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Ninja Teacher


Ninja Teacher was founded in 2013 with the goal of making it easy to start teaching English in Asia. We're since grown to be a leading teach abroad company with over 600 alumni who have taken our programs in Vietnam and other countries in Asia.

At Ninja Teacher Academy we offer TEFL courses in Vietnam and online. Our Vietnam classroom TEFL course includes 4 weeks of in-class training, practical teaching hours, job placement assistance, and more! Our online TEFL is a highly video-based course where you learn by watching recorded training sessions from our experienced trainer with a Master's in Education from Harvard.

We pride ourselves on our community, and work hard to create an environment that produces enthusiastic, well-trained teachers who are ready to enter the market here in Vietnam (and around the world).

With our monthly programs typically filling up in advance, we encourage you to reach out soon for more information about getting started!

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193 Le Thanh Ton
District 1
Ho Chi Minh City


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Yes, I recommend this program

Good Afternoon! Is everyone doing well? I've recently completed the Ninja Teacher 120 hour Online TEFL course, and I wanted to leave some positive remarks to benefit anyone that might be thinking of enrolling too. This course can replace your traditional "Mon - Fri, 9 - 5" working job, but grant you the flexibility to travel - or whatever else you're thinking about accomplishing with the work-life balance and extra time that this job offers. Maybe those who want to try the course are thinking that they don't have a teacher's background or any familiarity in the classroom - This job still might be for you. This course is backed by Learning Professionals, so the overall outline of information taught will be specifically relevant to your job as an ESL Teacher. Remember, when you graduate in a few weeks, you can work Full-Time or Part-Time in Person or Online, just about anywhere! For those who like to try out a new and fulfilling career through this TEFL course, I completely recommend this opportunity to you - you can do this, ok? $25 - $30/Hr. could change your life, and even act as a support to help you accomplish other goals simultaneously. Especially to individuals from small towns, inner-city, or any other "low-opportunity" communities in America - This is for you! The Ninja Teacher 120 hour TEFL course Online will give you the support you need, and also walk with you through the entire class. The greatest benefit of this group is the overall positive thinking and professional opportunities that will lead you to see the Myriad of possibilities for your life!♥️

What would you improve about this program?
The Information offered in the course is from learning professionals. The only improvement I'd suggest is for Students that take the Online Course, to be able to take the "In-Person" course as a follow-up service at a lower rate. Students who have to pay for two different versions of the same class in person and online too, that's a bit expensive.
Yes, I recommend this program

Ninja Teacher Academy has created an extensive course for those who are interested in ESL teaching abroad and online. They are very engaging, allowing for your commentary and responding. They provided good feedback on the assignments that you submit and give you tips on how to improve yourself for next time. The course content was relevant and up to date. The course teachers are highly qualified and give many useful tips for the industry. Besides having relevant content to the industry, they have a very welcoming team, who were there to help me if I needed them at any point. The course has prepared me well to become an ESL teacher. Highly recommend Ninja Teacher Academy!

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Yes, I recommend this program

The program was excellent. I learned a lot and found the course to be very engaging. It was my first time to take an online course and it was worth it. Thank you for putting together such a program.

However, there were a few notable weaknesses. When students ask questions, it is hard to hear them in those recorded videos. Adding subtitles might help and mute audio when students ask to remove background noise or warn the listener that there will be background noise.

A few improvements can be made on the quality of audio especially on Teaching online course. Case studies are hard to listen to and some are boring.

The trainers were excellent and exercises were very good.

What would you improve about this program?
I will make it more diverse contentwise by including examples from other parts of the World. It seems like the program is meant for Americans who want to teach in Vietnam. Adding some stories and teaching techniques/case studies from other parts of the World will make it more interesting. Being an African, I know that Ninja Teacher can be invaluable in these parts of the World, if the content was adjusted, staff were more diverse, then many African-based students who want to be English teachers will find the program very useful indeed.
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Yes, I recommend this program

I'm sure many people who decide to teach English abroad wonder if they will be good enough to do so. I was no different, which is why I wanted to do an in-class TEFL.

Ninja Teacher went above and beyond all of my expectations. Not only did they give me the tools I needed to succeed as a teacher, they also helped me settle into a foreign country and gave me advice whenever I needed it.

Claire, the teacher trainer, was absolutely amazing. I'm going to keep using the lessons she taught me wherever I go.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take it seriously. The course is pretty front-loaded, so don't expect an easy ride. And buy work clothes in your home country --especially if you are "western sized".
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Yes, I recommend this program

I am rather a skeptical person in terms of if "something sounds too good to be true". However, in this case Ninja Teacher do deliver!

Everyone on here has told you how it prepares you for actual practical living in Vietnam, aswell as teaching. So I do not want to dwell on that as it has been said.

I will comment on the fact that Ninja teacher gas such extensive contacts in the ESL teaching field, in Vietnam, that it can easily help you find recruitment. I myself found recruitment through a Ninja Teacher connection and I couldn't be happier with my choice if company and job. I have talked to several teachers who did their TESOL online or through some next academy, and they are not working for the best of companies or schools. Thanks Ninja!

What was your funniest moment?
It is not actually a particular funniest moment. It's just that every expat teacher seems to be connected to Ninja Teacher in a roundabout way!


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Umar Akhtar

Umar has lead an extraordinary life. But never in his wildest dreams did he imagine ending up living where he is! Nor doing what he's doing!

Why did you choose this program?

It was simply a change of lifestyle. And feeling a sense of self-gratification from a job that also allowed me to grow as a person, as well as a sustainable wage. Plus, having a qualification which will allow me to open a whole new spectrum of doors. You could start off as a teacher and end up doing something even more diverse, once you get your foot in the door!

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Ninja Teacher provided me with the TESOL certification and also guided me through the step by step process of having it authenticated. I did have to get a copy of my degree, arrange the tourist visa and get the criminal record check done myself, but Ninja Teacher guided me the whole way.

Also, accommodation was booked by myself, but I was advised of areas to scout out for. The most important thing I was assisted on was the job placement and arranging job interviews.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

You will enter the course as a stranger but leave with a family.

There's a strong sense of comradery and a sense of belonging. Everyone will give you different advice about the course, but it is for you to witness on your own. You will also gain strong alumni who regularly meet throughout the month.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

It is a highly intensive course. And is manic from the get-go.

You have observations by the end of the week or the start of week 2. You have continual activities, and then your own group and peer assessment by week 3. But it manages to stay fun along the way.

Daily the classes tend to be structured from 9-5 like a school.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was not managing to settle in and feeling homesick.

I definitely have settled in as it was just a matter of getting my bearings. You can not completely eradicate homesickness, but you will form a strong bond with your class-fellows, which will help alleviate it.

I also feel at home now!

Is there any other advice for prospective travelers?

Prospective travelers will definitely want to know that Vietnam is probably at a peak in terms of value for money right now. It is the best time to get the most from your currency back home.
I do not have one favourite story as there are so many. But, I would like to say it is funny how every ex-pat teacher seems to be connected to Ninja Teacher in some way or another!

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Alex Stevenson

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Founder & Director
Alex has over 5 years of experience in the teach abroad industry in Asia, has obtained his Cambridge CELTA certification in teaching, and has taught English experience in Korea and Vietnam.

He then went on to start Ninja Teacher to help others start their teach abroad experience.

What is your favorite travel memory?

One of my best memories is traveling South East Asia after my first year of teaching abroad in South Korea in 2013. A few friends and I rented a villa on Koh Samui island for the first month, which had an infinity pool looking out over the jungle and the ocean. We spent time on the beach, ate delicious Thai food, experienced the nightlife and had an all-around amazing experience.

While most people think doing something like this is totally unaffordable and can't imagine taking that much time off... Well, I comfortably managed it by teaching abroad for a year and had enough saved to travel for another 2 months through Thailand and Laos and to get set up in Vietnam where I've been ever since!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Ninja Teacher has been a huge part of my life since the day I left for Asia. I started out documenting my experience and giving tips and advice on YouTube and on my blog right from day one, and now have nearly 500 videos uploaded and 5 million views on those videos. Over time I started connecting my audience with teach abroad programs and turning Ninja Teacher into a company that helps people get started on their teach abroad adventures. Now we have a team, a TESOL school in Vietnam and help train, certify and place over 100 teachers per year in jobs.

At the start, I was as scared to take the leap and teach abroad as most people. I pushed my comfort zone and did it though, and my journey has been a constant one of moving forward, overcoming challenged and adapting. I've grown resilient and wouldn't take back all the ups and downs on this journey for anything.

I've also become more open to new ways of thinking by seeing how people live and what they believe in countries around the world. Without these experiences, I don't know who I would be today.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

My favorite stories are the ones where someone never expected to be a teacher or like teaching and then end up loving it.

Often people come to Vietnam because of the good salaries, low livings costs and great lifestyle and/or ability to save money you have here, which in my opinion is totally fine, as long as you ALSO take your job seriously.

Not everyone loves their job, and for some people teaching English in Vietnam is just that: a job they show up for and do what they need to do. But surprisingly, a large number of people end up really loving teaching. They may have never expected to and that's the great reward to me - seeing our graduates finding a new career path they enjoy (or at least something different to do for a year or two that they get a lot out of).

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Ninja Teacher's teach in Vietnam program with its classroom-based 150 hour TESOL training and certification with a paid job is the best possible way you could get started teaching in Vietnam.

You get practical training in the classroom at Ninja Teacher Academy in Ho Chi Minh City, teaching time with real Vietnamese learners, your TESOL certification and a job in a reputable school.

We also pride ourselves as being the most supportive and friendly team out there! We're here to help you out from the moment you sign up until you've secured a job, and also continue to keep in touch with our alumni through regular events in the city.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

We're all previous teachers, we're a friendly and supportive team and we offer the best possible service throughout your time in Vietnam.

With Ninja Teacher Academy situated in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, the most progressive and exciting city in Vietnam, you'll be able to adjust to life in Vietnam through our orientation and as you complete your training over 4 weeks.

One of the biggest highlights is meeting your cohort of fellow trainees, which gives you a ready-made group of new friends. Not going at it alone is essential for the successful transition to life abroad!

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Every detail of what we do is geared towards helping our trainees successfully become great teachers and transition to life abroad - from daily support to quality training with experienced trainers.

We also have a great reputation with schools and Vietnam and they come to us first when looking to hire. This helps us to find the best possible jobs for our Ninja Teachers so they can travel, experience a new culture, live a great lifestyle, save money and make a difference!