TEFL Exchange's Guide to Vietnam
  • VIETNAM
  • VIETNAM
  • VIETNAM
  • VIETNAM
TEACHING ENGLISH IN VIETNAM

Vietnam is an up-and-coming destination, popular with both first time TEFL-ers and experienced teachers. Outside of the classroom, you can expect to find yourself surrounded by unique scenery, whether it be a charmingly chaotic city lined with weaving motorbikes and street sellers, or lush farmland filled with rice paddies and water buffalo. 
Work can be found throughout the country, but the majority of opportunities are found in the bigger cities. These can be a little overwhelming at first, the language is hard to grasp and motorbike traffic can be torture, but they end up being the reasons you love it. There is an excellent expat scene in most parts of the country, so friends are easy to come by, accommodation can be found via Facebook Groups, along with transport, jobs and pretty much anything you need!
The cost to live is one of the lowest in the world and the wage is comparably high, with most teachers earning at least $15-25 per hour. The manner of work is casual in comparison to that of South Korea or China. Lesson plans are usually not particularly strict, so prepare for improvisation and games. The most common jobs are teaching at after-school language centres, but there is also plenty of work available at schools, universities and businesses.
TEACHING ENGLISH IN VIETNAM

Vietnam is an up-and-coming destination, popular with both first time TEFL-ers and experienced teachers. Outside of the classroom, you can expect to find yourself surrounded by unique scenery, whether it be a charmingly chaotic city lined with weaving motorbikes and street sellers, or lush farmland filled with rice paddies and water buffalo. 
Work can be found throughout the country, but the majority of opportunities are found in the bigger cities. These can be a little overwhelming at first, the language is hard to grasp and motorbike traffic can be torture, but they end up being the reasons you love it. There is an excellent expat scene in most parts of the country, so friends are easy to come by, accommodation can be found via Facebook Groups, along with transport, jobs and pretty much anything you need!
The cost to live is one of the lowest in the world and the wage is comparably high, with most teachers earning at least $15-25 per hour. The manner of work is casual in comparison to that of South Korea or China. Lesson plans are usually not particularly strict, so prepare for improvisation and games. The most common jobs are teaching at after-school language centres, but there is also plenty of work available at schools, universities and businesses.
COST OF LIVING

 Salary
 Rent
 Meal
 Beer
 Water
 
27mil-50mil VND
4mil-8mil VND
30,000-50,000 VND
15,000-25,000 VND
10,000 VND
 
($1200-2200)
($175-350)
($1.30-2.20)
($0.65-1.10)
($0.45)
 
 Transport (Single fare)
 Taxi (Based on 1km)
 Utilities
 Cinema
 Gym (Per month)
5,000-10,000 VND
12,000-15,000 VND
1.5mil VND
100,000 VND
500,000-1mil VND
($0.22-0.45)
($0.50-0.65)
($65)
($4.40)
($22-44)
Salary: 27mil-50mil VND ($1200-2200)
Rent: 4mil-8mil VND ($175-350)
Meal: 30,000-50,000 VND ($1.30-2.20)
Beer: 15,000-25,000 VND ($0.65-1.10)
Water: 10,000 VND ($0.45)
Transport (Single fare): 5,000-10,000 VND ($0.22-0.45)
Taxi (Based on 1km): 12,000-15,000 VND ($0.50-0.65)
Utilities: 1.5mil VND ($65)
Cinema: 100,000 VND ($4.40)
Gym (Per month): 500,000-1mil VND ($22-44)
Domestic Flight (based on Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City): 500,000 VND ($22)
 Domestic Flight (based on Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City)     500,000 VND     ($22)
JOB REQUIREMENTS

- University Degree
- Speak English
- No Experience
- 120 hour TEFL Certified (Recommended)
Due to the current high demand for English teachers in Vietnam, the above requirements are more "desired requirements”. Just like any job, if you want the well paid positions and to making $2000+ a month, all of those requirements will need to be met and we would recommend a CELTA  for university jobs.
Many teachers arrive in Vietnam and are able to find a job quickly and easily, in some cases English doesn’t have to be the 1st language. But many will often complete their TEFL course out there to further their knowledge.
VISA REQUIREMENTS

A working visa should be part of the contract you have signed, but more than often you will have to enter on a 3 month tourist visa, and then go through the process of health checks, police checks and applications to acquire your working visa, it’s know to be a tiring task.
This is often why many teachers in Vietnam work on tourist visas, get paid cash in hand and opt for a visa run to Bangkok every 3 months. Technically illegal, but a blind eye is turned due to the increasing depend in teaching English and the cost of the work permit.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

- University Degree
- Speak English
- No Experience
- 120 hour TEFL Certified (Recommended)
Due to the current high demand for English teachers in Vietnam, the above requirements are more "desired requirements”. Just like any job, if you want the well paid positions and to making $2000+ a month, all of those requirements will need to be met and we would recommend a CELTA  for university jobs.
Many teachers arrive in Vietnam and are able to find a job quickly and easily, in some cases English doesn’t have to be the 1st language. But many will often complete their TEFL course out there to further their knowledge.
VISA REQUIREMENTS

A working visa should be part of the contract you have signed, but more than often you will have to enter on a 3 month tourist visa, and then go through the process of health checks, police checks and applications to acquire your working visa, it’s know to be a tiring task.
This is often why many teachers in Vietnam work on tourist visas, get paid cash in hand and opt for a visa run to Bangkok every 3 months. Technically illegal, but a blind eye is turned due to the increasing depend in teaching English and the cost of the work permit.