Wondering what kind of English teaching jobs in Vietnam might be available? There’s an abundance of work for TEFL teachers in the country, so it's easy to find jobs teaching English, from private tutoring to teaching English online.
Teachers can find work year-round in language centres teaching a range of ages, as well as jobs in private and public schools. It’s possible to secure work before arriving in the country but it’s easier to do so in person, as face-to-face interviews are preferred by many employers.
On the whole, TEFL institutes in Vietnam are professionally run and will treat teachers well. It’s a highly respected job and wages will reflect that. However, try to speak to current staff at a school before accepting a position to get a feel for what it’s really like, and if their wages are commensurate with other local schools. A common complaint amongst teachers at schools in Vietnam is that the teaching materials they’re provided with for their lessons aren’t up to scratch, even in private language schools. If you’re asked to teach with unsuitable materials or coursebooks, you’ll have to think on your feet to adapt them for your students as schools are unlikely to splash out on replacing them. Adjust your lesson planning accordingly!
Public and private language schools hire year-round, and it’s easy to find teaching jobs in high-end institutions within a couple of weeks of arrival if you’re in a major city. The face-to-face approach works much better than looking online if you’re already in the country, and employers will be used to teachers turning up with a CV. Full-time employment is easier to find now than it was in the past, but there are still those who prefer a medley of part-time roles to add variety and negotiate a higher income.
Let’s take a look at each of the different options available to TEFL teachers in more detail below.
If you have a bachelor’s degree, a TEFL qualification and some experience, you might want to consider a teaching position at a public school in Vietnam. They tend to offer good salaries if you're an experienced teacher, along with long, paid holidays and a reasonable number of working hours.
However, it’s worth considering the number of students you’ll feel comfortable teaching. In public schools in Vietnam, it’s common to have up to 60 students in one class. Over the course of a week, some English teachers at public schools in Vietnam can see around 1000 pupils, making it difficult to form strong bonds with your students.
If the numbers don’t put you off and you have the qualifications, you can expect to work Monday to Friday with weekends off, with terms running from August to June.