A newer entrant to the Asian TEFL scene, Vietnam is being hailed as the “next China”. The economy is experiencing rapid growth, the cost of living is still very low, infrastructure is being upgraded, and TEFL salaries are quite high in comparison to the cost of living. Tourism along with foreign investment is the main driver behind the English gold rush.
Vietnam is a unique culture as well, having rebuilt the country after the war, and reintegrating with the international community. The food is delicious, the people are quite friendly and accommodating, and you will find the students are eager to learn. EFL teachers can expect to earn $1,400 – $2,200 USD per month in Vietnam.
$14 – $24 USD p/h
Most positions available in Vietnam are through private language institutes. A bachelor degree is sometimes not required, although it is strongly preferred. A recognized TEFL is a must. Rural areas offer very few opportunities besides volunteering while Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi offer the most opportunities. Language schools hire year round, so interested candidates may apply at any time.
Applications may be done online, but very few employers use this method, and will try and fill positions with in-person candidates. Most teachers go to Vietnam and look for a position from within the country with much more success. Check online, check directories, and go knocking on all the school doors you can find. Due to the high demand, you will very quickly secure a position that meets your needs.
If you want to start a life of teaching English in Vietnam, you’ll need to take the first step and get TEFL certified. This online qualification can be completed in 120 hours and gives you the training and know-how required by top schools in Vietnam, and around the world.