Overview

Teach English in Vietnam on a year-long paid contract while exploring the beautiful countryside, learning about the country’s fascinating history, and enjoying the delicious food of Vietnam. Hired teachers will be placed in language schools and public schools throughout the country.

Basic Program Details:

  • Paid English teaching positions throughout Vietnam
  • 12-month contracts
  • Placements in public schools and private language academies
  • Monthly salary of $1,250 – $2,000 USD
  • Orientation upon arrival
  • Option to add a TESOL Course

More Info:

Program Dates Eligibility
Costs Placements
Accommodation Application Process
FAQs Gallery 

Program Dates

Program Start Date Deadline to Apply Course Location
April 23, 2018 January 23, 2018 Ho Chi Minh City
May 14, 2018* February 14, 2018 Ho Chi Minh City (orientation only)
July 2, 2018** May 2, 2018 Hanoi
July 30, 2018 May 30, 2018 Hanoi
September 10, 2018 July 10, 2018 Ho Chi Minh City

*The May 14th date is just an orientation with no TESOL course. You must have an in-person TESOL certification to apply for this start date.

**The July 2nd start date is the best option for those hoping for a public school placement.

If none of these dates work for you, you can take the course in Thailand any time, then start your one-year contract in Vietnam.

For each start date, there will be a 5 day orientation, followed by the option to add on a 3-week TESOL certification course for those who are not yet certified. Everyone will still start the orientation on one of the start dates below, and those that add on the certification will have their orientation followed by 3 extra weeks of coursework.

*Please note that teachers should plan to arrive in their course location at least one day before the start date

Eligibility

  • Native English Speaker
  • Citizenship from USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • In-person TEFL/TESOL Certification required (NO online courses)
  • 21-60 years old
  • Ability to commit to a full semester
  • 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?

Add on an on-site TESOL certification course in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi to the beginning your program in Vietnam for $800 more. An in-person TEFL/TESOL course is a requirement for the Vietnam program. 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

Placement Only: $1,770

Placement + TESOL Course: $2,570

What’s included:

  • 12 month paid teaching placement
  • Monthly salary of $1,250 – $2,000 USD (pre-tax, depending on qualifications and number of teaching hours)
  • Pre-departure Online Vietnam Cultural Foundation course
  • Orientation upon arrival
  • Accommodation during orientation (and TESOL Course, if taken)
  • Travel stipend for daily commute
  • Work visa arranged by the school
  • Airport pick up
  • Step-by-step guidance and support throughout application process, including pre-departure orientation
  • 24/7 emergency support and services for duration of the program. Meet one of our awesome in-country support staff members here!
  • International medical/accident insurance provided through Greenheart Travel

What’s not included:  flights to/from Vietnam, visa fees, meals & accommodation during your teaching contract. You may also have to do a visa run after the TESOL course that will cost $150-$200; this cost is your responsibility.

Placements

Teachers will be placed in language schools and public schools throughout the country. While you’ll be able to speak with a placement coordinator about your regional and age-level preferences, it’s important to be open to any grade level and any part of Vietnam, as placement is based on availability.

Work schedule:

  • Language schools: teaching in the afternoons and evenings, and also on the weekends.*
  • Public school hours: weekdays in the mornings and afternoons*
  • 15 -25 teaching hours, fluctuate from week to week
  • Teachers will get two days off per week but may not be consecutive
  • Paid holidays
  • Vacation leave (amount varies from school to school)

*Note that most teachers work a combination of public and private school hours, or work in a public school during the school year then in a private language school during the summer break.

Accommodation

You will be provided with several days of free accommodation in a hotel while you search for housing. Local staff will assist you in finding local accommodations. Typically, participants will find and share an apartment with other teachers or live in a studio apartment. Rent is typically $150- 350 USD per month

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?

You’ll be able to express your preferences as far as age group and location, but placements are based on availability so it’s important to be open to placements of all kinds all over the country.

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!

LIVING IN VIETNAM

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

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.

HEALTH & SAFETY

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.

FINANCES

How much money should I bring with me to Vietnam?

It’s best to have about $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.

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

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

Our spaces for this program are limited. Applicants will be screened and accepted on a rolling basis. We recommend submitting your application and documents as early as possible to secure a position.

The sooner you submit your application and deposit, the sooner we can start reviewing your application, set up your interview, and hear about your acceptance. With your application and deposit out of the way, you can start planning your upcoming adventure!

  • Select the APPLY NOW button. You will be sent your unique link to your online application immediately via email.
  • Using the unique link emailed to you, fill out the application. This includes things like your name, address and chosen start date.
  • Sign our Program Terms and Conditions, which will be emailed to you and can be signed online.
  • Submit your $300 application deposit. A deposit is required in order to reserve your spot in the program and is subtracted from your total program fee. If we are unable to accept you, we will refund your deposit.
  • Submit the required documents and run your criminal background check (provided for free for US Citizens).
  • Schedule your Skype interview! Once you have submitted your online application and paid your deposit, you will be asked to schedule a Skype interview with a Greenheart Travel representative. If you do not have a Skype account, please be sure to create an account before the date of your interview.
  • After Acceptance, you will be asked to submit a $300 Commitment Deposit to secure your spot and start date on the program. This will be due within 14 days of being accepted onto the program. This also goes towards your total program fee as well, and the rest of your balance is due 6 weeks before departure.
  • You’ll have a conversation with in-country staff and and an additional interview directly with the school prior to being offered a contract.

Reviewing Your Application

Greenheart Travel will thoroughly review your application and will contact you to confirm your acceptance. If you have submitted all documents, this can happen as quickly as 1-2 days. Acceptance can only be given after we have all of your required documents, so please submit them to us as soon as possible. If we find something in your application that we have concerns about, we will let you know immediately.

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 Certificate