For many, working and traveling doesn’t always go hand in hand; it’s either one or the other. If you wanted to see the world, you’d plan a vacation or wait for retirement—or maybe hope you’ll get lucky someday.
The idea of earning a decent living while traveling isn’t too far-fetched, though, as for a while now, that dream seems to have taken the form of teaching English in Asia: especially Vietnam.
Vietnam is literally the heart of Southeast Asia. If traveling throughout Asia is your dream, then you are just a step away from other amazing Asian countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, and South Korea.
More importantly, all you need is a college degree. You can take a TEFL course in Vietnam itself; it’s usually a four-week, 140-150 hours of intensive training, after which you get a certificate. Now, why should you teach English in Vietnam?
A change of scenery
Well, it’s not just about going to Vietnam to teach English, you can do that anywhere. The idea is to get a change of scenery, perhaps start over, in a country that is so accommodating. Perhaps you are backpacking, and you want to make a living while at it. Or maybe, you’ve always wanted to relocate to Southeast Asia.
Whatever the case, Vietnam offers an amazing transition and a ready market for your English language expertise.
It’s pretty easy to land a job
There are a lot more opportunities for English teachers in Vietnam than in the rest of Southeast Asia. The country boasts of thousands of Expats teaching English, and yet there’s still plenty of room for more. Add to that the fact that you can simply turn up with a TEFL certification to get a job, and you have a dream package.
Well, how easier can it get? Additionally, I snooped around the government’s visa website and some expat forums. It doesn’t look like the process of getting a visa is tedious. Besides, you can apply for an approval letter online, receive it via email, and get your visa upon arrival in Vietnam.
The pay is good
Teaching English in Vietnam pays handsomely. It’s not any different to what you’d get back home. In a country with a low cost of living like Vietnam, you should be able to save at least $1000 per month.
Now, if you take the TEFL course in Vietnam with reputable schools in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll be looking at a possible placement and good pay.
Your hours are flexible
The one thing you probably won’t miss while living and working in Vietnam is the fast-paced, back-breaking working life back home. You experience a much more relaxed lifestyle than what you were used to. You get to set your own hours, which means more time to yourself.
Transport is okay
Public transport in Vietnam is fine. It’s not great and certainly not sophisticated, but it’s modern. Don’t expect anything close to what you are used to in the west. The transport system is better in the cities, but it’s well spread out throughout the country.
You can fly locally in Vietnam. You can take buses and trains to anywhere in the country. So, transport should not be a problem if you want to teach in Vietnam.
If you have ever wanted to see the world and earn while you’re doing so without the worry of living one paycheck to another, you might as well answer the call of Vietnam. With less commitment and more time to yourself, you’ll get to explore, travel more, and likely discover interesting things about yourself you didn’t know about. What else could you ask for?