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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 1000 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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Yes, I recommend this program

Alex Stevenson and his team are amazing! They are very supportive along the way through both the course, and social media platforms (a group is formed for all new students via Facebook). The team will help you get a teaching job in several different countries where they have contacts. The online course platform was easy to navigate and the materials/videos were well thought out-I feel completely prepared to teach English as a foreign language. It might be beneficial to take an add on to teach in front of a class, however I would recommend them 10/10 times!

What would you improve about this program?
Probably more video assignments, but I’m sure the 2 that were required were sufficient!
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No, I don't recommend this program

If you have ever considered teaching English as a foreign language, it is my opinion that ninja teachers TEFL course is the best of its kind. Most online classes are dull and don’t go into too much depth but ninja teacher is both very engaging and detail oriented. The teachers of this class provide quick and very helpful feedback to further help you improve as you learn. Overall I’d rate this course a 10/10 and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to teach English as a foreign language.

What was your funniest moment?
I was answering Claire’s questions on a pre recorded video
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Yes, I recommend this program

The staff at Ninja Teacher are what make this course so enjoyable. Always available to contact, personally involved in the teaching through weekly online sessions and plenty of filmed learning material, and detailed in giving constructively critical feedback on your submitted work. You definitely feel in safe hands. They've been in this position before themselves, and aim to provide the best service they can out of love for what they do, and for the desire to help others get a foot through the door in the world of teaching English. Particularly useful course for those looking into SE Asia as a destination, or for online teaching; but valuable as general course for wherever you might be looking at. If you're unsure about where to look into taking a TEFL course, definitely consider checking them out!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Submitting my first lesson plan draft. I felt fairly confident in what I had produced due to the course material provided to learn this skill, and support given, but naturally your first time completing one of these as a total newcomer to the teaching industry leaves you wondering if you have the right idea at all. Turns out I did, and they just got easier and easier to understand and construct thanks to what I'd learned.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great support! Claire always answered emails promptly and held live sessions twice a week to accommodate students across different time zones. All of the lessons are pre-recorded videos or written outlines. The course takes an applied science principle where a lot of the material is taught in an outline form and then students can watch instructional videos where the principle is applied. I wish I had attended more live sessions, but with a busy work schedule, it was definitely tough. Overall a good experience!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Focus on the end prize, which is getting to teach English overseas! Don't get too demotivated by long assignments; these are part of any degree or certificate. I would also recommend teaching online before moving overseas, so that you have some experience.
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Yes, I recommend this program

I had a wonderful experience, The course was not easy but the teacher was able to assist with anything I do not understand, and the feedback was great and useful and with study material I managed to gain all the knowledge I need to be a good teacher.

The live class session was very helpful and effective because everyone will get to talk about where they are in the course and what is most challenging and most being able to learn from each other.

Overall what I have gained a lot from the course on how to be positive.

I would recommend.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
My stressful moments were doing a presentation, but I learned to overcome it slowly and to pace myself.


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Alumni Interviews

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

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.
Alex Stevenson

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!