A volunteer explains an exercise to her students on the blackboard during her teaching work experience in Vietnam

Volunteer Teaching English in Vietnam

Gain practical teaching experience and help young, disadvantaged students improve their English


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 021 234 8002 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 021 234 8002 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Completely flexible dates

Minimum Duration:

Three Weeks

Placement Location:

Hanoi (Read More)

Accommodation:

Various options Read More

Requirements :

Anyone aged over 18 can join

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • 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 personalised fundraising website

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • Personalised 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?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

Is a volunteer Teaching placement in Vietnam right for me?

If you’re looking to get hands-on teaching and classroom based work experience, this project is for you. For those planning a career in education, it will add valuable international experience to your experience, giving your CV an edge. This kind of experience will also help demonstrate your commitment to education.


To join this project, you need to be at least 18 years old. You should also have completed at least one term at university, or have one year or of work experience behind you.


If you don’t have previous experience, don’t worry! You’ll support local teachers, and Projects Abroad staff are also there to help you. We also run regular workshops where you can exchange ideas, and get advice, and we have an online database that you can use. 


This project runs throughout the year, and you can join us at any time of the year. The school year in Vietnam runs from September to May. Exams take place between November and December, and from April to May. We recommend volunteering during the school months (and outside of exam time) to ensure that you get time in a formal classroom setting.


You can also get involved with summer classes during the school holidays. If you have advanced French skills, you can also choose to teach French.

A volunteer helps his students in class during his teaching work experience in Vitenam

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?

Hanoi


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.

AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Vietnam Arrival Procedures page.

What will my typical day be like?

A typical day will depend on which school you are placed at. Most schools in Vietnam operate at similar hours. They begin at around 8am, and close at 4:30pm. There is always a long lunch break from around 11:30am to 2pm.


During the day you’ll either work alongside a local teacher, or you’ll run your own class. This will depend on your abilities, and the need at the school at the time. You will teach conversational English, helping them with pronunciation and grammar. At some placements, you can also get involved with extracurricular activities, like sport or drama.


In the evenings, you’ll return to your host families or other accommodation for dinner. 


Your weekends will be free for you to explore. You can visit spectacular landmarks attractions such as Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can also visit ancient temples, shop till you drop at night markets, drink endless cups of Vietnamese coffee, and sing your heart out at karaoke bars.

A volunteer runs an English class as a teacher in Vietnam

Aims and Impact of the Teaching Project in Vietnam

The aim of this project is to help disadvantaged students improve their English conversation.


There is a huge demand for English teachers in Vietnam. The country has a thriving tourism industry which creates many jobs for locals, but you need to speak English. Unfortunately, opportunities to learn English are limited in underprivileged schools, and there aren’t enough teachers.


This is why we partner with local schools. We want to empower young students and help them improve their job prospects once they leave school. To do this, we are working toward four long-term, sustainable goals through our Teaching Management Plan for Vietnam:


  • Improve English
  • Improve classroom support
  • Improve teaching techniques
  • Encourage learning through creativity

Join us and become part of our efforts to achieve these goals, while gaining valuable teaching work experience in Vietnam.

Young students take a photo with the Projects Abroad volunteer gaining teaching work experience in Vietnam

Management Plans

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.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

You'll stay with a host family in Hanoi. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Vietnam and have a truly unique experience.


We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


We also have shared accommodation where you can stay with other Projects Abroad volunteers and interns.


If you are based outside of Hanoi, you will stay at accommodation at your placement.


Your programme fee includes three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND FREE TIME

Vietnam offers a mix of bustling cities and picturesque countrysides. With so many different activities and tourist sites, you’re bound to find plenty of ways to spend your free time.

For a glimpse into the country’s history, you can spend an afternoon exploring the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology or the National Museum of Vietnamese History. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is also a major historic site, located in Hanoi.

If you’re looking to buy some souvenirs, there are many markets with locally made products on sale. Evenings in Hanoi are filled with excitement and bright, colourful lights. You can watch street performers and then head to a nearby restaurant for a taste of local cuisine.

The countryside, with its emerald rice paddies stretching to the horizon, provides the perfect escape from the busy capital.

We run many different projects in Vietnam, so there will likely be other volunteers in-country with you. This makes travelling as a group easy to arrange. However, you’re welcome to explore independently if you prefer. 

SAFETY AND STAFF SUPPORT

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


Find out more about safety and backup.

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