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making contact with job sources from outside Vietnam - Answers for Hanoi, Northern Vietnam and Vietnam

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making contact with job sources from outside Vietnam
stlev99 posted October 17th, 2017 at 10:26 am to Help!.
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Hi, folks. I'm new on this site, and I read the instructions, so I hope I am operating within the rules. I am in Thailand, though I'm from the US. I'm very strongly considering teaching ESL in VN, and to that end have been studying Vietnamese. I have an MA in TESL and plenty of experience. I sent email inquiries to VUS English Centers (based on a reco) and to Vietnam Teachings Jobs.com and Compass Education, both just as a result of a google search. But here's the think.... I haven't gotten a peep out of them. The first one I wrote about six days ago, the others three days ago. Any advice on how I can try to line up a job there while being outside the country? It would just be me and my American citizen but non-working wife (let's just say we have been empty nesters for a while). If you can recommend how to shake the trees, so to speak, I'd be thrilled to hear it. I'd love to go to VN as soon as possible after the New Year. I think I'm inclined towards Hanoi, but in any event, it would have to be a big city since occasionally i like my comforts from home. Thanks so much, and please let me know if I have somehow not been in the spirit of this forum. Stan

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October 18th, 2017 at 4:00 am

It is notoriously difficult to line up a job in Vietnam from outside the country. Much easier when you are already here. Hanoi is a good place to start but has a horrid climate. This leads to a high turnover of teachers and means more openings for you!

Bear in mind it would be hard to support 2 adults on a teacher’s income in Vietnam unless you are very frugal. But if you have income on the side or don’t mind living at a basic level it could be ok.



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October 18th, 2017 at 8:53 am

Thanks, Skarper. I can imagine how that would be true about applying from abroad. I'm a little confused about the costs however. It was indicated to me that a teacher should be able to make 2000-2500 USD a month, and that an apartment plus utilities might set me back 600USD. Couldn't I live on another 1000USD a month with a totally non-drinking and non-partying lifestyle? Also, in what way is Hanoi's climate horrid? I didn't catch that from my reading/youtube viewing. I really appreciate your comments, and hope to hear more. If the rest sounds good, I just might make a trip to Hanoi and/or Saigon shortly after New Year to see what I can rustle up, as it is pretty inexpensive from my current location.

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October 18th, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Earning 2000+ every month is getting harder. You shouldn’t count on more than a half that for the first few months. Even then you may have gaps in your income. A month or two with less than a full timetable around Tet for example.

There are heavy set up costs. A motorbike, 3-6 months rent in advance. A lot of items you can’t really bring but will want. Visa and work permit costs can be a item too. Don’t rely on your employer paying these. A few do, most don’t.

Winter in Hanoi is cold and damp. Cloudy and rainy. It’s miserable. Summer is too hot and pollution is becoming a serious health risk. Autumn is nice. Sept thru November. Spring I don’t know. I guess ok but short.

Generally people prefer Saigon to Hanoi. Saigon has many of the same issues as Hanoi, but not the same winter. No real winter in the south, but it is rainy in the summer. Pollution applies in Saigon too. They say the people are friendlier.

To be honest I don’t know where the figure of 2000-2500 usd a month comes from. That assumes 100 hours a month at about 25 USD an hour. Few make that every month. Maybe in summer.



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October 19th, 2017 at 2:19 am

Thanks again. This certainly is useful information. I guess I'd be more inclined towards the south because my wife would really not like the winters in Ha Noi, I think. I'll try to dig more into the more realistic possibilities in Saigon. You've given me a lot to think about. I appreciate your kindness.

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