Come visit and stay forever: teach English in Vietnam
Exotic Vietnam, with its rich cultural history, stunning geography, and friendly locals, remains a mecca for visitors wanting to explore Southeast Asia.
Over 15 million international visitors can’t be wrong!
More and more of these tourists are considering Vietnam as a place to live and work, especially as the bitter British winter approaches.
One popular career for ex-pats is teaching English as a foreign language.
Teaching English is the simplest solution to living and working in Vietnam, utilising a skill that you already have- speaking English!
The wide selection of teaching locations across the country means that you can work in the area and climate you most enjoy, allowing you to set up roots in a stunning new home as you embark on your exciting new career.
Locations of campuses include:
- Ho Chi Minh City
- Binh Duong
- Bien Hoa
- Can Tho
- Vinh Long
- Buon Ma Thuot
- Vung Tau
But why choose Vietnam?
You want your money to go further
Vietnam enjoys a very low cost of living, making it popular with ex-pats. People who live in Vietnam experience a 39% reduction in the cost of living versus the UK, meaning that you will have more money to spend on luxuries or even save for a rainy day.
As in the UK, rental prices vary but on average, rent is around 60% cheaper in Vietnam, which makes it much more affordable.
Many young people consider working abroad as an easy way to save up for a house deposit, as they find that their wages go further when living outside of England. This is especially true for Vietnam and would allow English teachers to save for their first home, travel, and still maintain a good standard of living.
Teaching English as a foreign language also entitles you to many perks, all of which will keep more money in your pocket!
- Any taxes and visa payments will be covered by your employer
- You could be eligible for relocation bonuses
- Upon completing your contract, you can expect a contract bonus, which could be up to one month's salary!
All while working in a rewarding, sociable career. Sounds idyllic, right?
You want to keep travelling
Due to its geographical position, Vietnam enjoys a variety of climates across the country so there’s an area to suit everyone.
No matter where you decide to settle, the mix of climates means that using your 1-2 free days per week, you could explore the snow in the North.
Or, if you are a beach buff, you can travel cross-country and enjoy weekends off at some of Vietnam’s most beautiful beaches, including the archipelago of Con Dao or Vietnam’s largest beach, Phu Quoc.
Similarly, Vietnam borders many other countries, so you could travel widely across Southeast Asia using your holiday allowance. Within a few hours, you could reach countries such as Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand, or travel further afield to Singapore, Hong Kong, or the Philippines.
Your holiday allowance and your days off mean that you will be left with lots of time to explore Vietnam and wider Southeast Asia. This means you can see much more of the world without the time and expense associated with long-haul flights.
You want to live alongside the locals
Want to live in the 9th most friendly country in the world?
After voting in 2022, Vietnam solidified its position as one of the most welcoming countries across the globe, which when coupled with their renowned respectfulness makes working in Vietnamese schools a joy.
One of the useful perks associated with teaching English abroad is the free Vietnamese language classes. While locals will be amiable and will assist you, learning the native language will be much easier when living among it and it will give you an advantage both personally and professionally.
Similarly, if you already speak another language, particularly Russian or Mandarin, you will find that you will be in a better position than your colleagues and could be eligible for better-paid jobs.
Start your Vietnamese adventure today
Imagine the freedom of working anywhere in the world.
Seems too good to be true right?
With a TEFL certificate, from an internationally recognised TEFL course, you can live and work on any continent across the globe!
Previously: What I wish I'd known before I started TEFL