Teaching Jobs in Vietnam

Looking for a teaching job away from the usual lifestyle in UK? Why not teach in Vietnam? Teaching in Vietnam will give you the excitement and change that you are looking for.

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As a UK teacher, you'll find British International Schools very easy to transfer to. English will be the main language, many of the staff will be from the UK,

Year 2 Class Teacher

Saigon Star International School,
Far East, Vietnam

Due to an increase in student numbers, Saigon Star International School seeks a fully-qualified t...

Start Date: 25-03-2019 Apply By: 14-01-2019


Korean Teacher

British Vietnamese International School Hanoi,
Far East, Vietnam

About the role

You will be an important part of our team help us to identify Korean stude...

Start Date: 01-08-2019 Apply By: 04-01-2019


Primary PE Teacher

British Vietnamese International School Hanoi,
Far East, Vietnam

About the role

You will be an important part of our team help us to identify those studen...

Start Date: 01-08-2019 Apply By: 04-01-2019


Science (with biology) Teacher

British Vietnamese International School Hanoi,
Far East, Vietnam

About the role

You will be an important part of our team who is able to teach Science thr...

Start Date: 01-08-2019 Apply By: 04-01-2019


School Counsellor

British Vietnamese International School Hanoi,
Far East, Vietnam

About the role

As a collaborative colleague, you will be an important part of our team wh...

Start Date: 01-08-2019 Apply By: 04-01-2019


University Guidance Counsellor

British Vietnamese International School Hanoi,
Far East, Vietnam

About the role

As a collaborative colleague, you will be an important part of our team wh...

Start Date: 01-08-2019 Apply By: 04-01-2019


Secondary Maths Teacher

British Vietnamese International School Hanoi,
Far East, Vietnam

About the role

You will be an important part of our team who is able to teach Maths throu...

Start Date: 01-08-2019 Apply By: 04-01-2019


Secondary Art Teacher

British Vietnamese International School Hanoi,
Far East, Vietnam

About the role

You will be an important part of our team who is able to teach Art to both...

Start Date: 01-08-2019 Apply By: 04-01-2019


Secondary PE Teacher

British Vietnamese International School Hanoi,
Far East, Vietnam

About the role

You will be an important part of our team who is able to teach PE througho...

Start Date: 01-08-2019 Apply By: 04-01-2019


Secondary English Teacher

British Vietnamese International School Hanoi,
Far East, Vietnam

About the role

You will be an important part of our team who is able to teach English Lan...

Start Date: 01-08-2019 Apply By: 04-01-2019


Drama Teacher

British Vietnamese International School Hanoi,
Far East, Vietnam

About the role

You will be an important part of our team who is able to teach Drama throu...

Start Date: 01-08-2019 Apply By: 04-01-2019


Business Studies and Economic Teacher

British Vietnamese International School Hanoi,
Far East, Vietnam

About the role

You will be an important part of our team who is able to teach Business St...

Start Date: 01-08-2019 Apply By: 04-01-2019


Primary KS2 Teacher

British Vietnamese International School Hanoi,
Far East, Vietnam

About the role

You will be an important part of our team help us to identify those studen...

Start Date: 01-08-2019 Apply By: 04-01-2019


Early Years Milepost Leader

British Vietnamese International School Hanoi,
Far East, Vietnam

About the role

To implement and deliver the UK Foundation Stage Curriculum, according to...

Start Date: 01-08-2019 Apply By: 04-01-2019


Primary Assistant Head

British Vietnamese International School Hanoi,
Far East, Vietnam

About the role

The Primary Assistant Head will be committed to the delivery of an outstan...

Start Date: 01-08-2019 Apply By: 04-01-2019


Year 1 Class Teacher

Saigon Star International School,
Far East, Vietnam

KS1 Primary Teaching Job in Vietnam

Year 1 Class Teacher

Due to an increase...

Start Date: 03-01-2019 Apply By: 14-12-2018


Music Teacher


Far East, Vietnam

Music Teaching Job in Vietnam commencing January.

A British International School in Vietn...

Start Date: 18-08-2019 Apply By: 11-01-2019


Teaching in Vietnam

Thanks to the Vietnam War, the enduring image of the country for almost everyone on the planet is conical rice hats and rice paddy fields. Truth be told though, there’s not much wrong with that. Yes, large cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are now modern metropolitans with skyscrapers, luxury boutiques and five star hotels. However, travel just a little out of the cities, and Vietnam morphs back into an agrarian society. Nevertheless, efforts by the Communist Party of Vietnam in modernising the country’s economy have seen new inroads being made into the manufacturing and ICT sectors.

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam, one of the four remaining one-party socialist states in the world today, is home to 95 million people, with a majority of them being the indigenous Vietnamese (86%). Like other South East Asian nations, foreign domestic investments have powered the country’s steady economic growth over the past two decades. This has led a gradual increase in disposable income for the citizenry. Cognizant of the fact that command of the English language by the local workforce is crucial towards making Vietnam remain attractive to investors, the government is actively encouraging the mastery of English.

This has led to a boom in private language schools offering English as a Second Language (ESL). However, there remains a critical shortage of qualified teachers.

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The severe shortage of ESL teachers has led to private schools lowering hiring standards. A native English speaker with a degree (any degree) is almost guaranteed to get a teaching gig. An ESL-certified teacher can literally have his or her pick of the bunch – which is normally private or international schools.

The main problem for foreign teachers in Vietnam is the reluctance of employers to provide a working visa – or an employment contract, for that matter. Instead, teachers are expected to make a visa run every three months – typically to neighbouring Thailand – before re-entering Vietnam. The process is then repeated three months later. The situation is more professional at private schools, but the openings are limited.

As far as accommodation is concerned, you will have to find one on your own. Apartments, however, are cheap. If you’re sharing with a friend or two, you could get a very decent looking apartment for about £100 each. Food, alcohol and entertainment are cheap, so you can afford to go on regular vacations while working there.

If you’re interested in teaching in Vietnam, you should minimally have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (any discipline)
  • Teaching certification is optional for language centres
  • ESL certification (CELTA, CertTESOL, etc.) for English language teachers is also optional for language centres
  • Be a native speaker (which you presumably are)

Note: The public transport system in Vietnam is notoriously unreliable, and the traffic jams are the stuff of legends. Motorcycles will get you around faster, but mastering the chaotic, heart attack-inducing local traffic will take you quite a while.

Remuneration of a Foreign Teacher in Vietnam

Local Culture and Socio-political Climate

Vietnamese culture is an amalgamation of ancient Indian (Hindu), not-so ancient Chinese (Buddhist), and relatively new French and American cultures. Nothing demonstrates this better than the cuisine, which swings from sweet and spicy and sour. The influence of French colonialism, despite their short stay, manifests itself through the boulevards of Hanoi.

The heavy presence of the military makes Vietnam relatively safe for foreigners. However, try to steer clear of confrontations with member of the military. The local authorities tend to side with them.

That aside, be extremely careful when venturing outside urban areas. During the height of the Vietnam War, the military buried over 150,000 tonnes of mines and explosives throughout the countryside. Most of them are still there, as evidence by over 40,000 Vietnamese which have been maimed since the war ended in 1975.

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