Teach English in Vietnam – Summer

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  • Overview

    Program at a Glance:

    • Paid SUMMER ONLY English teaching positions in Vietnam primarily in and around Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
    • 1-week orientation in Ho Chi Minh City upon arrival
    • All inclusive program with add-ons packaged in: airport pickup, extensive emergency medical insurance, accommodation for your training period in Ho Chi Minh City, all orientation excursions, and more
    • Program Fee:  See what’s included here!
      •  $1,480 for placement only
      • $2,170 for TESOL course + placement
    • Short contracts (2 months including orientation) for those who only have the summer off
    • 12 hours of classroom time per week
    • Monthly salary of $800 – 1,200 USD
    • Couples and friends can be placed together!
    • Assistance in applying for the legal working visa, including visa paperwork and extensive directions and support.
    • Placements in private language schools

    Have questions for a program manager? Email us at travelapplications@greenheart.org

  • Program Dates

    For each start date, there will be a 5 day orientation. Orientation is held in Ho Chi Minh City, but placements will be all over the country.

    2019 Program Dates

    May 20 – late July or early August, depending on your school

  • Eligibility

    • Native English Speakers
    • Citizenship from USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand
    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • In-person TEFL/TESOL Certification required regardless of other qualifications (i.e. Education degrees, online TEFL certifications, teaching license, etc.)
    • 21-60 years old
    • Adventurous, mature, flexible and open-minded
    • Due to the challenges of living and working abroad, any health conditions, whether mental or physical, may affect your eligibility

    Still need your TEFL/TESOL certificate?

    An in-person TEFL/TESOL course is a requirement for the Vietnam program. Take your course once you arrive in Vietnam! Become prepared to step in front of a Vietnamese classroom, and make friends during your first month in Vietnam. You can add an on-site TESOL certification course in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi to the beginning of your program for $750 more. Due to the strict requirements of Vietnamese schools, we recommend enrolling in the course in HCMC or Hanoi as part of your program if you’re not yet certified.

  • Costs and Inclusions

    Placement Only: $1,850

    Placement + TESOL Course: $2,600

    Packaged into the Price:

    • Paid short-term English teaching positions in a private school
    • Salary of around $800 – $1,200
    • One week orientation is included in Ho Chi Minh City and and includes the same activities as outlined here.
    • Assistance finding accommodation at your placement
    • 2 Months of Medical Insurance
    • Travel Stipend for daily commute
    • Accommodation during orientation week
    • Airport pickup and transfer to hotel
    • Group Dinner during orientation
    • Access to Greenheart Travel Facebook groupsto connect with alumni and others on your start date ahead of your program.
    • Greenheart Atlas Program 
    • Greenheart Travel T-shirt & Greenheart Stickers
    • Thailand Culture Smart! Guide Book
    • Free lifetime job placement in Southeast Asia

    Additional Expenses You’ll Need to Cover (Estimates):

    • Airfare to Ho Chi Minh City ($800)
    • Visa fee or any costs associated with obtaining documents required for the visa ($100)
    • Background check ($30-$50)
    • Degree authentication ($50-$150)
    • Visa run to Bangkok to finalize work visa ($150-$200)
    • Meals and daily transportation in Vietnam ($5-$7/day)
    • Rent during your teaching contract ($250-$450/month)
    • A refundable deposit for your orientation or course accommodations ($70). Just don’t use your air conditioning like crazy and you should get most of this back 🙂
    • A laptop:  Teachers are responsible for bringing a laptop computer to Thailand with them for lesson planning
    • Startup cash to hold you over until your first paycheck ($1500-$2000)

    Payment Details:

    • $300 Application Deposit due to move onto interview  
      • Refunded if you are not accepted 
    • $300 Commitment Deposit due after acceptance 
      • Confirms your spot on a start date 
    • Remaining Balance Due 6 Weeks Prior to Start Date: $980

    Ready to start your application? Get started here! 

    Why do I have to pay for a job?

    Programs like this one in Vietnam don’t have direct government funding, so teachers who want to teach there must cover some of their own expenses. When programs cost money, we try to keep them as cheap as possible (we are a non-profit!) but there are some costs associated with running a program when it does not have any direct funding. We include as much as we can up front in the program fee, so that you don’t have any unexpected and costly financial surprises. The program cost covers things like extensive support from your program manager, an entire year of insurance, group orientation and excursions, accommodation during orientation (and the TESOL course if you add that on), support staff, airport pickup, transfers, administrative costs of placement and support, etc. Program staff will be available to answer any questions before and after arrival, and you’ll have access to 24/7 support if needed while in Vietnam.

    It is also free to extend your program for additional semesters or take your skills to another country! As a Vietnam program alumni you are entitled to lifetime job placement in Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, or South Korea. You are welcome to stay in Vietnam for as long as you like, or come back later down the line, as long as you maintain the correct visa and immigration status through your school. You never have to pay a program fee again if you extend your contract past your first semester, it’s a one-time fee!

    In order to interview you will need to submit a $300 deposit which works towards your total program fee. We only interview serious applicants, which is why we require this deposit ahead of the interview and processing your application. If you do not pass the interview and are not accepted (rare), you will receive this deposit back in full.

    After your interview and acceptance you will also be asked to submit a $300 commitment deposit to confirm your spot on your chosen start date, and this also applies towards your total program fee.  The rest of your balance is due after acceptance, 6 weeks before departure. You’re welcome to pay off your balance in as many “installments” as you want leading up to the 6 week mark before you leave.

  • Placements

    Work schedule:

    • Teaching in the afternoons and evenings, and also on the weekends
    • 12 teaching hours, fluctuate from week to week
      • Teachers should expect to be at schools 40 hours/week
    • Teachers will get two days off per week but may not be consecutive

    The majority of teachers will be placed in either Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi but other placements can be requested. Preferences can not be guaranteed so teachers are required to keep an open mind about where they could be placed.

  • Accommodation

    Once you’re placed in a teaching position, you’ll move to your long-term accommodation, generally near your school.

    You will have extensive assistance from our in-country team in finding accommodation, and in some cases, it will be arranged for you before your arrival. You won’t have to worry about apartment hunting on your own!

    There are two very typical accommodation arrangements for teachers in Vietnam: renting a studio apartment or renting a room in a shared apartment, typically with other teachers on the program. Both options will come furnished, and it’s fairly common for teachers to hire a cleaning/laundry lady to come a couple of times a week, which is very affordable in Vietnam.

    Rent is typically $250 – 450 USD per month

  • Orientation

    At orientation, you’ll have the opportunity to meet many other new like-minded and adventurous teachers who have also just arrived! Since most teachers are placed in and around HCMC and Hanoi, you’ll get to know a few people you’ll be spending the coming weeks with! Orientation includes important activities and classes on what to expect on your program, Vietnamese language, and local culture. Shared accommodation is included for the duration of orientation.  Meals are not included, but there are many inexpensive, cheap options in the area.

    Orientation week is full of fun activities and excursions, which are included in the program (note that these will vary based on start date):

    • Welcome dinner
    • Vietnamese Culture and History lessons
    • Vietnamese language lessons
    • Vietnamese cooking class
    • Vietnamese martial arts class
    • Hanoi: Ethnology Museum, Water Puppet Show and Hao Lo Prison
    • HCMC: War Remnants Museum and Cu Chi tunnels
    • Market tour with the Vietnamese staff, to help learn basic phrases and how to buy items at a market
    • Night market food tour
  • Why Greenheart Travel?

    Greenheart Travel is proud to develop this new program to teach abroad in Vietnam with our long term partners who run our most popular program in Thailand!

    There are advantages of applying for this program through us:

    • 33 years of experience with cultural exchange programs
    • Friendly, responsive, and professional support from your program manager, Savannah, who has taught abroad for several years
    • Our alumni recommend us! GoOverseas.com Reviews // GoAbroad.com Reviews
    • We make our program fees as inclusive as possible. We include things like extensive medical insurance for the duration of the program (medical maximum of $200,000 and prescription coverage with $0 copay) and accommodation for the entire TESOL course in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi, so you don’t run into any hidden or unexpected fees down the line
    • Connect with alumni and others on the program via our Greenheart Travel only Facebook forums, before you even leave!
    • Exclusive access to the Greenheart Atlas, our interactive program that will guide you through your cultural immersion experience before, during, and after your program
    • Hands on support and personal attention every step of the way
    • 24/7 emergency phone number to reach a staff member at any time
    • Pre-departure “Culture Shock and Adjustment” Webinar before you leave
    • “Travel For A Change” T-shirt and Thailand Culture Smart! Guide Book
    • Discounts for future Greenheart Travel programs
    • We are a non-profit, mission based organization
    • Continued support throughout your contract

    We also have some unique offerings to our Greenheart Travel teachers and alumni!

    1. Greenheart Grants: Greenheart Grants are funds awarded to Greenheart Travel participants to use for community development projects in their host or home country. A Greenheart Grant is the opportunity to create, improve, or maintain an impactful, community-focused project abroad or at home. Grant funds could be applied to supporting women’s cooperatives, schools, community centers, or health clinics, for example. Grant winners will be featured on our website, social media, and blog. You can see our past winners on our blog here.
    2. Greenheart Alumni Program: We created the Greenheart Travel Alumni Program to provide resources and a community to support alumni in their advancement as global leaders, and a way to celebrate and reward our participants for being ambitious, inspiring catalysts of cultural exchange!
    3. Greenheart Global Leaders Conference: Each August Greenheart offers full ride scholarships to over 40 alumni to attend our annual conference in Washington, DC. Participants even get a chance to advocate for cultural exchange in a presentation to the US Department of State. You can see more about what GGLC is and what you could do at the conference here.
  • FAQs

    When will I find out where I will be placed?
    For the placement only program, you’ll interview over Skype and get your placement assignment before you go to Vietnam. For those taking the TESOL course, you’ll interview with schools during your course and receive your assignment while you’re there.

    Can I choose where I’m placed?
    While we can’t 100% guarantee anything, the vast majority of our placements are in the HCMC and Hanoi area so it’s very likely you’ll be placed in one of these major cities. Teachers are currently in extremely high demand in Vietnam, so it’s very likely you’ll be placed in your city of choice!

    Are my meals included throughout my placement?
    You will be responsible for your own meals during your time in Vietnam. Vietnamese food is very fresh, inexpensive and easy to obtain.

    How will I get to school every day?
    You will be provided with a stipend intended to cover your commuting expenses. You may choose to take a taxi to school every day. Many teachers choose motorbikes as their form of transportation. However, this option should only be taken after careful consideration of the dangerous roads and and very heavy traffic conditions in Vietnam. We do not recommend driving motorbikes in Vietnam.

    Will I have access to internet?
    WiFi is widely accessible in Vietnam, although Vietnam does block certain websites.

    What will my duties be during my contract?
    The following are the key duties expected of you. These will vary slightly between schools, participants and programs. Classroom duties as a teacher include:

    • Teaching English to a range of classes at public schools and/or language schools for up to 25 classroom teaching hours per week
    • Classroom administration (such as taking attendance, marking homework, reporting grades etc.)
    • Preparation of teaching materials and lesson plans
    • Attending meetings as required
    • Participation in after-school activities and cultural events.

    It is the expectation of the school that teachers will maintain a high professional standard at all times and actively contribute to the life of the school.

    Can I bring my children? No.

    Can I bring pets? No.

    Will I have access to a phone?
    It is very easy and cheap to get cell phones in Vietnam. Phones cost about $30, and then it is pay as you go. You can also bring your own unlocked cell phone and just buy a new SIM card, which is only $2 or $3.

    What should I bring as a gift for coworkers?
    It’s nice to bring a few small gifts with you to Vietnam as a friendly offering! The best gifts are those that represent your home town or country!


    What language do they speak in Vietnam?
    The official language of Vietnam is Vietnamese.

    What if I don’t speak Vietnamese?
    That’s totally ok! You’ll get some introductory Vietnamese classes during your orientation to help get you started. You’ll be expected to speak English all the time for your job, and for your personal life you’ll gradually pick up everything you need to know!

    I am a vegetarian – will this be a problem in Vietnam?
    It can be very challenging to be a vegetarian in Vietnam. Most of the food in the restaurants contain some sort of meat, meat broth, or are prepared with fish sauce. However, there is an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables in the markets! Vegetarians should plan to frequently prepare meals at home.

    What should I wear?
    Vietnamese teachers dress professionally. While teaching, you should dress “business casual”. Women should wear skirts/dresses that are knee length or longer, or nice pants.  Tops should cover your chest and shoulders. Men should wear trousers with collared shirts (polos or button-downs).

    Outside of the classroom is more flexible, but you should keep in mind that the Vietnamese tend to be more conservative than most Western countries, especially in the rural areas outside of the city.


    Will I need any vaccinations or immunizations to travel to Vietnam?
    We recommend visiting your doctor or a local travel clinic for updated advice on recommended immunizations. You should visit a doctor a couple of months before your program.

    Here is some health information for Vietnam: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/vietnam

    Is Vietnam safe?
    Vietnam is a very safe country. However, just like in any country, you should exercise some caution: be aware of your surroundings, keep an eye on your belongings, don’t walk alone late at night, etc. In tourist areas street hawkers will approach you to buy their goods but a firm ‘’khong” or “no” is enough to put them off. Bag snatching from foreigners is probably the most common threat in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.


    How much money should I bring with me to Vietnam?
    It’s best to have at least $2,000 USD in the bank going into the program. It is unlikely that you will use all of it, but it’s good to have additional funds for unexpected expenses and travel. You will also need to support yourself until your first paycheck comes through, often at the end of you first month of teaching. We also recommend having access to a credit card in case of  an emergency expense.

    Can I use my credit card in Vietnam?
    The use of credit cards in Vietnam is fairly rare. Some higher end or touristy places or malls will accept cards, but expect to primarily use cash.

    Is it expensive to live in Vietnam?
    The cost of living in Vietnam is very low, and your salary will be plenty to live off of. The cost of a domestic beer is less than $1.00 USD, and an inexpensive meal can cost less than $2.00 USD!

    Should I exchange for Vietnamese currency before arriving?
    There’s no need to exchange your money before arriving. You can withdraw money from the ATM at the airport once you arrive, and throughout your stay in Vietnam. You can also bring some cash ($200-300 USD), and exchange it for Vietnamese Dong at an exchange kiosk in the airport upon arrival. However, exchange rates from ATMs tends to be better than at exchange kiosks. It’s good to travel with some cash to exchange in case you have any trouble with the ATM.

  • Application Process

    1. Start Your Application Here: Greenheart Travel Application. This first step includes things like your name, address and chosen start date and should take around 10-15 minutes to complete. Once complete, you will receive a link to a digital Terms and Conditions form.

    2. Sign the Terms & Conditions (Approximately 10 Minutes): These are our basic policies like cancellation policies, deferral policies, etc.

    3. Submit your deposit (Approximately 5 minutes): A $300 deposit is required in order to apply for the program. This is subtracted from your total program fee. If we are unable to accept you following your interview (very unlikely!) we will refund your deposit in full.

    4. Secondary Application Form (Approximately 30 Minutes): Provide more detailed information about yourself in Part 2 of the application. Links to this part will be emailed to you. In this section, you’ll tell us more information like your work history, motivations for joining the program, travel history, and emergency contacts.

    5. Submitting Your Documents: Submit your required documents (below) at the link provided.

    6. Skype Interview (Approximately 10-15 Minutes):  Once you have submitted your online application and paid your application deposit, you will be asked to schedule a video interview with a Greenheart Travel representative.

    7. You’re accepted! Woohoo! We are usually able to accept people within a 1-2 weeks of their interviews.

    8. Commitment Deposit: Once you are accepted to the program, you will need to submit a $300 commitment deposit within 14 days to confirm your spot on the program.

    9. Book your flights, and get ready for your adventure to Vietnam!

    Required Documents To Apply

    1. Application (done online)
    2. Copy of Passport
    3. Resume
    4. Criminal Record Check – Greenheart Travel pays for this for US Citizens as part of the online application
    5. Copy of your University Degree or Transcript
    6. TEFL/TESOL Certificate (unless you plan to take the TESOL course in Vietnam)

    Physical Documents

    You will need to bring the following physical documents with you to Vietnam in order for the school to process your visa paperwork:

    1. Copy of your Bachelors Degree Diploma, notarized and apostilled
    2. Government Issued Background Check (local, state, or national level), notarized and apostilled
    3. Your original TEFL/TESOL Certificate
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