speaking accent. Native speakers are preferred. If you aren’t a native English speaker, please contact us for more information.
- You should be in good physical and mental health. You need to be able to demonstrate current medical insurance coverage to the programme coordinators
- You should have sufficient funds to pay the programme fees and other associated costs, as well as enough money to cover the cost of personal living expenses.
- You need to hold a valid passport from South Africa, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the United States of America. If you are a citizen of a country not listed, please contact us.
- You will need to 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 enter Vietnam and needs to have more than 1 month’s validity from the date your Vietnamese visa expires.
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.
The legalized documents we need you to prepare will just need to be handed over to the school within a month of starting your placement. They will use this to apply for a work permit for you.
What’s The Difference Between Tefl And Tesol?
There’s actually not a huge amount of difference between the two courses, and they last the same length of time, but TEFL is the better-known term used in the UK. The only slight difference is that TESOL perhaps covers more conversational English, whereas TEFL might be more focussed on grammar.
What Sort Of Salary Can I Expect?
Depending on your placement and how many hours you’re working you can anticipate earning between $1300 and $1800 a month. Salaries are generally higher than in other South East Asian countries like Thailand.
Are There Any Additional Costs Attached To The Programme?
You’ll need a work permit before beginning your placement and there is a fee attached ($400 – 500). If you’re working in a placement for 9 months or more, your school will usually cover this cost for you. You’ll also have to pay for your criminal background check before you arrive.
Do I Have To Pay Tax?
Yes. If you sign a one-year contract, you will be taxed at 20% for the first month or two (until you receive your work permit), then the rate will go down to 10 – 14%. If your contract is for less than 6 months, you’ll be taxed at 20% for the entire duration.
Is It A Problem That I Don’t Speak Vietnamese?
On the TESOL course we cover the basics of the Vietnamese language and as part of your orientation you’ll have some language lessons. You’ll usually have a Vietnamese teaching assistant with you in your placement classroomsand there are typically a number of western or English-speaking staff on the school management team if you need help.
How Much Spending Money Should I Take?
It really depends on your personal spending habits, but during your placement, around $25 a day for accommodation, food and local transport should be about right. You’ll need to pay a refundable deposit and the first 2 months rent upfront on your placement accommodation ($600 - $900 total, depending on level of accommodation chosen).