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.)

Currents offers and updates

Sign up with a friend and get $100 off per person.
Sign up within 21 days of initial enquiry and receive $50 off.
Now offering 150 hour internationally accredited TESOL in Vietnam and Cambodia.
Founded
1980
Headquarters

43 Elms Avenue,
Littleover
Derby
DE23 6FB
United Kingdom

Reviews

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Victoria
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Having the assistance of Teacher's Friend really made my move to Vietnam so much easier and reassuring. I was able to ask all the questions I had and I got amazing tips and pointers of things I hadn't even thought about. I was able to secure a job in almost no time and I am enjoying my job. Having someone to talk to who can give amazing and personal advice was the best resource I found when I was making the decision to move to Vietnam. The communication exchanges I've had were great and timely. I felt very supported before and after my transition to living in Vietnam.

What would you improve about this program?
I wouldn't change anything about the program. Having someone to talk to who can give amazing and personal advice was the best resource I found when I was making the decision to move to Vietnam.
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Amanda
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience of Teacher's Friend Vietnam is based on an hour long skype call and several follow up emails with Georgie Snape. I am developing English language programmes based in Hai Phong and Georgie's advice and input were key in connecting me with the experts, front runners and people involved in best practice teaching English as an additional language in Vietnam. Georgie was a great listener and responded quickly to my particular information needs as well as making all engagement with her an absolute pleasure. She is the sort of personality that engages at all levels and in appropriate ways. She is someone I could see having ongoing contact with for her knowledge of the local context, expertise in the huge English Language teaching industry in Vietnam and simply for the pleasure of enjoying her engaging personality. Georgie is open to new ideas and motivated to facilitate people on their path here in Vietnam. Her advice has been relevant, valuable and appropriate to my needs. I recommend her highly as a first point of contact for teachers planning to come to Vietnam to work or upon arrival, like myself.

What would you improve about this program?
The people and Georgie Snape, in particular provided the glue that pulled together a lot of the work I am doing.
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Jack
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I signed up to the full relocation package that TFV offers. Georgie, the owner of this small niche business is ‘one of a kind’. From my initial enquiry to my current teaching journey in Vietnam, she has supported me every step of the way and surpassed my expectations. Her advice and willingness to help is ‘second to none’. Before I signed up, I researched her business, read about her and TFV reviews. I was immediately impressed, and honesty, inspired, by what she has achieved, and her passion to use that to help others have the same opportunity. This remains true to this day.

When you sign up to a service like this one, it is rare you actually get to meet the person that has been helping you prepare and lighten the burden of this life changing decision. I had the pleasure of meeting Georgie, who currently lives in Ho Chi Minh. I initially came to Vietnam with a plan, and that developed into a learning schedule which Georgie developed even further for me. Throughout the two weeks I was in Ho Chi Minh, she devoted her own time to personally train me and allowed me to observe her classes and others. Outstanding!

Georgie specialises solely in Vietnam. There are other businesses out there that offer a relocation service, but none like TFV. An all round professional service with a personal touch. It is a pleasure for me to recommend TFV to anyone wishing to pursue a move to Vietnam to teach.

My deepest gratitude goes out to Georgie and may our working relationship continue for years to come.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If you’re thinking about making the big leap & emigrating to Vietnam and teaching English, but in doubt - just do it!
Life is too short. It was the best decision of my life. Real change comes from within.
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James
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

She is the go-to person for advice on TEFL in Vietnam.

She is a great resource for contract review and negotiation and esl career advice. She reviewed my contract and terms and helped me secure a better offer: she also helped determine which city and neighborhood housing I should pick for housing.

She also knows a lot about how to get set up in Vietnam long term. She is well versed on relative area security, raising kids there and the international school situation.

Finally she is knowledgeable about the international school business in Vietnam. She knows how it works and what qualifications you need to get involved.

The one and only resource for Vietnam teachers. Highly recommended.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Pho is amazing the food is great here. Also be sure to try che, buncha and bang mi thit.
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Chiara
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Moving to Vietnam to teach English is an adventure to say the least. Like all adventures, it has its good and bad days. Georgie was there for me, on both the good and the bad. She was always there to support me and give me advice when I was freaking out about things- anything ranging from feeling home sick, to housing, to jobs, to just general anxious moments. That's what makes Georgie's service so invaluable: having someone who genuinely cares and will always help you out, like a real friend would!
When it came to finding jobs she put me into contact with different schools and I quickly had interviews lined up. Her connections in the ESL community in Vietnam another one of her assets.
It's a good feeling knowing someone's in your corner, especially someone as able and kind as Georgie. I highly recommend Teacher's Friend to anyone thinking of moving to Vietnam.

Programs

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Teacher's Friend - Vietnam
Face to face or online TESOL course--Full relocation service-- plus dedicated job assistance
Multiple Countries
9.31 •26 reviews

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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.