Teaching in Vietnam
I didn’t want to continue being a solicitor and I wanted to live abroad.
Time for a Career Change – Time to be a TEFL Teacher Harriet Parker
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A journalist who wrote a new story as a teacher Paloma Tiba
I am 24 years old and last year I decided I wanted to become a teacher.
After speaking with friends and doing some research The TEFL academy was clearly one of the best courses out there. The assignments really prepared me for teaching English as a second language and gave me the confidence I needed. Once I decided what course I was going to do I had to decide what country I was going to go work in. After some extensive research, Vietnam seemed to tick all the boxes.
Prior to travelling to Vietnam, I had to complete my 2-day in-class TEFL academy session. The course was running over the weekend and I was flying to Vietnam the day after on the Monday, with nothing planned and no job lined up. I remember asking people on the course how to get a teaching job and hearing lots of different answers. Despite this, I was still very nervous about the fact I was arriving in Vietnam the following day with absolutely nothing planned. I am going to talk about my experience and hopefully help give some good advice for first time teachers that I wish someone had given to me.
I arrived in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, with only a couple of hundred dollars, so I was very keen to start working immediately. After 2 days of getting my bearings, I decided to begin looking for work. I tried a few websites at first and was really struggling. Then I met a foreigner in a shop and began chatting and he advised me to join a variety of Facebook groups. I got home and joined every Facebook group possible, “Teaching jobs Vietnam”, “Teaching jobs Ho Chi Minh”, “ESL Teachers Vietnam”, “Expats Ho Chi Minh” etc.. Immediately I saw a large number of job-related posts in these groups. I applied to about 20 random jobs in the area that day as I was very keen to start working as soon as possible. I expected the job hiring process to take a couple of weeks so was very surprised when 2 hours later I received my first job offer. It was literally a guy on Facebook saying “Hello can you please come to our school and collect your books today and start tomorrow?” the next 24 hours I received an incredible number of job offers. I quickly realised that as a native English speaker I am incredibly valuable to many schools and language centres, despite my inexperience of teaching.
For the next few days while searching for jobs I was considering where I would work, salary, what subjects I would teach etc.. Finally, I got a job offer teaching Math, Science and English to Primary kids at an international school in Bien Hoa (just outside Ho Chi Minh). I accepted this offer and began working at this school the following week. I very quickly made friends with the other foreign teachers in the school and got some help with getting myself a nice apartment. I also discovered I had an unknown passion for riding motorcycles and regularly go off roading across the country with friends. I am now in my 2nd year in this school and still here having the best time of my life and could not recommend this experience enough.