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AVSE-TESOL: Teaching English in Vietnam or Cambodia

AVSE-TESOL offers an Australian Government accredited and internationally recognised TESOL/TEFL course in 3 of the world’s ‘must visit’ cities – Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and Phnom Penh (Cambodia). The TESOL/TEFL programme at AVSE is ideal for people of all ages who crave adventure and wish to pursue a new career path teaching English in Vietnam or Cambodia.

The TESOL/TEFL course at AVSE involves 150 hours of study over 4 weeks with a hefty component being practical, hands-on teaching experience with local English language students engaged in ongoing study programmes.

AVSE’s TESOL/TEFL course in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh comes with:

– pre-course support – visa, insurance and documentation advice
– the 4-week TESOL course (Australian Government accredited)
– expert tuition from certified vocational (TESOL) trainers
– 6 hours of observation classes and 8 hours of teaching practice (actual classes)
– single room accommodation (own bathroom) within walking distance of AVSE-TESOL for 25 nights
– full access to our Student Learning Portal
– a welcome dinner and drinks in the evening on day one
– ‘hands-on’ job support once you’ve finished the course

** Virtual TESOL now available with AVSE-TESOL **

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  • Nat
  • HCMC – 12 September 2023
  • 9/10
  • Recommends
  • Course: Vietnam, completed in September 2017

Peter and his team provided excellent support throughout the TESOL course that I did in HCMC. I had my Saigon Family before reaching Vietnam, the course content was fantastic and I learnt a lot from the course, especially the practicals where you teach real children. It can be scary at first but the support is there to get you confident enough to teach and to successful.

TESOL Qualification

  • Tom
  • United Kingdom – 21 August 2023
  • 10/10
  • Recommends
  • Course: Cambodia, completed in June 2023

Peter and his team provided excellent support throughout the TESOL course that I did in Phnom Penh. The course content was fantastic and I learnt a lot from the course, especially the practicals where you teach real Cambodian children. It can be nerve racking at first but the support is there to get you confident enough to teach.

User-friendly IT experiences for their TESOL customers

  • Runia
  • 25 April 2023
  • 10/10
  • Recommends

    I had the opportunity to work with the team at AVSE-TESOL on a number of IT projects over the past few months. It was a pleasure to work with people who are truly committed to delivering user-friendly IT experiences for their TESOL customers.

    AVSE-TESOL is awesome

    • Hunter
    • Cambodia – 20 February 2023
    • 10/10
    • Recommends
    • Course: Cambodia, completed in December 2022

    I have to really thank AVSE-TESOL for a number of reasons, especially SJ, David, and Peter. The program they offer was instrumental in helping me get oriented here in Cambodia, getting a better understanding of the country’s educational sector/industry, how to find employment and where to seek it, and most importantly, how to teach English effectively.

    The in-class material was most helpful for the more technical aspects of teaching English, and not just in Cambodia. Their lessons are definitely transferable and applicable to other parts of the non-English speaking world. I’d say that even my perspective on teaching a language to non-native speakers has changed in a more positive and nuanced way. Without the instruction of AVSE-TESOL, teaching English, and understanding how to properly teach it to non-native speakers, would have been much more difficult.

    Despite the small team, they have been incredibly attentive and accommodating to the needs and concerns of students. Flexibility is something that comes naturally to them, as they truly want their applicants to succeed. SJ, the admissions manager of the company, really went above and beyond what I thought most employees were capable of. A strong work ethic and a genuine care for all participants and applicants, I’m glad SJ and AVSE-TESOL were there to help.

    A great stepping stone to teaching abroad!

    • Vince
    • Phnom Penh – 9 February 2023
    • 9/10
    • Recommends
    • Completed the course in October 2022

    AVSE-TESOL is a great first stepping stone to become an ESL teacher abroad. Not only did they serve me well in gaining the confidence and practical experience to step foot in the classroom, but they also provided me with a great lesson plan structure and tons of inspiration for class activities which have wowed employers and delighted students of all ages.

    Taking this course was my first time abroad alone as well. I couldn’t have even imagined trying to start a life in a new city without the friends I made and guidance I received from this course. SJ has been especially helpful with continually providing personalized feedback, tips, and guidance (whether it’s about teaching or finding my way around the city). Thank you! :)

    Great decision

    • Sol
    • Phnom Penh – 7 February 2023
    • 10/10
    • Recommends
    • Completed the course in December 2022

    Taking the AVSE-TESOL course in Phnom Penh was a great decision. I got great theoretical and practical training in being an ESL teacher in the classroom experience that also included a great amount of practical experience observing teachers in action in Phnom Penh classrooms and doing my own practice teaching. I went from having no English teaching experience to having the knowledge and confidence to hit the ground running at a new job.

    They provided a huge amount of logistical help as well. Pickup from the airport, help with visas, provided accommodation, as well as help finding an apartment afterwards and job placement. Really, with any issues that came up in dealing with starting a new life in Phnom Penh, AVSE was there to help.

    Amazing experience

    • Muluh
    • District 6, HCMC – 5 September 2022
    • 10/10
    • Recommends
    • Completed the course in August 2019

    In August 2019 I made one of the best decisions in my life to study at AVSE Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam where I obtained a 150 hour TESOL certificate. I can definitely say I had an amazing experience during my time at AVSE, it wasn’t just about studies but creating everlasting friends. I also learned and acquired new techniques and teaching methods.

    I don’t really have much to say, if you wanna be a great ESL teacher out there go and grab some classroom management techniques at AVSE, a big shout-out to the management team not forgetting the funny Peter G, I call him MR P, the brain behind the engine.
    Peace ✌️

    Vietnamese TESOL student at AVSE

    • Dao
    • Ho Chi Minh City – 17 June 2022
    • 10/10
    • Recommends
    • Completed the course in April 2022

    I highly recommend the TESOL Course at AVSE-TESOL in Ho Chi Minh City. The AVSE-TESOL team was very supportive from day one and I learned a lot of skills and knowledge from the training sessions and practical teaching opportunities.
    With help from AVSE-TESOL, I secured an ESL teaching job immediately after my TESOL course finished. If you want to pursue a career as an ESL teacher, reach out to AVSE-TESOL.

    A Course well worth doing

    • Ryan
    • Buon ma thuot – 25 May 2022
    • 10/10
    • Recommends
    • Completed the course in November 2017

    I found the AVSE Course very useful and I am still using the skills I learnt there almost 5 years later. The instructors on the Course were very knowledgeable and gave me a solid grounding in all aspects of managing a classroom and helping students. Being able to gain practical experience by actually teaching classes both on site and at other schools arranged by AVSE was an excellent way to put into practise what was learnt in class. The highlight of the Course for me was the school that AVSE introduced me to as I am still working for them almost 5 years later.

    A brilliant course for ESL teachers to start their journey

    • Mandy
    • HCMC – 3 July 2021
    • 10/10
    • Recommends
    • Completed the course in May 2018

    I did the 150 hour TESOL course in HCMC in May 2018.

    I did the course so I could make friends and get my Tesol certificate in the same place. AVSE certainly didn’t fail me.

    All the staff were friendly and organised. They helped with all the course work and helping to arrange classroom practice with schools around the city.

    The course itself covered everything. I have been teaching in Vietnam for 3 years since completing the training and I am still using the knowledge I obtained during the course.

    The admin side was well organised, the housing was great and the atmosphere of the school was great.

    AVSE (Ho Chi Minh City)

    • Nicole
    • 3 August 2020
    • 10/10
    • Recommends
    • Completed the course in March 2017

    I earned my TESOL through AVSE (Ho Chi Minh City) in March of 2017 and have been teaching in Vietnam ever since. AVSE-TESOL provides a great way to transition to a new country and profession. Meeting people from all over the world and having the opportunity to get real classroom experience made all the difference for me. Their education provides a great foundation for becoming an educator and their employment support is invaluable. Glad to have made so many meaningful connections through this organization!

    TESOL@AVSE Hanoi

    • Patrick
    • Vietnam – 27 May 2020
    • 10/10
    • Recommends
    • Course: Vietnam, completed in April 2019

    Hello Future English Teachers!

    One of the best decisions I made in my life was to choose AVSE to study TESOL. I’ve been an ESL teacher from 2004 and started my career without a TESOL but when I underwent this course at AVSE it was both nostalgic and an amazing experience. Nostalgic because it confirmed that certain techniques I had been using actually was part of a methodology. That really was an eye opener to me because it made me understand methodologies are derived from everyday practices. Then came the amazing part where TESOL @ AVSE opened the doors to new friendships and skills that would last a lifetime.

    What makes you jump out of your bed in the morning and feel responsible? – that would be the training sessions at AVSE. I’m saying this because once you do enroll you will never want it to end. AVSE has branches in North and South Vietnam as well as in Cambodia. I did my course at Hanoi. To add to the cream Hanoi is such a beautiful city. Certain parts of it are as old as the silk route trading era itself. Fortunately this city hasn’t lost that charm whilst catering to modern generation. For me studying at AVSE Hanoi was like a match made. I strongly recommend to those who’d want to be part of this noble profession; AVSE certainly is your choice.

    An AVSE alumni and a Happy Teacher in Vietnam


    Phnom Penh On-Site Course

    • Hunter
    • Phnom Penh, Cambodia – 25 April 2020
    • 10/10
    • Recommends
    • Completed the course in March 2020

    Teaching and traveling have always been passions of mine. Off and on for a few years now, I had pondered taking a TEFL/TESOL course, packing up my life, and moving abroad. The uncertainty and my anxiety always got the best of me and I never pursued it any further.

    Last year, the urge came again but this time I did some deeper research and contacted a recruiter. We emailed back and forth for a few weeks, eventually talking on the phone, and she pointed me towards AVSE. After looking into it further, something in me changed. I’m not sure if it was the affordable price, the immersive, onsite experience, the responsive, upbeat coordinator, or the guaranteed job placement, but my mind was suddenly made up. Less than 6 months from that day I was touching down in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I had never left North America before then. I bit the bullet. I faced my fears, head on. I have I have no regrets.

    The course was both exactly what I was expecting it to be, while at the same time, being unexpected. I knew it would be an intensive learning experience, but I wasn’t expecting it to be such a great, diverse group of people all having such a fun and rewarding experience together. It’s completely unlike any course I’ve ever been in. I was offered (and accepted) a job immediately upon completion of the program. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to attend AVSE’s Phnom Penh, Cambodia On-Site TESOL Course.

    Nerves calmed & preparation made easy

    • MaShayla
    • Phnom Penh – 21 April 2020
    • 10/10
    • Recommends
    • Completed the course in October 2019

    Phnom Penh’s AVSE-TESOL is the perfect opportunity to branch out to a new location while obtaining the necessary qualifications to be an English teacher to speakers of other languages!
    The 4-week long course included the perfect combination of class work and hands-on experience to prepare everyone to take on this challenging, yet rewarding career. The class work and activities were always effective and enjoyable. After just one week, I truly felt capable to lead my own classroom.
    Once completing the course and being considered competent to take on a teaching position, the program’s Admissions Coordinator, SJ, diligently helps everyone in their individual job search…added bonus!
    Now, happily working for a great school, I owe my gratitude to AVSE. Would surely recommend this program to anyone looking for a new adventure in teaching in Southeast Asia!

    Great Experience

    • Lakeia
    • Phnom Penh,Cambodia – 21 April 2020
    • 10/10
    • Recommends
    • Completed the course in January 2020

    In December 2019 I took a huge leap of faith leaving the US and made the decision to move to phnom penh, cambodia to enroll in AVSE-TESOL’s course. On the plane, I debated whether I had made the right decision or if I would regret it in the near future. Looking back, this was probably one of the best decisions I have made by going through AVSE. They offer a guaranteed job placement (what sold me from the very start) and are accredited by the Australian government. My coordinator, SJ, was extremely helpful throughout this experience. So for those of you who are considering obtaining your TESOL and want to experience living abroad, I highly recommend AVSE-TESOL.

    AVSE TESOL course in Phnom Penh

    • Michael
    • 17 April 2020
    • 10/10
    • Recommends
    • Completed the course in March 2020

    I recently completed the AVSE TESOL program in Phnom Penh in March 2020. I highly recommend everyone to complete their studies through AVSE. The 4 week course provided a comprehensive insight into the world of ESL teaching. The program included developing skills to plan, organise and deliver fun and informative lessons that catered for learners as young as 4 years of age through to the adult learner plus much, much more. The experienced trainers offered an insight into both the theory and practical aspects of the role and really emphasised making the classroom a fun and interactive experience for our students.

    Along with the classroom component, we were timetabled to complete classroom observations in local schools which really helped me to become familiar with the local students and the facilities available. The highlight was the practical teaching in Cambodian classrooms in two different settings. To be able to test out my skills with ‘real life’ primary students which gave me the confidence to believe that I could make a new career as an ESL teacher.

    ALL of this would have not been possible (especially with the potential coronavirus threats at the time) without the dedication of Peter and his team. They were caring, patient, knowledgeable and helpful right from the start to finish.

    I made the decision beforehand to take a face-to-face 4 week course rather than a quick online course and I’m glad I did. At the end of the 4 weeks, having lived in Cambodia, I felt I had a sound grasp of the culture which can only benefit my teaching in the future. I now have my TESOL certificate and am looking forward to see where it takes me.