Teaching English in Vietnam – “Yes, I was in ‘Nam!”
By Daniel Cariello (BA Hons English Literature)
Are you looking at teaching English in a foreign country but having trouble deciding between the myriad of choices? Are you interested in experiencing different cultures and learning about a country with a rich and interesting history? Then maybe Vietnam is the country for you. Vietnam is a country of contrasts; while the strong influence of it’s colonial past and it’s heritage are clearly visible, it’s main cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh are becoming increasingly urbanised and modern thus offering travellers the best of both worlds.
With an extensive coastline – which means the beach is never too far away – you will have the opportunity to dive, surf and take part in a variety of exiting and fun beach activities (which is also a good way to meet people and make friends), while being only a stone’s throw from other exotic Southeast Asian destinations such as Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. Vietnam is also famous for its majestic waterfalls and spectacular landscapes, which aside from taking your breath away also serve as peaceful retreats for the city dweller; great locations to pursue hobbies like photography/painting/sketching skills in your spare time or find inspiration for your next piece of writing/poetry perhaps?
Enticed by the prospect? To prepare yourself for Teaching English in Vietnam, you will need to have a TEFL qualification. Most TEFL courses do require you to to hold a Bachelor’s degree and will usually be priced between £600 and £900 on an average, in Vietnam. This will include flight, insurance, accommodation and your TEFL Certification. Combine this with an affordable average living cost of £200 to £300 per month – depending on lifestyle – and you will be ready for your extravagant Vietnamese journey! Click here to find out more about Visa requirements and how to apply.
If this sounds like something you’d like to do, click here for a comprehensive list of companies which offer opportunities at varying prices and experience levels. With the surge in tourism and international business relations in Vietnam, there is an increased demand for English teachers in Vietnam, especially those with recognised TEFL qualifications. So if you are TEFL certified, teaching English in Vietnam could be a great way to kick-start your TEFL teaching career.
In Vietnam, not only is there a plethora of TEFL jobs available but it’s also an amazing place to work; especially the more you get to know the local people and begin to appreciate their unquestionable optimism. It’s a fantastic place to live with beautiful scenery, exciting nightlife that ranges from fantastic nightclubs to extravagant beach parties. In addition, the cuisine is magnificent whether you choose to eat in the world-class restaurants that Vietnam is famous for, or from the local street vendors whose delicious, rustic meals at unbelievably low prices are extremely hard to resist.
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