Teaching English abroad is not only an incredible way to fund your travels around the world, it’s also a great way to make your mark overseas! English is the global language of business, politics and economics, so teaching English to your students will significantly improve their academic and professional opportunities in the years to come. With millions of people eager to learn English, it’s time for you to find your dream TEFL destination and start your TEFL adventure abroad!
A degree is a requirement to get a work visa and teach in Vietnam. While there’s a huge demand for teachers and many travelers on tourist visas get approached to teach privately, i-to-i does not condone this
* Suggested degrees: CELTA, TEFL, TESOL
The local currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese dong (VND) Bank notes come in denominations of 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, 100,000 and 500,000!
> Salary & Perks:
You can expect to earn up to around 18,000,000 VND per month and many teachers take on additional classes out-of-hours for 315,000 VND to 525,000 VND an hour.
> Cost of Living:
Salaries aren’t high, but neither is the cost of living, so you’ll earn enough to get by and have a fantastic experience at the same time. So, once you’ve taken into account the low monthly cost for your apartment, you’ll still be able to get a nutritious breakfast of Pho Bo (Hanoi Beef Soup), hop on a bus to explore a new city and then finish off the adventure with a few glasses of Bia Hoi! In other words, your TEFL wages will stretch far!
Teaching Types & Opportunities
Education in Vietnam is held in high esteem, and one that all in Vietnam strive to benefit from. The support of TEFL teachers is critical to continue providing the most basic of education to thousands of students who are now able to benefit from the free primary system. In Vietnam, education from age 6 to 11 is free (in theory), universally accessible and mandatory
– Hanoi has served as Vietnam’s capital for almost a thousand years and is a rapidly developing city. There is still a lot of evidence of its traditional charm too with plenty of pagodas and temples. There is a less hectic pace of life in Hanoi than Ho Chi Minh.
> Ho Chi Minh
– A bustling, dynamic and industrious center, Ho Chi Minh is the largest city in the country. This is where Vietnam meets the Western world with big hotels, banks, neon lights and a whole lot of character. Despite this cosmopolitan image, you can still find a fantastic bowl of noodle soup at the side of the road for pennies or a gourmet
meal still for a lot less than you would pay anywhere else.
> Hoi An
– On the coast of the South China Sea, Hoi An is home to around 130,000 people. It’s a large tourist destination with a laid-back vibe that entices backpackers of all kinds. Therefore, locals are always in need of English teachers to meet the demand tourism provides
Vietnamese cuisine is delicious, with a great variety to choose from. There are said to be nearly 500 different traditional dishes that include exotic meats and fantastic vegetarian options - all at ridiculously low prices! The staple of Vietnamese cuisine is plain white rice served with vegetables, fish, meat, spices and sauces.
Things to try:
Pho is the Vietnamese name for noodle
soup which is eaten at all times of the day
and is especially popular at breakfast
time. Also worth sampling is che, which
is a cold, refreshing sweet drink made
of sweetened black bean, green bean,
mung bean or corn. This is served in a
glass with ice and sweet coconut milk
Source: Teach abroad! The top ten TEFL destinations
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