Without a prearranged job and work permit, don’t bank on finding work in Vietnam. what to do in hanoi? With specific skills to offer, you could try approaching some of the Western companies now operating in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Otherwise, English-language teaching is probably the easiest job to land, especially if you have a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), TESOL (Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages) or CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) qualification. Universities are worth approaching, though pay is better at private schools, where qualified teachers earn upwards of $20 an hour. In either case, you’ll need to apply for a work permit, sponsored by your employer, and then a working visa. Private tutoring is an unwieldy way of earning a crust, as you’ll have to pop out of the country every few months to procure a new visa. Furthermore, the authorities are clamping down on people working without the proper authorizations.
The main English-language teaching operations recruiting in Vietnam include the British Council (Wbritishcouncil.org/Vietnam.htm), ILA Vietnam (Wilavietnam.com), Language Link Vietnam (Wlanguagelink.edu.vn) and RMIT International University (Wrmit.edu.vn). The TEFL website (Wtefl.com) and Dave’s ESL Café (Weslcafe.com) also have lists of English-teaching vacancies in addition to lots of other useful information.
There are also opportunities for volunteer work. Try contacting the organizations listed below, or look on the websites of the NGO Resource Centre Vietnam (Wngocentre.org.vn) and Volunteer Abroad (Wvolunteerabroad.com).
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