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September 01, 2007

Teaching Spots-Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh

Hello Readers,

With a population of 80,000,000 people, it might be surprising that Vietnam (or the "Socialist Republic of Vietnam" as it is officially named) has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world. However, while the earning power of individuals is better than what it used to be (just $1 per day), it is still quite low. That being said, there is a high demand for ESL teachers...

... as English's popularity as a second language has increased somewhat dramatically in recent years.

So what can you earn as an ESL teacher? Keeping in mind that the cost of living is low, some teachers have suggested that it is possible to save approximately $500 a month working at $12-$14 per hour. Many websites advertise positions that pay about $1200-$1400 per month. Accommodation will depend on the area you live in, but some companies suggest that it will cost approximately $300 per month. As with many teaching posts abroad, many schools in Vietnam will offer benefits such as airfare, medical insurance, Vietnamese lessons, and even TEFL certification. Some schools will require TEFL certificates and experience, while others are far less picky.

Here is a brief list of English schools in two major cities in Vietnam:

Hanoi
EF English First: www.englishfirst.com
Hanoi International School: www.hisvietnam.com
ILA Vietnam: www.ilavietnam.com
Language Link Vietnam: www.languagelink.edu.vn
Oxford English UK Vietnam: www.oxford.edu.vn

Ho Chi Minh City
Australian University Studies Program - AUSP: www.ausp.edu.vn
British International School: www.bisvietnam.com
EF English First: www.englishfirst.com
ILA Vietnam: www.ilavietnam.com
The International School of Ho Chi Minh City: www.ishcmc.com

If you are interested in training for your CELTA in Vietnam, go to the following Language Link website: http://www.languagelink.edu.vn/

For more information about living in Vietnam, go to: http://www.vietventures.com/Side/editorletters.asp

Do you have any experience living and working in Vietnam? If so, feel free to share your stories below!

Until next time...

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students of all ages and levels. She worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!


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