TEFL in Hanoi / TESOL in Hanoi (Vietnam)
Our TEFL training center is located in the Ba Dinh district of Hanoi. Ba Dinh is also called the French district and has been the political center of Hanoi for many years. Most of the government buildings and foreign embassies are here.
The school is accommodated in a modern, large building. It features large, air-conditioned classrooms, a library, a computer lab and a cafeteria. The entire venue reflects high international standards. The EFL students come to the school. Our TEFL trainees teach them.
The location of the school is conveniently connected to public transportation and is surrounded by coffee shops, restaurants, shops, parks and movie theaters.
Airport pickup can be arranged for $15 one way.
The school offers cooking classes in which our trainees can learn how to prepare delicious Vietnamese dishes.
The school offers TEFL trainees who wish to gain more teaching experience a one-, two- or more-months internship free of charge.
Total course fee: $1,800
Deposit: $900 upon registration
Balance payment: $900 payable 30 days before the first course date.
The training comes with full career support. English teachers are very much in demand all over Vietnam.
2017 – TEFL in Hanoi
- 27 June – 22 July
- 1 August – 26 August
- 29 August – 23 September
- 26 September – 21 October
- 24 October – 18 November
- 21 November – 16 December
An Abundance of Teaching Positions
Teaching English in Vietnam is a thriving business. It couldn’t be easier to find work 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.
The quality of life for a TEFL teacher in Vietnam is fantastic. The average salary for a TEFL-certified, degree-holding, native English speaker is around $20 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 adult work 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 teaching hours per week; however, there are opportunities to take on less, or more, hours depending on your goals and priorities.
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 tidy bonus upon completion of one-year’s contract. You can expect to earn up to and around $1,500 – $2,000 per month in this sort of position. These types of jobs require a high-end TEFL Qualification and will entail applying for a work visa.
Usually, the school at which you accept a teaching position will help you with this process. This will often mean signing a minimum contract of 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:
- 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, not 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).
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 and 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.
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 http://tnhvietnam.xemzi.com/.
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 culture. 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 atmosphere on offer 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.
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.
Let’s take a look at 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 will witness a great collection of art, crafts, sculpture and artefacts.
So there you have it; there is clearly a lot to love about Hanoi.
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.