From the UK to Vietnam: Branwen’s Story

The lovely Branwen has taken the leap and she’s currently taking part in our Vietnam Supported TEFL Job. Does it compare to her life back home? It certainly sounds like it! Check out her story so far…

Branwen and fellow teacher

“Where do I begin? Travelling and teaching in Vietnam has been an experience like no other! It’s been challenging yet truly fulfilling and life-changing at the same time. It’s strange to think that I was so nervous before coming out here, but now, having lived here for four months, I have adapted to a life so different to the life I had before.

Beach in Vietnam

Back home, I wouldn’t be waking up to teach a class of a hundred students that are bursting with energy and are so eager to learn, before taking a break and heading out for a quick coconut coffee with my fellow interns at an old French colonial style coffee shop.

Back home, I wouldn’t go cycling around narrow streets, passing old and young faces that beam with joy when I greet them in their native tongue. And back home, I wouldn’t be eating a bowl of pho on the corner of a street as motorbikes whiz past during rush hour and feeling fully at ease with my surroundings!

Branwen with graffitti

From the vibrant nightlife in Hanoi, to the beautifully crafted and colourful lanterns in Hoi An and the tranquil blue seas of Phu Quoc: life in Vietnam always offers something new, exciting and unique.

Travelling and teaching in Vietnam has encouraged me to be more creative, to be more ambitious and confident in my decisions in and outside of the classroom. I’m so glad that I took a leap and decided to teach and travel in Vietnam!”

Branwen with teachers

If this sounds like your cup of tea, download our free Vietnam guide here to find out more.

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  1. Kumar Patel


    I hold a Higher National Diploma in Business Studies, is that good enough for me to do the TEFL course and teach In Vietnam?

    My heart is set in going to Vietnam, and teach there.
    Can I do the TEFL course and teach privately in Vietnam?

    • catherinegreenwood

      Hi Kumar,

      Thanks for visiting our blog!

      Unfortunately, you would be required to hold a bachelor’s degree to obtain a working visa in Vietnam. However, there are many countries where you can teach English without a degree. Feel free to contact our TEFL experts on +44 (0) 113 205 4610 to talk more about this.

  2. Arabang Mosimanethebe Ernest

    Hi my name is Ernest
    I am a qualified teacher holding Nationational Professional Diploma in Education coupled with N4 Electrical Engineering Certificate and also Grade C security Certificate registered as Facilitator and Assessor for all aboved mentioned fields. I am interested on working outside the country for gaining more experience abroad as I have an experience of working both as a teacher and Facilitator in RSA.

    Thank you.

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