Teaching English in Vietnam

Teaching English in Vietnam is the place to be if you want unique landscapes, amazing cuisine, and be around warm and welcoming people.

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Teaching English in Vietnam is the place to go if you want unique landscapes, amazing cuisine, and be around welcoming people. There always seems to be something to do. If you want to sightsee, it’s easy to travel anywhere in southeast Asia from Vietnam. But there’s already such a diverse history and things to see and do in Vietnam.

The majority of locals are friendly and welcoming. This includes your students who are usually fun and eager to learn. Local food is amazing and cheap. But international restaurants are mostly only available in larger cities Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, or Da Nang. 

A TEFL certificate, an undergraduate degree, and police background check are required for a work permit. But it is possible to find work without having these things, It’ll just be harder. It will also depend what time of year you plan to travel to Vietnam. The demand for English teachers is year-round without any peak hiring times.


There are no government teaching programs that set up English teachers in the public school system. Instead, language center jobs are much more likely in Vietnam because there is a big push for young learners to pick up the English language. 

If you want to teach English in Vietnam in a more “do it yourself” way, then here are some of the popular job boards for Vietnam teaching jobs. Job opportunities are in Vietnamese public schools, private academies, and even freelancing.

Alternatively, it’s sometimes just easier to enroll in a TEFL course and let the certificate provider set you up with a partner Vietnamese school. You can also work in internship programs where they cover the cost of housing with a decent salary. Here are some of the TEFL providers that offer job support for Vietnam:

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Work in the TEFL Institute of Ireland for Vietnam. Earn a monthly allowance, completion bonus, and TEFL certificate all at the same time.

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A Vietnam internship that gives you an orientation in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh, rent-free accommodation, a 120-hour TEFL certificate, and a monthly salary.

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Join the #1 ranked certificate program today, The TEFL Academy, for job placement opportunities.


The average monthly salary in Vietnam is in the range of $1,200-1,800 USD (35,000,000 VND). Because the cost of living is so low in Vietnam, salary is more than enough to cover your monthly bills, pay off student loans, and live a comfortable lifestyle. 

Depending on your employer, you can work 15-18 hours a week and be fine. If you work in a public school, you have a summer holiday for vacation.  This gives you time to travel and explore Vietnam or nearby countries like Cambodia, Laos, or Thailand.

Benefits vary considerably based on the school. Schools can offer reimbursement for your flight depending on if it’s in the terms of your contract. It’s common to receive health coverage, contract completion bonuses, and subsidized rent.


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The only certification recognized in both the UK and USA for job opportunities.

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An internationally recognized program with recruitment partners and internship.

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A top-rated TEFL provider with lifetime job search and alumni support services.

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A long-standing certificate provider with 20+ years of experience in TESOL.

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An accredited TEFL program clearly focused on classroom teaching and lesson planning.

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An accredited TEFL certificate training institute with virtual and on-site training.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need a degree to teach in Vietnam?

Yes, you need a Bachelor’s degree to teach English in Vietnam. Otherwise, there are volunteer teaching opportunities that don’t require a degree for teaching.

What are the biggest cities to teach in?

Most English teaching jobs are situated in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, or the port city of Da Nang

How much money do you make in Vietnam?

You can make anywhere in the range of $1,200-1,800 USD (35,000,000 VND) salary every month.

Is there a lot of pollution there?

The pollution is bad in larger cities like Hanoi and can take a toll on health. Living and getting outside the larger cities helps.

How bad is traffic in Vietnam?

Traffic and driving in Vietnam can feel like there are no rules on the road. Most expats in Vietnam drive a motorbike. But be cautious on the road as it’s dangerous to drive in Vietnam.

Is it common for teachers to be scammed out of getting paid?

It’s not common. But scams do happen in Vietnam. The biggest issues are companies missing payments, ending contracts for no real reason, and taking out large fines.


  • Vietnam is the world’s largest exporter of cashews.

  • There are about 60 million motorbikes.

  • It’s home to the world’s largest cave Hang Son Doong.

  • Pho (noodle soup) is the national dish.

  • Nguyen is the most common surname in Vietnam.

  • The water buffalo is the national animal.

  • Over 92 million people live in Vietnam.

  • The currency of Vietnam is the dong.

  • The Vietnam War lasted 20 years. More than 3,000,000 Vietnamese and 60,000 Americans lost their lives.