Teach English in or near:  Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Hanoi, Haiphong, Da Nang

Vietnam has in recent years become another exceptionally popular destination for travellers to East Asia, due not only to its sub-tropical beauty, cultures and numerous attractions but also thanks to the fact that it offers both low cost living and extraordinary sightseeing opportunities.

Stunning Ha Long Bay with its unique limestone islands is one of Vietnam’s most famous attractions and alone worth choosing Vietnam as a teaching location, but it has plenty of competition from Vietnam’s beaches on the South China Sea coast, as well as truly stunningly beautiful countryside full of marvels, lush terraces and endless rice paddies, vibrant towns and villages – complete with friendly villagers in traditional dress.

TEFL teaching opportunities abound in this fascinating country, both full and part time, especially in Hoh Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Travel and accommodation are inexpensive, and beer and food are arguably cheaper than anywhere else in Southeast Asia.

Vietnam has become a popular teaching destination for English teaching.


Finding Work as an English Teacher in Vietnam 

Foreigners can easily find English teaching positions in International schools, private language schools and as private tutors – mostly in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hanoi. The pay is great, the living very inexpensive and Vietnam is demanding more and more foreign English teachers by the year. Jobs in International schools are more than plentiful thanks to the Vietnamese government’s National Foreign Languages programme.

Teaching English in International Schools

There are a number of International schools in Vietnam’s and they are always looking for new TEFL graduates, although you will most likely need a University degree as well as you TEFL certificate if you apply. Hours are good and pay is excellent – one of the highest rates of pay in Asia. Established International schools offer secure and safe employment, and the chance to work with other English-speakers.

Teaching English in Private Language Schools

There are many private language schools in Vietnam. As with the International schools, should you apply for a job from outside of Vietnam, you will need a University degree for your work permit and visa.

Teaching English in Public Schools

It has in the past been relatively difficult for foreigners to find teaching positions in the public schools in Vietnam, although the government does host volunteer programmes, and this situation is changing due to the Foreign Languages Programme.

Private English Tutoring for Children, Adults and Business Executives

It is easy to pick up extra work in Vietnam as a private tutor, and the rate per hour is excellent – particularly when tutoring business-people.

Monthly Salary22,000,000 – 45,000,000 VND per month
Teaching Hours25 – 40 hours per week guaranteed; overtime available
AccommodationAssistance provided
Vacation4 weeks
Start datesInternational schools – Jun/Jul/Aug Language schools – all year round
 Requirements Bachelor’s degree and TEFL

The Vietnamese language has six different tones. A change in tone changes the meaning of the word

Among all developing countries, Vietnam has one of the lowest unemployment rates

An estimated ten million motor bikes travel on the roads of Vietnam every day

Vietnam’s street food culture is quite popular and considered by many to be one of the best in the world

Elephant rides are another very popular local activity often enjoyed by tourists