Tips To Land Teaching Jobs In Vietnam As A Foreigner

For most people, a country recovering from decades of war as Vietnam has nothing to offer, however, research and testimonies of foreign workers such as David Riis Wilson [1achabu] — Ghanaian Tiktok star and science teacher– suggests differently.

Vietnam, according to sources, has a low cost of living and the salary one can earn as a teacher is relatively high. The salary for an English teacher in Vietnam could range anywhere between 27 to 51 Million VND ~ [1,190 USD to 2,270 USD] per month depending on a few factors such as location, according to Teast.

The borders of Vietnam will, from next month, be opened to tourists for the first time after 18 months — the country had been shut to visitors since March 2020. This is the perfect window of opportunity for non-native job seekers to begin scouting.

The only groups of persons allowed to enter Vietnam since coronavirus struck the world were experts, investors, businessmen/women, and Vietnamese citizens returning from other countries. Fortunately, this is going to change soon as tourists would be allowed to enter the country from October 2021.

To work in Vietnam, just like in other countries, one must acquire a work permit — the document that certifies foreigners to work. Aside from that, one needs documents that prove efficiency and capability in the field he or she wants to teach in.

Vietnam work permit is an official certificate issued by the Department of Labor, Invalid and Social Affairs to allow its holder to work in Vietnam legally. It cannot be applied directly by the workers/foreigners, but with the assistance of their employers or a service center in Vietnam. And Vietnam work permit is an important paper to apply for a temporary residence card or a working visa for Vietnam. It is currently well governed by Labour Code No. 45/2019/QH14 and Decree No. 52/2020/ND-CP.

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Sample of Vietnamese work permit

Securing a teaching work permit in Vietnam

In order to be eligible for a Vietnam work permit application, the foreigners have employment in a company/entity registered and recognized in Vietnam. Also, the applicant must have a business visa — there are two ways to approach this.

The applicant can straight away apply for a business visa from his/her home country so that the employer can process the work permit for him/her. In a situation where applicants hold tourist visas, they can apply for a business visa in Vietnam after securing a job.


Vietnam Work Permit Requirements

To get a work permit in Vietnam, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Over 18 years old
  • Have a good health condition that satisfies the job’s specific demands and requirements.
  • Free of any criminal record in their country or a national security offense, not currently facing criminal prosecution, or not serving a criminal sentence by the Vietnamese and foreign policemen during the assignment.
  • Meet the requirements for the job positions for Vietnam work permit as follows:
    • For foreign experts:
      • Having a bachelor’s degree or higher or equivalent and a certificate of at least 3 years of experience working in the trained field relevant to the job position the foreign worker is expected to work for in Vietnam; or
      • Having a certificate of at least 5 years of experience working in the trained field relevant to the job position the foreign worker is expected to work for in Vietnam.


New Teacher Work Permit In Vietnam

  1. a. Bachelors of Education in the subject you intend to teach eg. B.Ed Science.
    b. BS/BA (teaching subject) or Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)/Post Graduate Diploma (PGDE).
    c. Official English score equivalent to 6.5 in the IELTS or C1 for non-native English teachers
  2. 120 hours of TEFL/TESOL
  3. Temporary Residence Check — this can be done with the help of your Vietnamese landlord.
  4. Police/Criminal Check — this can be done in your home country or in Vietnam.
  5. Health Check

NOTE: The above document must be legalised with the Vietnamese Embassy in your country.

Additional tips:

  1. Vietnamese schools use their native language to teach students, therefore, one must be able to speak their language. Otherwise, the subject you intend to teach must be one that can be taught in English. This applies to other jobs.

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