Teach English in Vietnam

TravelBud Enrollment Coordinators

TESOL accreditation

Including cultural orientation

Guaranteed job placement

Earn $1200-$2000 USD per month



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Want to teach English in Vietnam?

Here’s where you start.

It can be scary and intimidating traveling to a foreign country and the complex documentation and requirements can be overwhelming and confusing.

We know. We’ve all taught abroad before.

TravelBud Guides you through your Teach Abroad Adventure

Here’s how we help

  • Everything explained clearly. We’ll walk you through each step and make sure you’re prepared.
  • We help you plan. From what to pack to what documents to gather when.
  • Guaranteed job placement. We place you in carefully selected and reputable schools in Vietnam.
  • Accredited TESOL and cultural orientation. We provide the essential courses to help you succeed abroad.
  • 24/7 support. Once you arrive in Vietnam we’ve got your back in an emergency or to answer any questions.

With TravelBud, you’ll always be talking to someone who has taught or volunteered abroad before, so you’ll get informed, first-hand advice to guide and prepare you for your experience.

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Experience your own unique cultural adventure by teaching and traveling in Vietnam with TravelBud

Experience your own unique cultural adventure by teaching and traveling in Vietnam with TravelBud

Why Teach English in Vietnam?

  • Vietnam is the perfect destination for those looking for a beautiful setting to live in while reaping the benefits of high salaries ($1200 USD – $2000 USD per month) and a significantly low cost of living.
  • Vietnam is also one of the only countries where teachers can advance their career in schools through promotion to management positions.
  • This makes it the ideal program to immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture, it’s natural beauty and unique cuisine while honing your teaching craft and gaining invaluable teaching experience.
  • Choose between short contracts starting at 4 months up to 12 month private school contracts are available and are renewable if you want to stay on in Vietnam. (Salaries for short contracts may be lower but are based on hours worked – the more you work the more you can be paid)
  • You’ll have numerous travel opportunities with 20 days vacation plus all public holidays (for 12 month contracts) to explore and weekend getaways from the major cities are cheap, feasible and easy to plan.
  • You will prove the students you teach with a skill that will see them break through the barriers of poverty with endless employment opportunities available to those who can speak and understand the English language.

Travel Opportunities Teaching English in Vietnam

Vietnam is an incredibly beautiful country which is easy to travel around and perfectly situated for traveling to other countries all over Asia.

If you are teaching for short contracts, you won’t get a lot of time off during your contract but you’ll be able to travel after you finish teaching.

If you are teaching for 1 year, you should get up to 3 weeks leave as well as the holiday over Vietnamese New Year which will be 1 to 2 weeks. This gives you plenty of time to explore Vietnam and the surrounding countries.

Weekend getaways from the major cities are cheap, feasible and easy to plan.

Chat to us if traveling widely is part of your plan. We’d love to offer advice and suggestions for exciting travel experiences in and around Vietnam.

Visit Phu Quoc, the largest of Vietnam’s islands.

Visit Phu Quoc, the largest of Vietnam’s islands.

Justin, a videographer from South Africa, stayed with a family in Sapa, full of rolling mountains of rice paddies.

Justin stayed with a family in Sapa, full of rolling mountains of rice paddies.

Halong Bay is Vietnam’s premier tourist attraction and an absolute must if you love dramatic scenery.

Halong Bay is Vietnam’s premier tourist attraction and an absolute must if you love dramatic scenery.

Lao Cai and Sa Pa in far northern Vietnam can be reached by overnight sleeper train and/or bus from Hanoi and are great for scenic vistas and experiencing Vietnam’s many minority cultures.

Lao Cai and Sa Pa in far northern Vietnam can be reached by overnight sleeper train and/or bus from Hanoi and are great for scenic vistas and experiencing Vietnam’s many minority cultures.

Hue is a wealth of regal looking buildings, especially within the imperial citadel. Just be prepared for some rain though, the city has a notoriously wet climate so bring an umbrella.

Hue is a wealth of regal looking buildings, especially within the imperial citadel. Just be prepared for some rain though, the city has a notoriously wet climate so bring an umbrella.

Do I Qualify To Teach English in Vietnam?

You don’t need to have any teaching experience to teach English in Vietnam.

You do need:

  • A passport from the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand or the continental EU (EU Nationals will need to be level C1 or C2 certified and other accreditation may be needed)
  • A bachelor’s degree in any field
  • A 120-hour, in-class internationally accredited TESOL certificate or equivalent qualification (we provide this as part of the program)

How long is the teaching contract for?

  • Placements are for as little as 4 months up to 1 year and can be renewed if you’d like to stay in Vietnam for longer.

What if I don’t have a TESOL certificate?

We offer both in-class and online TESOL courses to prepare you for your adventure abroad. Read about our TESOL courses below to learn more.

If you’re unsure about any of your qualifications, chat to us! We’ll answer all your questions and do our best to accommodate you.

Watch the Teaching English in Vietnam summary video below:

Teach English in Vietnam TESOL Courses

Many TESOL courses are not accredited and do not provide adequate preparation for teaching.

That’s why we highly recommend completing the 120-hour in-class TESOL in Vietnam. It will give you the best possible preparation and ensure that your students get the best education.

These courses are tailored specifically to living and working in Vietnam and will give you valuable insight into Vietnamese culture, living arrangements and the specifics of teaching in a Vietnamese classroom.

The in-class TESOL course includes lessons on the local language, culture, society and politics.

The in-class TESOL course includes lessons on the local language, culture, society and politics.

The TESOL Course and orientation takes place over 4 weeks in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi, Vietnam and is tailored specifically for native English speakers preparing to teach English in Vietnam.

It consists of a 1 week Vietnamese cultural orientation followed by 3 weeks of TESOL theory and practical learning.

Below is a brief breakdown of the TESOL course:

  • 120 hours of onsite and off-site instruction and work
  • Course book, multiple handouts
  • Comprehensive cultural orientation including four days of lessons on the local language, culture, society and politics
  • Cultural activities and excursions
  • 2 days of real teaching experience at a local school in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi
  • Camp facilitation
  • Advice and guidance for effective classroom management
  • Internationally accredited TESOL certificate and personalized letter of recommendation from your instructor

Here are just some of the excursions that make up our cultural orientation in Vietnam:

  • Visiting the fascinating War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Experience a local night market, shop with the locals, and indulge in many of the delicious treats Vietnam has to offer
  • Participating in authentic cooking lessons
  • Take part in an authentic martial arts class, focussing on the unique aspects of the sport in Vietnam
  • Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an elaborate network of tunnels used during the Vietnam war.
  • Welcome dinner with our Vietnam in-country team

The in-country excursions are punctuated by in-class language and culture lessons, developed to establish a basic understanding of Vietnamese politics, culture and language.

Many of our teachers visit the friends they make during the cultural orientation. As we place teachers across Vietnam, this becomes valuable as you’re able to visit your friends in different parts of Vietnam and fully experience all that the country has to offer.

Tour in Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh City

Tour in Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh City

Learning excursions provide insight into the multiple facets of Vietnamese culture, and allow participants to interact with the locals.

Learning excursions provide insight into the multiple facets of Vietnamese culture, and allow participants to interact with the locals.

Step inside the Cu Chi Tunnels, an elaborate network of tunnels used during the Vietnam war.

Step inside the Cu Chi Tunnels, an elaborate network of tunnels used during the Vietnam war.

Experience the fascinating history of the Vietnam war

Experience the fascinating history of the Vietnam war

Bond with your fellow TESOL classmates and form a network of new friends from all over the world.

Bond with your fellow TESOL classmates and form a network of new friends from all over the world.

Costs

What Will I Earn?

As an English teacher in Vietnam, you’ll earn $1200$1800 per month. This will comfortably cover your living expenses, which are very low, as well as weekend adventures and more long-term travels. Shorter contracts of less than 12 months may pay less, but pay is dependent on hours worked, so if you work more your salary will be greater.

How much does it cost?

The following costs make up the program fee and are payable to TravelBud before you head over to Teach English in Vietnam.

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In-class TESOL and Guaranteed Job Placement, Orientation and Support (Highly Recommended)

The in-class TESOL courses is tailored specifically to teaching English in Vietnam and will give you valuable insight into Vietnam culture and the specifics of teaching in a Vietnamese classroom.

Total

$2200

Initial Enrollment Fee and Support

Required to enroll in the program and begin receiving pre-departure support from the TravelBud team.

$500

In-class TESOL, guaranteed job placement, orientation and 24/7 support

The 120-hour in-class TESOL gives you the best possible preparation and ensures your students get the best education. We also guarantee you a job placement so you can start earning straight away.

$1700

Guaranteed Job Placement, Orientation and Support

Total

$1500

Initial Enrollment Fee and Support

Required to enroll in the program and begin receiving pre-departure support from the TravelBud team

$500

Guaranteed Job Placement and 24/7 support

Guaranteed job placement in a background-checked and credible school. This fee is only to be paid once we have confirmed your job offer from a school in Vietnam or 8 weeks prior to departure (whichever is sooner).

$1000


What is included in the TravelBud enrollment fee?

Pre-departure Support

As soon as you pay your deposit, your pre-departure support kicks off. From that moment on, TravelBud will be on call to answer all your questions and provide all the support and guidance you need.

  • Getting the necessary documentation prepared prior to departure
  • Assisting you with all planning, packing, visas, costs, budgets and booking flights
  • Answering your questions to help ease any anxieties you may have regarding your trip.

24/7 Dedicated Ongoing In-country Support

  • On-the-ground support and personal assistance throughout the duration of your teaching experience.
  • In the event of an emergency, we’ll be on hand 24/7
  • TravelBud’s support managers will also check in with you regularly for the duration of your teaching English in Vietnam experience.

Lifetime of job placement opportunities

  • Your once-off placement fee guarantees you a lifetime of job placement with TravelBud.
  • If you want to teach somewhere else after your time in Vietnam, we will organise job placement for you – as long as you qualify to teach in that country.

Teaching Resources and Support from local teachers

  • Access to online teaching resources such as printable lesson plans and worksheets which will make your job a whole lot easier!
  • There is always a supervisor that teachers can go to for help with their teaching tasks.

What is included in the TravelBud Program fee?

Once you’ve paid your enrollment fee, you’ll unlock all the benefits of your pre-departure support and placement process. The last thing you’ll need to pay is your final fee, this is the remainder of the cost for the program you’re signed up for. Here’s what’s included in that:

  • 3 Week in-class TESOL course with an experienced instructor, tailored to teaching in a Vietnamese classroom (if you qualified for the orientation & placement only option on this program, your final fee will have been adjusted to exclude this)
  • 1 Week cultural orientation packed with activities, classes and lessons to help you make the most of your time in the country
  • Airport pickup, sim card and more
  • Guaranteed Job Placement at a carefully vetted school where every effort is made to match your placement requirements
  • 24/7 in-country support for everything from basic advice to help resolving issues which might arise with your employer or landlord to crisis management in the case of emergencies
  • Access to our teacher network, our TESOL education team and a wide array of online teaching resources to help you in your job in the classroom
  • Lifetime placement guarantee ensuring placement on any qualifying program where there is availability on our Asian network for FREE, once you’ve completed your first contract

What are the other costs involved prior to departing?

The above tables detail costs you’ll need to pay TravelBud in order to join the program.

You’ll also need to budget for various other expenses, not payable to TravelBud, which allow you to legally teach abroad plus the cost of travel to your destination and insurance for your trip.

Our support team will walk you through everything prior to you departing to ensure you have exactly what you need by when you need to have it. The following is what you’ll need to budget for:

TOTAL

$1011 - $2770

Flights

Flight prices vary dependent on where you travel from and when you book. Prices can occasionally exceed this range. We recommend booking 2-3 months in advance or more for the best rates.

$450 - $850

Insurance

Travel insurance prices can vary dependent on things like provider, your age, country of origin and duration of your stay. This range is for TravelBud's recommended policies based on stays of 6 months or 1 year.

$350 - $1500

Documentation

This budget is assuming all of your current documentation is in English, you are in possession of your physical degree and that you hold a valid passport.

$211 - $420

Our support managers will assist you with booking flights, finding the best insurance for you and advising you on all the documents costs involved.

What do I need to budget for?

Bear in mind that you will be spending at least 2 months in Vietnam before you receive your first paycheck. You will therefore need to budget enough money to see you through the 1 month TESOL course and your first month of teaching.

Of course, the amount of money you need depends on your spending habits and Vietnam is generally a cheap place to travel to, so you should be able to manage on a relatively low budget if necessary.

In total, we recommend taking at least $1500 with you to start your teaching journey in Vietnam. However, you might find that you need more money to suit your lifestyle or to buffer unexpected expenses.

However, you might find that you need more money to suit your lifestyle or to buffer unexpected expenses.

Take a look through our budget guidelines to see what budget suits your spending habits:

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Budget for 1 month during the in-class TESOL course in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi, Vietnam

TOTAL

$852 - $1052

Rent and deposit

You will have to pay for your accommodation during your TESOL course. We always try to ensure the price is as reasonable as possible, balancing comfort with cost as best as possible

$210

- Rent

$100

- Deposit (refundable)

$310

- Total

Educational supplies

Basic supplies will be provided during the course but you may want to get creative and add your own materials, at your own cost.

$16

Startup Items

Toiletries, towel, phone (if needed) etc

$66

Daily expenses

Food, transport, laundry, etc. These costs can vary depending on how tight your budget is. Eating local food and using shared public transport can dramatically reduce your spending.

$350 - $440

Optional expenses (nightlife, entertainment, shopping, weekend excursions)

Depending on your needs and interests, these costs can vary. Chat to us for specific advice.

$110 - $220

During the first week of the course, you will be taken to a local mall where you can make any purchases you might need. We strongly recommend that you take all clothing and toiletries with you, as the availability of specific products is not guaranteed and clothing sizes might be quite different from those back home!

Budget for your first month of teaching English in Vietnam

TOTAL

$670 - $1240

Transportation to your placement

Depending on where you are placed, you might travel by van, bus or plane. Our in-country partners will assist you with purchasing your ticket and guide you through everything you need to know.

$10 - $110

Accommodation

The cost of accommodation will vary depending on where you will be teaching. You will need to pay a deposit with 1 to 2 months rent up front.

$220 - $600

Daily expenses

Food, transport, laundry, etc. These costs can vary depending on how tight your budget is. Eating local food and using shared public transport can dramatically reduce your spending.

$440 - $530

We realise that moving abroad to teach English in Vietnam is expensive at first, but remember that with TravelBud your teaching job is guaranteed.

Once you start earning a salary, your living costs will be comfortably covered and you will be able to save money to travel and enjoy your time teaching English in Vietnam.

TravelBud Staff

We understand it’s hard to take this all in.

With TravelBud, you’ll always be talking to someone who has taught or volunteered abroad before, so you’ll get informed, first-hand advice to guide and prepare you for your experience.

When can I start Teaching English in Vietnam?

These courses are tailored specifically to living and working in Vietnam and will give you valuable insight into Vietnamese culture, living arrangements and the specifics of teaching in a Vietnamese classroom.

These dates coincide with the highest demand for teachers by Vietnamese schools and we therefore highly recommend choosing a Vietnam TESOL course.

DayMonthYearLocation
11March2019Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
22April2019Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
01July2019Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
29July2019Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
09September2019Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
14October2019Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
11November2019Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Placements are for 1 semester (4 to 5 months) in public schools or for 4-12 months in private schools and can be renewed if you’d like to stay in Vietnam for more than a year.

TESOL Thailand Dates

In the event that the above dates don’t suit your needs, speak to your enrollments coordinator about the option of doing your orientation and TESOL in Thailand where courses happen almost monthly. You’ll then fly over to Vietnam upon completion to start work. These courses are tailored to teaching and living in Thailand, so we recommend you choose one of our Vietnam courses listed above wherever possible.

In-depth presentation of not only the surface elements of Vietnamese culture such as food, entertainment and dress, but also the underlying influences that guide peoples’ behaviors.

In-depth presentation of not only the surface elements of Vietnamese culture such as food, entertainment and dress, but also the underlying influences that guide peoples’ behaviors.

Experience authentic Vietnamese food.

Experience authentic Vietnamese food.

Participants pose for a group photo at a Vietnamese food market.

Participants pose for a group photo at a Vietnamese food market.

French Colonial style city hall in Ho Chi Minh City.

French Colonial style city hall in Ho Chi Minh City.

Arrival & Orientation

Pre-departure Support

As you prepare for your trip, TravelBud’s support managers will guide you through:

  • Packing
  • Visas
  • Budget
  • Travel insurance
  • And any questions you might have to help ease any anxieties during the pre-departure process.

Arriving in Vietnam

When you arrive in either Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi, you’ll be fetched from the airport and taken to the shared accommodation which TravelBud organises for the duration of your Cultural Orientation and TESOL course.

  • Your accommodation will be organised for you.
  • Airport pick-up
  • Travel to your accommodation.

Teaching Environment

Your teaching job is guaranteed with TravelBud. You’ll head off to your new job as soon as you’ve completed your TESOL course.

What is the duration of the contract?

You have 3 options for contract length: 1 semester (3-4 months) public school, short contract of 4 months minimum or 1 year at private language centres.

1 Semester Program

  • Contract duration: 3 to 4 months
  • You will be based at a language centre and travel to multiple public schools to teach.
  • Monthly salary of at least $1000 ($20 per hour, minimum of 15 hours worked per week)
  • Travel stipend – for transport to and from the public schools
  • Public school classes usually consist of 40 to 45 students.
  • Teaching resources might be limited at some of the schools but the private language centres where you will be based will be fully stocked with resources.

4 Month to 1 Year Program

  • Contract duration: 4 months to 1 year (12 months)
  • You will be teaching at a private language centre.
  • Monthly salary of between $1200 – $1700, shorter contracts usually pay between $900 and $1500, depending on how many hours worked (minimum 12 per week)
  • End of contract bonus payout
  • Your contract is renewable, so you can choose to teach for more than one year.
  • You can expect to teach between 12 and 15 students per class at the private language centres and your typical work day will start at 12pm and end at 8pm. Hours and class size do, however, vary from school to school.

Where will I be teaching?

We can place teachers in:

  • Cities
  • Satellite towns around cities.

You can teach:

  • Kindergarten
  • Primary (elementary and middle)
  • High school

Keep in mind that placements do depend on what jobs are available.

TravelBud does take your preference into account when placing you in a job. However, these placement do depend on what jobs are available so we cannot guarantee any jobs according to preference.

A teacher poses with his students in a Vietnamese classroom.

A teacher poses with his students in a Vietnamese classroom.

Vietnamese learners enjoy the fun and games of interactive class lessons.

Vietnamese learners enjoy the fun and games of interactive class lessons.

A Vietnamese public school classroom environment.

A Vietnamese public school classroom environment.

Can I be placed with my friend or partner?

Yes, we can place you in the same town as your friend or partner. You might be teaching in the same school or in nearby schools, depending on the availability of jobs.

What if I am unhappy with my job? Can I be placed somewhere else?

If you are unhappy and there are clear reasons why the job is not working out for you, TravelBud will place you in a different job.

We have strong relationships with our partner schools and our applicants are generally very happy with their placements.

We are also available 24/7 to chat about how things are going and will check in with you throughout your adventure.

What is the dress code for teaching?

Dress code is smart-casual – collared shirts for men and conservative for women.

Justin, a videographer from South Africa, at a language institute in Vietnam. Here he is with his young class.

Justin, a videographer from South Africa, at a language institute in Vietnam. Here he is with his young class.

Teaching resources might be limited at some of the schools but the private language centres where you will be based will be fully stocked with resources.

Teaching resources might be limited at some of the schools but the private language centres where you will be based will be fully stocked with resources.

Living Environment

What accommodation can I expect to have?

Accommodation in Vietnam will vary depending on where you are living and whether you are living alone or sharing with others.

It is possible to rent a room in a shared house or apartment at a very reasonable price. Single occupants might expect to pay a bit more but rent is still very affordable

It is possible to rent a room in a shared house or apartment at a very reasonable price.
Single occupants might expect to pay a bit more but rent is still very affordable.

Some of the housing may even including someone who will do laundry and cleaning for a small fee on site, or it is included with the accommodation.

Houses are often several stories high with one or two rooms on each floor, several bathrooms, and the kitchen and lounge on the ground floor.

An example of a shared lounge for participants to relax and catch up/

An example of a shared lounge for participants to relax and catch up/

Kitchens and bathrooms are modern and well equipped.

Kitchens and bathrooms are modern and well equipped.

Where do I stay if I do the In-Class TESOL course in Vietnam?

Depending on where you go, you’ll have shared accommodation in hotels in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi.

Ho Chi Minh hotel where you'll be based for your TESOL course.

Ho Chi Minh hotel where you’ll be based for your TESOL course.

You'll stay in clean and moderns accommodation at a hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Hanoi accommodation is also clean and modern with everything you'll need for your TESOL course.

Hanoi accommodation is also clean and modern with everything you’ll need for your TESOL course.

How much will rent cost?

Rent will vary depending on where you are living, but it is guaranteed to be affordable based on what you will be earning.

Will I be living with someone?

If you are placed with a friend or partner, we can assist with finding accommodation for you both.

If you are living in one of the bigger cities, there is a strong network of foreign teachers and choosing accommodation in a shared house can be an easy, affordable and fun option.

Let us know what you need in terms of accommodation and we’ll assist with finding the best living environment for you.

We’re available to talk you through the whole process!

Why Teach English in Vietnam with TravelBud?

It can be scary and intimidating traveling to a foreign country and the complex documentation and requirements can be overwhelming and confusing.

We know. We’ve all taught abroad before.

With TravelBud, you’ll always be talking to someone who has taught or volunteered abroad before, so you’ll get informed, first-hand advice to guide and prepare you for your experience.

Pre-departure support

Our support managers will assist with all planning, packing, visas, costs, documentation, booking flights and answering any questions you might have.

24/7 In-country support

Our in-country partners will be available for the duration of your time in Vietnam. If you need any assistance or advice, or in the event of an emergency, we’ll be on hand!

Accredited in-class TESOL in Vetnam

Job Placement Guaranteed

Lifetime job placement with your once-off program fee

If you’d like to move to another program after teaching in Thailand, we will facilitate this at no cost.

Cultural orientation course

Prepares you for your teaching experience in Vietnam and introduces you to Vietnamese history, language, politics and culture.

Accommodation, transport and spending money

Chat to our enrollment coordinators for more specific details about budgeting.

Knowledge and advice

Our enrollment coordinators have all taught abroad and have first-hand insights on our teach abroad destinations and programs.

Airport pickup in Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi

Within four days of the program start date

Flights

Flight and visa assistance

Travel insurance

We'll assist you with the additional purchase of your travel insurance via our insurance partners.

Teaching resources

You’ll have access to a database of lesson plans, worksheets, flashcards and printable materials for your classroom.

Safety

Moving to another country to live and work is a big step and we realise that safety can be a concern.

What do TravelBud staff and teachers say about safety in Vietnam?

Vietnam is generally a very safe country to live and travel in. Our teachers (both men and women) report feeling safe and accommodated during the time they lived in Vietnam.

The roads can seems quite chaotic at first and it takes a while to get used to the seemingly incomprehensible traffic laws. Once you get used to it, however, you’ll realise that people drive quite slowly in the cities and are very careful on the roads. If you’re on a bike, take it slow and weave with the traffic and you should be just fine.

If you’re taking buses intercity, make sure that you’re travelling with a reputable bus company. Chat to us if you need any assistance or suggestions.

How are the authorities?

The police in Vietnam can seem intimidating, especially because of their military attire and history of militant culture.

Don’t be put off though! Authorities will be very helpful towards foreigners, as long as you are sticking to the law.

Safety Tips

  • Be cautious with eating food that has not been cooked as fresh fruit and vegetables can be washed in tap water which might make you sick.
  • Don’t drink tap water.
  • Be alert and keep your valuables in a safe place, especially in a particularly touristy area.

Teach English in Vietnam FAQ

How much does it pay to teach English in Vietnam? How much can I earn?

In Vietnam teachers are paid hourly. So your monthly salary will depend on how many hours you work. A full time contract requires you to work about 80 hours in the month and will normally pay between $1200 USD – $2000 USD per month. If you want to increase your salary you can easily pick up extra classes at your language centre.

Is English spoken in Vietnam?

In the major cities most people will have a basic understanding on English.

Are teachers in high demand in Vietnam? Why?

Teachers are in very high demand in Vietnam. In the past decade, Vietnam has experienced massive economic growth and a booming middle class, which has created a large market for English education.

Many Vietnamese parents understand the importance of English education for their children and this has led to a great increase in the amount of language centers and foreign teachers in public schools in Vietnam. In order to attract teachers and meet this demand, schools in Vietnam offer very good wages, especially considering the low cost of living in Vietnam.

Do students have to learn English in Vietnam?

Almost all students will take English with Vietnamese English teachers for some time in public schools, but most students will not come in contact with a foreign teacher.

How long does it take to get a TEFL/TESOL certificate in Vietnam?

We have a four week program with one week of cultural orientation and a three week long in-class Vietnam TEFL/TESOL course.

Do schools in Vietnam accept Online TEFL/TESOL certificates? If no, Why not?

Online TEFL/TESOL certificates are not generally accepted for public school nor for most language centers in Vietnam. This is because most schools in Vietnam do not believe online TEFL/TESOLs provide a high enough standard of training and the private language schools in Vietnam are quite expensive for parents, pay very well, and have higher expectations. There are limited exceptions to this and we consider those on a case-by-case basis.

We offer an internationally accredited in-country Vietnam TEFL Course that thoroughly prepares students for teaching English in Vietnam.

What are the expected tax deductions from your paycheck? Does is differ from school to school?

Teachers are taxed at two different rates in Vietnam. The first rate is 20%, which is the tax rate for those in process of obtaining a work permit and until they are considered a resident. Once teachers have resident status, the typical tax rate will be from 10-14%, depending on the teacher’s salary, Schools will handle all teacher tax matters.

Where will I be placed teaching English in Vietnam?

We can place teachers in: cities, satellite towns around cities and you can teach Kindergarten, Primary (elementary and middle) or High school. Please review our blog post on placements teaching English in Vietnam which explains placement options in detail.

Do schools pay you a fee/portion of my salary? If so, Why?

No, TravelBud and our partners DO NOT receive a portion of the teacher’s monthly salary.

After teachers are placed at a school, they will sign a contract directly with that school, not an agent or any third party. The school pays the teacher directly. The amount the teacher will see on their contract is their salary, with taxes being the only deductions.

What is the big difference between language schools, private schools, government schools and varsity?

The two types of schools in Vietnam are language centers and public schools.

If teaching at a language center, teachers will work weekday evenings and daytime hours on the weekends, as these are schools students go to outside of their regular schooling. Teachers will have one or two weekdays off a week, as well as a lot of free time during the day on the other weekdays. Class sizes will be smaller, with averages of between 10-15 students. Lessons are typically 1.5 to 2.5 hours long.

If teaching in a public school, teachers will work daytime hours during the week, with weekends off. Classes will be shorter averaging around 40 minutes with 30-40 students. In both types of schools, teachers likely have around 20-25 teaching hours per week. Some teachers will also have the opportunity to teach in both public and private school settings as part of their contracts.

How long are contracts for Teaching English in Vietnam?

Choose between short contracts starting at 4 months up to 12 month private school contracts are available and are renewable if you want to stay on in Vietnam. (Salaries for short contracts may be lower but are based on hours worked – the more you work the more you can be paid)

What do I need to budget for?

Please review the costs section on this page thoroughly. We provide useful breakdowns to help you budget.

How many days off do I get?

You’ll have numerous travel opportunities with 20 days vacation plus all public holidays (for 12 month contracts) to explore and weekend getaways from the major cities are cheap, feasible and easy to plan. Our support team will provide you with a detailed breakdown of your days off so you can plan your epic adventures! Read our Vietnam blog posts to read about our alumni’s experiences teaching English in Vietnam.

What is the main religion in Vietnam?

Vietnam is made up of a number of religions with the majority practicing Mahayana Buddhism. Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism are heavily intertwined. This Wikipedia article has detailed information to review.

Will I get picked up from the airport?

When you arrive in either Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi, you’ll be fetched from the airport and taken to the shared accommodation which TravelBud organises for the duration of your Cultural Orientation and TEFL/TESOL course.

Can I be placed with my friend or partner?

Yes, we can place you in the same town as your friend or partner. You might be teaching in the same school or in nearby schools, depending on the availability of jobs.

What if I am unhappy with my job? Can I be placed somewhere else?

If you are unhappy and there are clear reasons why the job is not working out for you, TravelBud will place you in a different job.

We have strong relationships with our partner schools and our applicants are generally very happy with their placements.

We are also available 24/7 to chat about how things are going and will check in with you throughout your adventure.

What is the dress code for teaching?

Dress code is smart-casual – collared shirts for men and conservative for women.

How are the authorities?

The police in Vietnam can seem intimidating, especially because of their military attire and history of militant culture.

Don’t be put off though! Authorities will be very helpful towards foreigners, as long as you are sticking to the law.

Reviews from our Teachers

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Naturally I was nervous and worried about moving to South Korea, a country I had just heard of in passing.

TravelBud were there for me every step of the way. They responded really fast, and gave me all the information I needed.

I liked that they broke things down for me into manageable bits. It can get really overwhelming if you don’t have anyone guiding you through the process.

Looking back, I am sure that if TravelBud was not there for me I would honestly not be here today. Even though at the time I was based in Tanzania , TravelBud were so good that it didn’t matter where I was. I still got the support I needed. They were so friendly, and caring that they made a process that would otherwise be quite stressful very easy and even enjoyable.

Jessica

Female - Teach English in South Korea

I found the assistance from TravelBud to be excellent. The staff were very helpful and provided me with very valuable information.

At no point did I feel that I could not approach TravelBud with any concerns or questions I had. Their availability to help me at any point was much appreciated.

Saskia Smuts was especially helpful and provided excellent support and information which helped me to make well informed decisions.

I want like to extend my sincerest gratitude to all the staff at TravelBud very their help and assistance in helping me to have an amazing experience Teaching English in South Korea.

Matthew

Male - Teach English in South Korea

Moving to any new country to go work can be terrifying and coming to South Korea is no exception.

I was overwhelmed with the process of getting to South Korea until I was made aware of TravelBud. The TravelBud staff guided me every single step of the way and I was exposed to quality and personal service all along the process.

Their support is also carrying one even now that I am in the country and working. I was very satisfied with their hands on approach in helping me teach abroad and would highly recommend them!

Daniel

Male - Teach English in South Korea

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