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Teach English in Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City)

4.8(57 reviews)
1 to 12 months
21 to 55
Degree required

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Trip overview

Vietnam has been on the top of the TESOL list for ages. It’s a mecca for young, adventurous travellers making the most of life. These travellers become friends for life as they explore their new home. As a traveller in Vietnam – no two days are the same! 

When you get your TESOL certification in-country – and then stay on at a teaching position at one of our partners across the country – you’ll have this entire country (and its enticing neighbours) waiting to be explored. 

One day you could be discovering the secret side alleys and amazing cuisine of Hanoi. The next you’re on a boat ride to the island paradise of the Cat Ba islands. And the next you’re partying with a group of happy travellers at a hostel in Hoi An (after you’ve ordered a bespoke suit or evening gown – a must in Hoi An). 

Wherever you go and whatever you do in Vietnam – the weather will be warm and fine, everything is cheap, the food is delicious, and everyone (locals and travellers alike) seem to be happy. 

No wonder everyone wants to teach English in Vietnam! 

But this isn’t just a trip to Vietnam. It’s an opportunity for you to get a professional certification that gives you a meaningful occupation. With a local income that will help you fund your travels and live comfortably. 

Speaking of income, Vietnam has some of the highest earning potential for English teachers of all the countries in South East Asia. 

You’ll enjoy plenty of job security because there are loads of people out there who can’t speak English but want, and need, to learn it. 

But – there are also loads of English speakers chasing the dream of living abroad while teaching English. Since 97% of people pass their TESOL – competition for these positions can be fierce. 

Which is why we keep our intake groups small. That way we can give you the attention you need to become a paid English teacher in Vietnam as quickly and easily as possible. 

And here’s the best part: Over 95% of Global Travellers are placed in teaching positions within a fortnight of passing their TESOL. We help you land interviews at language institutes across Vietnam before you finish your course or soon thereafter.

If you decide to go further afield, your TESOL qualification is globally recognised - especially one completed in-country. 

We offer the complete package for teaching overseas. Our team will help you with the essentials you need to start your new journey with a bang! Including helping you find accommodation, visa assistance, a range of exciting cultural activities, and so much more. 

You could do this by yourself and leave a lot to chance. It will take much longer and you’ll be competing with every other traveller trying to live the life of an English teacher.  

Or you could let us take care of the essentials so you can focus on living your best life. 

If you want to gain international work & travel experience with a lifetime of employment options – a TESOL qualification is the way to go. 

If you want to live in one of the most popular countries for English teachers (for good reason) – Vietnam is the place to be. 

If you want to live in Vietnam while you’re getting your TESOL, with the option to stay on at a paid teaching position, book today. 


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Trip visa guidance
Personal Travel Concierge
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Arrival airport transfer
Welcome orientation
Local cultural experiences
Local life essentials
Interview preparation
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To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between 21-55 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

Our Teach English trips are designed to get you set up in your new life overseas as smoothly as possible. Our goal is to save you time, money, and stress while eliminating the risk of returning home early. Here’s how we do it: 

We’re on your side from the moment you get started. You’ll be assigned a Dedicated Trip Coordinator to guide you through the next steps and answer all your questions. Our team is well travelled so you can learn from our experience. 

Your Personal Travel Concierge will help with flights, insurance, visas, and any add-ons you’d like for your trip. These are real humans too – no robots here. 

When you arrive at the airport, your private transfer will be waiting to take you to your accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll be staying in a modern twin or triple-share accommodation in the city close to your training school for the length of your TESOL course. 

During your first week we have a bunch of cultural activities planned to help you slot into life in your new home. These activities include a Vietnamese martial arts class, a cooking class to learn the basics of the delicious cuisine, and a visit to the Cu Chi tunnels and War Remnants Museum.

Your orientation week finishes off with a welcome dinner for all the TESOL alumni and teachers. 

More often than not, people are offered a paid teaching position (earning about $1200 – $2000 a month) before they even finish their course. In the rare cases this doesn’t happen – as long as you graduated from your TESOL –  our local partners won’t stop until you have a paid teaching position confirmed. 

But our support doesn’t end there. We’ll be in touch during your trip to make sure everything is going smoothly. If you have any questions or concerns we’re one quick message, DM, email, or carrier pigeon away. 

And if there’s an emergency, you can use our 24/7 emergency support lines for anything urgent. 

We’re with you every step of the way.


To qualify for this trip, you must be between the ages of 21 and 55, be a citizen of an eligible country, and have no criminal convictions in the last 5 years.

What extra costs will I have? 

Flights, travel insurance, food, visa, criminal background check, souvenirs, and spending money.

Trip itinerary


Your private transfer will be waiting for you when you arrive at Tan Son Nhat airport. You’ll be taken to your modern, twin or triple-share accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City which will be your home for the duration of your TESOL course.  This is where you’ll go through your first in-county orientation and meet all the other teachers doing the course with you.

Week 1-4

Prepare for your 4 weeks of TESOL training. You’ll also get the chance to take part in a range of cultural orientation activities we have planned for you, including:  Vietnamese cooking class Vietnamese martial arts class Visit to the Cu Chi tunnels and War Remnants Museum At the end of your first week you’ll have a welcome dinner with your TESOL alumni and fellow teachers.


Most people are offered a local teaching contract before they’ve even finished their TESOL course. If this doesn’t happen to you (unlikely) our local partner won’t stop until you’ve got one. Each teaching placement is different – so how your life will look is different for everyone.  Most teaching positions in Vietnam are at schools. Teachers generally get time off in between semesters and over weekends.  This leaves you with plenty of time to explore your new home. Venture over to a neighbouring city to discover its charm and history. Jump on a boat to one of the many offshore islands. Or hop on a plane to explore the rest of Asia right on your doorstep.  We’ll be in touch with you throughout your stay. If you ever need advice or support our team is available to answer your questions. And our 24/7 emergency support line will help with urgent matters.  Don’t go alone. Go with Global.


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Frequently asked questions

Why go with Global Work & Travel?

As the world’s leading gap-year and "work & travel" company, we provide a premium service for Global Travellers. Choose from a variety of awesome experiences worldwide. We assist with visas, pre-departure, flights, insurance, and tours. Our cool tech features support you throughout the journey. As a Global Traveller, access gWorld, our personalized app. Keep important documents and trip details handy. Enjoy exclusive Marketplace deals, a social network, language learning, side trips, meet-ups, and more. It's like all your favorite apps merged into one, but better! Our support doesn't stop there. With a 24/7 emergency team, 90+ staff, and ongoing assistance, we ensure you feel like a local. Join the 80,000+ Global Travellers who have turned their travel dreams into reality with us. We proudly boast the most & best reviews in the biz!

Are flights & insurance included?

While we would love to include flights and insurance in our trip packages, it is not feasible to have a fixed price due to the diverse destinations, trip durations, and individual coverage needs of our travellers from around the globe. However, once you register for the trip, we will assign you a dedicated Travel Concierge. They will work closely with you to arrange the ideal flights and insurance tailored to your specific adventure. Rest assured, our team is here to ensure you have a smooth and hassle-free travel experience from start to finish!

What if I don't have any teaching experience?

No experience? No problem! Most Teach trips include a comprehensive in-country TESOL/TEFL course and certification. Led by experienced instructors, these courses equip you with the necessary skills to succeed in the field. All in-country courses include in-person teaching practice with real students so you can gain practical experience as well as cultural immersion, to ensure success when you're out in the field.

Am I guaranteed a job after completing the TESOL/TEFL course?

One of the huge advantages of choosing Global Work & Travel for your Teach adventure is our commitment to helping you secure your first paid teaching placement. Our in-country partners have a stellar reputation for training highly competent and confident English Teachers. With their extensive network of schools and language institutes, they work diligently to set you up with a paid placement. Once you complete your TESOL/TEFL course, or sometimes even before finishing it, our in-country team will set up interviews, prepare you for success, and guide you towards securing your desired teaching position. Then it's off to enrich the lives of students with your English wisdom!

Will I be provided with accommodation during my Teach trip?

Most Teach trips include initial accommodation, and our in-country partner will provide resources to help you find a clean, comfortable, and affordable place to stay during your teaching placement. It's common for our teachers to develop great friendships and opt to live and work together. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the modern, nice, and affordable accommodation options available to you. Rest assured, we'll ensure you have a comfortable home away from home during your Teach trip!

Will I earn enough to get by when teaching?

Absolutely! While the earning potential may vary depending on the teaching destination, all our teachers on the field earn more than enough to cover their living expenses and save some funds for exciting side trips or future travels. Many teachers even take advantage of additional tutoring opportunities to further boost their income. You can rest assured that your teaching placement will provide you with sufficient financial resources to support yourself and enjoy the incredible experiences that await during your time abroad.

Can I teach in other countries afterwards?

Absolutely! Once you've successfully completed your TESOL/TEFL course and initial placement in the country you booked, you'll have developed the skills and experience necessary to excel in English teaching. Many of our teachers take advantage of this and choose to explore other fascinating destinations while leveraging their English teaching skills as a means to work and travel the world. It's an excellent opportunity to expand your horizons, immerse yourself in different cultures, and continue making a positive impact through teaching. The possibilities are endless when it comes to teaching in multiple destinations - the world is literally your oyster!

What if I already have a TESOL/TEFL?

While we acknowledge your existing TESOL/TEFL, we require all our teachers to complete our comprehensive TESOL/TEFL Course & Certification included in the trip package. This ensures that you are equipped with the necessary skillset, practical experience, and premium accreditation for success in the field. Even teachers with prior TESOL/TEFL certifications, including those with extensive professional teaching experience, have found immense value in our course. Our courses provide local language and cultural training, lesson planning, in-class observation and evaluation, and more. It serves as a refresher, helps you acclimatise to the local environment, make lifelong friends, and ensures you are fully confident when applying your teaching skills.

Why should I book now?

Covid-19 threw us a curve ball and pretty much halted all travel. This means that we have a backlog of travellers, just like you, who are desperate to get out and explore the world! Global Work & Travel works on a first-in-best-dressed basis. Booking earlier ensures that you don’t miss out on the best intake, season, placements and more! We recommend our travellers take 6-12 months to plan their trip for a reason - to make sure you’ve got everything organised perfectly, stress-free. As a Global Traveller you’ll get exclusive access to gWorld, our personalised app where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global. This is where you will find exclusive Marketplace Deals, a unique social network to connect you with other like-minded Global Travellers, access to our Academy with an ever-growing range of skills & languages, and so much more. Think all of your favourite apps merged into one, but like, better? Why not give yourself something to look forward to by booking that trip!

Can I travel with a friend?

Yes you can! Simply tell your Trip Coordinator after booking that your friend is also going and they can link your profiles. For most of our trips we should be able to have you and your friends placed together or nearby. Meaning that you can live, work, play & travel together! But wait there's more! Not only can you travel the world with your besties at your side, you can also earn some extra cash towards your own trip just by referring your friends to Global Work & Travel. You can learn more about the great referral rewards program inside your gWorld account once you join. And for those who decide to go-it-solo, we’ve made it easier to meet other Global Travellers in the same region as you. Just like any other social platform, you’ll be able to interact, share, chat and meet with some really cool people who are doing trips just like you!

Can I bring my pet along?

At Global Work & Travel, we share a deep love for animals and fully understand the special bond you have with your pet. We recognise the challenges of embarking on a trip without them. Due to travel restrictions, requirements, and limited pet-friendly accommodations among our host organisations, we regretfully cannot facilitate their inclusion in the journey. However, many of our customers choose to entrust their pets to a family member or friend, embark on their adventure, and return home to wagging tails and furry cuddles.

What happens if I want to cancel my trip?

We know that life can get in the way of travel, so all our trips come with a great deal of flexibility. In most cases, if you cannot travel on your selected date, you can place your trip on hold to deal with whatever is holding you back, and continue in the future without incurring any penalty. You may also have the option of transferring to an entirely different trip and destination as well, or even transferring your trip to a friend or family member. In the event that you need to outright cancel your trip, if you give us 84* days notice you can do so with only a 50% cancellation fee. Your refund of the balance will come in the form of a Store Credit which you can put toward any other trip that we offer, including tours through third-party providers, as well as holidays through DealsAway.com, and is valid for 2 years from date of issue. As international travel can be complex, your options are based on the progress of your trip organisation and our support team can assist you in finding the best solution for your needs.

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2. We become friends

Book a time to meet your dedicated Trip Coordinator who knows all the ins & outs of your trip. They’ll be by your side and working behind-the-scenes to pull everything together.

3. Time to go!

We’ll get your tickets, accommodation & transfers ready. Our in-country team or partner will have everything prepared & waiting for your arrival. Get on the plane with no worries!

4. 24/7 support

Never stress, knowing we’re there with you when you need us with ongoing & unlimited local team support and check-ins. And just in case, we’ve got an emergency team on stand-by, 24/7.

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