Finding a job in Hanoi, Vietnam was incredibly easy. Much easier than those days we spent strolling from school to school in the sweltering heat trying to find a job in Thailand! I’d heard Vietnam is the place to be if you want to teach English but didn’t realise just how much of a demand there is for native English teachers. Looking online before I left Thailand, I was amazed at how many job vacancies I saw. However the reviews were less than impressive. I’ve heard awful stories where people have taken jobs before they’ve arrived and realised they work for a horrible company. Or working so many hours teaching to then not get paid by their employer. I’ve heard of bad experiences so was not looking forward to this one bit!
I decided to post a speculative message on the Hanoi massive facebook group to see if there were any upcoming vacancies for reputable companies. I had a loads and I mean loads of message telling me to send my resume but I wasn’t convinced they were reliable companies. You see the same people posting their vacancies over and over again and you start to become wary of them, so I decided to steer well clear. One girl recommend APAX English so I applied and had a Skype interview scheduled for the next week, whilst I was still in Thailand.
Passed the interview and I was so happy to have been offered the job. I had to have training for a week which was pretty intense. It’s for a language centre working with children from 5-15 years old which is perfect for me and my previous experience. No lesson planning, I don’t know if you quite got that, NO lesson planning! When I heard this I was sold! I spent so much time in Thailand planning lessons and developing my own curriculum for some classes that this seemed like a massive relief!
I’ve been working in my centre now for the last 2 months. It’s a new centre I’m based in which is great because the kids are all new to it too. I was promoted to become the Head teacher there so I now take on a lot more responsibility but with less teaching hours. I love this role but it’s so strange because I’m now Lee’s boss (My boyfriend) so I have to critique his lessons along with the other teachers in the centre.
I have to say working for a language centre is great. I already feel much more appreciated than I did in the school in Thailand and the hours are perfect. We work from 5pm-9pm Tues-Sun and an additional 3 hours during the day at weekends. Sounds like a lot but actually we have all the days free to explore and we don’t have to turn up to school with a hangover which helps! I miss the two consecutive days off like I had in Thailand but then the salary is twice the amount so you know, I can’t really complain!
Heres a few tips to help you get started:
- Language centres are everywhere in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city, the most reputable ones are:
- You’ll need a few essentials before you can get a work permit
–Degree in any field
–Teaching certificate (TEFL, CELTA, TRINITY etc.)
–Police check dated within the last 6 months (Don’t worry, you can have a Vietnamese one if you don’t have one already).
–Experience – It’s good to have but not essential in Vietnam.
–Business visa which allows you to work in the country (they only last for 3 months so be prepared for regular visa runs – you can avoid this by getting a residence card but they come at cost of around 200 USD).
Have you ever thought about teaching abroad?
Or are you thinking of Teaching in Vietnam or Thailand?
Leave a comment and share your experiences too. Or check out my post on finding a job teaching in Thailand!
Don’t forget about the all important tefl checklist either!