My experience of teaching in Vietnam

Written by our lovely teacher, Melissa, who's currently in Vietnam on the Paid Supported TEFL Job!

Before arriving in Vietnam, my apprehensions were high, to say the least.

melissa at halong bay

Primarily, I was nervous about trying to understand a culture that would be so unaccustomed to what I was used to, whilst meeting new people, and ultimately, having the responsibility of trying to develop a rapport with young learners who were just as unfamiliar with me, as I was to life in Vietnam.

classroom of children

My worries were soon put to rest momentarily after arriving in Vietnam, with 80 other interns who shared these similar fears living within a mile radius to myself, and have now become some of my best friends that I spend every weekend travelling with!

tefl teacher with vietnamese children

Alongside this, the teaching has been a fantastic experience. Having my own classes of happy and easily excitable children that greet me so warmly every week when I enter the room is such a warm feeling I can’t quite explain.

tefl teacher in vietnam with a mountain landscape

In addition to this, witnessing the students that depend on me so highly learn and develop on a weekly basis is magical and gives me a huge sense of pride.

classroom of children with teacher

Yes, Hanoi is as crazy as everyone had warned me, but within weeks of being here, I had learned to absolutely love the craziness!

vietnamese mountain group scene

And not only this, but now that I am finally able to confidently cross the busy roads of the city that are so often shared on social media! I definitely feel I have become a part of this craziness.

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  1. Elizabeth Lowson

    Is there an age limit to do this.Do you need a degree in teaching. How is the travel organised and lastly,how long does one go to each country for.Are there courses one can do without going on line is weekends in major city in UK.?
    Many thanks

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