Published 29th June 2019
If you have a TEFL certificate, the world is your oyster. But if you asked ten English as a Foreign Language teachers where they want to teach, 8 out of 10 will probably say Vietnam. Vietnam is having a TEFL moment right now. But what are the reasons why Vietnam is such a popular TEFL destination? It’s popular with teachers of all nationalities and of all ages and backgrounds. What is it about Vietnam that make it such a popular TEFL destination?
There are lots of EFL jobs
Vietnam has one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Couple that with a government focused on education and you can understand why Vietnam has such a good job market for EFL teachers. There is a huge demand to learn English and a serious need for EFL teachers.
Teachers can enjoy a high standard of living
Vietnam has a very low cost of living, but as an EFL teacher you can earn a relatively high salary. While in most countries a large percentage of your salary will be spent on accommodation and food, in Vietnam you can live well, eat well and play well, while also saving for your next holiday.
It has gorgeous cities
From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s cities are both historic and beautiful. From skyscrapers to lakes to old French quarters to streetside restaurants, Vietnam’s cities offer something for everyone.
There is always a beach nearby
If you’re more of a beach bum than a city rat, you’re in luck. No matter where you are in Vietnam you are never far from a beach. With more than 2 000 miles of coastline, you can explore tropical beaches, fishing villages and port cities to your heart’s content. If you only make it to one coastal area, make sure it’s Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site made up of thousands of limestone islands.
The food is out of this world
The food in Vietnam, as in many Asian countries, is truly outstanding. If you’re looking for a humble bahn mi or a steaming bowl of pho you’re sure to find mouth-wateringly delicious treats around the next corner.
Sweet and strong, Vietnamese coffee will change how you feel about coffee forever. Hot or iced, Vietnamese coffee is dark and bitter but sweetened with lashings of condensed milk.
It’s easy to explore South East Asia
With your salary and school holidays, it’s easy to do a lot of travelling on your days off. Vietnam is the prefect spring board to discover and explore South East Asia, being a central hub for flights around the area.
So many reasons to hop on a plane to Vietnam! South East Asia is a hot destination for travellers and TEFL teachers alike, but Vietnam is definitely a hotspot for 2019, and deservedly so. If you’re considering moving to that side of the world, do yourself a favour and seriously consider Vietnam.