My partner and I are currently in the US but would like to relocate to either Vietnam or Thailand to teach English. I was wondering if anyone can suggest language centers in either Thailand or Vietnam and/or share their experiences teaching in either country. Thanks so much!
#1 corvusblue has been a member since 1/12/2009. Posts: 6
Note due to recent changes in regulations only 3 month visas are officially available for foreigners.
Vietnam welcomes tourists.
Also if you are an investor and able to meet requirements for investment or business visa then you are welcomed.
I am sure there are language centers in most major cities and towns and many offer teaching positions. Finally it is the visas that will control what you do in VN.
#2 Pablot has been a member since 4/5/2009. Posts: 102
Interesting input on the visas Pablot. I'm assuming there are no changes to the rules about extending visas while in Vietnam, which as far as I know may be done for as long as one wishes to stay?
I have never taught English in either place, but I've thought about and researched doing it in both places for years (maybe some day). Both seem to be rewarding in their own ways, but financially speaking Vietnam seems far better. Hourly wages for native English speakers are surprisingly high, and of course cost of living so cheap. Vietnam is known for being one of the better places in Asia for saving money while teaching, only behind Taiwan, Korea, and probably Japan.
Thailand on the other hand is not the best place financially speaking, but there are still a plethora of jobs to choose from there. If you have a 4 year degree, TEFL certification, plus some sort of related experience, you can certainly land a job pulling in 60,000 baht/month in Bangkok and live very comfortably. www.ajarn.com is a great website for teaching in Thailand. Also check out the recent feature on this subject here on Travelfish if you haven't already.
In both places I believe it is wise to try and get into private tutoring... I've heard of people making the best possible money by tutoring foreigners (such as from Japan or Korea) who are used to paying higher prices for good tutors.
If money is not a main concern, it would only depend on which place you feel is right for you. For me, that is the toughest decision.
I spent 6 months in Can Tho teaching English. Not too many opportunities there but I heard it is very easy to find a lot of work in the big cities (Hanoi and HCMC, and apparently Hue too). Recently the visa conditions have changed. From what I have heard, it is now now more difficult to get a visa renewal, especially if you don't have a work permit. Without a work permit your maximum is a 3 month visa (which of course can be extended). I think with work permit it is 6 months at a time.
I hope this helps somewhat. Check out Daves ESL Cafe. Or look for some other Vietnam ESL forums for more more info. Good luck
#4 ngg18 has been a member since 4/6/2008. Posts: 21
As I understand new visa regulations came into effect 1 September 2009.
There will be the usual scams and bribery that takes place; but there is a very clear signal now being sent that only foreigners with valid reasons (business, employment, marriage, etc.) can expect to stay longer than 3 months in VN.
I understand it may be possible to extend, but unclear how many extensions will be tolerated.
All I am saying is before you sell the house, give away the dog and move to VN please carefully consider visa regulations!
#5 Pablot has been a member since 4/5/2009. Posts: 102
#6 corvusblue has been a member since 1/12/2009. Posts: 6