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August 2024May 20th, 2024


Pagodas, rice paddies, traditional floating markets, temples and majestic mountains—plus a one of the most breathtaking natural wonders of the world all AWAIT YOU in Vietnam, not to mention classes filled with eager students.

Discover Vietnam’s history and character, explore centuries-old architecture in its capital Hanoi and soak up the culture over deep bowls full of never-ending noodle soup.

In your downtime, cruise across to Halong Bay in a traditional junk boat where you can paddle canoes quietly amidst the caves and rocks. This paid TEFL internship in Vietnam is what it’s all about.

Vietnam Semester Highlights

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Fully Inclusive Programme

  • 120 hour accredited online TEFL course
  • Arrival orientation
  • 5 month teaching placement
  • Rent-free accommodation
  • Sponsored work visa
  • Airport pick-up & transfers

Your Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Getting there

All qualified applicants will fly into Nội Bài International Airport in Hanoi (HAN) where you’ll be picked up by our in-country team.

Day 2-7


You’ll enjoy a full week-long arrival orientation. During your first days you’ll master local greetings, get familiarized with the customs (and the faux pas to avoid), practice your TEFL skills, make new friends over the welcome dinner, and eat. A lot!

Previous cultural excursions include a city tour and visits to local museums that bring to life the most famous parts of the country’s history.

Midweek you’ll travel by bus, train or flight to your placement location to settle into your new housing and neighborhood.

Day 8-146

Your teaching experience

It’s time to start your English teaching job in Vietnam at a private language school, private or government primary/high school, or a university. Your students will range in age from 4 years old to 18+.

You can expect to work between the hours of 7.30am to 4.30pm for ~35 hours weekly. That breaks down to 3-4 lessons daily, 5-6 days a week for ~20 hours of active conversational English teaching. Leaving you plenty of time, up to 15 hours each week, to mastermind your next set of lesson plans.

Past interns have been placed in cities all over the map. Placements for upcoming intakes are centered around Hanoi and Haiphong in Vietnam’s beautiful and more traditional north.

Vietnamese schools vary in size, it’s commonplace for urban institutions to have up to thousands of students while regional primary schools may host 100 or less.

Day 147

After your internship

Congratulations, you did it! Make sure to celebrate this achievement. It’s time to decide if you’d like to see more of Vietnam, traveling or teaching (or both).

You might decide to extend your stay in Vietnam and teach for longer by renewing your contract. The possibilities are endless for you now as a confident and experienced TEFL teacher.

Essential information about this trip

Monthly salary of US$1000 (€885/£760)
120 hour TEFL certificate
Contract completion bonus of USD $500
Airport pick-up & transfers
Orientation week in Hanoi
Rent-free accommodation
Ongoing in-country support
Visa and work permit support
Vietnamese language lessons (during orientation)
What you need:
Native English speaker
Have a passport from USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand (EU passports will be considered)
Bachelor’s degree (official hardcopy required)
Aged between 20 – 35 (contact an advisor if you're older)
TEFL qualification (official hardcopy required)
Clean bill of mental and physical health (contact an advisor if you're on medication and/or receiving ongoing treatment)
Please enquire if you any visible tattoos or piercings that cannot be covered
Due to new labour regulations, non-native English speakers (including South Africans) need to provide a C1 English cert
Whats not required:
Any teaching experience
To speak any other languages
International flights: You’ll need return flights (can be two one-way flights)
Budget: Spending money (US$700~1,000) for your first six weeks plus excursions etc
Police check: You’ll need a clean criminal record
Health check: Budget US$80 for the medical check in Vietnam
Vaccines: Consult your local doctor for advice
Visa cost: You’ll have support to obtain your visa (US$25~$50)
Insurance: It’s really important to sort your travel and health before you go
Legalisation of Bachelor’s Degree, TEFL certificate & Police Check. Guidance will be provided but please ensure you have the original copies (Budget an additional fee of est. $300)


After you settle in, you will spend the semester teaching in one of our stunning placement locations including Hanoi and Haiphong.

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    How it works

    Before you go, you’ll have an application form to fill out and documents to submit, a video chat and then you’ll be on your way.

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    Cultural excursions

    Wondering what you’re going to do with your precious free time? We’re glad you asked! We know your adventure bucket list is long, but make sure you tack these recommendations from past TEFL interns in Vietnam towards the top!


    Explore both HCMC and Hanoi if you can—both cities serve up Vietnamese history and culture in their own ways, giving you a deeper, richer picture of the country.


    Pho-get about phở for two seconds & instead try bun bo hue. It's vermicelli noodles are thicker, the lemongrass flavor stronger, & the toppings heartier. Yum!


    Get your fortune on track as you celebrate Tet, Lunar New Year. Smell the yellow blossoms & oranges, marvel at the fireworks, & keep the party going for 7 days.

    Questions and Answers

    What is the cost of living in Vietnam?

    The average local salary in Vietnam is US$180 per month. Your TEFL internship salary of US$1000 (€885/£760) plus rent-free housing will allow you to live very comfortably during your semester of teaching.


    How much should I budget for household utilities?

    The cost of living in Vietnam is very inexpensive and teachers should budget US$30 as a monthly contribution to water and electricity at your studio apartment. This will be deducted from your school salary.

    Your school may also arrange local taxi transport to and from school for you, budget US$30 monthly towards this cost.

    During your orientation week, shared (twin-room) guesthouse accommodation with other interns is included.

    Do I need to pay tax on my salary in Vietnam?

    No, your salary of US$1000 €885/£760) is your net income (after tax). Your school will pay your employment taxes.

    The only things deducted from your monthly salary are your household utility contribution and, if required, the monthly transport contribution for journeys to and from school.

    Can I be placed with a friend or as a couple?

    Yes, you can request to be placed with a friend or as a couple in the same area. You’ll have a spot on your application form to mention who you’re traveling with.

    You might be teaching at the same schools or nearby ones.

    Note: placement together is dependent on availability and can’t be guaranteed.

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