Teacher's Friend - Vietnam

Teacher's Friend - Vietnam

About

Beautiful scenery, wonderful culture, great students and unparalleled opportunities to save money make Vietnam the ideal place to teach English. Teacher's Friend Vietnam (TFV), is a friendly, well-established service designed by teachers, for teachers. I am not a huge company or faceless organisation. I am a real person, offering personal, honest and reliable help and advice. My aim is to make incredible teaching opportunities easy and accessible. I offer a SUPER service- Specialised (I only work in Vietnam, because it is my passion!), Unique (I am the only service offering such comprehensive relocation assistance with the top language centres in Vietnam), Personalised (It's all about you), Empathetic (I've been there, done that and I know how you feel!!) and Reliable (I have partners ready and waiting to give you a top-notch service, all of whom helped me when I first came to Vietnam and many of whom are long-term friends.)

Founded
1980

Reviews

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Kaila
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Teacher’s friend great assistance

Hello,
I am a theater artist by trade. I went to Ohio University for my bachelor of fine arts and received my TEFL just recently. I reached out to teachers friend for assistance in finding a job in Vietnam. This was a huge help in my endeavor in solidifying a job in Vietnam. I am new to the ESL community and needed quite a bit of help to understand the hiring process. Teachers friend gave me the necessary support to organize my paperwork, participate in interviews and solidify a job. I highly recommend them for other new ESL teachers looking for work. Also teachers friend company was very kind when job compatibility did not work. Though they dedicated so much effort to create a point of reference between me and the job. We worked well as a team and I have been hired just recently with their help. Thank you so much teachers friend. Peace and love to you and your journey.

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Erin
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Perfect service!

Georgie was so helpful throughout every phase of completing the TESOL and applying for jobs. With Covid affecting my ability to go to Vietnam, she instead offered full relocation to other countries at no extra cost. The AVSE TESOL course is 10/10: each module is helpful and informative and the content is also peppered with humour which makes it all the better. There are great videos of teaching examples and a good portion of the assessment content is your own pretend teaching. At first I found this really difficult but it is actually the best thing to prepare you for the classroom and now I feel comfortable teaching a whole class of kids! I can’t recommend Georgie and TFV enough!

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Harry
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Above and Beyond!

Teacher's Friend goes above and beyond in their instruction and support for guiding you during your ESL journey. Georgie is very knowledgeable about teaching ESL and the teaching industry on a global level. Whilst her focus is on teaching in Cambodia and Vietnam, she has been invaluable in helping us look at other countries in Asia where we were looking to teach. During the course Georgie has been a very helpful and friendly tutor who never makes you feel inadequate during her feedback. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who has a desire to teach abroad or relocate to a different country!

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David
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent all around

Georgie is a really great and knowledgeable trainer! I’ve learned a lot about ESL teaching from her and the course material, and not once did I feel lost or overwhelmed under her guidance. All around, my experience thus far has been absolutely fantastic, and I can’t imagine the kinds of opportunities it will provide as I near the completion of my certification. Georgie’s business is small but it’s a growing one, and the level of personalization she offers to each client has far exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend her services if you are looking to make a change in your life!

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Antonia
5/5
No, I don't recommend this program

Excellent and friendly service!

Georgie has been so supportive and informative throughout the whole experience and guided me through all of my decision making. She has a wealth of knowledge that removes so many of the scary and unknown aspects of making a big life change and has made everything so much more manageable and fun. She always has time for you and gives answers to questions pretty much immediately (and I fired a lot of them at her!).

I've had a really positive experience working with her so would definitely recommend :)

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I didn't have many of these but the quitting of my job and moving abroad part was the time of most uncertainty. I had complete faith that Georgie would find me a great position and would give it her all to make sure I was happily settled so that removed a lot of stress from the process.

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Staff Interviews

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

What is your favorite travel memory?

One of my favorite travel memories was being "adopted" by a group of local Vietnamese friends who lived in Nha Trang.

We met them at a waterfall and while I spoke no Vietnamese and them no English, they invited us to join their picnic. We had a lovely afternoon together and went and had drinks and coffee with them afterwards. This progressed to being invited back to their house for dinner, where we all sat on the floor and ate a communal meal - again communicating using lots of gestures, hand movements and smiles.

After, they invited us to go dancing with them as it was Halloween and there was a big party happening in town. At 2am, they told us that we must meet them the next day so they could take us fishing! It was lovely to be shown around by such friendly locals.

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

As the director of this company, it amazes me how much people appreciate the service which we offer. It has made me realize that the biggest part of moving abroad is actually the small things - the tiny nagging questions, the uncertainty, the unnecessary stress.

I've learned that taking care of the small stuff often makes everything else fall into place. This means a lot of work and forward planning on our behalf, to make everything perfect for the teachers.

Our number one aim is to make everything as stress free as possible.

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

As a start up company offering year long contracts for teachers, all of our teachers are currently still in Vietnam. One girl planned to be in Vietnam for four to six months and within two weeks had signed a year long contract - perfect!

Some teachers stay in touch with us regularly throughout their time in Vietnam, sending us the odd question such as the best places to eat, places to visit and advice on anything and everything, while others spread their wings and fly the moment they land - because we prepared them well for everything before they arrived.

We are happy to put you in touch with our current teachers already in Vietnam to hear what they have to say!

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

Currently, we only offer programs to Vietnam, because it's one of the best countries for teaching English. The people are friendly, the wages are high, the cost of living is low and the scenery is incredible!

However, in the future we hope to expand our services to other South East Asian countries such as Japan, South Korea, Thailand and China.

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

Our company is unique because it is built by teachers, for teachers. We have all been there, made the mistakes and come out stronger for it.

Our aim is to get you there, and make you stronger but with as few mistakes as possible and a lot of fun on the way. We made the mistakes, so you don't have to.

Also, we aim to be not just a company but a friend to our teachers. We go far beyond the demands of the contract and really offer our expertise as a friend, not a business. When comparing prices for other similar Teach Abroad programs, we are by far the cheapest and offer the most value, time and support to our teachers.

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

The biggest factor in the success of our company is the people and the excellent customer service.

Everyone here has lived in Vietnam teaching English or is a local, so we all know the place like the back of our hand. We all LOVE Vietnam, and so get just as excited when sending people on their trips as the new teachers do!

I love seeing the results that we provide, and taking away that first time abroad stress.