AVSE’s TESOL/TEFL ‘package’ – internationally recognised course, complimentary accommodation and ‘hands-on’ job help – is exactly the same at each of our three locations, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh. While the TESOL/TEFL package is the same, the three cities are uniquely different.
Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam and the seat of government is best known for history, culture and the arts. Ho Chi Minh City is the ‘engine room’ of Vietnam, the commercial hub. With a population of close to 9 million people, Ho Chi Minh City is one of those places in the world that never sleeps. Pretty much closed off until the late 1980s, these days Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are ‘must visit’ locations for experienced and inexperienced travellers alike. Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, is a city on the march with a level of growth envied by most developed countries. Now, open for business, the transformation of Cambodia from a rural backwater to an economic powerhouse over the past decade is nothing short of miraculous.
If you don’t wish to uproot yourself after completing your TESOL/TEFL course, the salary for English teaching jobs in Vietnam and Cambodia will be a factor when you’re deciding where to do the course itself. From our experience, salaries on offer in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh are similar, although, you will almost certainly put in more teaching hours each month in Phnom Penh compared to the other two cities. It’s also worth noting that most of the teaching hours in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are in the evening and over the weekend, whereas in Cambodia, the teaching hours are almost exclusively between 8.00 am and 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday.
In the table below you will see some key metrics for Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh, which may help you with making a decision on which of AVSE’s three premier locations is best for you.
|Metric||Hanoi||Ho Chi Minh City||Phnom Penh|
|Size||3,329 km²||2,061 km²||679km²|
|Population||8 million||9 million||1.5 million|
|Seasons||traditional 4 seasons||2 seasons x wet + dry||2 seasons x wet + dry|
|Weather (copy and paste the link)||shorturl.at/dfnvI||shorturl.at/ejpI6||shorturl.at/gyKW5|
|Apartment per month x easy commute x 1 bedroom||US $350.00||US $400.00||US $380.00|
|Single person x average monthly costs (excluding rent)||US $450.00||US $420.00||US $470.00|
|Average foreign teacher salaries per month||US $1400.00 (+/-)||US $1400.00 (+/-)||US $1350.00 (+/-)|
|Savings capacity (after all expenses)||50% (+/-)||50% (+/-)||50% (+/-)|
Regardless of where you choose to complete the TESOL/TEFL training programme at AVSE – Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Phnom Penh – you will receive the same high-quality, educational and immersive experience, inclusions and optional extras. Importantly, you will also receive the same warm welcome from AVSE staff on the ground and local people. In Vietnam and Cambodia, professional teachers are highly respected, so, perhaps for the first time in your life, you’ll be treated like a movie star and it will be your time to shine.
One thing is certain, there are plenty of English teaching jobs in Vietnam and Cambodia and with quality TESOL certification from AVSE, you’ll be in the ‘box seat’.