Paid Teacher In Vietnam

Paid Teacher In Vietnam

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Our goal for the teachers who choose to work with us on the Paid Teacher In Vietnam program is not providing opportunities for you to “work hard, play hard.” Our goal is that the work and play is indistinguishable.

Many of us look for opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others. Some of us feel it in our shoes but we all hear it in our souls.  It compels us to tap into our curiosity and seek out new horizons. Still others are looking for an alternative to the traditional post-graduate employment path. Become a paid teacher in Vietnam with GeoVisions and those opportunities are woven into the fabric of your daily life. You will be earning a competitive salary with generous benefits.  Your teaching job can be an excellent alternative to the traditional post-graduate employment path. It is also an amazing opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, while experiencing the rich culture of the East.

Vietnam has a population of over 90 million. It is home to a rich diversity of people, languages, cultures, and landscapes. Since 2000, Vietnam has experienced tremendous economic growth (one of the highest growth rates in the world). This growth has coincided with a dramatic increase in tourism.

The paid teacher in Vietnam program is a full time teaching position that requires either a one-year commitment, a semester commitment or paid teaching in the summer with a 60 day commitment.

One of the top destinations for travelers, Vietnam is hosting a growing number of English teachers and it is home to many incredible sights such as Ha Long Bay (a world heritage site).

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Academic Year Academic Semester Summer
Degree required Yes. Any subject. Yes. Any subject. Yes. Any subject.
Classroom teaching
No No Yes
Firm intake dates Yes. But teaching jobs start
each month.
Minimum stay 12 months.
Early February, 2017. Sem ends mid May. End of May to August, 2016. Must teach 60-days.
Application Deadlines We need 60 days
to process your file.
November 1, 2016. We need 60 days to process your file.
Accommodation We help you find housing.
You will pay monthly rent.
We help you find housing.
You will pay monthly rent.
We help you find housing.
You will pay monthly rent.
Salary Between $1,200 – $1,700 monthly. Between $1,000 – $1,500 monthly. Between $800 – $1,200 monthly.
Bonus Between $500 and 1 month’s salary. Between $500 and 1 month’s salary. No
Orientation 2 days 2 days 2 days
TESOL Training In class TESOL/TEFL required. In class TESOL/TEFL required. In class TESOL/TEFL required.
Visa / Work Permit Working visa upon arrival. Then work permit after arrival. Working visa upon arrival. Then work permit after arrival. Working visa upon arrival. Then work permit after arrival.

  • Are you between the ages of 20 and 50? Vietnam has proven to be a popular destination for native English speakers interested in teaching English full time.

  • Teaching English in Vietnam can be the start of a lucrative, professional career path as well as your chance to gain international experience! This experience will be useful in your home country upon your return from Vietnam by giving you an edge over applicants with no classroom experience.

  • Yes! Think about traveling with a friend or two. Plus you have a built in travel partner.
  • One academic year (12 months), an academic semester (about 4 months) or two months in the summer.
  • $1,759 for the semester or academic year if you already have TESOL. $2,410 semester or academic year taking TESOL in country.
  • The fee above also includes accommodation during your orientation and if you choose to take the onsite TESOL course, the fee for TESOL includes accommodation during your three-week course.

    This is a full time teaching job that comes with a full salary and benefits. The base salary for academic year is USD $1,200 to $1,700 per month. The base salary for the semester placement is between $1,000 and $1,500 per month and the salary for the summer placement is $800 to $1,200 per month. Your placement fee is recouped quickly. Teachers with experience or advanced degrees in education tend to earn towards the high end of that range. This is more than a full time Vietnamese teacher, and you can live well on this amount of money in Vietnam.

    Surprisingly, when teach in Vietnam program fees and other expenses paid are compared with salaries earned and the lower cost of living, teachers abroad earn more than they spend.

    Did you know that being a teacher in Vietnam is one of the most affordable ways to experience international travel even if you have to pay program fees and flight expenses?

    To see how the math works, press the red button below. See for yourself that being a teacher in Vietnam can be one of the most affordable ways to experience international education, work and travel, while having the experience of a lifetime!

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  • Vietnam achieved full independence in AD 938, after a millennium of Chinese rule.
  • During this time Buddhism emerged as the state religion.
  • Vietnam expanded its territories to the south between the 11th and 18th centuries. 
Vietnam’s independence was eventually taken from them by France in a 26-year 
period between 1859 and 1885.
  • The French rule continued until the outbreak of World War II, when the Japanese took 
over the country. This period brought famine and devastation to Vietnam, causing approximately two million deaths. Following World War II, the French reasserted themselves in Vietnam as the colonial powers, but were eventually driven out by Ho Chi Minh and the growing communist party.
  • In the late 1950s Vietnam was broken into North and South Vietnam, with the North a communist regime supported by China and The Soviet Union and the South, a republic run by a corrupt leader supported by the United States and other Western allies. The communists in North Vietnam immediately began attacks on the South supporter by anti-government South Vietnamese citizens, who wanted the country to be unified as one country with a communist government. The attacks started the Vietnam War, which saw heavy military involvement by the United States. This war, often called the 10,000 day war, caused millions of deaths across the region.
  • North Vietnam eventually won the war and merged North and South Vietnam, forming the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
  • Serious economic decline and mass poverty plagued Vietnam until December 1986, when the “old guard” government was replaced by new leadership. Vietnam’s economy began to grow and the country experienced a period of rejuvenation.

Formerly named Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam. Saigon was the capital of Cochinchina during the French colonization of Vietnam. Between 1955 and 1975, Saigon was the capital of South Vietnam prior to becoming a republic.

One of the most densely populated metropolitan
areas in the world, Ho Chi Minh City is home to more than 9 million people.
 Beginning life as a small fishing village, Ho Chi Minh City was originally known as Prey Nokor which translates to “Forest City”. There are tons of trees and parks that still dot the city.

Ho Chi Minh City is home to a dizzying variety of incredible shopping malls and entertainment complexes, it is a city buzzing with life and has a booming economy. It has a wealth of public and private transport options and numerous cinemas, theatres, museums and beautiful restaurants. But one of the main ways to get around is still generally by motor scooter.

The winter/dry season in Vietnam is between November and April. This is due to monsoon winds blowing in from the northeast along the coast of China and across from the Gulf of Tonkin. This brings a high amount of moisture creating more of a dry climate than the summer or rainy seasons. The average temperature is generally higher in the south than in the north, with less variation in overall temperature in the plains of the south.

The climate in Ho Chi Minh City is tropical. It has two main seasons. A rainy season, which lasts between May and end late October. And the dry season which is between December and April. It’s worth noting that the average temperature is approximately 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit) with small variations during the year.

You can wear casual clothes in Vietnam, however, as a teacher it is expected that you look smart and professional. For casual occasions, you should wear clothing for warm to hot weather such as shorts and t-shirts. When teaching, men are expected to wear a shirt with a collar, long pants (not jeans), and dress shoes. Women are expected to dress conservatively at work, including shirts covering their shoulders and long skirts to cover their knees. Please note that clothing sizes tend to run smaller and shorter than most western sizes. You should bring several changes of dress clothes with you. It is very important that you always dress professionally.

For Men:

  • If you have tattoos, cover them up.
  • If you have long hair, tie it up.
  • Unless it’s a really 
cool and well groomed beard, chances are it will be shaved off.
  • Long pants (not jeans) – preferably slacks or chinos – formal looking Collared shirts – if
 you have tattoos bring long sleeved ones.
  • Smart shoes – close toed and NO sneakers.
  • Ties (to start the job in to dress to impress)

For Women:

  • No shoulders showing.
  • No cleavage showing.
  • No knees showing.
  • Smart collared shirt or blouse.
  • A shoulder shrug is your best accessory to make sure shoulders are covered at all times.
  • Skirt that covers the knees/dress must cover shoulders and knees.
  • Shoes – close toed (no sandals, no sneakers, no 5 inch heels) 

Vietnamese culture is centered on community and family values. Vietnam was highly influenced by Chinese culture, mainly due to 1000 years of Chinese rule. This influence has had an effect on Vietnamese politics, its government, ethics and its artistic output. Other influences on Vietnamese culture are of European origin. Mainly due to the influence the French colonial period had during that time. Vietnam is extremely diverse in its culture. Perhaps one of the most unique art forms that can be seen to this day in Vietnam is water puppetry. Originating from the 10th century, this art is performed by professional puppeteers who are taught by elders in their rural homelands. Unlike the western puppetry we have seen, this is distinct in that the puppets stand in water and are controlled by rods underneath. Incredible stories are told with beautifully handcrafted puppets. It really has to be seen to be believed.

To be successful working in Vietnam, it is important to maintain strong relationships with your Vietnamese colleagues. Expect your work relationships to form part of an extended family and always treat them as such. It is important to understand that the avoidance of conflict should be adhered to. Causing somebody to ‘lose face’ can lead to losing the support of your newly acquired work family. Always maintain a professional but open and caring attitude. Vietnamese people expect to be treated with dignity and respect, at all times! 

80 million people across the world speak Vietnamese in various forms. Vietnamese is a tonal language, with 6 distinct tones. Vietnamese is based on the Latin alphabet and consists of 17 consonants and 12 vowels. There are three main dialects of Vietnamese, Northern, Central and Southern. The Northern dialect is accepted as the standard form. The main differences between the three are differing tones and consonants for many words. Due to its tonal foundations it can be difficult to tackle at first but you will pick up a lot of essentials throughout your day-to-day life. It is important to ensure correct pronunciation, especially with your tones to avoid confusion and/or embarrassment!

Buddhism is the predominant religion in Vietnam.
 Buddhism has two distinct branches, Hinayana
(Little Vehicle) and Mahayana (Great Vehicle).
 Most Vietnamese Buddhists, along with China,
Korea and Japan are members of the Mahayana
branch. The Buddhist principle teaches one to
follow a middle path, avoiding anything extreme
and emphasizes personal well-being above
material items or career achievement. Taoism and
Confucianism have also influenced the Vietnamese way of life. This influence dates back thousands of years. While these philosophies are not as widespread as they once were, they have shaped the fundamental principles most Vietnamese people live by to this day.

Vietnam is a multi-faith society and is a very tolerant country. Ho Chi Minh City highlights this to full affect with the presence of Christian and Catholic churches amongst other represented faiths such as Islam and Hinduism. Ho Chi Minh city is home to an incredible array of religious sites, be sure to check out the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the Le Van Duyet Temple.

Foreign nationals visiting a Buddhist temple or a sacred place should behave in an appropriate manner, as local people may consider some actions as sacrilege. As always, the best course of action is to follow the example set by the locals.

  • Access to flexible part time and full time contracts.
  • Starting salary approximately USD $1,200 to $1,700 for full time contracts for the academic year. (Some schools 
might require a probationary period in which the work is part time but with a minimum of USD $800 for that period and then increasing to $1,200 to $1,700 with a full time one year contract after the person passes probation. For those schools, there is typically a probation of two months.
  • Visa and Work Permit costs will be reimbursed when the teacher arrives in Vietnam but might be deducted from their final pay check if the teacher leaves before the end of the contract.
  • End-of-contract bonus for many schools equal to anywhere from USD $500 flat amount or one month’s salary, depending on the school.
  • Contract renewal bonus.  This is available for some but not all schools.
  • Access to health insurance.  Health care is provided to all full time teachers.
  • At least 10 vacation days plus all public holidays.  This will vary for the semester and summer program.
  • Free Vietnamese language lessons

This budget covers you for your month of TESOL and one month afterwards, or the first month teaching while you are waiting for your first pay check.

Below is our recommended budget for two months in USD.

Food (60 days at USD 10 per day)

Rent (3 months). First month based on single occupancy, including a refundable deposit of USD 250. Of that deposit, you will likely get back USD 150 after expenses. The first month is in Thailand (for TESOL first) and the additional two months is for the accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City. A 1-2 month deposit is typically required in addition to the first two month’s rent

Entertainment based on a moderate amount of going out during the course and no going out the first month or portion of teaching career

Transport in Hua Hin and between Hua Hin and Bangkok, and flight to Ho Chi Minh City following course. Also includes local transport in Thailand and Vietnam


USD 600

USD 900



USD 150


USD 300


USD 200

1) What are living expenses per day?

25 dollars a day, including accommodations, food and local transport.

2) Travelling costs around there?

Most teacher rent scooters but it is relatively inexpensive.

3) Transportation from accommodation to work?

Not provided, but public transport in Vietnam is very good and most people rent scooters.

4) How safe is it around there?

Extremely safe. Like anywhere else it is recommended that you remain alert; however, Vienam, and Ho Chi Minh City in particular, is a relatively safe place for both men and women to be alone.

5) What are the age groups you will be teaching?

Mixed ages but mainly children.

6) Working hours? And days per week?

Approximately 18 hours per week, these will mainly be evenings and weekends. Approximately 25-30 hours a week on the semester placement, M-F in multiple schools.

7) After my contract can you still travel in the country or do you need to be out?

You can stay as long as you like as long as you have a job and you maintain a legal Visa status.

8) Can one renew a working contract and visa without leaving the country?


9) How long is the working visa valid for?

For our contracts it is one year in duration.

10) Language orientation? How will we understand them?

On the TESOL course we do cover the basics of Thai. In Vietnam you will also have access to free Vietnamese language classes. We will also provide language lessons on line as part of the Vietnam Cultural Orientation Course.

11) How are the authorities?

The authorities are genuinely helpful and professional. They should be treated with respect as in your own home country.

12) Medical services and insurance?

Yes, schools typically provide insurance. This insurance is comprehensive. Some schools require that the teacher passes probation first before becoming eligible for paid insurance but they also offer the teacher to buy their own insurance through the same provider. You are also covered for one year on the GeoVisions insurance plan.

13) What is phone and Internet connectivity like?

Really good and cheap and there are many places to assist you with this process. Our local partner will help you with that.

14) Dress code for teaching?

Casual-smart. Typically collar shirts for men and conservative dress for women.

15) How difficult is the TESSOL course? Can one fail?

Yes, one can fail. But if we see that an applicant is not doing well, we will spend more time with the applicant to make sure they pass. We have had people fail or be kicked off of the course, but that is typically caused by other things like drinking, fighting, not from lack of competence to complete the course successfully. However, a decent level of competence is necessary as a teacher may be required to do a demo lesson before finalizing their contract.

16) Must the teachers have CV’s?


17) Packing essentials?  Sleeping bag, towels?

People can get everything in Vietnam, and it’s very cheap. Some of the accommodation do not have bedding, but this can be bought in Vietnam.

18) Any Serious laws they are very strict on?

Vietnam is a communist country and while economic freedom is widespread, political freedoms are greatly curtailed and there is no legal opposition to the ruling communist party.

19) What is the level of English and behavior of students?

This will vary from student to student, however, there is typically beginner knowledge of English throughout the country. However you should expect to teach students of all ages (though they will mostly be children). Vietnamese students are generally well behaved, at least compared with children in the West.

20) What curriculum will they follow at school?

Your school will provide and train you on their specific curriculum. The schools have specific curriculums and curriculum support.

21) Do your colleagues speak English?


22) What are the chances of schools deducting security money? And how does this work?

This is very rare and unlikely to happen. However many schools pay teachers on the end of the first week of the following month. That provide a small bit of security for the school if you will not leave abruptly without notice.

23) What are the expected deductions from your paycheck? Does is differ from school to school?

Some schools pay taxes on behalf of the teacher, others don’t. That amount is typically around 7.5 percent of the teacher’s salary. The overall tax rate is very low compared to Western countries.

24) Do you get paid overtime?

Yes, in most cases.

25) What are the chances of getting a salary increase?

Quite high for your second contract but your salary is typically fixed for your contract duration. But there might be opportunities for overtime work.

26) What are the chances of teaching English in neighboring countries?

Very good, GeoVisions can arrange this for you.

27) Is all paperwork and books supplied by the school?


28) When are the school holidays?

As you will be working at a language center, you will not share the usual school holidays. Instead, participants get 20 days of vacation leave and all public holidays.

29) What is the big difference between language schools, private schools, government schools and varsity?

Our program only provides language school placements for academic year placements and summer.  Semester placements are in public schools.

30) Can a participant choose part or full time?


31) Is religion a big issue?


32) What happens if you lose your job? Can you get a new one?

If you are fired, GeoVisions and our partners will no longer help with placement; however, with your TESOL degree you can usually find work by using the newspapers and job posting websites. If you are let go due to some other reason unrelated to performance, conduct or attendance.

33) Can you drink tap water?

It is recommended not to drink the tap water, as there can be bacteria our bodies are unfamiliar with because we come from the West. Bottled water is cheap and it’s safer to go buy a bottle. But if you happen to get a mouth full brushing your teeth, etc., no need for concern. 

The Paid Teacher In Vietnam Program is only open to candidates with a minimum of a bachelor degree. All participants will need to commit to a one year program, a semester program or 60 days in the summer. All degree holders are sponsored for work permits in Vietnam. Work permits are usually secured within three months of arrival in Vietnam. In some instances, depending on the time of the school year, the time period to obtain work permit sponsorship might take a bit longer. Participants typically enter the country on work visas. There is the potential that they might enter on tourist visas but the language school will process the work permit while they wait, with no delay in their ability to work.

Minimum requirements:
  • Applicants must be bachelor degree holders in any discipline.
  • You must have a 120 Hour, in class TESOL/TEFL course.  This may be taken near your home or abroad.
  • Applicants must be in good physical and mental health.
  • You must have sufficient funds to pay for the program fees and other associated costs of the program.
  • Applicants must hold valid passports from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, Ireland,Australia or New Zealand
  • Applicants must not have a criminal record.
  • You will be required to submit a photo, your resume, an introduction video and a local criminal background check.
  • You must be able to provide the following at, or within, four weeks of arrival:
    • Apostilized degree.
    • Apostilized criminal record check (CRB/CBC).
What is included in the program for taking TESOL in Thailand and then to Vietnam?
  • Airport Pickup (provide applicants land within four days of start date).
  • Online Vietnamese Cultural Foundation Course.
  • Accommodation during orientation.
  • Accommodation facilitation in Vietnam.
  • Comprehensive job placement assistance.
  • Visa support.
  • T-Shirt.
  • Welcome dinner.
What is included in the program for Direct to Vietnam Program (You already have TESOL)?
  • Airport Pickup (provide applicants land within four days of start date).
  • Online Vietnamese Cultural Foundation Course.
  • Accommodation facilitation in Vietnam.
  • Comprehensive job placement assistance.
  • Visa support.
  • Vietnamese SIM card (excluding Blackberry services).
  • Documentation & assistance in opening bank account. ATM card is optional cost.
  • Welcome dinner.
What is NOT included in the program?
  • Flights.
  • Visa.
  • Meals.
  • Accommodation (we provide this for TESOL (we will however provide assistance in finding accommodation).
  • Any sort of financial assistance.
  • Entertainment.
Important Documents
  • It is extremely important that you bring the following documents with you to Vietnam:
    • Passport
    • Original degree certificates and original transcripts (photocopies are no longer accepted)
    • Local criminal background check
    • Electronic Microsoft Word version of your resume
    • Appostilized four year degree
    • Appostilized local OR national criminal background check

  • This program is available year 'round. We have full time teaching positions open each month.
    For the spring semester, placements begin the first week of February.

  • Academic Year:

    • Most lessons are 2 hours in duration with a 15 minute break.
    • Teachers typically teach four hours per day or between 18-22 hours per week of actual classroom time.
    • A typical work day is from noon to 8PM but this can vary from one school to the next.
    • Teachers should expect to work weekends with 1 to 2 days off per week during the weekdays.
    • Class sizes typically range from 15 to 25 students.
    • Teaching will be predominantly focused on children.
    • The majority of classes have a Vietnamese teaching assistant present.


    • Teaching in the public school system.
    • You may be placed anywhere in Vietnam but most teachers will be placed in Ho Chi Minh City region.
    • Typically the teacher will teach classes at more than one public school and travel between the schools each week to teach.
  • 1 to 2 days. The placement fee includes orientation. Accommodations are provided during the orientation.  Electricity, WiFi, water, and use of laundry facilities not included.

  • Native English speakers only. You will teach in English.

  • Introductory Vietnamese is included in the Orientation.

  • 21 to 50 years of age.

  • All teachers will teach in language schools almost entirely in the Ho Chi Minh area.

  • Not included.

    • US participants will need to obtain a one year multiple entry visa for Vietnam.  It is important to understand that visa regulations change quite frequently and participants should be prepared to allow for a certain degree of flexibility.
    • Part time and full time contracts are available in Vietnam, both of which will involve work permits.  Contracts are one year in length unless a participant has signed up for a semester length.
    • GeoVisions does not provide contracts directly to the schools and a participant’s continued employment with the school is entirely at the discretion of the school.
  • Your continued good health and your safety are paramount to GeoVisions. Access to medical treatment keeps you safe, healthy and participating on the program.

    Extensive medical and accident insurance along with emergency evacuation, baggage loss and delay, trip delay and LiveTravel™ emergency assistance is included for US citizens as long as you are on the program.

    Under the current insurance laws in the United States, we are unable to insure participants outside the US on our policy.  However, if you live outside the US we hope you will still participate with us. You will need to scan your proof of insurance and send it to us.

    Yeah. We know. These laws make no sense to us either.

  • Included.

  • Not included.

    • Monthly rent costs approximately $250 to $300 per month.
    • Accommodations typically have air-con and Wi-Fi. All costs related to accommodations are the responsibility of the teacher.
    • Applicants are required to pay a deposit + one month’s rent in advance.
    • The process for finding accommodations is that once you arrive, you will stay in housing provided by the school for the 1 or 2 days of Orientation.  During that time accommodation will be sorted out, usually by having teachers stay with other Western teachers in shared housing (like a sublet arrangement). You also have the option of staying where you are at the apartment/hotel where you are for Orientation, which comes out to around USD $300.  The vast majority of teachers room with other teachers at their local language school branches.
  • Not included.

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