Everything You Need to Know About Teaching English in Vietnam
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Teaching English as a Foreign Language is your ticket to living in any country in the world. And one of the countries that is growing in popularity as a TEFL destination is Vietnam – but you probably know that already. If you’ve never been to Vietnam you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. So let’s look at what it’s like teaching English in Vietnam.
Living in Vietnam
Let’s talk about the obvious first. Vietnam is a breathtakingly beautiful country, with gorgeous cities, quaint villages, dreamy beaches and mystical mountains. It has a warm, tropical climate so you can be sure to enjoy balmy summers and mild winters. The food is outrageously good, with local Vietnamese specialities and French classics with a Vietnamese twist waiting to be enjoyed in a sidewalk café.
If you are teaching in Vietnam, it is common to share a house with other teachers. Grocery shopping and eating out are relatively inexpensive and it is super easy and affordable to travel around the country and in neighbouring countries. It’s common for TEFL teachers living in Vietnam to spend their holidays backpacking around Thailand or China or visit Singapore or Malaysia. So while the average salary may not be as high as in other countries, the cost of living is low enough to make sure you can live a very comfortable life. You are probably not going to earn enough to pay off your student loans, but you will be living a good life and will be able to travel to your heart’s content within Asia.
Teaching English in Vietnam
Vietnam is an up-and-coming market for TEFL. With the boom in tourism and hospitality, Vietnam has seen a huge surge in the need for English. This has naturally resulted in a massive increase for TEFL teachers – and therefore TEFL jobs. To teach in Vietnam, you need a Bachelor’s degree (in any field) and a TEFL certificate. You’ll also need to get a background check (otherwise known as a police check, criminal check or FBI clearance) but that shouldn’t be difficult to get.
The best cities to find TEFL jobs in Vietnam are the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. Hanoi, in the north, is quite chilled and is definitely more laidback than Ho Chi Minh in the south, which is the economic hub of the country. If you’d rather not be in a big city, Da Nang is a gorgeous beach town and Hue is a small, historic city – both of which have plenty of TEFL schools.
Read more: The Best Cities to Teach English in Vietnam
Teaching in a language school in Vietnam
The majority of TEFL jobs in Vietnam are in private language schools. In these schools, you could teach either Young Learners and teens or adults. Language schools have no academic years as such which means students can start at any time of the year. This is beneficial to teachers because it means you can apply for a job at any time of the year. While you won’t get school holidays as you would in a mainstream school, you will get a certain number of days paid leave as per any other job.
Teaching in a language school in Vietnam you can earn between $20 and $25 an hour. You generally work around 10 hours a week. It is very common in Vietnam to work shifts. In other words, you will work for a few hours in the morning, have the afternoon off, and work again for a few hours in the evening. You might be required to work one day of the weekend, but you will still get two days off a week.
Language schools can be great places to work, especially for more inexperienced teachers. Some schools have bad reputations for not paying teachers or not having many resources, but this is the case all over the world and not only in Vietnam. Make sure you do your due diligence before accepting a job to be sure you will be working at a legitimate, well-respected school with a good reputation. Generally speaking, language schools provide resources for lessons, professional training and a support network of teachers.
Teaching in an international school in Vietnam
It’s also possible to get a job in an international school. In these schools, you’ll be teaching English to wealthy Vietnamese or ex-pat children. International schools generally provide a wonderful teaching and learning environment, which makes teaching easier. However, you are required to have a few years of teaching experience to apply. You also might be expected to do duties after hours, such as attend school functions or have parent-teacher meetings or even get involved in extra-murals. At an international school, you can expect to earn between $2 000 and $2 500 a month.
Teaching freelance in Vietnam
Of course, it’s possible to work as a freelancer in Vietnam. You can teach students privately or you can teach online. In Vietnam, you can earn between $10 and $20 an hour for private lessons, more if you have more experience or qualifications. It’s up to you to set your rate so you can actually charge as much as you want. Many teachers teach private students in their free time, on top of their usual lessons.
Read more: What is the Average Salary for Teaching in Vietnam
How to find a teaching job in Vietnam
The best way to find a job in Vietnam is to be in the country and pound the pavements. Employers generally prefer to do face-to-face interviews with their teachers so they can start immediately. Once you’re in Vietnam, look in the local newspapers or in Facebook groups to find job advertisements. Don’t accept the first job you are offered – there is a good chance you’ll be overwhelmed by job offers so you have the benefit of being picky.
If you want to apply for a job while you’re still at home, that is another option. Have a look at websites such as TEFL.com and apply online. You will need to do an interview through Skype or Zoom. Once you have gone through the interview stages and accepted a position, you will then sort out the paperwork in your home country before buying a ticket to Vietnam. It shouldn’t take more than a few weeks to get organised.
Read more: What You Need to Know about Getting a TEFL Job in Vietnam
Teaching in Vietnam is a dream job for many. Being able to live in such a spectacularly beautiful country is a privilege and a pleasure, and teaching English is one way you can make it happen for yourself.
But don’t just take our word for it: have a look at what our alumni Luke, Taylor and Evan have to say about living and teaching English in Vietnam.
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- proof of your identity
- proof of your home address
- any information that we reasonably need to locate the information you have requested (for example details of the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD offices or staff that you have had contact with and when)
We will not start looking for your information until we receive all of the above. In order to submit your request, or for help making a request, please contact us.
Rights concerning the processing of your personal information
- Right to restrict processing of personal information
- In some situations, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of your personal information. We may restrict your personal information by temporarily moving the information to another processing system, making the information unavailable to users, or temporarily removing published information from a website. We may also use technical methods to ensure the personal information is not subject to further processing and cannot be changed. When we have restricted processing of personal information, this will be clearly indicated on our systems.
- You can require us to restrict processing in the following circumstances:
- You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we can determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.
- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.