Teach English in Vietnam

Vietnam is the perfect destination for those looking for a beautiful setting to live in while reaping the benefits of high salaries and a significantly low cost of living.

This exquisite tropical paradise is fast becoming a hotspot for tourists looking to explore the road less travelled and with the tourism industry rapidly growing, more and more job opportunities are becoming available for the locals who can speak and understand English – this is where you come in.

With the help of English teachers in Vietnam, the local people can gain a valuable skill to grow the country and create endless opportunities.

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Full-time paid positions at private language schools and public schools in Southern Vietnam and beyond

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Extremely low cost of living – one of the cheapest destinations to live and travel in Southeast Asia

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1 semester and 12 month job contracts which are renewable

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In-class TESOL training is available in Vietnam prior to job placement

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24/7 full in-country support

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Cultural orientation and excursions



Do you want to find out more about teaching English in Vietnam? Fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you within 1 business day!

Applying is free

YOU ONLY PAY DEPOSIT ONCE ACCEPTED

$400.00

– required to enroll in the program and begin receiving pre-departure support from the TravelBud team

How does payment work?

TESOL and Placement:

The payment of fees works as follows:

Deposit: $400
Final Payment: $1550
Total Fee: $1950
Breakdown:
– TESOL: $850
– Placement: $1015

Payment Procedure:

Deposit: $400
Final Payment: $1550
– required no later than 6 weeks prior to departure
Total Fee: $1950

Vietnam Placement Only:

This is for people who already have a qualification to teach abroad and don’t need to complete TESOL.
Payment of fees works as follows:

Deposit: $400
Final Payment: $865
– only to be paid once we have confirmed a job offer from a school in Vietnam
Total Fee:$1265

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Please note: The program fees above do not include travel insurance and accommodation during the TESOL course. Please refer to the Costs & Budget section of this page for more information.

Program Information

If you have any questions about this program, please don’t hesitate to enquire and we will get back to you!

Overview

Choosing to teach English in Vietnam will not only allow you to immerse yourself in a truly beautiful country but you will be given the opportunity to make a difference to the local community, providing the students you teach with a skill that will see them break through the barriers of poverty with endless employment opportunities available to those that can speak and understand the English language.

Teach English in Vietnam Highlights:

  • Full-time paid positions at private language schools in Southern Vietnam and beyond
  • No teaching experience is required
  • Monthly salary of 1000 to 1700 USD
  • Extremely low cost of living – one of the cheapest destinations to live and travel in Southeast Asia
  • Accommodation assistance
  • End-of-contract bonus pay (for 12 month contracts)
  • Healthcare is provided (for 12 month contracts)
  • 1 semester public school and 12 month private school job contracts which are renewable
  • 20 days vacation plus all public holidays (for 12 month contracts)
  • Travel stipend (for 1 semester contracts)
  • Friends and couples can be placed together
  • Placements available at kindergartens, primary (elementary and middle) schools, and high schools
  • In-class TESOL training in Ho Chi Minh City prior to job placement
  • Cultural orientation and excursions
  • Free Vietnamese language lessons
  • Pre-departure support and guidance
  • 24/7 full in-country support
  • Opportunity to assist in the growth and development of one of the most beautiful countries in the world

What’s Included

The following is included in TravelBud’s Teach English in Vietnam program:

  • Airport pickup
  • Vietnamese culture and language orientation
  • Accommodation facilitation and assistance in Vietnam
  • Comprehensive job placement assistance
  • 120 hour in-class TESOL Course in Vietnam – takes place over 4 weeks in the vibey Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), available on set dates. If you cannot make the date of the Vietnam course, you have the option of completing your TESOL training in Thailand – enquire for details
  • Comprehensive job placement assistance
  • Screening and full background checks on schools
  • Visa support – Assistance and guidance provided by TravelBud for each applicant to acquire the correct visa before departing to Vietnam
  • Pre-departure support
  • SIM card
  • Documentation & assistance in opening local bank account
  • Access to an Online Teacher Resource whilst teaching – Includes tons of lesson plans and flash cards all tailored specifically to teaching English to Vietnamese children and within the Vietnamese English curriculum

What’s Excluded

  • Accommodation – We will provide assistance in finding affordable accommodation
  • Visa Fees – TravelBud provides visa assistance but it is the applicant’s responsibility to pay for visas and couriers.
  • Flights to Vietnam
  • Medical insurance for 1 semester contracts – TravelBud will however provide assistance in acquiring the necessary medical and travel insurance required for English teachers in Vietnam

Eligibility Eequirements

Applicants are required to meet the following eligibility requirement to teach English in Vietnam:

  • Native English speaker – First language English speaker and completely fluent in English
  • Bachelor’s degree in any field of study
  • 120-hour, IN-CLASS TESOL course. NB: Online TESOL qualifications are not eligible for the Teach English in Vietnam program. In-class TESOL courses can be completed in Thailand or Vietnam through TravelBud or through an in-class TESOL school in the applicant’s home country
  • Good physical and mental health
  • Sufficient funds to pay for the program fees and other associated costs of the program
  • Passport holders from one of the following countries: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand
  • No criminal record

How does payment work?

Vietnam TESOL and Placement:

The payment of fees works as follows:

Deposit: $400
Final Payment: $1550
Total Fee: $1950
Breakdown:
– TESOL: $850
– Placement: $1015

Payment Procedure:

Deposit: $400
Final Payment: $1550
– required no later than 6 weeks prior to departure
Total Fee: $1950

Vietnam Placement Only:

This is for people who already have a qualification to teach abroad and don’t need to complete TESOL.
Payment of fees works as follows:

Deposit: $400
Final Amount: $865
– only to be paid once we have confirmed a job offer from a school in Vietnam
Total Fee:$1265

Recommended Budget

Please note: Below is our recommended budget for the first two months in USD. It takes into account the first month in Thailand completing the in-class TESOL course as well as your first month in Vietnam before you receive your first paycheck. Please note that the below budget merely serves as a recommendation and can be less or more depending on your spending preferences.

This budget is designed to serve as a guide and can be less or more depending on your spending preferences.

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Change to your currency:

Budget Item Cost
Flights

Price depends on when you book, where you are travelling from and what sort of ticket you purchase

Varies
Travel Insurance

Price depends on which provider you use, the length of time you are covered for and limits of liability of that insurance

Varies
Food (60 days at $6.60 per day) $400
Rent (3 months) $900
Entertainment based on a moderate amount of going out during the TESOL course and no going out the first month or portion of teaching career $300
Transport

In and around Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for the duration of your training and first month. Note that if you choose a start date where your training is done in Thailand, add an extra $90 for flights to Vietnam

$100
Miscellaneous $200
Total $1,900
Please Note:  This budget is for those participants who come to Thailand first to complete the in-class TESOL course

TESOL Training & In-take dates 2017

A 120-hour in-class TESOL course is required to teach English in Vietnam. In-class TESOL courses can be completed in your home country through local TESOL/TEFL schools or completed through TravelBud in Vietnam. Our TESOL course in Vietnam is specifically tailored to teaching English in Vietnamese schools so we do strongly recommend doing your training through us.

The TESOL Course is a 4 week course which takes place in Ho CHi Minh City, Vietnam and is tailored specifically for native English speakers preparing to teach English in Vietnam. It consists of a 1 week Vietnamese cultural orientation followed by 3 weeks of TESOL theory and practical learning. Below is a brief breakdown of the TESOL course:

  • 120 hours of onsite and off-site instruction and work
  • Course book, multiple handouts
  • Comprehensive cultural orientation including four days of lessons on the local language, culture, society and politics
  • Cultural activities and excursions
  • 2 days of real teaching experience at a local school in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Camp facilitation
  • Graduation certificate, recommendation letter, graduation ceremony

Please Note: Online TESOL courses are not accepted for our teaching positions in Vietnam. As we work with the top schools in Vietnam, they all require teachers to have a 120-hour in-class TESOL certificate

In-take dates 2017 & 2018

Day Month Year Location
25 September 2017 Hua Hin, Thailand
30 October 2017 Hua Hin, Thailand
27 November 2017 Hua Hin, Thailand
27 December 2017 Hua Hin, Thailand
29 January 2018 Hua Hin, Thailand
26 February 2018 Hua Hin, Thailand
2 April 2018 Hua Hin, Thailand
23 April 2018 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
30 April 2018 Hua Hin, Thailand
4 June 2018 Hua Hin, Thailand
2 July 2018 Hanoi, Vietnam
30 July 2018 Hanoi, Vietnam
27 August 2018 Hua Hin, Thailand
27 August 2018 Hua Hin, Thailand
10 September 2018 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
29 October 2018 Hua Hin, Thailand
26 November 2018 Hua Hin, Thailand

Job Placement

There are two different job placement options for the Teach in Vietnam program. The following is included in both options and more is said below on how each option differs:

  • A teaching job is arranged for teachers based on their preferences of the age of students they wish to teach (anything from kindergarten to grade 12)
  • Placement preferences cannot be guaranteed but our placement team will do their very best to meet your preferences
  • In-depth screening and full background checks on schools prior to being placed at a school
  • TravelBud’s job placement is based on the close-knit and broad network and relationships our placement team have with the top schools in Vietnam
  • Couples and friends can be placed together
  • Assistance in finding accommodation close to your school
  • Pre-departure support and guidance
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Vietnamese cultural orientation and excursions

1 Year Program

  • Placements are available at private language centres in and around Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Placement duration: 1 year (12 months)
  • You will teach at multiple different public schools if you choose this placement option
  • Placements are renewable so you can choose to teach English in Vietnam for more than a year if you wish
  • Monthly salary of between 1200 and 1700 USD
  • End-of contract bonus pay
  • English teachers at private language centres in Vietnam can expect to teach classes of about 12 to 15 students with a typical work day starting at noon and ending at 8 pm – this does however vary from one school to the next

1 Semester Program

  • Placements are available at public schools in and around Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • You will be based at a language centre and travel to multiple public schools where you’ll teach
  • Placement duration: 3 to 4 months – September to the end of December
  • Monthly salary of at least 1000 USD (20 USD per hour worked, minimum of 15 hours per week)
  • Travel stipend (for travel from language centre to public school)
  • English teachers at public schools in Vietnam can expect to teach up to 40 to 45 students per class. While materials and resources may be limited at the public schools where you’ll teach, you will have full use of the resources at the hi-tech language centre where you’ll be based.

Next Steps

Interested in becoming an English teacher in Vietnam and not sure what to do next? Follow the steps below and we will ensure that we make your dream a reality:

  1. Read through all the information on this page
  2. Submit an enquiry form via the “Enquire Now” section below and we will get back to you within 1 business day with more information
  3. Our Teach Abroad Specialist will set up a time to meet in person or over Skype to talk you through everything, answer your questions, and guide you through the application process
  4. Complete our online application and submit required documentation- only to be done once you have been through all the program information
  5. You will be notified whether you have been accepted onto the program – this shouldn’t take more than 2 business days
  6. Pay the program deposit once accepted onto the program – see “Costs & Budget” section for more information
  7. Once your program deposit has been paid, you will be enrolled in the in-take of your choice and our Teach Abroad Specialist will begin assisting you with all the pre-departure support to get you prepared for the adventure that awaits you.
  8. Fly to Vietnam to begin your orientation and TESOL training with fellow soon-to-be-teachers in Vietnam
  9. An interview with a school in Vietnam will take place during or immediately after the TESOL course.
  10. Let the teaching begin!
Overview

Overview

Choosing to teach English in Vietnam will not only allow you to immerse yourself in a truly beautiful country but you will be given the opportunity to make a difference to the local community, providing the students you teach with a skill that will see them break through the barriers of poverty with endless employment opportunities available to those that can speak and understand the English language.

Teach English in Vietnam Highlights:

  • Full-time paid positions at private language schools in Southern Vietnam and beyond
  • No teaching experience is required
  • Monthly salary of 1000 to 1700 USD
  • Extremely low cost of living – one of the cheapest destinations to live and travel in Southeast Asia
  • Accommodation assistance
  • End-of-contract bonus pay (for 12 month contracts)
  • Healthcare is provided (for 12 month contracts)
  • 1 semester public school and 12 month private school job contracts which are renewable
  • 20 days vacation plus all public holidays (for 12 month contracts)
  • Travel stipend (for 1 semester contracts)
  • Friends and couples can be placed together
  • Placements available at kindergartens, primary (elementary and middle) schools, and high schools
  • In-class TESOL training in Ho Chi Minh City prior to job placement
  • Cultural orientation and excursions
  • Free Vietnamese language lessons
  • Pre-departure support and guidance
  • 24/7 full in-country support
  • Opportunity to assist in the growth and development of one of the most beautiful countries in the world
What's Included

What’s Included

The following is included in TravelBud’s Teach English in Vietnam program:

  • Airport pickup
  • Vietnamese culture and language orientation
  • Accommodation facilitation and assistance in Vietnam
  • Comprehensive job placement assistance
  • 120 hour in-class TESOL Course in Vietnam – takes place over 4 weeks in the vibey Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), available on set dates. If you cannot make the date of the Vietnam course, you have the option of completing your TESOL training in Thailand – enquire for details
  • Comprehensive job placement assistance
  • Screening and full background checks on schools
  • Visa support – Assistance and guidance provided by TravelBud for each applicant to acquire the correct visa before departing to Vietnam
  • Pre-departure support
  • SIM card
  • Documentation & assistance in opening local bank account
  • Access to an Online Teacher Resource whilst teaching – Includes tons of lesson plans and flash cards all tailored specifically to teaching English to Vietnamese children and within the Vietnamese English curriculum

What’s Excluded

  • Accommodation – We will provide assistance in finding affordable accommodation
  • Visa Fees – TravelBud provides visa assistance but it is the applicant’s responsibility to pay for visas and couriers.
  • Flights to Vietnam
  • Medical insurance for 1 semester contracts – TravelBud will however provide assistance in acquiring the necessary medical and travel insurance required for English teachers in Vietnam
Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Eequirements

Applicants are required to meet the following eligibility requirement to teach English in Vietnam:

  • Native English speaker – First language English speaker and completely fluent in English
  • Bachelor’s degree in any field of study
  • 120-hour, IN-CLASS TESOL course. NB: Online TESOL qualifications are not eligible for the Teach English in Vietnam program. In-class TESOL courses can be completed in Thailand or Vietnam through TravelBud or through an in-class TESOL school in the applicant’s home country
  • Good physical and mental health
  • Sufficient funds to pay for the program fees and other associated costs of the program
  • Passport holders from one of the following countries: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand
  • No criminal record
Costs & Budget

How does payment work?

Vietnam TESOL and Placement:

The payment of fees works as follows:

Deposit: $400
Final Payment: $1550
Total Fee: $1950
Breakdown:
– TESOL: $850
– Placement: $1015

Payment Procedure:

Deposit: $400
Final Payment: $1550
– required no later than 6 weeks prior to departure
Total Fee: $1950

Vietnam Placement Only:

This is for people who already have a qualification to teach abroad and don’t need to complete TESOL.
Payment of fees works as follows:

Deposit: $400
Final Amount: $865
– only to be paid once we have confirmed a job offer from a school in Vietnam
Total Fee:$1265

Recommended Budget

Please note: Below is our recommended budget for the first two months in USD. It takes into account the first month in Thailand completing the in-class TESOL course as well as your first month in Vietnam before you receive your first paycheck. Please note that the below budget merely serves as a recommendation and can be less or more depending on your spending preferences.

This budget is designed to serve as a guide and can be less or more depending on your spending preferences.

Currency converter

Change to your currency:

Budget Item Cost
Flights

Price depends on when you book, where you are travelling from and what sort of ticket you purchase

Varies
Travel Insurance

Price depends on which provider you use, the length of time you are covered for and limits of liability of that insurance

Varies
Food (60 days at $6.60 per day) $400
Rent (3 months) $900
Entertainment based on a moderate amount of going out during the TESOL course and no going out the first month or portion of teaching career $300
Transport

In and around Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for the duration of your training and first month. Note that if you choose a start date where your training is done in Thailand, add an extra $90 for flights to Vietnam

$100
Miscellaneous $200
Total $1,900
Please Note:  This budget is for those participants who come to Thailand first to complete the in-class TESOL course
TESOL Training and In-take Dates

TESOL Training & In-take dates 2017

A 120-hour in-class TESOL course is required to teach English in Vietnam. In-class TESOL courses can be completed in your home country through local TESOL/TEFL schools or completed through TravelBud in Vietnam. Our TESOL course in Vietnam is specifically tailored to teaching English in Vietnamese schools so we do strongly recommend doing your training through us.

The TESOL Course is a 4 week course which takes place in Ho CHi Minh City, Vietnam and is tailored specifically for native English speakers preparing to teach English in Vietnam. It consists of a 1 week Vietnamese cultural orientation followed by 3 weeks of TESOL theory and practical learning. Below is a brief breakdown of the TESOL course:

  • 120 hours of onsite and off-site instruction and work
  • Course book, multiple handouts
  • Comprehensive cultural orientation including four days of lessons on the local language, culture, society and politics
  • Cultural activities and excursions
  • 2 days of real teaching experience at a local school in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Camp facilitation
  • Graduation certificate, recommendation letter, graduation ceremony

Please Note: Online TESOL courses are not accepted for our teaching positions in Vietnam. As we work with the top schools in Vietnam, they all require teachers to have a 120-hour in-class TESOL certificate

In-take dates 2017 & 2018

Day Month Year Location
25 September 2017 Hua Hin, Thailand
30 October 2017 Hua Hin, Thailand
27 November 2017 Hua Hin, Thailand
27 December 2017 Hua Hin, Thailand
29 January 2018 Hua Hin, Thailand
26 February 2018 Hua Hin, Thailand
2 April 2018 Hua Hin, Thailand
23 April 2018 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
30 April 2018 Hua Hin, Thailand
4 June 2018 Hua Hin, Thailand
2 July 2018 Hanoi, Vietnam
30 July 2018 Hanoi, Vietnam
27 August 2018 Hua Hin, Thailand
27 August 2018 Hua Hin, Thailand
10 September 2018 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
29 October 2018 Hua Hin, Thailand
26 November 2018 Hua Hin, Thailand
Job Placement

Job Placement

There are two different job placement options for the Teach in Vietnam program. The following is included in both options and more is said below on how each option differs:

  • A teaching job is arranged for teachers based on their preferences of the age of students they wish to teach (anything from kindergarten to grade 12)
  • Placement preferences cannot be guaranteed but our placement team will do their very best to meet your preferences
  • In-depth screening and full background checks on schools prior to being placed at a school
  • TravelBud’s job placement is based on the close-knit and broad network and relationships our placement team have with the top schools in Vietnam
  • Couples and friends can be placed together
  • Assistance in finding accommodation close to your school
  • Pre-departure support and guidance
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Vietnamese cultural orientation and excursions

1 Year Program

  • Placements are available at private language centres in and around Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Placement duration: 1 year (12 months)
  • You will teach at multiple different public schools if you choose this placement option
  • Placements are renewable so you can choose to teach English in Vietnam for more than a year if you wish
  • Monthly salary of between 1200 and 1700 USD
  • End-of contract bonus pay
  • English teachers at private language centres in Vietnam can expect to teach classes of about 12 to 15 students with a typical work day starting at noon and ending at 8 pm – this does however vary from one school to the next

1 Semester Program

  • Placements are available at public schools in and around Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • You will be based at a language centre and travel to multiple public schools where you’ll teach
  • Placement duration: 3 to 4 months – September to the end of December
  • Monthly salary of at least 1000 USD (20 USD per hour worked, minimum of 15 hours per week)
  • Travel stipend (for travel from language centre to public school)
  • English teachers at public schools in Vietnam can expect to teach up to 40 to 45 students per class. While materials and resources may be limited at the public schools where you’ll teach, you will have full use of the resources at the hi-tech language centre where you’ll be based.
FAQ & Reviews

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions about teaching English in Thailand. If you would like to read our reviews from past and current English teachers in Thailand, please click here

Can my friend or partner come with me?

Yes! We provide friends and couples with placements in the same towns and sometimes at the same schools.

I have already completed a TESOL/TEFL course elsewhere. Do I still need to complete TravelBud’s course in Thailand?

This is possible for degree holders. With many courses out there not being accredited and providing the necessary training, our placement team will first need to review your certificate before accepting you for placement only.

What are travelling costs like?

Taxi’s can range from 60-150 Baht for a 15-30 minute trip. A motorbike taxi is roughly 50 baht.

How safe is it in Thailand?

It is extremely safe.  Like anywhere else it is recommended that you remain alert, however, Thailand is a relatively safe place for both men and women to be alone.

Medical services and insurance?

Yes, some schools do provide this. But with our starter pack, the applicants have the option to sign up for a year’s accident insurance for an extra 700 Baht. This covers them for up to 5000 Baht per visit.

What does the average meal cost?

It’s best to plan on 100 Baht a meal and that includes drink; however, local Thai food can range from 30-60 baht.

Where am I going to stay and how much will the accommodation cost me?

You will stay at the accommodation provided in Hua Hin (where the TESOL course takes place) and it will cost you 6,500 Thai Baht for the month. You will also have to pay a 6,500 deposit which you will get back at the end of your stay minus a fee of about 1,000 to 2,000 Baht for electricity. During your time teaching you will stay at accommodation either arranged by the school, our partners in Thailand or by you personally. Rent will vary between 4000 Baht and 10 000 Baht per month, depending on your location and preference.

Can you guarantee me a job once the course has ended?

Granted we have confirmed that you are eligible to teach English in Thailand after looking through your CV and photograph, you have a bachelor’s degree, meet the other minimal requirements, and you pass the in-class TESOL course, we can guarantee you a job placement once the course is over.

Is airport pick-up provided?

Yes, airport pick-up is provided as long as you land within 4 days prior to the start of your TESOL course.

Do schools provide lunch?

Yes, some do but not all. This will depend on each individual employer and their policy.

What islands job placements are there?

Phuket and Koh Samui. However these positions are hard to get as availability is limited.

What are the age groups you will be teaching?

Anything from primary school to high school. During your TESOL course you can request a preferred age group, but it is not possible to ensure the request is met.

Are there sports after school that you have to attend or teach?

No, but they do have concerts, cultural festivals and after school activities every now and again.

After contract can you still travel in the country or do you need to be out?

You can stay as long as you like as long as you have a job and you maintain a legal Visa status.

How long is the working visa valid for?

Start off on a tourist visa, and then convert to a Non Immigrant B. The following website provides detailed Visa information http://thailand.visahq.com/information/.

What activities are happening during evenings and weekends?

Nothing arranged by the school, but we have a network all over Thailand. We can put the applicant in contact with people all over.

Where are the best and worst places to work?

There are no bad places to work as every person has their own preferences; however, we find that there are tremendous benefits to working in both rural and urban areas.

What is the possibility of acquiring a second job to make more money?

Very possible, making a double salary is very common when getting extra work on the side. This can be negotiated through your employer or done privately and usually for English tuition.

How are the authorities?

The authorities are genuinely helpful and professional. They should be treated with respect as in your own home country.

What is phone and Internet connectivity like?

Really good and cheap and there are many places to assist you with this process. You will be provided you with a Thai SIM card upon arrival and will be up and running within the first two days of the course.

What if you are unhappy in a job? Can you get a new one?

Yes, but we don’t often find this to be a problem. If the applicant really dislikes the job and they have a good reason, then we can move them. But they need to understand that this can take time.

Dress code for teaching?

Casual-smart. Typically collar shirts for men and conservative dress for women.

How difficult is the TESOL course? Can one fail?

Yes, one can fail. But if we see that an applicant is not doing well, we will spend more time with the applicant to make sure they pass. We have had people fail or be kicked off, but that is because of other things like bad behavior such as drinking or fighting.

Must the teachers have CV’s?

Yes, it is vital for the job placement process for people wanting to teach English in Thailand

Packing essentials? Sleeping bag, towels?

People can get everything in Thailand, and it’s very cheap. Some of the accommodation does not include bedding, but this can be bought in Thailand. All participants are provided with a detailed packing list before departing for Thailand

Any serious laws they are very strict on in Thailand?

Thailand has a zero tolerance on drug possession and speaking about the Royal Family. It is strongly advised not to speak about either.

What is the level of English and general behaviour of students?

This will vary city to city; however, there is typically beginner knowledge of English throughout the country. Thai students are generally well behaved.

What curriculum will they follow at school?

There is no set curriculum; each school will have their own procedures.

Do your colleagues speak English?

This will greatly depend on which area in Thailand you are working. In the more urban areas such as Bangkok, many teaches will speak good English. In the more rural areas fewer teachers will speak English.

Will you work with any special needs children?

No

What are the chances of schools deducting security money? And how does this work?

This does not occur.

What are the expected tax deductions from your paycheck? Does is differ from school to school?

Yes, some schools take off tax at 3%. But normally they don’t take off tax for the first year.

What are the chances of teaching English in neighbour countries?

Very good, TravelBud can arrange this for you. We offer teaching programs in Myanmar, China and South Korea.

Is all paperwork and books supplied by the school?

Yes, most of the time.

When are the school holidays?

Typically Thai government schools have a month holiday in October and two months in March-April. You will be provided with a great deal of spare time to travel when you teach English in Thailand.

What is the big difference between language schools, private schools, government schools and varsity?

Not much difference, mostly only starting times and salary.

Can participants choose part or full time?

Job positions are generally full time.

Is religion a big issue?

No

What happens if you lose your job? Can you get a new one?

If you are fired, TravelBud and our partners will no longer help with job placement.

Are teachers expected to work during school holidays?

Not normally, this will depend on the school.

Can you drink tap water?

It is recommended not to drink the tap water, as there can be bacteria our bodies are unfamiliar with in the West. Bottle water is cheap and it’s safer to go buy a bottle. But if you happen to get a mouth full brushing your teeth, etc., no need for concern.

What are the benefits of completing the 120-hour In-class TESOL Course?

Thai culture and Thai lessons, Network of friends, Closer teacher / trainer relationship, Thai children are unique, practical training gives the applicant an opportunity to get to know how to work with Thai students and provides the best skill set required to teach English in Thailand. Volunteering in Thailand with our non-profit English Camp is a great experience! And looks great on a teacher’s resume. Gets applicants very comfortable to teach English in Thailand.

What if I don’t have a degree, will I be sponsored for a work permit?

For participants that do not have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, it is very difficult to be sponsored for a work permit. The requirement in Thailand is that all teachers possess a four year degree. Because of this, non-degree participants will need to do quarterly or bi-annual visa trips. In some instances a school can apply for a work permit for a non-degree holder through a special exemption process with the Thai government, but this is not the normal case for non-degree holders who choose to teach English in Thailand.

Next Steps

Next Steps

Interested in becoming an English teacher in Vietnam and not sure what to do next? Follow the steps below and we will ensure that we make your dream a reality:

  1. Read through all the information on this page
  2. Submit an enquiry form via the “Enquire Now” section below and we will get back to you within 1 business day with more information
  3. Our Teach Abroad Specialist will set up a time to meet in person or over Skype to talk you through everything, answer your questions, and guide you through the application process
  4. Complete our online application and submit required documentation- only to be done once you have been through all the program information
  5. You will be notified whether you have been accepted onto the program – this shouldn’t take more than 2 business days
  6. Pay the program deposit once accepted onto the program – see “Costs & Budget” section for more information
  7. Once your program deposit has been paid, you will be enrolled in the in-take of your choice and our Teach Abroad Specialist will begin assisting you with all the pre-departure support to get you prepared for the adventure that awaits you.
  8. Fly to Vietnam to begin your orientation and TESOL training with fellow soon-to-be-teachers in Vietnam
  9. An interview with a school in Vietnam will take place during or immediately after the TESOL course.
  10. Let the teaching begin!

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TEACH ENGLISH IN VIETNAM TESTIMONIALS

TravelBud was very helpful in organizing the adventure for us and answering all of our questions promptly. Everything went smoothly and we were placed in a great school for teaching. The certification course in Thailand was a lot of fun and also really helpful in feeling prepared for teaching.

Katelyn Travers, Vietnam

TravelBud have been an immense help in my teach abroad venture, allowing me to explore all possible options from the comfort of my own home. A thoroughly reliable agency with quick and friendly service, especially for amateur travellers.

Keegan Watkins, Vietnam

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