AVSE-TESOL Reviews and Courses

Course summary

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: world-wide recognition, complimentary accommodation and a paid teaching job.

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

TEFL courses at AVSE-TESOL

  • AVSE-TESOL: Teaching English in Vietnam or Cambodia

    Where can I take the course?
    Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, (Vietnam), Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

    Course length
    4 weeks

    Teaching practicum
    Minimum of 14 hours hands-on teaching practice

    More info
    The TESOL/TEFL programme at AVSE in Vietnam and Cambodia is Australian Government accredited.

    AVSE-TESOL is an Australian owned and managed business.


  • Virtual TESOL

    Where can I take the course?



Quality of the course
Practical teaching experience
Job guidance
Course instructor
Advice and support

A brilliant course for ESL teachers to start their journey

  • HCMC –

  • 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)

  • 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!


  • Vietnam –

  • 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

  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia –

  • 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

  • Phnom Penh –

  • 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

  • Phnom Penh,Cambodia –

  • 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

  • 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.