Summer Paid Teacher In Vietnam

Summer Paid Teacher In Vietnam

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Positions remain for Summer 2017.

Become a paid teacher this summer in Vietnam with GeoVisions.  Spending two-months teaching in Vietnam as a paid teacher can enhance your teaching career.  It is also an amazing opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, while experiencing the rich culture of Southeast Asia.

If Vietnamese students are going to qualify for a good post-secondary education or land a better job, they need to learn English.  That’s why Native English-speakers are highly respected and sought after in schools and in the community.

Go beyond the beaten path and experience Vietnam the way no tourist ever could … even for two short months.  GeoVisions’ Summer Paid Teach In Vietnam program allows you to live and work in one of the world’s favorite holiday destinations while helping to improve the English skills of local children and experiencing and engaging in an important cultural exchange.  You will find a rich culture built upon a fascinating history and a country populated by a caring, vibrant people.  You will truly come to learn why this country is often referred to as “Timeless Charm”.

  • Do you currently hold the equivalent of at least a Bachelor’s Degree? This program is a great opportunity for global teaching experience to enhance your career, while getting paid.

    May 29- July 31, 2017

    Become a paid teacher this summer in Vietnam with GeoVisions.  Spending two-months teaching in Vietnam as a paid teacher can enhance your teaching career.  It is also an amazing opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, while experiencing the rich culture of Southeast Asia.  And think what you’ll bring back to your own classroom at the start of the school year in your home school.

    We have only 40 positions available.  As an example of how quickly these summer PAID teaching assignments fill up, the Summer Paid Teach In Thailand program is full months before the program begins.  These positions in Vietnam will be gone soon.  Since we use rolling admissions, you will want to secure a position as soon as possible.

  • Teaching English in Vietnam over the summer is a lucrative, professional choice to enhance your career as well as your chance to gain global experience!

    Teaching English in Vietnam for a summer 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.

    If you are a current classroom teacher, this experience will provide you with rich experiences in your own classroom when school starts again for the 2016 – 2017 school year in your home country.

  • Yes! While we may not be able to place you in the same town or school, with enough time we can get you close!
  • May 29 - July 31, 2017
  • $1,859
  • This is a full time teaching job (over the summer) that comes with a salary. The base salary is USD $800 to $1,200 per month. Teachers with degrees in education or advanced degrees tend to earn towards the high end of that range.  This is more than a full time Vietnamese teacher would make, and you can live well on this amount of money in Vietnam even during two months in the summer.

    The fee does not include housing.  We will assist you in finding a full service apartment, which will cost between $150 and $200 per month.

How does the application process work for the summer program?

  • To apply, you must complete the online application and submit the required documents.
  • Once your application has been submitted,  your Operations Coordinator will provide you with a list of documents required for the program.  Currently these documents include:
    • Photo.
    • Cover letter (we will supply you with a template).
    • Resume.
    • A copy of your degree.
    • A local criminal background check, which you may obtain at your local police station.
    • Copy of your passport.
  • We will then submit your completed application to our Vietnam office for approval.  You will be contacted by our office in Vietnam so they can interview you and talk to you in more detail about the program.  That will also give you a chance to ask many more questions.
  • You will be set up with actual school interviews, normally conducted by Skype.  Once a school accepts you, the school will send an employment letter outlining the dates.
  • Then and only then should you book your flights.
  • You will obtain your business visa after you arrive in Vietnam.  This costs around $50.

Am I eligible to apply?

You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements:

  • Native English speaker.
  • Age 20-50. If you are over 50 years old, we still may be able to place you.  Let’s talk.
  • Citizen of US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand.
  • TEFL/TESOL Certification strongly preferred but not required, especially if you are a classroom teacher.  (We offer an online TESOL/TEFL course online at a reduced cost if this is of interest to you.)

What documents will I need with me when I arrive Vietnam?

Be certain you pack to bring with you:

  • Your Passport.
  • Your entry visa to Vietnam.

Can I apply with a friend or spouse?

It is more difficult to place friends and couples together. However, we will try!  We are usually successful with these types of placements.

Can I teach in the city/province of my choice?

You may submit your preferences for teaching location, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to honor your request.  Most positions at this time are in and around Ho Chi Minh City.

Will there be orientation when I arrive in Vietnam?

Yes! There is a one-week orientation before you begin your teaching contract. The location for orientation is Ho Chi Minh City.

What is taught during orientation?

Orientation includes important activities and classes on Vietnamese language and local culture. You will learn lots of ideas and approaches of teaching in Vietnam and learn more about Vietnamese Culture. 

Will someone be there to pick me up at the airport?

Yes.  Airport pickup is included in your fee.

Are flights included and booked for me?

No, flights are not included in the fee, and you are responsible for arranging your own flights/transportation to Ho Chi Minh City.

When should I arrive?

In order for us to pick you up, you will need to arrive 1 to no more than 4 days prior to your program start date. If you are unable to arrive within this time frame, you will be responsible for your own transportation to the orientation in Ho Chi Minh City.

How will I get from orientation to my placement?

We will arrange your transportation and travel plans.

Is housing included?

You are earning a full time salary, and you will pay your rent each month as you would in your home country. Program staff will assist you in finding accommodation near your school. Please keep in mind that housing in Vietnam might not live up to your current standard of living at home. In some towns or locations, there are not as many housing options available. Accommodation will typically be Vietnamese-style studio apartments. There will be an A/C Unit or fan, hot water, a double-sized bed and closet.

How do I pay my monthly rent?

You will pay your monthly rent directly to the landlord.

How will teachers travel from their accommodation to their school location?

Ideally, you will be within walking distance of the school. If not, you will be able to take a motorbike taxi or bus to the school.

Is bedding provided?

Beds and other furnishings are provided, but bedding is not. You can either bring your own, or buy some in Vietnam to save space in your luggage.

What is the likelihood of other teachers being in the same accommodation?

No teacher will be required to share a room, but it will be likely that teachers will be located in the same complex or nearby. However, this is not guaranteed, as it will depend on the placement.

Can I bring my children?

If agreed upon at the outset, partners, spouses and children can come with you. Basically this is done when 2 of you are teaching at the same school or nearby schools. If this is not agreed upon before you leave your home country, the answer is no.

Can I bring pets?


Will I have access to a phone?

You will be provided with a Vietnamese SIM card at orientation.

Life in Vietnam

When planning a move to Vietnam, even for a short period like the summer, there are many questions that participants naturally have. They may include topics such as the weather, food choices, the environment, what teaching is like, health and safety, how participants transition from arrival to teaching, and what to expect if coming with a friend or loved one. We have addressed these frequently asked questions below.


There is not really a right or wrong time to visit Vietnam as during most months of the year you will experience both sunshine and rain in varying quantities.  Welcome to a country with 2000 + miles of coastline and three different weather systems.

Ho Chi Minh Area
With temperatures remaining constant year round the climate of the south is split into two simple seasons, wet and dry. The dry season begins in November and ends in April/early May with late February to May being slightly hotter and with higher humidity. The wet season lasts from May to early November with the months from June to August receiving the highest rainfall of the year. Throughout much of the wet season rainfall is generally heavy but short lasting, often occurring in a mid-afternoon heavy downpour.

The average temperatures in the south range between 25 – 35°C year round.
 In the far south, the beaches of Phu Quoc enjoy a monsoon climate with two seasons; wet (late-July to late October) and dry (November to July). Visits to Phu Quoc can be made year-round although the best time is during the dry season (outside of October the chances of sunny days remain high).
 Dalat is wet from June to October making outdoor pursuits problematic. From November to May it is far dryer although cold in December & January.


In Vietnam you’ll discover one unmistakable fact: Vietnamese people love noodles. They eat them every day, sometimes for every meal. Vietnamese noodles are made from a few basic ingredients, the most common being rice, wheat and mung beans, but a whole sub-cuisine is built on these basics.

As in many countries in Asia, people tend to eat “family style,” sharing dishes. Each gets a plate or bowl with rice, then shares with everyone else the bowls of food set in the middle of table.

If you are eating with a Vietnamese family expect to see little in the way of meat unless the family is quite wealthy.

Noodles (of course) and vegetables are the standard diet in most households. A typical Vietnamese meal will include rice, a meat or seafood dish, a vegetable dish, soup and fish sauce for dipping.

All first-time teachers will receive guidance upon arriving at their host school in terms of a pick-up, help finding an accommodation, settling into the school, and learning about teacher expectations. Most teachers do not have Vietnamese assistant teachers in the classroom but our partner organization prepares you to be able to teach without this assistance and to adapt to living and working in a Vietnamese community.

Some teachers face culture shock when they first arrive at their placement. Culture shock is a natural part of adjustment in Vietnam with stages usually playing out in the following order:

  • Seeing the differences between your culture and Vietnamese culture in a romantic light.
  • Adjusting to a new culture and new practices which can lead to frustration, anxiety and feelings of seclusion. (The toughest stage of transition).
  • Beginning to master your surroundings with new knowledge gained. You feel more comfortable with the culture and eventually begin to use it to your advantage.

We prepare teachers for how to recognize and overcome culture shock. Within a few weeks you will become very familiar with your new environment and will love it!

During your time in the cultural orientation courses you will be trained on how to deal effectively with culture shock, challenges both in and out of the classroom, and Vietnamese social and professional norms. The cultural orientation course aims to not only inform on what to expect in a cultural sense, but also on how to deal with issues related to cultural adjustment.

When will I find out where I will be teaching – prior to arrival or upon arrival in Vietnam?

When possible, GeoVisions will provide you with information in advance of your departure from your home country.

Will I sign a contract?

Yes, you will be required to sign a contract once you are hired. Upon arrival, you will sign the formal, hard copy of the contract of employment. This contract will include your salary, but not specific placement information.

What is the length of a contract?

The length of your initial contract is two months.

What age group will I be teaching?

Placements are made in Kindergartens, Primary, and Secondary schools.

What is the most common level of teaching – elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate, upper-intermediate, advanced? Does this differ by age group?

Age can often be a deceiving indicator of English ability among Vietnamese students. For planning purposes, we recommend preparing your expectations for lower ability students ranging from elementary to advanced beginner.

Will teachers be teaching alone or will there be assistant teachers?

Some private primary schools will have Vietnamese co-teachers, but it is best not to expect a co-teacher – you will likely be leading your class on your own.

How many students will there will be in a class?

The maximum will be 50 but the average will be 20-35 students.

How many hours per week will teachers be contracted to work?

The contract will state that you need to be teaching from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  They may ask, rarely, for you to teach on a weekend.

Are teachers provided with Vietnamese lessons from the schools?

Not officially or formally. But for anyone who wants to learn Vietnamese, you will find everyone around you more than helpful and encouraging!

What should I wear when I’m teaching?

Think lightweight fabrics, as it gets very hot and humid in Vietnam!

How safe is Vietnam?

Vietnam is an incredibly safe country to visit in terms of the crime, illness, and general hazards. Malaria is one of the main concerns for those traveling to Vietnam, however it is very uncommon. You should consult your doctor before coming over as to the appropriate precautions to exercise for preventing illnesses of any kind as well as for their recommended inoculations.

Excellent travel insurance is provided by GeoVisions as part of your program.

How much will I be paid to teach in Vietnam for the summer?

You will be paid between $800 and $1,200 per month based on your degree and experience.

Is it expensive to live in Vietnam?

Vietnam has very low cost of living; however, it really depends on your lifestyle. Food and accommodations are extremely affordable but things like running your air conditioner 24/7 can run up your electric bill.

Over the years we have met teachers who have had horrible experiences when they think they are going into a fantastic overseas teaching job only to find out they are not going to a real school, but a corporate school and not a true International school. They have been caught in a signed contract without having visited the school or met the administrators. Where do they turn without a support team who’s only job is to look out for you?

At GeoVisions, we have pre-screened the school and the position and in most cases, we have placed teachers at that school before. We make sure you’re being paid the highest salary possible. We provide a formal orientation, starting when we pick you up at the airport in Ho Chi Minh City. You will learn survival Vietnamese. You will meet other teachers just like you the day you arrive. Start enjoying the GeoVisions safety net immediately. We help you with your visa, your formal documents and we make sure your new school is ready to receive you. In fact, if your placement doesn’t work out, we work to move you to another school or another part of Vietnam.

Most schools do not impose age restrictions, but there may be a subtle age bias towards younger teachers. However, if you are active, vibrant, energetic and a creative educator who loves being around young people, you will be able to secure a job. A few countries do impose age restrictions set by the government for issuing work visas, but most do not.

One question we often get is whether it is possible to teach in Vietnam with a friend, family member or significant other. The answer is absolutely! Finding placement for two or more people in the same school or area makes the task of job placement more challenging and tends to narrow the placement options, however, if you are open-minded to location and age group, and do not have narrow preferences, we have a very successful track record of placing friends and family if not at the same school, then certainly in the same town.

GeoVisions accepts only native English speakers for Teach in Vietnam.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Teaching English in a classroom setting, working to improve students listening and speaking skills.
  • Prepare in-class activities focused on language development such as dialogues, games, pronunciation and grammar activities, songs, role-playing and conversation groups.
  • Plan lessons and presentations to your class.
  • Attend some faculty meetings.
  • Help plan and implement some extra-curricular activities (after-school English clubs, art projects, sporting activities etc.)
  • Teach Monday through Friday.

GeoVisions has screened all jobs and schools and provides all of the benefits listed below for the Placement Fee:

  • A week of extensive training during orientation to include extensive Vietnamese culture and language orientation program that covers Vietnamese history, politics, geography and culture, all taught by area experts.
  • Your teaching placement.
  • Survival Vietnamese language lessons.
  • An experienced U.S. based GeoVisions Program Manager who will serve as your coordinator and liaison with our in-country staff in Vietnam.
  • Professional, locally-based staff to provide orientation, supervision and guidance throughout your stay.
  • Full time, paid teaching assignment with a screened school.
  • Airport pickup in Ho Chi Minh City is provided if you arrive no more than 4 days before the start of orientation.  Pick up is not provided if you arrive late for the program.
  • Comprehensive peer lesson plan resource.
  • Alumni teacher network and events.
  • Extensive medical, accident and dental insurance along with emergency evacuation insurance if you are from the US.
  • Important documents, including in-depth pre-departure packs, orientation information, and all in-country informational materials.
  • A toll-free 24-hour emergency hotline in the U.S.
  • Premium online membership at the ESL-Lounge

  • You can begin the end of May through July 31, 2017.

    After we receive all of your documents they will be sent to Vietnam for placement. You will have a Skype interview with a school. Once accepted after the interview, you will be coordinate your dates and buy your plane ticket. Please allow 2-3 weeks for this process, after we receive all of your documents.

  • Mornings 9-12 Monday through Friday with weekends mainly off.

    You will be teaching in language schools.  The classes are generally small – around 10-20 children of varying ages and abilities.

    The availability of technology is good, schools are well-equipped and there are abundant teacher resources.  The schools are professionally run and teachers are well-supported in their placements.  There is a large ex-pat community, so the likelihood of being the only English-speaking teacher is very low.

    Teachers may have the opportunity to earn extra money by picking up tutoring on the side.

  • INCLUDED. For 2 days, learn about Vietnamese society, geography, politics, culture and language. Some vocabulary for shopping, communicating with students and colleagues. Once at your school assignment, each school holds its own orientation on lesson plans, teaching, etc.  Your accommodation during the orientation is not covered.  You will already have settled into your full service apartment.

    There is also an INCLUDED online orientation before you depart the US.

  • Native English speakers only. All classes are taught in English.

  • Beginning Vietnamese during orientation.

  • 21+  Be advised you must have at the minimum the equivalent of a Bachelor’s Degree.

  • Most placements will be in Ho Chi Minh City, suburbs and satellite towns.  Other locations around the country are possible.  We expect about 2/3 of the placements to be inHo Chi Minh City and 1/3 in the north near Hanoi.

  • Not included.

  • Not included.  To enter Vietnam, you need a valid U.S. passport with at least six months validity remaining beyond the date of your arrival and a Vietnamese visa.  If you plan to leave Vietnam and re-enter from another country, be sure that your visa is valid for multiple entries into Vietnam.

  • 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, which we have obtained from Travel Guard. 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 from airport in Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Not included.

  • Accommodation is not included. Upon arrival you will have full assistance in finding a full service apartment.  The cost of an apartment runs from $150 to $200 per month.

  • Not included. Budget around $300 for the month for food, depending on your standard of living.

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