Teaching jobs are a great opportunity to explore a new country and earn at a same time. Have you ever dreamed about going on a long trip to Vietnam? How would you like to spend your days working with local children in a small school in Hanoi, the evenings eating at a local restaurant and spending time with your new found friends?
When you teach English abroad, you get the opportunity to experience life in that country in a way that you can never do as tourist, even if you are the backpacking and off the beaten path kind. There is magic in truly immersing yourself in a new culture, and learning about every custom and tradition for the first time. All the articles you’ve read, all the guidebooks and history lessons, it all unveils in front of your eyes and most importantly, you have time, because that is your temporary home.
If you want to find the best TEFL jobs in Vietnam, here is a step-by-step guide:
Step 1 – Get Qualified with Accredited TEFL Courses
Vietnam has a growing demand for English teachers and you can get a job quite easily. However, the most important step in getting a TEFL job is to get qualified. Ensure to find accredited TEFL courses. You can find some of the best online Premier TEFL courses at Premier TEFL. The qualification won’t only help you find a good teaching job, but it’s also essential to prepare you for the experience. With TEFL jobs you will get prepared with grammar and language help but also with the psychology of teaching, so that when you are in the classroom you feel confident and prepared. A TEFL qualification will also ensure you a better paid teaching job, which means more money to fund your travels around Vietnam.
Step 2 – Search for TEFL Jobs
As soon as you’ve got your TEFL certificate you are ready to start finding your dream teaching job. There are plenty of opportunities to work in Vietnam, especially in the capital. Hanoi (or Ha Noi) is known for its tasty street food (must try the pho noodle soup) and the beautiful Ha Long Bay.
The capital is also boasting with opportunities to teach English as a foreign language. You could choose work with really young learners, as young as kindergarten, and take them through the beginning stages of their English learning. You may choose to find public school jobs and work full time or part time TEFL jobs during the traditional academic year. If you want a better pay you can work for private or international schools. If you want to stay away from the traditional work schedule and decide your working hours around your travel, you can freelance as a private tutor.
You can also find a teaching internship before you travel to Vietnam, or get adventurous and go hub hunting once you arrive in the country.
Salaries vary depending on the institution you work for and whether you work part time TEFL jobs or full time ones. The salaries vary between $1000 and $2000 for a full time job, which usually entails 20 hours of classroom teaching plus preparation time. If you work part time you can earn up to $20 per hour when you work for private or international schools and $10-$15 per hour for private tutoring.
Step 3 – Get Legal
You can go to Vietnam on a tourist visa and stay there for up to 3 months. If you want to stay and work for more than 3 months, your employer can help you get a working visa. Therefore, it is possible find a job before you travel and arrange your visa permit, or simply travel there and arrange all working legalities as soon as you found a job.
Step 4 – Plan Everything
Whether you find a job before you travel to Vietnam or want to adventure into getting your TEFL certificate and leave the job hunting for when you land in Hanoi, it all requires planning.
Vietnam is a fascinating country with so many things to do and places to visit. From visiting historical monuments and temples to sailing the blue waters of the Ha Long Bay or simply enjoying some of the most delicious street food you will ever try, there’s never a shortage of things to do.
Before you start looking for teaching jobs in Vietnam, start by defining what is most important to you and plan ahead for it. Here are a few questions to get you started:
- Do you want to work in the capital?
- Do you want to live central or in the suburbs?
- How much do you want to earn (take into account travel costs, if you want to save)?
- How much free time would you like to have for travel?
- How long would you like to live and work in Vietnam?
- What type of TEFL jobs would you prefer (teaching young learners, business people, university students)?
Step 5 – Get Excited
As soon as you’ve got your TEFL qualification and you found a job online or you have a good idea of what you are going to apply for in Vietnam, the travel plans are all set and you’ve got some budget on the side before you get your first salary, it’s time to get excited, because your Asian experience is about to start.
If you want to make the Vietnamese dream come true and find the best teaching jobs in Hanoi, start today with the best accredited TEFL courses. Browse their extensive library here. If you want extra motivation as you study for your course, keep updated with TEFL jobs here.