The Best Cities to Teach English in Vietnam
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Asia is and always has been a TEFL hotspot. Thailand, China, South Korea – they have been favourites with TEFL teachers for many years. But now another Asian country is making its mark as a top TEFL destination: Vietnam. With an abundance of history, culture, beautiful landscapes and breathtaking scenery, Vietnam has a lot to offer as a destination to visit and live in. Even better, there are plenty of TEFL jobs to choose from.
However, even if you’ve made the decision to teach English as a Foreign Language in Vietnam, you still need to narrow that decision down even more to decide on which city. There are a few cities in Vietnam which are good locations for TEFL teachers, which one you choose will depend on which suits your style.
On the whole, even though there are a few TEFL positions available in remote areas, it is easier to find jobs in the bigger cities. In these cities you are likely to find a job in a private language school, or (if you’re more qualified or experienced) a school or university.
The capital city is an obvious choice. The second largest city in Vietnam, Hanoi is the laidback choice. It’s a big and busy city which boasts skyscrapers and tall apartment buildings, but also lakes, parks and a well-preserved historical Old Quarter. In other words, Hanoi has something to offer everyone, but it is a more relaxed choice than its metropolitan brother Ho Chi Minh.
Ho Chi Minh
Down in the South, Ho Chi Minh is Vietnam’s biggest city and the city with the highest demand for TEFL teachers. With a significant French influence, Ho Chi Minh is the bustling economic hub of the country. It is also home to many expats so if you are looking for a vibrant nightlife with other foreigners, Ho Chi Minh is for you.
While Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh are both big cities and obvious choices for TEFL teachers, they are quite different. It seems that you are either a North (Hanoi) or a South (Ho Chi Minh) person so make sure you figure out which camp you belong in before you decide which to live in.
On the other hand, if you like the idea of living in a city but you’d rather avoid the extreme hustle and bustle of Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh, we have two other options for you which are a bit more relaxed.
Moving away from big cities, Da Nang is a gorgeous beach town in central Vietnam, famed for its sandy beaches and history as a French port. Da Nang is a popular base from which to explore the Ban Na Hills, home to the Marble Mountains – five limestone outcrops hiding pagodas and caves with Buddhist shrines. Da Nang should be the choice for those who prefer a less touristy destination.
If you’re looking for more history, then Hue should be your choice. The national capital from 1802 to 1945 and situated on the Perfume River, Hue is not only one of the most beautiful cities in Vietnam, but it boasts UNESCO World Heritage city status. The TEFL market is still growing in Hue but there are certainly jobs to be had. If you’d enjoy living in a historic, cultural and laidback city, then come to Hue.
No matter where you decide to be, there are a few things you can be certain of when living in Vietnam:
- Your schedule will be flexible and changeable at a moment’s notice. Expect to be working odd hours (evenings and weekends) if you’re working at a language school.
- Your students will have a casual relationship with punctuality.
- The weather can be extreme so you need to be prepared for intense heat and crazy rain.
- The traffic is crazy so it may take a while to get used to crossing the street, and many months before you feel confident enough to own a scooter.
- You’ll be spoilt for choice for food – be it pho, banh mi, noodles or springrolls, Vietnamese food is out of this world if you eat at a restaurant or on the street.
- You will travel. Weekends, holidays, whenever you have a spare moment you can hop on some local transport and make your way to a gorgeous beach, a crazy jungle, a mountain or a historic city.
- You’ll have the time of your life.
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- 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.