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Seeking work in HCMC, Vietnam.

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  • Ramble
    21 March, 2016 at 9:17
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    I am an English teacher with a degree (non-education) and a TEFL certificate.
    I have been teaching English to adults for most of the past 8 years.
    I am considering relocating to Vietnam to teach.
    I am 54 years old.
    I paid a visit to Hanoi last week, with a batch of CVs, hoping to make contact with some language schools and take part in interviews.
    I walked around the city, but found no language schools. I contacted some schools by ‘phone, but they asked me to e-mail my CV to them, even though I was in Hanoi.
    I went for an interview at one school, but the HR manager appeared to be shocked at Old Father Time standing there and, after a cursory glance at my CV, said they would be in touch. Nothing so far.
    I wont give up on the Vietnam idea just yet. I will try HCMC, as it is a bigger city with, apparently, more language schools.
    I am making a list of language schools I have found on the internet. I will go to HCMC and contact/visit these with my CV in hand.
    I have been told that being over 50 will not be a problem. Does anybody have any thoughts on this?
    I would like to build up as big a list of language schools as I can before I arrive. If anybody can suggest where I can find a comprehensive list of schools on the ‘net, I will add them to those I have found.
    Any tips on getting a teaching job in HCMC will be gratefully received.

    21 March, 2016 at 9:32
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    For a list of schools, have a look at http://www.eslbase.com/schools/vietnam

    There’s some general advice about teaching in Vietnam here: http://www.eslbase.com/countries/teach-english-in-vietnam

    Hope that helps.


    21 March, 2016 at 12:08
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    Hi Dan.
    Thanks for your reply.
    I signed up and posted before checking the resources available on this site.
    Since then, I’ve found the list of language schools you suggested and added many of them to my list.
    I’ve also checked the advice on teaching in Vietnam, following your suggestion.
    Thanks again.

    12 November, 2017 at 12:59
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    There’s a lot of demand for NES teachers in Vietnam. The largest sector by far is kids classes. Naturally, schools prefer younger teachers with little or no experience and low expectations. In the end thiugh, they’ll take who they can get.

    Regarding the age factor, it’s not really important. What matters most is if you have an outgoing and easy-going personality.

    The other big market is IELTS test prep. So, if you want to avoid teaching kids for some strange reason, you should become an IELTS guru.

    Mr K
    31 May, 2019 at 11:36
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    Hi Ramble,

    I just joined this forum and saw your post. I am based at Hanoi and will be teaching English from July (after I complete the daunting CELTA).

    I don’t know why you say that there aren’t many language schools in Hanoi. There are plenty! If you are happy to teach kids, there are a zillion centres and even more kindergartens.

    Vietnam strongly prefer “native English speakers” so if you are from USA, UK, Australia, South Africa or a Western country, you probably have an edge. I also don’t think sending your CV is the way to go in Vietnam. You probably need to walk into a centre and dazzle them with a bunch of papers.

    Hope this helps.


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