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Teaching Jobs in Vietnam

Article by:Peter Goudge, May 14, 2014

If you’re looking for an adventure, have advanced English language skills and teacher training of some kind, you’ll be pleased to know that there are a multitude of paid teaching jobs in Vietnam for people just like you.

With an economy that’s growing at a rate most developed countries can only dream about, coupled with 60% of the total population being under 35 years of age, there’s an insatiable thirst among Vietnamese people to acquire English language skills. This directly translates into teaching jobs in Vietnam for those of us who are up for the challenge.

Children in the plaground in a croud, pushing to get to the front of the line Sure, loading-up your backpack and jumping on a plane because somebody wrote in a blog that there’s an abundance of teaching jobs in Vietnam is a bit of risk. You can be comforted to know that many people have gone down this path before you and have lived to talk about their adventure. These days, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Nha Trang, Vung Tau and other major cities are full of foreigners pursuing teaching jobs in Vietnam – and having walked in your shoes they’re more than happy to point you in the right direction.

Starting your search for teaching jobs in Vietnam while still in your home country can’t hurt, but the reality is that Vietnamese schools rarely engage foreign teachers ‘sight unseen’. Mostly, they’ll want to see you ‘in the flesh’ and mostly they’ll require you to do a ‘demo’ class before offering you a contract. Again, this isn’t a reason to balk because in a country with over 90 million people, if one school doesn’t work out, there are plenty of others.

Most teaching jobs in Vietnam are filled via someone’s network. Talk to as many people as you can and knock on a few doors. With this kind of strategy, you’ll have more offers for teaching jobs in Vietnam than you’ll know what to do with.

Vietnam is a brilliant place to live and work. It’s unquestionably one of the world’s few remaining ‘hidden gems’. If you’re up for an adventure you’ll certainly find it in Vietnam.


About the writer: Peter Goudge is the Managing Director of Australia-Vietnam Skills & Education (AVSE-TESOL) based in Ho Chi Minh City. You can find more information about Peter Goudge and AVSE-TESOL via the following link:

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