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Teach English in VietnamThe first step to teaching English in Vietnam is deciding where to go. Smaller provinces offer less when it comes to wages; however, housing, food and transportation are usually included. Better paying cities like Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi offer wages between $15-$25 USD per hour and will ask you to work 15-20 hours per week as a requirement of your contract.

Language Schools

English Language centers are a popular and easier place to find employment due to the mass quantity of these schools in Vietnam. Usually the class sizes are relatively small (10-15 students) per class in opposed to teaching in a public school where you can expect classes of 30-40 students.

Many of these schools are more open to creativity and allow you to create lesson plans with little or no actual curriculum. The school I work at however does have a basic curriculum with room for creativity and improvisation.

Hours can vary but a starting teacher will more than likely be asked to work weekends.I usually have 2 night classes during the week between 5pm to 7:30 and on the weekends you will usually teach the children starting a 7:30am to 9:30 am , at the center I work at classes are 2 hours and the students are slated for 3 classes per week 2 classes with a Vietnamese teacher and one with a native English speaker.

How to Find a Job Teaching in Vietnam

Craigslist is a good place to search however you will encounter many scouts that will benefit from referring you to a school and in my experience the scouts are pushy and want you to hurry up and sign a contract without concern for your needs as a teacher and a foreigner in a distant land.

There are also websites like expat blog and the new hanoian (TNH.com) which have job postings in many different regions of Vietnam.

Also beating the pavement is a great way to land a job, search for schools in the district you will be living and prepare a Resume/CV with a current photograph (in Vietnam a photo on your resume is required). Make as many copy’s as you will need of your CV/Resume, Certificates, Passport and Visa to give to the school receptionist. I had actually applied at 7 language schools in the city of Nha Trang and was only contacted by one three months after I had applied, some cities are a little more difficult to be hired and jobs are scarcer.

Teaching Challenges in Vietnam

Our 250-hour TESOL Diploma graduate has over 10 years of experience teaching English in Vietnam. In his article teaching challenges, he explains about the educational system, types of students, and how the Communicative Approach fits into daily instruction.