Why Teach English in Vietnam?
For many, the norm is to sit in front of computers and compose a dozen or more emails from eight to five; others’ workload involves meeting after meetings that will last through the day. Some people find joy in this, while some don’t. If you belong in the latter, then perhaps it’s time for you to fly to Vietnam and venture into the education industry to teach.
Don’t get me wrong, teaching entails a lot of hard work. You have to meet several students with different personalities per day. There is also a need for you to mingle with your co-teachers from time to time; reports for each student must be done after every term as well. The job can get draining at times, but it surely is fulfilling. Add the fact that you are in a new country, a new city, and a whole new culture to discover, you are off to a good fresh start.
- Plenty of Job Opportunities
Vietnam is a developing country. There are a lot of opportunities for both locals and foreigners; one of which is being an English or ESL instructor. You can teach children in schools, or language centers. Working in either schools or language centers gives you more time to explore the country. For schools, you have spring, winter, or fall break. For language centers, you have more control of your schedule; you can choose the hours or days you wish to work giving you more opportunities to explore Vietnam. Some adults also want to learn English, some to practice their communication skills for fun or personal development while others need it for their work. From kindergarten to working adults, many are keen to learn and develop their English skills
- The salary is high, the cost of living is low
One of the reasons why teaching in Vietnam is worth it is how the cost of living is low, and the salary is high. You have a lot of different options: you can teach at an international school, public school, or language center and you get paid accordingly. Your rent per month is about a quarter of your monthly salary, leaving room for more savings or for exploring. If you are into eating out, a bowl of Pho from a street-side eatery only costs about $2; if you are into rice more, a plate of com tam costs about $1 to $1.5. Eating these for every meal isn’t too heavy for your wallet. Do note that eating out at western restaurants can get expensive as a meal may cost $10 or more. Cooking at home is also an option, and will allow you to save more.
Driving yourself around the city via motorcycles is the norm in Vietnam. For non-drivers, transportation may not seem so convenient but it is still pretty affordable; a bus ride can cost as low as $0.26; you just have to be familiar with the bus routes and stops.
- Time to explore
Vietnam is a country in Southeast Asia known for its picturesque landscapes, mouthwatering dishes, and rich culture. If you are a foodie, go from district to district, and city to city to taste the local specialties. You might also want to fly to Hue as it is considered a mecca for gastronomes. If you are a coffee lover, you will enjoy simply walking the streets of Vietnam as almost every corner has a café. The aroma of coffee is everywhere. You can also fly or ride a sleeper bus to Da Lat and experience harvesting, drying, grinding, and making your cup of coffee. The cool weather in this city is also perfect to enjoy a hot cup of coffee. For regular shoppers, go shopping from local markets, malls, and even weekend markets that showcase a lot of young local brands. You can also opt to fly to central Vietnam where you can find Da Nang and Hoi An. These cities have a lot of ready-to-wear and custom shops; you can have suits, dresses, and leather goods with your preferences made in just about a day or two. For extreme sports or beach lovers, you can go to Mui Ne to catch some waves, or Phu Quoc to enjoy a more laidback beach exploration. Each town, city, or province you visit has something different. Vietnam offers experiences for all kinds of travelers.
- Laidback lifestyle
Usually, lunch breaks only last for an hour, but in Vietnam, it lasts for about two hours. Many companies have 1.5 to two hours worth of lunch breaks; this time is spent for eating a meal as well as an afternoon siesta. This also applies to some schools and language centers.
Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh are the most popular cities to work in Vietnam; however, if you wish to break away from the hectic life in big cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, you can always opt to look for jobs in other cities. Cities like Vung Tau, Can Tho, and Di An are only a few hours away from Ho Chi Minh. Many teachers from these cities commend how their lives are a lot peaceful and calm here. Cities like Da Nang and Nha Trang are also popular among foreign teachers as these cities have a mix of both busy city, and laidback life near the mountains or the beach. In these two cities, you can work from the morning, afternoon until night, and enjoy the sceneries during the day or the weekend; you get the best of both worlds, indeed.
Teaching in Vietnam allows you to live a more balanced life. You can work and earn accordingly, as well as enjoy the new country freely. Just make sure you have all the requirements needed before flying out to Vietnam. Most schools and language centers ask for a teaching certificate and police clearance. Have these documents ready, so your company can easily apply for your work permit and temporary residence card. Other than this, you are ready for a fresh new start.