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  • Jude
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    6 January, 2018 at 18:02
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    Hello,

    I am seeking some guidance on the right tefl course to take before I set off. I am planning on going to Vietnam to try and find a job.

    my question is whether or not to spend the extra money (a lot more money) and take a tefl course that involves the 6 hours of observed teaching practice. I know that the courses which have these practicum hours involved are going to be the more reputable ones however for a lot less money I can do a combined course and then volunteer to get my classroom experience and confidence up?

    I don’t possess a degree so the more reputable schools in Vietnam are out of the question anyway. has anyone on here taught in Vietnam or more specifically HCMC and can shed any light on the general requirements for in experienced teachers to land a job there?

    any advice appreciated!

    thanks

    dan
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    10 January, 2018 at 20:43
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    Hi Jude

    You’ll definitely be at a disadvantage not having a degree unfortunately – as far as I know it is a legal requirement. So, like you say, you’ll already be much more limited in terms of options. Given this, maybe it’s a question of whether you want to risk spending all that money with no guarantee of a job at the end of it (because of the lack of degree).

    A combined course and volunteering might therefore be a good option if you can afford to live with minimal or no pay while volunteering – at least then you’ll be on the ground in the country, with all the advantages that brings – word of mouth jobs, feet in doors that need you to be physically present, etc. Then, after getting a feel for the situation and talking to people on the ground, if it looks like jobs would be available without a degree but with a “full” TEFL course, you could always do it at that stage.

    Hope that helps.

    Dan

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