TEFL-Hanoi TEFL in HANOI

TEFL / TESOL in Hanoi (Vietnam)

TEFL in Hanoi  / TESOL in Hanoi (Vietnam)

Our TEFL training center is located in the Tay Ho district of Hanoi.   Tay Ho houses Hanoi’s largest freshwater lake–West Lake.  Its 17 km shoreline features historic places, five-star hotels, upper-scale restaurants, cafes, and dance clubs that invite to spend some pleasant hours there.

The school is accommodated in an elegant villa in the neighborhood of the Sheraton Hotel. From here, you can easily access other areas of Hanoi by public transportation.  The school has spacious classrooms, seating areas with large, exotic plants, a library, a computer lab and a cafeteria. The entire venue reflects international standards.  The EFL students come to the school.  Our TEFL trainees teach them there.

Upon successful graduation, iTTi TEFL Hanoi will help you find your TEFL job and stay by your side until you have found one.  We help you arrange for a maximum of  five interviews. 

As a TEFL/TESOL training organization we want our graduates to be the best they can be.  We want schools to know that our graduates are the high-quality English teachers they so much desire.  We want to also give parents and students the confidence that they will get an excellent service if they take English classes with any one of them.  It is for this reason that our graduates receive monthly continuing education classes (1 1/2 hour) live on line free of charge.  We know  that excellence is created only through proper education.

Special  Features

Airport Pickup

Airport pickup can be arranged for approximately $15 one way.

Free Vietnamese Classes

Every four-week, onsite student is eligible for free Vietnamese classes (2 classes/week).

Teaching Internship

The school offers TEFL trainees who wish to gain more teaching experience a one-, two- or more-months internship free of charge. 

120-Hour On-Site TEFL Certification.   

Total course fee: $1,800

Deposit: $500 upon registration

Balance payment: $1,300 payable 30 days before the first course date.

The training comes with free Vietnamese classes throughout the training, full career support services and monthly continuing education (1 1/2 hour) live on line free of charge upon completion of the program.

2017 – TEFL in Hanoi
  • 21 November – 16 December
  • 2018 – TEFL in Hanoi
  • 8 January – 2 February
  • 5 February – 2 March
  • 5 March – 30 March
  • 2 April – 27 April
  • 30 April – 25 May
  • 4 June – 29 June
  • 2 July – 27 July
  • 6 August – 31 August
  • 4 September – 28 September
  • 1 October – 26 October
  • 29 October – 23 November
  • 26 November – 21 December

This is a four-week, on-site TEFL certification with a teaching practicum with actual EFL students.  The course comes with free Vietnamese classes (2 classes/week).  Graduates have the choice of one among three TEFL specializations: Teach Business English, Teach Young Learners, or Teach TOEFL Preparation.

120-Hour Combined TEFL Certification

  • Total course fee: $1450
  • Deposit at registration: $500
  • Balance payment five business days before the first day of the teaching practice: $950
  • Due to the teaching practice, the program results in the same certificate as the four-week on-site TEFL certification.  The online part is tutor supported.  Graduates have the choice of one among three TEFL specializations: Teach Business English, Teach Young Learners, or Teach TOEFL Preparation
  • 2017 – Onsite Teaching Practice in Hanoi
  • 21 November – 29 November
  • 2018 – Onsite Teaching Practice in Hanoi
  • 8 January – 16 January
  • 5 February – 13 February
  • 5 March – 13 March
  • 2 April – 10 April
  • 30 April – 8 May
  • 4 June – 12 June
  • 2 July – 10 July
  • 6 August – 14 August
  • 4 September – 12 September
  • 1 October – 9 October
  • 29 October – 6 November
  • 26 November – 4 December 
  • The training comes with free Vietnamese classes throughout the on-site training, full career support services and monthly continuing education (1 1/2 hour) live on line free of charge upon completion of the program.

TEFL Jobs in Abundance 

Teaching English abroad in Vietnam is a thriving business. It couldn’t be easier to find a TEFL job here. With a National Foreign Languages Project in place, there is a massive focus upon learning English at the moment. The goal is to have Vietnam’s students use English confidently in their study, daily communication and work by 2020.

There are numerous language centers, kindergartens, international schools, agencies and private schools dedicated to teaching English to the students of Vietnam. This abundance of opportunity combined with the all-year-round hiring system creates a very lucrative experience.

TEFL teachers in Vietnam enjoy a fantastic living standard. The average salary for a TEFL-certified, degree-holding, native English teacher is between $17 and $22 per hour. This is often higher depending on your experience and qualifications.  Prospective teachers arrive in Hanoi with no prior teaching experience and are able to find a part-time job in a language center, teaching children for $20 per hour, within a couple of days. There are opportunities to teach all ages, from kindergarten to adult, although finding a TEFL job teaching English to adults is a little more difficult to come by.  Essentially, there are two routes you can take to become an English teacher in Vietnam: you can sign up for a long-term, full-time contract at one of the major schools or you can take on multiple part-time contracts at several smaller centers.

A standard full-time position is considered to be around 20 to 25 teaching hours per week; however, there are opportunities to take on less or more hours depending on your goals and priorities.

Teacher Compensation

The first option will usually provide you with a steady job, set hours, health insurance, assistance with your work permit, holiday pay and often a  nice  bonus upon completion of one-year’s contract. You can expect to earn up to and around $1,500 – $2,000 per month in such a TEFL position. These types of jobs require a high-end TEFL Qualification (120-Hour On-Site TEFL or 120-Hour Combined TEFL) and require signing a minimum contract for a year with that particular school. The more reputable schools and language centers will often cover the cost of your work permit and, while some schools might try and get away with it, it is usually possible to come to an agreement in sharing the cost. In order to obtain a working permit you must have the following:

  • Usually, the school at which you accept a teaching position will help you with this process. This will often require the following:

    – an internationally recognized TEFL certificate (original document)

  • – a health check from an approved hospital (this is very easy and cheap to have done in Vietnam)
  • – a university degree (original document)
  • – an academic transcript (original document)
  • – a police clearance check (original document, no more than 6 months old)

The second option is a more casual route; something that is not as readily available in nearby TEFL countries such as Japan or South Korea. Many people are attracted to the “no-strings-attached” lifestyle that is available in Vietnam. It is possible to enter the country on a three-month business visa (which, depending on your nationality, should cost around $90-$130).  Find more information about this visa at  Vietnam Visa, an official website of the Vietnamese Government. 

With this business visa, you can  easily find cash- in-hand work at many of the smaller language centers. This will require you to renew your business visa at the end of every three months (at a similar cost as the initial visa but with no need to leave the country). This option won’t provide you with the benefits of signing up full time with one school, but it will allow you to create your own timetable and working hours. It is fairly common to have multiple jobs of this nature as these centers usually offer contracts of around three or four teaching hours per week. Three or four of these part-time contracts can provide you with enough money to live a fairly comfortable lifestyle. It is possible to survive on as little as 10 hours upwards per week in Vietnam.

Cost of Living

Living costs are exceptionally inexpensive in Vietnam. A meal at a local food stall (which can be found everywhere) will set you back around $2. This will be for a traditional dish of Pho (noodle soup) or similar. If you want to ‘splash out’ and eat Western food, you can easily go for a nice meal in a restaurant for around $5-7. Local beer is available everywhere in Vietnam; you can get a glass of organically brewed ‘biahoi’ for less than 50 cents.  Local markets provide fresh fruit and veggies in abundance. Just be aware that your status as a foreigner will leave you exposed to massive overcharging.   Always be prepared to haggle your way down to around half of the originally quoted price. It is possible to find more ‘Western’ supermarkets where the prices are set, and you can find a good selection of groceries for reasonable value.

Accommodation

Unlike other TEFL destinations, schools here generally don’t help you to find accommodation. Don’t be afraid! It is surprisingly easy to do. It is possible to find short-term or longer contracts, depending on what suits you. A room in a shared house costs, on average, from $150-$250, depending on the quality of the room and the area. $250 will get you a nice room in a decent house, located in a good area. For $150, you can still get a decent room, but it may be smaller, or a little further away from the center. Bills in general are not included in this price and for WiFi, electricity, water and usually a weekly cleaner, you can expect to pay around $30-50 per month, depending on how much you use the air conditioner. The best resource to find accommodation is TNH Vietnam.     .

Setting up a bank account

Opening a bank account in Vietnam is fairly easy and recommended banks are ANZ Bank, Sacom Bank and HSBC. All you usually need is your passport and a Vietnamese address. You will have to fill out lots of forms and the card may only be a cash withdrawal card, making it difficult to transfer money out of the country. There are ways around this and usually your school will be able to help you.

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and truly emerging as a popular tourist destination. This popularity stems from the fact that it has so much to offer. Hanoi is undoubtedly an area that provides fun and enjoyment for all people. And the great news is; if you take a look on line, you will see that it is easy to get there inexpensively.

The character in Hanoi is worth mentioning. There is a combination between French colonial charm and rich Vietnamese heritage. This is the result of the French colonization of Vietnam. This makes the region extremely interesting to say the least. From the magical small streets to the breath-taking buildings, the culture and ambience on offer is truly delightful.

Nonetheless, this is not the only thing Hanoi has to offer. The lakes deserve to be mentioned. You will have a hard time to find them anywhere more tranquil and beautiful on the globe. The Hoan Kiem is famous for the stunning atmospherer and, of course, the iconic Red Bridge. You should definitely try and incorporate this into your trip.

If that wasn’t enough, Vietnamese cuisine is simply delicious.  Here are some yummy dishes:

  • BanhXeo – This is a crispy crepe which contains onions, shrimp and pork. Delicious!

  • Bun oc– Push the boat and experience slow-moving sea snails served in a steaming noodle soup.

  • Sinh to – A favorite for those who love fruity flavors. This is a smoothie containing crushed ice, sweetened condensed milk and your choice of anything from lychee to mango.

  • BanhCuon – And finally, this is a real treat; minced pork and mushrooms with rice-flour rolls wrapped around them.

What are some of the best attractions in Hanoi:

  • Temple of Literature – This site has been around since 1070 and is a tribute to Confucius. You will get to witness a wealth of stunning pavilions and courtyards here too.
  • Tran Quoc – You can’t visit Hanoi without taking a trip to this historic pagoda. It dates back approximately one and a half thousand years and is the foremost symbol of Buddhism in the whole of Vietnam.
  • National Museum of Fine Arts – Whether you are a fan of art or not, you will undoubtedly enjoy your trip to the National Museum of Fine Arts. Here you can look at great collection of art, crafts, sculpture and artefacts.

So there you have it; there is clearly a lot to love about Hanoi.

Hanoi  Weather

Hanoi features a warm, humid, subtropical climate with lots of precipitation. The city has the typical climate of northern Vietnam, where summers are hot and humid, and winters are relatively cold and dry. Summers (from May to September) are hot and humid, receiving the majority of the annual rainfall. Winters, lasting from November to March, are relatively mild and dry. Spring (April) can bring light rains. Autumn (October) is the best time of year in term of weather. The city is usually cloudy and foggy in the winter time, and the sun is only briefly to be seen.

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