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Teach in Vietnam


Teach English at a Vietnamese school

Gain international teaching experience in a booming traveller's paradise in South East Asia!

Get paid while you do it

Your accommodation is included on our program, so your entire salary is yours to spend or save (and Vietnam has one of the lowest costs of living)!

Plenty of time to travel around the country

Not only will you travel around, you can also participate in cultural workshops and get really hands-on experience with the local culture.

Teaching in Vietnam since 2005

Our trusted partner in Vietnam has offered this program since 2005, and they are 5-time winners of the prestigious ST Star Awards.

Teach in Vietnam

  • SWAP's Teach in Vietnam program places participants in schools and universities around Vietnam to teach for one semester and experience local life like a tourist cannot. It is our mission to ensure that all participants have an enjoyable, memorable and positive experience in Vietnam; that they develop an understanding of the Vietnamese culture; make a worthwhile contribution to their placement school; develop their skills set; obtain a teaching qualification and have an amazing experience.

    A teaching placement will be provided at either a government or private school. Applicants can indicate a preference for the age range at time of application (age 6-12 primary school, 12-18 high school, 18+ vocational colleges and universities)

    Teacher are expected to work between 35-40 hours/week. 20 hours of classroom teaching plus 15 hours of school duties such as lesson preparation, meetings and administrative duties. Usually 5-6 days/week, between hours of 07:30 to 16:30. Note: some teachers will be asked to participate in school activities sometimes held on weekends and Saturday mornings are part of the normal school week in Vietnam.

    Salary is approximately USD $700/month (approximately 16 million VDN/month) and will be paid in Vietnamese Dong once a month between the 5th and 10th of the month. Teachers should allow for their first salary payment to occur 4-5 weeks after their placement commences. The average salary in Vietnam is approximately $180 USD.

  • Class and Orientation Gallery

  • The Teach in Vietnam Program Package

    • A 1-week orientation plus a 4 1/2 month semester teaching placement at a Vietnamese school
    • A living allowance paid by your school of approximately $700 USD/month (approximately 16 million VDN/month). For comparison, the average salary in Vietnam is approximately $180 USD
    • Local support throughout the duration of the program
    • Airport pickup
    • Pre-departure handbook and welcome package
    • Welcome dinner at the beginning of your orientation week
    • Vietnamese language lessons
    • Full accommodation during orientation and teaching placement is included
    • Social and cultural activities during the orientation week
    • SWAP's personalized assistance in reviewing and editing the necessary visa applications forms
    • A completion bonus of approximately $700 USD at the end of semester (previously $250 USD in 2015!)

  • Accommodation

    Single room housing is provided for the full duration of your stay (included in the program cost). Some schools have accommodation on-site consisting of single, furnished rooms. Some lodge teachers in apartment or guest houses near the school. All accommodation is single room with shared bathrooms. Accommodation during the 6-day orientation will be twin share (a single room supplement may be requested).

    Note: Monthly rate for utilities (water, electricity) and local transport is $60 USD (deducted from your salary).

  • Orientation

    You will receive a 6-day orientation prior to placement that includes information on living and teaching in Vietnam, introduction to Vietnamese culture and history, Vietnamese lessons and phrasebook, welcome dinner, social and cultural activities, city tour and one half day trip, airport pickup, accommodation and all meals, support and emergency services. Participants should expect to buy their own bottled water.

  • SWAP's Support and Resources

    • Our Program Coordinator will assist you in the preparation of your application and details of your placement
    • Handbook with useful cultural and tourist information, teaching advice and local resources
  • Booking the Teach in Vietnam program

    Going on SWAP's Teach in Vietnam program is easy! Read the eligibility requirements to make sure you are the right candidate, and then just sign up easily online. Within a business day, your Program Coordinator will be in touch to provide you full instructions on preparing your application forms and supporting documents.

Get paid to teach English at a proper school for a semester and experience the cultural richness of Vietnam

Program Info

  • Eligibility

    Canadians ages 20-35. You must be fully fluent in English, have a clean criminal background (a police check will be required), and hold a Bachelor's degree (any subject, you will need to bring the original degree with you into Vietnam). You must also hold a TEFL or TESOL certificate (minimum 110 hours). Applicants will commit to one academic term that is approximately 4.5 months plus a 6-day arrival group orientation prior to the placement

  • Registration Timeline

    There are 2 opportunities per year; the January semester and the August semester. Placements fill up quickly in advance so registration remains open throughout the year. If you have a specific semester in mind, applications close approximately 3 months prior to the beginning of the semester (eg. October closing for a January start, and May closing for an August start). Placements are subject to availability and whether the candidates are appropriate for the teaching position requirements

  • Length of Teaching Placement

    4.5 months (the approximate length of one academic term)

  • Start Dates

    Semesters begin in January and August of each year.

    The orientation date for August is to be confirmed, but we will accept applications up until June 15, 2017

  • One Time Costs (No Hidden Fees)

    Health check (in Vietnam, $75 USD), single entry visa ($50 USD), work visa extension ($250 USD)

  • For Only

    SWAP's Teach in Vietnam program is only $1650 CAD! That includes the 4.5 month paid teaching program, accommodation, orientation, language lessons, social and cultural activities, plus much more for a once-in-a-lifetime (paid) cultural experience

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Program Reviews

  • "I really enjoyed the teaching placement. I taught in both public schools and in a centre. Teaching was a wonderful experience as Vietnamese children are quite eager to learn. Vietnamese children are very friendly and affectionate. They don't hesitate to run up to you and give you a big hug! The teaching environment is quite relaxed and the teaching assistants are very helpful in translating in the classroom."

    Hiba M. in Haiphong, Vietnam, 2016