notre dameThis post is for teachers who want to teach English in Vietnam and for travelers who want to earn while exploring a new country. Since you are reading this, I believe you have chosen Vietnam as your next destination. I am writing from my knowledge and experience of the country, especially Ho Chi Minh City as I have lived (and taught English) there for six years.  Here are the things that you’d want to know.

Basic Qualifications/ Requirements

Most language centres would require you to have:

  • university degree
  • TEFL certificate e.g CELTA, DELTA

International schools would ask for:

  • university degree with a major in English
  • PGCE
  • master’s degree (preferred)
  • at least 2 years experience

If you don’t have any of those, don’t fret. There are a lot of language centres mushrooming in the city. You just have to be cautious with your dealings and see to it you get paid for what you have worked for. In short, I am saying, it is still possible to get a teaching job but it could be risky.

Visit Visa

This is not legal but there are a lot of teachers in Vietnam who entered with a visit visa and go for visa runs to Cambodia or Thailand every 3 months.

Vietnam visa fees can be found here:

Working Visa

Landing a job in a proper institution is great news but things could get sticky if you haven’t prepared your papers. To obtain your work permit, you will need:

  • original and authenticated university degree
  • original academic transcript
  • original TESOL certificate
  • health check (can be done in Vietnam)
  • police check (in your home country from within 6 months)

An update on work permit rules can be read here:

Under the circular, foreigners who are to be recruited as teachers must follow the same regulations applied for experts, in which they need a document that proves they have at least a university degree and five years or more of experience in the field that they are expected to teach in Vietnam.

Where can I work?

I can only recommend a few.

Language centres:

VUS They have 12 training centres and they hire all year round. They hire native and non-native speakers of English. Be nice to the scheduling team if you want loads of hours.

British Council They prefer native speakers. They pay well and you can apply as an hourly-paid teacher if you have already found a full-time job.

ILA Only accept native speakers. They have good teaching facilities and resources. They run CELTA and DELTA trainings here.

Apollo They hire native and non-native. They also run CELTA and DELTA trainings.

International Schools:

Vietnam Australia International School

British International School

Canadian International School

Saigon South International School

Saigon Star International School



I hope that’s been helpful. I enjoyed my time in Vietnam and I know you will too. Best of luck on your job search!