English Teaching in Vietnam

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Vietnam has a lively vibrant culture.

Where and why?

Finding a destination that meets your social and work needs requires research and a lot of thought, but this can be difficult when there are so many ESL teaching jobs around. With the world literally at your feet, you need to make a decision.

The decision process can be challenging, so let me help you narrow down your options by giving you a few reasons why teaching English in Vietnam might be the right idea for you.

Why teach English in Vietnam?

There are a lot of reasons why people move to Vietnam. From teaching English to learning about a new culture and traveling. and enjoying all the amazing things Vietnam has to offer. And there is the monetary side as well. T

The salary of an English teacher in Vietnam is pretty good.

So, let’s go, here are the top 8 reasons why I think teaching English in Ho Chi Minh City is a good idea.

The cost of living.

  Vietnam is extremely affordable. It is a great location for an ESL teacher.

Rental properties can range from 5,000,000 dong to 30,000,000 million dong and more if you want the best. .That is $220 US to $1,320 US per month.

Food also is very cheap, with a bowl of Pho going for 50,000 dong. About $2.20 US.

And yes, you can get pizza and steaks and Mexican food and much more. The major cities have a cosmopolitan feel these days.

Buying a motorbike is cheap and you can get a good motorcycle for 25,000,000 dong. $1,100 US. Beer is 15,000 dong for a Tiger beer. Less than 70 cents US per can.8-).

There are a lot of Teaching jobs.

 Asia is typically associated with a wealth of job opportunities for ESL teachers. This makes it a very popular choice. Vietnam is regularly recruiting English language teachers for a variety of positions. A lot of ESL jobs in Vietnam are in language schools, where you could be teaching a range of students. For example, many adults will attend classes to learn English in private English schools. .


And naturally, travel opportunities will play a big role in your decision process.

Bordering China and Cambodia and Laos, Vietnam is perfectly situated within Southeast Asia and is just a short flight away from many of these must-see destinations. The continent opens up to you. What might have been viewed as a holiday of a lifetime will be accessible to you in a fraction of the time and more importantly, at a fraction of the cost.

Live like a Local. 

As an English teacher in Vietnam, you get to experience one of Asia’s largest, fastest growing countries. And not as a tourist living in hotels, traveling on tour buses, or bunking with backpackers in hostels.  You will live like a local. Live in a typical Vietnamese neighborhood, shop in local markets, and break bread or slurp Pho with colleagues, neighbors, and friends at corner noodle stands and coffee shops.

Pick up some Vietnamese language skills, enjoy the cuisine, and enjoy travel opportunities that friends back home can only dream about. And I won’t even mention the big nights out.

The Food and Coffee.

Vietnam, where one can eat a banh Mi ( a world class sandwich) while drinking an amazing cup of coffee ( Caf’e Sua Da). You can find these on almost any street corner.. Combining traditional Chinese and Southeast Asian techniques and flavors with an extraordinary array of seafood and produce,

Vietnam is an eater’s heaven. From hearty noodle soups, to fresh salads and mouth watering grilled fare, Vietnamese cuisine is balanced, fresh, healthy, and most of all tasty. 

2,000 Miles of  spectacular Coastline.

Living in Vietnam means you are never far from the coast. Vietnam has more than 2,000 miles of coastline, including  beautiful tropical beaches, traditional fishing villages, dynamic port cities, and ancient imperial capitals.

The highlight is  Ha Long Bay. Known as the “Descending Bay of Dragons,”.   Or in Vietnamese. “Vinh Rong Xuon”

This stunning seascape of some 2,000 limestone islands and islets off the coast of North Vietnam makes it one of the most spectacular sights to be experienced anywhere. The basis of many ancient myths and legends,

Ha Long Bay has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is best explored by a Junk. A Vietnamese boat. This is a great way to discover  local attractions, including traditional floating fishing villages and underground grottos and caves.

Life along the Mekong River  pretty sweet too. Like the Nile, the Amazon, or any of the great rivers of the world, the Mekong both gives and defines life for those who live along the banks. A journey through the Mekong Delta reveals a dazzling world of colorful floating markets, traditional stilted villages, magnificent beauty, and thousands of years of history and culture embodied in ancient pagodas, temples, and palaces.

Change someone’s life.

Teaching in Vietnam not only provides the means to live and become immersed in this fascinating country, but also provides the opportunity of a lifetime. You can make a huge impact on the lives of others. To millions of Vietnamese, learning English can open doors to educational and professional opportunities.

This will enhance their living standards while helping build a better future for their families. It is an amazing feeling to help English language students learn a language that will help them in the future. And it is fun at the same time. Teaching in Vietnam could be YOUR road to a meaningful and fulfilled life abroad.

Get International Work Experience for Your Resume 

In our  globalised economy  international work experience and a proven ability to work with people from different cultures are skills that are highly sought after by employers.

As an English teacher in Vietnam you will gain professional experience in one of the world’s fastest growing economic regions. Vietnam serves as an amazing platform no matter what professional or academic tasks are undertaken.

There are plenty of transferable skills to a multitude of career paths after teaching abroad. Or, you might end up deciding to make an entire career out of being an ESL Teacher. 8_)).

What Now?

Decide where to go. Figuring out where to teach in Vietnam isn’t easy. The fantastic hypnotic Mekong delta? Vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, Bustling Hanoi, Serene Sapa? Choose somewhere that’s right for you. A quiet town or bustling city.

  • Get TESOL or TEFL certified. It will give you absolutely everything you need to prepare for the classroom (well, except for an ability to think on your feet!). Teacher Training.
  • Adults, kids, private schools, public schools? Spend time considering the type of teaching environment you’d most like to be involved in. How to Teach.
  • Choose the best school. Pay attention to past teachers’ reviews. Ask questions on line. FETV is a great site for teachers in Vietnam. ( On Facebook), Ask about the schools or  and organizations reputation, location, and your ease of getting started as a paid employee. Public school ( Regular hours ) or Language Center. (Night work and Saturday and Sunday). FETV  You will need to join, but ask me if you have problems.
  • Plan your finances.  Sort out funding before you go to afford daily essentials and splurge in travel. Research how much you need to take. What to bring.
  • Get prepared! Maps and phrase books are useful to new arrivals. Maps. Phrase books/Lonely Planet.  

Ready, Set, GO!

Are you ready for one of the most exciting chapters of your life? I think so. And I think Vietnam is the perfect place for anyone who wants adventure in their lives. Your future is as bright as you want to make it

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9 thoughts on “English Teaching in Vietnam”

  1. Thanks for writing those reasons to teach in Vietnam. My friend is looking for an ESL job and he really loves Asian countries, so I think this will make him go there after just reading your article 🙂 There are so many natural places there and I’m sure it will make him not want to come back. How hard is it to learn the Vietnamese language? I will forward your article to him.

  2. i am really interested in teaching English. teaching is a passion for me,i do it will all joy and i have been searching for a good location where i can actually settle down and also pass the knowledge i have to others.see this post has even given me more passion to teach and in this location i think i can be able to achieve that thanks

    1. Vietnam will need dedicated teachers now. We are on the tail end of the Covid epidemic and once over ( September, I think) Vietnam will be a great place to travel to and Teach. Have a look at my website as it will show what you need to teach in Vietnam as well as other material. http://www.vietnamesl.com . I am sure you would like it here. If ever you need any help in finding a job, I can help with that as well.

  3. Hi there,

    Growing up, we have always associated Vietnam with war and unrest. It sounds and feel so good to read about Vietnam and what it has become today. Thank you for bringing this beautiful country to the world. Is Vietnam a Visa free country to any 3rd world or developing countries? This definitely sounds like a place to hide from all the intoxicated and polluted industrial city air in many big develop nations out there. How is the Covid-19 situation in Vietnem? 

    1. Thanks for the comments. We are still in the throws of the Covid pandemic, only yesterday there where 7,000 more cases. But the Government has all cases locked down and I anticipate that Vietnam and teaching will be up and running in September. And yes, you need a visa to come to Vietnam, and I expect you will also need to show you have had your Anti Covid shots. Especially for teachers. But you are correct in saying Vietnam is a relatively unspoiled country. Thankyou Akumendoh.. You can find out more about our Covid situation here.

      Coping with Covid lockdown – Teaching ESL in Vietnam 2021 (vietnamesl.com)

  4. I have been living and teaching in Vietnam for the past 3 years (both public schools and private tuition), and I have settled down with a Vietnamese partner and her son. I was fortunate enough to get a work permit and TRC before the pandemic really kicked in, so I have been able to stay here despite the travel restrictions in Europe and the USA.

    Stephen helped me to find a good TESOL school (AIT, in Saigon – highly recommended.)

    The country is beautiful and scenic, the food is great (even if you don’t like seafood!) and the people mostly open and friendly. As soon as this pandemic dies down, we hope to explore a lot more of it.


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