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Cost of living in Vietnam?
Rent for a room in a shared house or shared apartment ranges from US $200 to US $400 including bills. If you want to get your own studio apartment you're looking at US $300-$600 a month. Hostels start at US$7 a night and cheap hotels at about US$10, although cheaper options are not unheard of. You can rent a four bedroom house starting at US $1200 a month, in the city. A luxury serviced apartment in a gated community starts at US $600.
Street food is incredibly affordable in Vietnam, starting out at about US$1 a meal. Coffee costs as little as 20 cents, per cup. Expats enjoy eating out most meals, due to the variety of food available. Groceries are affordable and available. If you fancy enjoying a night out at an upper class restaurants you are looking at as little as US $10. Alcohol can be very cheap, in most places a beer costs under $1. A craft beer at a bar catering to expats will set you back US $2-$3.
A motorbike is the best way to get around town. You can rent a reasonably new bike for US $40 a month, or buy an older one for US $200. Motorbikes don't use a lot of fuel, a liter will set you back about 80 cents, roughly US $3 per gallon. Teachers that choose not to drive are able to use the app Grab, which is affordable and widely available in the cities. Taxi's charge about US$4 for an half an hour drive.
Most teachers living in Vietnam spend between US $700-$1000 a month. If your goal is to save money, then living frugally and spending US $500 a month is not unheard of.
How much does an ESL Teacher earn in Vietnam?
A fully qualified, native speaking English teacher starts off earning between US $16-$20 an hour. If you don't have a Bachelor's degree you can expect US$15-$18 an hour, the same goes for non native teachers. Twenty hours of teaching per week is usually considered full time, so you can expect to take home about US $1250-$1500 a month. Some teachers choose to do more hours, take on a second teaching job, or do private tutoring.
Visa for Vietnam?
Vietnam requires a visa before entry. You can mail your passport to the Vietnamese embassy in your home country, or get a visa approval letter in advance and have your passport stamped at the border. A stamp costs US $50 for a 3 month multiple entry tourist visa. Residents of certain countries including The United States of America are offered a twelve month tourist visa, which is highly recommended. There are many websites offering the visa letter service. This shouldn't cost more then US $25. Most employers will offer to help arrange your work permit once you have been working for two months. You can only get a work permit if you hold a Bachelor's degree.
Do I have be from a English speaking country?
No. Being a native English speaker is an advantage, but currently the job market is such that it is no problem to find employment.
Do I have to have a degree?
You have to have a Bachelor's degree to obtain a work permit and work legally. However, there are currently many teachers in Vietnam that don't have a degree, and have lived here for years. Teachers without a degree leave the country every three months to do a "visa run" and enter back in with a new 3 month tourist visa. If you have more questions about this, please contact us.
Do I have to have relevant experience?
No. We guarantee job placement whether this is your first teaching job or not.
What if I fail the class?
As long as you are motivated and do the work our experienced instructors will not let you down. We have not had anybody fail the class who wasn't willing to put in the time.
What do the "50 hours of written work" entail?
You will write 8 comprehensive lesson plans, a 1500 word essay and design a course template. Guidance is given every step of the way, to ensure you are ready to hit the ground running.
What is the accommodation really like?
You will get your own private room with an en suite, in a shared home with other TESOL students. In some cases you are placed in a hotel, also with other students. All accommodation is within walking distance of the school. House cleaning and a paid laundry service are provided. We found that students appreciate the chance to live with other aspiring teachers, and it's a fantastic way to build a network of friends.
From what point am I officially enrolled?
After a Skype interview we invite you to enroll, as soon as a down payment is made, you are officially enrolled. We can not reserve a spot before a down payment is made. Classes start every four weeks.
Do I have to work in Vietnam with my TESOL certificate?
No. Your TESOL certificate is internationally recognized and backed by the Australian government. This means you are certified to teach English as a second language anywhere in the world.
We guarantee up to three job offers within four weeks of finishing the course. Salary will be at market rate or higher.