So you’re thinking of making Vietnam a preferred choice for teaching abroad? Whether it’s your first overseas posting or you’ve done this for a while, there are several things you need to know.
1. Vietnam The Country – Vietnam is a wonderfully diverse country with so much to see and do. However, its not like the UK, the USA, Australia, Canada or wherever you may come from. It’s a developing nation and it takes a bit of getting used to. The level of English isn’t great, but hey, that’s why you’re coming here right? It’s probably more dirty, more chaotic but definitely more vibrant and colourful than where you’re from. The North of Hanoi and the South of Ho Chi Minh are like two different countries and make for excellent travel opportunities. The other cities and regions are really diverse and spectacular in their own right. This country is really one of the fastest developing in the region, so if you’re looking for adventure and more importantly opportunity, look no further, you’ve made a great choice.
2. Which School Should You Choose? – The choice can be confusing as there are so many schools offering so many things. Check out the reputation of the schools online, look for chat forums and feedback as this is always good for making your choice. Go to a site like this to browse current vacanices and locations. Where you want to live in Vietnam should make a difference. http://teachatapollo.com/career
3. The Teaching Roles – The roles vary greatly and its important to know that a lot of them require you to teach young children. Don’t be put off by this as its a wonderful way to start out in Vietnam and hugely rewarding. There are adults courses too and many schools offer both so you can have some variation. The great thing about Vietnam is that your dollar will go a LOT further than in surrounding countries.
4. Pay And Hours – This is dependant on the schools again, some offer guaranteed minimum hours, some offer a base wage and some offer a ‘get paid for what you work’ type of arrangement. Ask these questions in the interview process to avoid future frustration. Also remember, the cost of living here will be a fraction of what you’re used to back home. A little goes a long way and your international resume will be all the better for having worked here.
5. What Else Do You Need? – You’ll need a flexible attitude. It’s not like where you’re from and you’ll need to adapt a bit. You’ll need TEFL for all reputable schools. You’ll need a good camera to capture all your pics and memories and most importantly, you’ll need to get ready for an amazing adventure in one of the most happening countries on the planet at the moment.
Just remember, the industry of English Language teaching is booming here, so youre skills are highly in demand. If you have any further questions, or comments for us, don’t hesitate to contact us. If you’re a current or past teacher in Vietnam and have a review of a school or further insight to share, please do, we’d love to hear from you.