For those considering Vietnam as their next destination I just wanted to say I highly recommend it. I came here 4 years go and have been working at a school in district 7, coming to Asia feels 'Like I have been born again' and my experiences here have been varied. Firstly I would not recomend Vietnam for single or larger women who are looking for a relationship, most men here who are single prefer the locals.I am from Australasia and have taught in many countries around the world. Vietnam is a beautiful country, the people are amazing and I have travelled extensively and made many friends here, both Vietnamese and expats. Vietnamese are by far the friendliest people I have ever met, they are also very shrewd as well. The package is fantastic, housing allowance is enough for a nice 2 bed apartment or smaller house, flights every year but sometimes the school does not pay on time, although recently there has been no late salaries, we are not meant to pay tax but each month tax changes on your payslip and you get less or more each month depending on what they decide. Contracts get amended as and when they please. You get no professional development at all, this is the main reason for leaving last year, we were told money had been given to put high school teachers through IB training and now they are trained I hear they are all leaving. Management is a joke, the HT is a wonderful man but is there as a face but has no choice and decisions about the school. The Deputy is possibly the laziest man I have ever met, he is unapproachable and not respected by any member of staff who are all too scared to respond to his loud outbursts. The owners of the school run it like a business, treating the teachers and students with no respect. There are no resources, no professional development, no prospects for career progression and very little value is put on the teachers. EAL is now run by Filipino and Vietnamese teaching assistants, us teachers were forced out the door to be replaced by the locals whose English is a second language. All of the new teachers are new teachers with no experience having just qualified, its great to get new teachers but there needs to be a balance of old and new and us "old" teachers just didn't fit any more. Anyway, before you consider Vietnam try and look at all of the schools in HCMC there are some very good ones.