What to consider while thinking about teaching in Vietnam
There are several factors that have allured a large number of teachers to prefer Vietnam as their favorite destination to teach English. The culture of Vietnam is just fascinating. The colorful markets, the most pleasing tropical climate and the friendliest people are all some valid reasons to get pulled towards Vietnam. Vietnam is also a hub of backpackers drawn to view and admire the exquisite natural beauties of nearby lands namely Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. The large needs of teaching English for adults and children alike in the country has demanded contracting a large number of native English speakers to teach English in this country as Vietnam strongly believes that only English knowledge can life the populace out of poverty.
There is a large proliferation of language schools in the cities and towns of Vietnam. Therefore it is extremely easy to find a job as an English tutor in the large cities of Hanoi and HCMC besides several other coastal towns too. If you wish to land on a lucrative job, then you will certainly need a CELTA/TRINITY or an equivalent certificate. However, you need to be a native speaker to be able to grab any good opportunity.
There are several reasons why English tutors frequent language schools of the country for jobs. These language schools are reliable and provide an excellent support to the teachers in addition to assuring professional development. Also, these schools also offer several workshops for the new teachers in addition to training and meetings on how to manage. There are a host of other benefits offered by these language schools including contract completion allowances, relocation packages, visa and work permits, overtime pays and many others.
However, there are some downsides to working for the language schools like the need to sign a fixed contract that will demand from you a fixed number of hours per week. This might be a weekend schedule or weeklong schedule. This might hinder your opportunity to travel far and wide. The other lesser known limitation is this. While language schools have to thoroughly determine the caliber of the students for passing them, the conventional schools usually pass off the students irrespective of their learning levels in order to save their image. Therefore the retention rate of the students in the language schools might affect the image of the tutors aspiring for professional growth.
It is not that easy to find a job in the state school. The international schools in the big cities offer a host of opportunities for the TEFL teachers. The salaries offered by these schools are comparable to those given in the public schools. If you are to teach the wealthy Vietnam children or expats, you will certainly need a few years of experience. However, you will have certain advantages like an assured career growth and perks like airfare reimbursement and housing allowance.
It is always wise to do a good amount of research about the different schools, the roles they provide and the salaries they offer. Also be careful to consider the demands of the job role to see how suitable they are for you. Depending on your lifestyle, preferences, what you wish to do in Vietnam and others, you will have to weigh the opportunities in front of you.
Australia-Vietnam Skills & Education group (AVSE-TESOL) offers Teaching In Vietnam and Teach English In Vietnam.