LinhW LinhW posted December 29th, 2015 at 3:17 pm to Other. Viewed 121 times. Answered twice.

Hello there,

I know this question has been asked frequently, but I'd like to know if I can find a job at a lower tier school in Vietnam in the following situation:

- I am Dutch Born, 23 y/o, Caucasian, man.
- I have a TEFL online 120 hour certificate
- I have the Dutch equivalent to a British college degree in chemistry.
- I have a completion document for the first year of a bachelor in International Business Management and I'm in my third year (will finish in 2016).
- I recently scored an 8 on the IELTS exam (I only had 20 days to prepare and didn't prepare for speaking and writing)
- My wife is Vietnamese
- I'm staying in Ho Chi Minh city for 6 months for a project (not a tourist).

Is there any chance I can get 40 teaching hours a week if I actively look for classes? Do you have any tips how not to get scammed out of the payrolls?

I'd like to know what you think about this, and thanks in advance.

Last answered by skarper about 56 months ago.

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damooster wrote on January 1st, 2016 at 5:00 am

I don't know what the job situation is like in Ho Chi Minh, but I think that it is possible to get work here in Hanoi. You probably won't get a job with a work permit as they require a degree in education, but you can get work at English centers or as a tutor.

I teach full time at a K-12 school and I get a lot of requests to tutor privately. I've also worked for English centers and I know that they are always looking for teachers because the turnover rate is incredibly high.

skarper wrote on January 1st, 2016 at 10:30 am

40 hours is a lot. Hard to coordinate and near impossible to actually do IMO, especially if any prep time is factored in - or travel for that matter.

20 hours - OK. You will find demand between 7pm and 9pm and on weekends is high and supply is low.

I think you'd pass as a native speaker. Being white will help.

Getting scammed is always a risk. Spread the risk by working for multiple centres and of course tutoring privately.

You will be working illegally with no recourse to the law if you do get scammed and of course you may get deported and fined. This is rare but can happen.

Hanoi has more demand than HCMC. Other smaller cities are pretty much saturated with teachers scratching for hours.

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