Ho Chi Minh City...
Similar to Hanoi, English teaching jobs in Ho Chi Minh City are readily available and working as a professional teacher is a well-respected career. So why Ho Chi Minh City?
There’s no doubt about it, Ho Chi Minh City has a well-deserved reputation for being full-on. It’s a hive of activity, 24/7, with commercial pursuits both large and small and local people going about their everyday lives. While art and culture will capture your attention in Hanoi, it’s commerce, motorbikes, coffee, street food and 9 million + very friendly people that visitors to Ho Chi Minh City tend to remember the most. Folks who have pursued English teaching jobs in Ho Chi Minh City in the past, almost to a person, tend to remember the terrific lifestyle they were able to enjoy on the back of being a certified educator.
The climate in Ho Chi Minh City is hot, very hot or very, very hot – and humid. Unlike the north of Vietnam which has the classic 4 seasons, Ho Chi Minh City has only two seasons, the wet season and the dry season. The wet season comes with a daily downpour lasting for an hour or two and high humidity. The weather in Ho Chi Minh City dictates that outdoor activities happen early in the morning or in the evening when it’s cooler. During the daytime, local people are typically at home or at work under a fan, an air-conditioner or both with a one or two-hour nap in the afternoon being commonplace.
It might come as a surprise, but the weather is a factor with English teaching jobs in Ho Chi Minh City. Oppressive humidity combined with small classrooms, high student numbers and no air-conditioning can be challenging for seasoned teachers, let alone someone who is new to the profession. Flooding is commonplace during the wet season and consequently teachers need to be attuned to how they’ll get to class on time. Arriving at school before the daily downpour is one option. There is an upside to the weather in Ho Chi Minh City. It allows you to do things outside 24/7 – catch up with friends, pursue a hobby and suchlike – that are simply not possible in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and elsewhere, because it’s simply too cold.
Ho Chi Minh City has lots to see and do and getting around is relatively easy with Grab motorbikes and cars readily available. Metered taxis can be found everywhere, although they tend to be a bit more expensive than the ‘Grab’ alternative. Must-visit locations in and around Ho Chi Minh City include Ben Thanh Market, Reunification Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the War Museum and Cu Chi Tunnels (approximately 47 kilometres from the downtown area). Dam Sen Park receives an ‘honourable mention’ if only because it gives you a respite from your usual routine and it’s a great place to meet other people pursuing English teaching jobs in Ho Chi Minh City. Nightlife choices in Ho Chi Minh City are abundant. The following places come highly recommended by AVSE alumni: Bui Vien Walking Street, the Roof Top Bar at the Rex Hotel (where media correspondents congregated during the war years), the Lush Night Club, the Catwalk Night Club or any one of the hundreds of cheap Coffee Shops and ‘hole in the wall’ Bia Hoi establishments scattered across the city.
AVSE’s TESOL training centre in Ho Chi Minh City is located in Go Vap District, immediately north of Tan Son Nhat International Airport. It takes 25 minutes by taxi (US $14.00 +/-) from Go Vap to reach the downtown area. Landmarks close to the AVSE training centre include Mercedes Benz (Vietnam), Isuzu (Vietnam), the Pandora Shopping Mall, Quang Trung Software Park (the largest information technology hub in Vietnam) and the internationally renowned Go Vap Orphanage.
Meeting the requirements of the TESOL/TEFL training programme and setting yourself up for English teaching jobs in Ho Chi Minh City will be your priorities while you are at AVSE, but there will be ample time to socialise with your classmates, mix with local residents going about their everyday lives and do some exploring in the lanes and alleyways that characterise Go Vap District. In addition to giving you the opportunity to experience ‘the real Vietnam’ while you are completing the TESOL/TEFL course, Go Vap District has one of the best night markets in Ho Chi Minh City, plenty of restaurants and all the services you would ordinarily find in a suburb of a major city. Banks, medical clinics, movie theatres and more outdoor coffee shops than you will have time to visit are all close by.
It is worth noting that English teaching jobs in Ho Chi Minh City are available 12 months of the year except for the two-week TET holiday period, which is in mid to late January. The TET holiday is the Vietnamese version of ‘Christmas / New Year’ and the country closes down for a couple of weeks.
Ho Chi Minh City – Course dates
The table below provides dates for the TESOL/TEFL course in Ho Chi Minh City through to early 2022, a link to calculate the tuition fee based on your personal circumstances and a link to submit an application. You are encouraged to submit an application at least 3 months prior to the course date that is most suitable.
Ho Chi Minh City – Contact details
|Street address:||AVSE-TESOL (Ho Chi Minh City)|
1300 Quang Trung Street
Go Vap District (Ward 14)
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
|Email address (primary):||email@example.com|
|Email address (secondary):||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Telephone number (Vietnamese):||+84 2854 273 436 (international)|
54 273 436 (local)
|Telephone number: (English):||+84 901 324 439 (international)|
0901 324 439 (local)