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Teaching English in Vietnam - Where to start?

Posted by gingermark on 3/3/2010 at 05:31

Hi there.

I spent over 8 months in SE Asia last year, and am now missing it, and considering returning, but I would need to work. Are there any reliable online resources for job vacancies in Vietnam that anyone can recommend? Most just seem to sell Tefl courses.

I would be looking to teach English (I am from the UK), although I have not done it before.

Also, any advice on obtaining a work visa to do this in Vietnam would be appreciated.

I have searched on info for both without much luck. If this has been covered elsewhere on the forum then I apologise, any links to relevant posts would be apprecuiated.

Thanks :-)

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Posted by DLuek on 3/3/2010 at 12:49 TF writer

It's true, I've looked into teaching in Vietnam as well and as far as I've found there is no solid online resource with job postings like there is for Thailand (www.ajarn.com). Still, I have found random websites with some postings and there are certainly plenty of foreigners teaching in Vietnam, mainly in HCMC and Hanoi. For some reason, teaching jobs pay far better in Vietnam than Thailand and Vietnam is considered a good country to teach in financially speaking, although from what I've gathered most jobs require a 4 year degree specifically in English - or - a 4 year degree (in anything) and TEFL certification. Certainly the 4 year degree would be necessary for obtaining a work visa, although it's likely you could find some "off the radar" work without a degree. One way to go about it would be to go to Vietnam and get your TEFL certification there... Most TEFL courses will help you get started into a job once you finish the course. Or, just go to Pham Ngu Lao area and start asking around. I met several English teachers - all older gentlemen - who often hung out at a restaurant right on Pham Ngu Lao across from the park. Beyond that, going to www.ajarn.com and looking around there might lead you in the right direction. If you've got the credentials you can definitely make it happen, just may take a little effort and patience. Good luck

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Posted by gingermark on 3/3/2010 at 16:58

Thanks for your reply.

I have a UK BA (which is a 3 year undergraduate degree, but equivalent to many other countries' 4 year degrees).

Will keep digging, if anyone else has any info feel free to post :-)

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Posted by Manticore on 13/3/2010 at 16:44

For job vacancies try http://www.vietnamworks.com/jobseekers/searchresults.php?keyword=english+teacher&city=&search=Search&search=true

For a school listings (that may not always be up to date), try

http://saigonesl.com/index.htm
http://hanoiesl.com/

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Posted by travellingsarah on 22/4/2011 at 12:20 TF writer

Posted from within Vietnam.

You could have a look at Hanoi's expat website http://newhanoian.xemzi.com/ . There are usually some jobs listed on there plus some forums about work permits - not an easy one to sort out! I managed to get some teaching without a TEFL but it'll probably be a case of who you know.

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