Teacher's Friend - Vietnam
Your Complete Guide to Teaching English in Vietnam
Teacher's Friend - Vietnam
Teacher's Friend - Vietnam
Teacher's Friend - Vietnam
Teacher's Friend - Vietnam
Teacher's Friend - Vietnam
Go from boring office job to lesson planning in the sunshine…
My name is Georgie, of Teacher’s Friend Vietnam. I love meeting new people, exploring new places, getting to know the locals and making a difference. For this reason I love teaching English in Vietnam and I want to share my experience with you.
I offer a friendly, honest and fully inclusive package of concierge service to help you teach in Vietnam, as well as a referral service for teaching jobs in Vietnam and TEFL certification.
I will get you from your boring office job to drinking awesome Vietnamese coffee by the side of a beautiful waterfront café, while lesson planning in the sunshine for your favourite class in the amazing country of Vietnam.
Teaching English in Vietnam is fun, exciting and offers a great life balance.
I offer a range of great services to assist you with teaching English in Vietnam, with the main ones being job placement in leading language centres, TEFL certification and the all-inclusive concierge package – absolutely everything you will need to start a wonderful life teaching English in Vietnam.
This includes life-time, next-level support and unlimited assistance to get you TEFL qualified with an internationally accredited qualification and everything you will need for your exciting move to Vietnam – stress free! If you want to change your life and teach in Vietnam – you’re in the right place!
What I offer
Why am I different?
I offer a SUPER service! It is Specialist, Unique, Personalised, Empathetic and Reliable. That is what makes it a SUPER service!
I am the only person who specializes solely in teaching in Vietnam. I have worked and lived here extensively and I want to share my passion and love for this beautiful country with you, so you can explore the best it has to offer.
I offer a person to person service which is fun, friendly and approachable. I am not a huge company or organisation, I am a friendly face who will be there for you when you need it. By running my business in this way, it means I can also offer you choice. You can choose where you want to live, who you want to work with and when you want to come to Vietnam. You wont be “sent” to a struggling school in need of teachers. You will get 3-5 interviews with leading language centres and will then get insider information from me in order to pick the one that best suits you!
All of this adds up to my SUPER concierge service! See below for the packages that I offer.
Teach in Vietnam Packages
Just looking for a job? Free assistance
Assistance on a budget: $195
Get the latest low down on everything you will need to move to Vietnam and start a new life teaching English. You’ll be sent professionally written articles on how to teach in Vietnam, a packing list, fully comprehensive pre-departure infrmation, sample lesson plans, all of my contacts, and a one hour Skype consultation to get all of your questions answered.
Door to door relocation package: All the support you’ll ever need $1200
A fully inclusive service with guarnteed job placement in a leading langauge centre. I will help you with everything you need for teaching in Vietnam from before you leave the country to after you have successfully integrated to Vietnamese ex-pat life and beyond!
150 hour, Internationally recognised TEFL certifcation with job assistance: $1749
If you want to teach in Vietnam then you need to get your internationally accredited TEFL certificate. What better way to do it than through our partner language centre- that will actually get you a job in Vietnam and is actually legal! My TESOL course is accredited by the Australian government, face to face and meets the international standard.
TEFL plus relocation and guaranteed job placement in a leading language centre: $2599
If you are not already TEFL qualified for teaching English in Vietnam (or the world!) then get my super friendly inclusive service plus the awesome TEFL certification all in one huge package at a highly reduced rate!
Want to find out more? Visit our packages page to plan your new adventure!
TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign language and so you will be teaching English language to people who don’t speak English as their first language. You will need a qualification to prove that you have been trained in this area.
TEFL myths. The following statements are commonly believed and ultimately not true about teaching English in Vietnam:
- An online course will easily get me a job working legally in Vietnam
- An online course will give me the vital practical skills that I need in order to manage a classroom full of excitable kids
- I can get a good job and earn a high wage while working legally with just an online TEFL course
- Recruiters do not care which TEFL I have, as long as I have it
- An online course will be internationally recognised and accredited
What is an internationally recognised qualification?
An internationally recognised qualification (such as the CELTA or CertTesol course) will have been accredited by a reputable, outside authority such as a vocational centre that is registered, the government; be at least 100 hours of face to face learning, have a minimum of observed teaching hours from an ESL professional, or a recognised university. These courses will also meet the following requirements that are set out above and will get you your dream job teaching English in this wonderful country!
By law, anyone wanting to teach in Vietnam will need to have a work permit, provided for them by their employer. The documents needed for the work permit are a police check, degree and TEFL certificate that have been notarised and legalised in your home country. The reputable language centres in Vietnam will only accept internationally recognised TEFL certificates- so no less than 120 hours and definitely not online.
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I offer the Australian government accredited CertIV TESOL which will get you a job working legally in Vietnam and all over the world through my partner course provider.
The average costs for this kind of TEFL is $1700-1800 US. While yes, this is expensive, a cheap online course will not be sufficient, not matter what you read online. You are wasting your money, so why not spend it on a course that will actually get you a descent job, working legally, with a work permit? :)
Plus, I promise you, within a few months, you will have earnt that money back and so it is 100% worth the investment. Since taking my 120 hour TEFL course (just like this one) I have had more dispensable income (aka travel money!!) than I have ever had and have lived in and visited seven different countries and spent more time travelling than actually working! (Fact).
The cost of my partner TEFL centre is $1749 US and this comes with the following:
– 4 weeks TEFL training all in-class
– small class sizes- 17 max
– Minimum 7 hours of teaching practice and observation
– Written assignments
– Excellent facilities and resources
– Trainer with minimum 5 years of teaching experience
– Welcome meal
– City tour
– Free accommodation for duration of course
– Job assistance
The benefits of this course are that:
– It will guarantee you a job in Vietnam with a work permit and all of the required visas (if you are also a native English speaker with a degree)
– It will guarantee you a job all over the world because it is an internationally recognised qualification (if you are also a native English speaker with a degree)
– It focuses on teaching all ages, but in particular kids, which is perfect for Vietnam because it is the main age group
– The course leader receives exceptional, second to none feedback and is a really awesome guy
– You will earn this money back in a few months of teaching in Vietnam because the wages are good and cost of living low
Find out more about TEFL and how to get certified
Life in Vietnam
Vietnam is a country that is rich in culture, beauty and opportunity
With exquisite cuisine, breathtaking landscapes and charming cities. Vietnam has something for everyone. As Vietnam opens up to the rest of the world, its traditional culture is evolving in wonderful, fascinating ways. It is increasingly being recognized as South East Asia’s most desirable country to stay in.
Teaching English in Vietnam
Big salaries and tiny living costs put English teacher’s in a pretty desirable position. In fact Vietnam has recently ranked second in a worldwide survey measuring the disposable income for ex-pats living there. One hour’s teaching in Vietnam can earn around 500,000 Vietnamese Dong (VND). A glass of fresh beer (bia hoi), costs 5000 VND. You can do the maths.
Life in Vietnam
Vietnam has so much to offer. Breathtaking natural beauty can be found from North to South, from the beautiful mountain ranges of Ha Giang and Sapa, littered with emerald green rice paddies, all the way down to the golden tree lined beaches of Nha Trang and Hoi An. The people are warm, fun loving and welcoming, the food is unrivalled, and the culture is rich in history, charm and beauty.
A recent survey found that 87% of ex-pats living in Vietnam would recommend the food, that is much higher than the global average. In fact Vietnam’s food ranks third in the world amongst foreigners living abroad. The Vietnamese are truly masters of taste combinations, the most common being the irresistible mix of lime, chilli and garlic which gives life to so many of their meals.
Vietnamese people are incredibly sociable and welcoming. It won’t be long after arriving that a Vietnamese person will invite you to their home for dinner, where you will probably be treated like royalty. Vietnam was recently ranked the fourth best country in the world for ex-pat social life and the number one destination in the world for making friends.
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“Towards the end of 2017 I started thinking a lot about what I might like to do in 2018. I was ready for a change and I’d been entertaining the idea of living abroad for a while – I’ve always wanted to spend some time in Vietnam, but I had no idea where to start.
I researched on the internet until I was square-eyed and still was no clearer on how to actually go about making it happen – in fact, I was more confused; should I try and secure a job before I go? Should I just turn up and go from there? The more my questions boiled up, the more disillusioned and doubtful I felt.
One evening I was reading a travel blog and they mentioned ‘Teacher’s Friend.’ I went onto the website and I knew it was exactly what I needed. Georgie has been a key factor in my moving to Hanoi – from the beginning she was attentive, knowledgeable, calm and available. Any question I had, she had an answer – she also had answers to the questions I didn’t know yet to ask – such as how to properly prepare so that your arrival is as smooth as can be.
She helped me find a great job before I left and then guided me through the entire process. Recently she has helped me find an apartment that I love, and she’s checked in to make sure I’m settling OK and if she can do anything to help.
The service Georgie provides is a really special one – it is personal, human, understanding, as well as informed, efficient and reliable. If it wasn’t for her help and the confidence she inspires, I wouldn’t be in Vietnam – I’d still be trying to work out how to go about making a change.
With Georgie, I’ve felt accompanied on my solo adventure. You absolutely cannot beat the wisdom of experience that she generously shares. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
“From the moment I started working with Georgie she exceeded all of my expectations. I was at a point in my life where I needed to make a lot of decisions about what I wanted from life, and after finishing my degree had various internships that I could have chosen, instead of coming to Vietnam.
Throughout this time Georgie didn’t put any pressure on me to come to a quick decision and was extremely patient throughout the lengthy process of waiting to hear back from the various internships which I had applied for.
She helped with all the logistics, from setting me up with interviews, to helping me find accommodation and sorting my visa.
Georgie was right when she stated on her website that not having a face to face TEFL would make finding work in Vietnam much harder. I began to panic about whether I would find a job, but Georgie constantly reassured me and restored my confidence. It wasn’t long before I had a job working in a great language centre.
I am delighted with the service that I received and in everything that was offered in the contract. I know that finding a job in Vietnam that is legal, legitimate, secure and reliable can be very difficult in Vietnam.
For the above reasons, as well as so many others, I recommend Teacher’s Friend with all my heart due to how easy Georgie made everything. Hanoi is crazy and hectic and relocating to a new country on your own is incredibly overwhelming, but with Georgie it was stress free and easy. Thank you so much Georgie, I couldn’t have done it without you! :) ”Ruth, UK
“Georgie was a massive help for my partner and I relocating to Hanoi. For work she set us up with interviews and we’re now working at a great language centre. She also recommended good businesses and helped us to find an apartment. She is extremely helpful and personable, exactly the sort of person you need to know when choosing to teach abroad. We would highly recommend Georgie and we’re very thankful for she has done for us.”
“Georgie’s work is so much more than a service. Georgie is truly a friend to the people she works with.
When I was browsing through different companies and resources to start my adventure to Vietnam I was overwhelmed by the options. There were lists of endless different companies wanting to help me but I never felt truly connected to them, it felt more like they were out for my money. Immediately after speaking to Georgie I felt comforted.
She was like talking to a friend I had known for ages and who had already gone through this process. I am sure those other companies do a great job at helping you through the visa processes and all the other paperwork but Georgie sticks with you through the weird questions. Georgie was always more than willing to help me out with more personal questions that I think other places would have been annoyed or weird about answering.
Teacher’s Friend is not only a great company that is looking out for you but also a support system when starting a new life on your own. Georgie helped build my confidence and establish my comfort levels to start this new journey. Though this seemed huge and daunting Georgie helped me feel prepared and excited to start a new life!”
Teaching Specialist – All things Vietnam!
Moving to Vietnam was one of the scariest and most incredible experiences of my life. It has changed who I am and what I want to do with my life forever, in the best way possible. I went from genuinely not wanting to go out on my own and vowing to never ride a motorbike, to offering teacher training, supporting new ex-pats and doing a three month motorbike trip from Hanoi all the way to Ho Chi Minh, the Mekong Delta and Phu Quoc Island!
BEST EXPERIENCE EVER.
I graduated with a degree in Community Drama (I’ve never been one for the 9-5 office job) and soon after passed the CELTA course with a Pass A. Here’s some stats for you. For every ten people who take the CELTA, it’s likely that eight will get a Pass C, two will get a Pass B and none will get a Pass A. You have to be a damn good teacher.
I have been travelling the world and teaching English since 2013 and have lived and taught in the UK, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Australia with over six years of experience. The majority of my teaching time was spent in Hanoi, Vietnam where I taught English for over two years in language centres, private and public schools, private classes and online. I taught all ages from 3-17 years and adults. I worked for one of the biggest and most recognised language centres in Vietnam, and they are now one of Teacher’s Friend Vietnam’s partner schools. Teacher’s Friend is also partnered with other major language centres across Vietnam, who also have links to the public schools, the British Council and well-recognised universities.