Volunteer as an English teacher in Vietnam and help disadvantaged students improve their English. You will work at a local school, and support teachers in the classroom or lead your own classes. This is a great way to add practical teaching experience to your CV, while helping those in need.
In Vietnam, speaking English is a critical skill, especially with a thriving tourism industry. Being able to speak English will give students better opportunities once they enter the working world. Your focus will be on conversational English, so it’s important that you encourage students to practice speaking as much as possible.
While in Vietnam, you’ll live with a host family or share an apartment with other volunteers. There’s plenty of free time to explore this beautiful Southeast Asian country, so make the most of it!
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 18 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on this project?
While in Vietnam, you’ll teach at a primary or secondary school. There are various activities that you can take part in, and they can include:
- Teach conversational English at a primary or secondary school
- Work with small groups to give attention to students who need extra help learning English
- Attend teaching workshops to share ideas and learn from experienced teachers
Your work will focus on these main activities:
Teach conversational English at a primary or secondary school
Teaching English is the main focus of this project. You’ll spend your time working at a primary or secondary school, teaching about 5 different classes from different grades per day. Depending on where you are placed, you can either assist local teachers in their English classes, or run your own. You’ll focus on helping students improve grammar and pronunciation. You should also encourage your students to practice speaking with you as much as possible. Speaking English better will boost their confidence.
Work with small groups to give attention to students who need extra help learning English
Sometimes you will be required to focus on helping the students who are falling behind. There are often children who struggle in class because the student teacher ratio is too high. You can support local teachers by working with struggling students in smaller groups.
Attend teaching workshops
Once a month, we host a teaching workshop that you can attend. At these workshops you can share your experiences in the classroom with others, and listen to others’ stories. Together you can come up with strategies to improve your level of teaching, and find solutions to certain problems.
Where will I work in Vietnam?
You will be based in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital and second largest city.
We run placements at several schools where you can work. These can be primary or secondary schools, and include both public and private schools. Class sizes generally range between 35 and 50 students.
During your movements around the city, you navigate your way through thousands of motorcycles, Vietnam’s primary mode of transport. Follow the delicious smells coming from street food vendors at nearly every corner. Enjoy lunches of spring rolls and Vietnam’s famous pho, a noodle dish with rice, broth, herbs, and chicken or beef.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
"Seeing the students learn further knowledge, and to make improvements in lessons, was an incredibly rewarding experience for me, and I felt privileged to have made a difference in their lives."
Volunteer Teaching English in Vietnam
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