Paid Vietnam TEFL Internship

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Teacher's Day 2017
Teacher's Day 2017
Selfie in Sapa
Selfie in Sapa
Ngu Hiep Primary School, Hanoi
Ngu Hiep Primary School, Hanoi
Fishing village, Ha Long Bay
Fishing village, Ha Long Bay
Teaching in Vietnam
Teaching in Vietnam
Vietnam children playing outside
Vietnam children playing outside
Travelling around Vietnam
Travelling around Vietnam
Vietnam teacher with her class
Vietnam teacher with her class

About

Are you looking for an epic teaching experience which will immerse you in a new and exciting culture? The the Paid Vietnam TEFL Internship is right for you. You’ll be able to join hundreds of other travelers and teachers alike heading to teach English in locations across Vietnam. You’ll start your trip learning all about life in Vietnam during an action-packed orientation in Hanoi. Home to centuries-old architecture and rich culture, you’ll get to explore its famous street markets and temples.

After you’ve finished your orientation, you’ll embark on unique teaching experience where you’ll change people’s lives helping them learn English. You’ll be teaching learners of all ages from 4 to 18 years old and with a top quality TEFL certificate qualification included, you’ll get plenty of opportunity to put your new skills into practice.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

88%
based on 4 reviews
  • Growth 9
  • Support 8.5
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 6.5
  • Safety 9
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Holly
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Vietnam Internship

I would highly recommend the Vietnam internship to anyone who wants to experience a different culture while doing a really rewarding job. The teaching aspect is amazing, the children are so friendly and you find yourself developing your skills quickly. Before doing the internship I had no teaching experience but you soon get the hang of how the system works in the public school setting. Doing the internship was great because you meet loads of like minded people and all live within 5 minutes walk of each other. Although the housing is a bit basic compared to what you're used to at home you soon get used to it and it's a unique opportunity to live in a Vietnamese neighbourhood. You can eat in local establishments for not very much money at all and try foods that you maybe wouldn't come across as a tourist.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't get caught up on the accommodation or organisation being different to what you're used to at home - everything will work out so just throw yourself in. Bring things from home for prizes for the kids, things like reward stickers or sweets from your home country.
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Laura
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An excellent introduction to teaching and living in Vietnam

i-to-i’s Vietnam internship is a great introduction to working and living in Hanoi. I’ve no complaints from sign-up to pairing with their in-country partner, ELC, and the included 120-hour TEFL course is bolstered with 20 hours of classroom training.

Vietnam also offers the best rates of pay and the cheapest living costs, so you make back the fee and leave the internship with a nice travel package.

I had every weekend free and used these to either explore Vietnam’s capital or travel the country; Hanoi is a great base.

Accommodation is basic but fine - and mostly importantly free including all bills. Electricity is the most expensive commodity here and there are no hidden fees. There is a bit of variation between the shared houses, some are better than others, but that's the same anywhere with any kind of student accommodation, and once you finish the internship, rent is super cheap in Hanoi.

BME is the English centre we worked for, teaching in public schools around Hanoi. They ferry you door to door by car taxi, a frustrating mode of transport in my opinion, and are at times unreliable, but they do try to make the experience a good one for you, something which is quite clear by the large community of teachers who either still work for BME (myself included) or still live in Hanoi. I bump into people all the time who started on this programme who are a great support network. BME pay on time every month and make sure that every teacher is working and living there legally: this means visas, work permits, foreigner residency, etc.

Life and work in Vietnam is not going to be the same as what you’ve experienced before. Communication lapses and miscommunication via language and cultural barriers are rife, but you will learn to adapt, teach, work and succeed in any and every environment.

What would you improve about this program?
Training essentially. The August intake gets two weeks to settle in, train, etc. whereas the January intake has only one. The TEFL course (both online and classroom) itself has some interesting ideas to keep in mind, but a lot of it is not helpful when you start teaching in Vietnam. In Hanoi, your class can contain anything up to 60 little babies squeezed into bolted-to-the-floor desks - and you may rock up to a school where the power is out and has no sign of coming back on! BME do offer initial lesson plans and some amount of training, but be prepared to independently learn day by day.

I use a lot of songs in my younger grade lessons, it's a great, fun way to teach and learn that they can do from their seats. I would have found and introduction to this in the training very helpful indeed.
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Rebecca
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Valuable experience with appropriate support

My experience with i-to-i TEFL was fantastic, communication was good and explained everything I needed to know about the internship. I was offered a discount as I already held my 140 TEFL course, and had the chance to do another 20 classroom course during orientation which was good (although not specific to the teaching we would be doing in Hanoi). ELC who run the internship were very informative and supportive whenever I had any problems. BME the education company who we worked for in Hanoi were, majority of the time, quite unorganised, I do not know if this is a Vietnam thing or just for the company, but be prepared for things not to go to plan sometimes! The overall experience was amazing, the opportunity to see Vietnam and use my TEFL with the comfort of the support from the internship is definitely worth paying for.

What would you improve about this program?
More classroom based training relating the teaching in Vietnam (ie large classes, limited space etc)
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Samantha
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL in Hanoi, Vietnam

Overall I really enjoyed the programme because it gave me the opportunity to move abroad with a certain degree of hand holding. I had some issues with the package I purchased. I had already completed my TEFL studies which I was told was no issue and I would finish the 2 day class training once I reached Vietnam. However when I sent on my certificate I was informed that I-to-I did not work with this company and I would have to complete 120 hours of TEFL in less than a month. The companies in Vietnam can be difficult to work with and at times manipulative but the help with Visas and housing etc was useful.
The package is good if not a little pricey.

What would you improve about this program?
Limit materials. Too much content that isn't necessarily relevant.