Looking for an exhilarating teach abroad destination? Consider Vietnam. To teach English in Vietnam, you’ll need a college degree, a 120-hour TEFL certificate, and an adventurous spirit. Teaching in Vietnam will allow you to experience deep cultural immersion, gain valuable teaching experience, and help Vietnamese students learn English at the same time.
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Salary Expectations for Teaching in Vietnam
Many prospective teachers are curious how much they will make teaching English in Vietnam, and the shortest answer is that this depends on the type of teaching work you do. If you teach at a language school, salaries are typically lower than at International schools or by private tutoring. On the whole, the teaching salary in Vietnam is typically $1,000-$1,500 per month.
While this salary may seem low compared with those in Western countries, it is a comparable amount for the region -- and more than sufficient to cover living expenses in Vietnam. Housing in Vietnam is roughly $300-$500 USD per month, and total living expenses (including housing) is typically $600-$800 per month.
Required Qualifications to Teach in Vietnam
As mentioned, a college degree and minimum 120-hour TEFL certificate are necessary to land a teaching placement in Vietnam. These are both required to qualify for a work visa in Vietnam, which you will need to be able to teach.
Some teaching alumni have shared stories of being able to teach without a college degree or TEFL certificate, but most (if not all) of the opportunities listed here on Go Overseas will require these things. It also helps to ensure you will be working with a reputable school, if they expect these minimum requirements.
If you have no previous teaching experience (or your TEFL did not include a practicum or teaching sessions), you may want to opt for a 140-hour or higher level TEFL certificate. This will help your application stand out and demonstrate to potential employers that you are qualified for the job.