Work abroad in Vietnam by teaching English while you explore the historical cities, world famous food, and breathtaking countryside.
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Teach in Vietnam and immerse yourself in a completely new culture! The low-cost living and laid-back lifestyle is very appealing to travelers, making Vietnam a highly sought after destination. The country is known for stunning places like Halong Bay and popular dishes like pho and banh mi, but Vietnam has so much more to offer. As an English teacher, you will be making a huge impact on your student’s lives while having the time to explore.
Greenheart Travel’s program is ideal if you are:
Program at a Glance:
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.
Orientation and the course are held in Ho Chi Minh City, but placements will be all over the country.
|February 24, 2020||FULL|
|March 23, 2020||Canceled due to COVID-19|
|May 4, 2020||Canceled due to COVID-19|
|September 7, 2020||FULL|
|October 12, 2020||Open|
|November 16, 2020||Open|
|February 22, 2021||Open|
|March 29, 2021||Open|
|May 2, 2021||Open|
|May 31, 2021||Open|
*Please note that teachers should plan to arrive in their course location at least one day before the start date.
Note: Some start dates are better suited for 4-month contracts, so if you want to do a short contract we may ask you to arrive on a certain date.
Add on a 3-week 120 hour TESOL certification course on ANY start date. An in-person TEFL/TESOL course is a requirement for the Vietnam program. 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.
Why should you take the course in Vietnam?
Vietnamese schools do not accept online TESOL/TEFL certifications. By taking the course in Vietnam you will get hands-on experience with Vietnamese students and the Vietnamese curriculum, as well as personal and helpful guidance from your TESOL teachers. You’ll also get to spend 3 weeks with all of your new friends taking the course before you spread out into your placements – and it’s a lot of fun!
If I need to take the TESOL course, do I arrive 4 weeks before my chosen start date?
No, we have TESOL courses on EVERY start date listed on the website so the date you choose on your application will be your first day in Vietnam. Everyone (regardless of if they need to do the course) will do the 1-week orientation together, and those taking the course will stay an additional 3 weeks after orientation.
This TESOL course is internationally accredited by the Online TESOL and TEFL Standards Agency (OTTSA). The course is audited quarterly by OTTSA staff, and will qualify you to teach anywhere in the world that requires or prefers a TEFL or TESOL certification. The certification lasts for the rest of your life!
*Note that many teachers work a combination of public and private school hours, or work in a public school during the school year and then in a private language school during the summer break.
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 times a week, which is very affordable in Vietnam.
Rent is typically $250 – 450 USD per month
All participants will participate in a week long group orientation upon arrival, whether you are taking the TESOL course or not.
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 months 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, as well as for the duration of the course for those staying an additional 3 weeks for certification. 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):
There are advantages of applying for this program through us:
We also have some unique offerings to our Greenheart Travel teachers and alumni!
Yes, acceptance onto the program means placement is guaranteed once you are in Vietnam. We have a 100% success rate in placing our teachers, and would not accept you onto the program unless we were sure we could place you.
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.
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!
Nope! You will be working at a private language school which employs multiple foreign teachers at a time.
Yes! We’re able to easily place groups of 2, 3, even 4 friends in the same place!
You will be responsible for your own meals during your time in Vietnam. Vietnamese food is very fresh, inexpensive and easy to obtain.
You’ll apply for a business visa and receive a visa stamp upon arrival. Once you start at your school, they will assist you with turning your business visa into a work permit.
If you’d like to stay at the same school, you can just sign another contract with them directly! If you’d like to move schools or towns, we can easily place you with another school at no charge!
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.
Since you’re working at a private language school, your first and last day will be outlined in your contract, not based on the school year (since classes run year-round).
You will have all Vietnamese public holidays off throughout the year, the longest break being Têt, the Vietnamese New Year, which is usually celebrated for 7 days, starting on the first day of the first month of the Lunar Calendar (usually late January/early February).
WiFi is widely accessible in Vietnam, although Vietnam does block certain websites.
The following are the key duties expected of you. These will vary slightly between schools, participants and programs. Classroom duties as a teacher include:
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.
We cannot support teachers wanting to bring children or pets on the program.
You will be covered by comprehensive international medical and accident insurance through Greenheart Travel for 1 YEAR as part of your program fee. This will cover you for most medical expenses you could incur, like prescriptions, ER visits, doctor visits, dental accidents, and hospitalizations. If you want to extend your coverage, we’ll provide the link to purchase additional coverage.
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.
The official language of Vietnam is 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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Day to day 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.
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!
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.
Our staff and in-country partners are also very welcoming and accepting of all gender identities. We can provide extra support if needed.
During the application process we are happy to provide information on the cultural norms of our destination countries and are prepared to advise you on the best programs based on your needs and interests.
1. Start Your Application Here. You will be sent more information as well as the link to our application portal to begin your formal application.
2. Submit Basic Program Information: The first step in our application portal will be basic things like your chosen start date, etc.
3. Submit your deposit: 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. Complete Application & Documents: Provide more detailed information about yourself in Part 2 of the application. In this section, you’ll tell us more information like your work history, motivations for joining the program, travel history, and emergency contacts. You will also submit your documents (below) within your portal account.
5. Skype Interview: 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.
6. You’re Accepted! Woohoo! We are usually able to accept people within 1-2 weeks of their interviews.
7. 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. Once you submit your commitment deposit you will unlock the acceptance portion of your portal, which includes things like pre-departure videos, travel and arrival information, the Greenheart Travel Atlas, and more.
9. Book your flights, and get ready for your adventure to Vietnam!
You will need to bring the following physical documents with you to Vietnam in order for the school to process your visa paperwork:
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