There’s so much to fall in love with in Vietnam. From its diverse landscape where you can discover bustling cities, sandy beaches along its 3,260km stretch of coastline, and truly jaw-dropping mountain scenery, to incredible culinary experiences such as Vietnam’s famed national dish, Pho, and the many delicious offerings of street vendors.
All this combined with a huge English education market and low living costs make Vietnam an understandably alluring destination for many EFL teachers. Due to the demand for teachers it’s particularly popular with those who have just gained their TEFL qualification, with plenty of entry-level positions to be found across the country.
TEFL Org graduates who have gone on to teach in Vietnam have told us about good wages, motivated students, and falling head over heels in love with the country. Interested in joining them? Keep reading to find out more about TEFL in Vietnam.
- Popular locations for TEFL jobs in Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Nang, Hai Phong, Can Tho, Bien Hoa
- Average salary for EFL teachers in Vietnam: $1,200 to $2,000 USD
- TEFL qualification requirements: At least a 120-hour TEFL qualification from an accredited provider.
- Prerequisite university degree: A BA degree is a visa requirement.
- Term times: The school year typically runs from August to June. Peak hiring season is August and December for public schools. Language schools hire year-round.
- Currency: Vietnamese Dong (VND)
- Language: Vietnamese
- Teaching programmes: Vietnam internship
- Age restrictions: 21-60 (upper age limit due to strict retirement laws)
- Previous teaching experience: Not essential, there are many opportunities to TEFL in Vietnam for newly-qualified EFL teachers.
- Accommodation: £264-£380 per month. Accommodation is included in many contracts or a stipend.
- Utilities: £24 to £44 per month
- Health insurance: Some employers may include this but not guaranteed
- Monthly transport pass: £7
- Basic dinner out for two: £17
- Cappuccino in expat area: £1.84
- A beer in a pub: £1.19
- 1 litre of milk: £1.30
- 2 litres of Coca-Cola: £0.88
Due to its low cost of living, EFL teachers in Vietnam can live comfortably and still be able to save a little on just $1000 a month. Accommodation isn’t typically included in teaching contracts so you can expect to spend around $300 a month on rent. Health insurance may not be included in your contract either, so it’s very important to take out appropriate coverage while you’re in the country.
Travel in Vietnam is inexpensive and you can rent a motorbike for around $50 a month, so teachers can spend their time off exploring the beautiful country.
Finding a Job
There’s an abundance of work for English teachers in Vietnam. Teachers can find work year-round in language centres teaching a range of ages as well as in private and public schools. You can find TEFL positions in Vietnam (and across the globe) over on our TEFL Jobs Centre, which TEFL Org students get lifetime access to. We also run a Vietnam teaching semester, which includes TEFL training, accommodation, in-country support, and more!
It’s possible to secure a job before arriving in the country, but it’s easier to do so in person as face-to-face interviews are preferred by many employers. Contracts don’t typically include perks such as accommodation and flight reimbursement offered in countries such as China and South Korea, but salaries in comparison to the cost of living are very good.
In order to work legally in Vietnam you need a BA degree, a TEFL certificate, a criminal background check, and a passport from the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia or South Africa. You can convert a tourist visa into a work visa if you have found work while in the country.
Student Stories from Vietnam
Frances arrived in Vietnam in 2016 and hasn’t looked back since. She’s taught in a range of schools over the last three years and she put together a useful guide for us based on her experience teaching there.
Maybe I’m a little biased as I’m lowkey obsessed with Vietnam, but life here is so vibrant! Between the abundance of epic street eats, friendly locals, mountain scenes to awe at, and unreal travel experiences on your doorstep, it’s hard to not see the appeal of living and working in Vietnam. Not to mention students are driven and have a great balance between studying and fun. As a bonus, average wages are high enough to save money while still living a comfortable lifestyle.
Places which have been on my bucket list for years are now just a bus ride away, and there hasn’t been a weekend so far where I haven’t ticked off something new. I’ve fallen in love with Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter, enjoyed junk boat trips through Ha Long Bay, ridden motorbikes through Cát Bà Island, swam in waterfalls in Mai Châu, cycled through rice paddies in Ninh Bình, and even flew to Phú Quốc during Lunar New Year for a week of cocktails by the beach.