Teach English in Vietnam
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The 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.
English Language centers are a popular and easier place to find employment due to the large number of these schools in Vietnam. Usually the class sizes are relatively small (10-15 students per class) as 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. 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 5 pm to 7:30pm and on the weekends I teach children between 7:30am and 9:30 am.
Craigslist is a good place to search, but you will encounter many scouts that will benefit from referring you to a school. 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.
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 copies as you need of your CV/Resume, TESOL certificate, passport and visa to give to the school receptionist.
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