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Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by EDCASE, Jun 6, 2019.


    EDCASE New commenter

    I am visiting Vietnam this July/August, incl HCMC and various other stops up to Hanoi. Just wondering if there are any stops or visits I could potentially make get a little more information with a view to teaching here at some point in future? Areas of information, ex-pat bars, anything?
  2. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    There is a website called "Trip Advisor". It recommends various restaurants, bars and hotels.
    3monkey likes this.

    EDCASE New commenter

    Yes I am aware of that site as a source for holiday research purposes, thank you.
  4. yasf

    yasf Established commenter

    If you're a properly qualified teacher, your best bet would be TES jobs or Search. If not, then just contact one of the many language schools.

    EDCASE New commenter

    Thanks for the reply. I am qualified, v.experienced and recently registered with search associates. I would be looking to teach my own subject/s (Chem/Physics) but contacting the language schools is something I hadn't thought of.

    I was more thinking of speaking directly to people in the know, who could point me in the direction of where/where not to apply as well as the usual pros and cons and advice. I know slagging off schools is frowned upon here but obv face to face is a different matter.

    I am aware there are a few expat bars, so I will probably end up walking in and simply ask 'Does anyone teach?'

    Thanks again.
  6. mermy

    mermy Occasional commenter

    In HCMC take an afternoon out to visit district 2. That's where most reputable schools are located. Even if they are shut for the holidays (likely), you can still walk around the area and get a feel for it. We visited the supermarket to see what's on offer and after a stroll ended up drinking coffee near one of the main streets. Got chatting with various people - teachers, parents etc.. Was good to get a feel for the schools and life there.
  7. Oli_K

    Oli_K New commenter

    Send you CV's to all the schools in HCMC, looking at your subjects you will have a good chance for next year and often meeting face to face will really help. Ask them for a tour of the school, most schools will be closed but there might be the odd SMT around to meet you.

    In HCMC look at schools in D2 or D7
  8. BarryRiley

    BarryRiley New commenter

    As an experienced chemistry / physics teacher just apply for jobs that come up and you'll be swarmed upon. You don't really need to do any extra 'shoulder rubbing' like someone teaching a humanities subject might
    yasf likes this.
  9. yasf

    yasf Established commenter

    Then just go through the normal channels. You should be fine.
  10. EDCASE

    EDCASE New commenter

    Thank you all, plenty more to go at...

    No replies on "Trip Advisor" as yet
  11. Oli_K

    Oli_K New commenter

    They won't be it was stupid advice, who would use trip advisor to find out about international schools?

    I'm in vietnam message me if you want
    yasf likes this.
  12. makhnovite

    makhnovite Established commenter

    I think the hippo was being sarcastic bout the op's strange approach to researching schools and possible jobs by bar hopping!!!
  13. PhuMyHung

    PhuMyHung New commenter

    I taught ESL in HCMC in 2018 and absolutely loved it. The international schools are in the suburban areas of District 7 and District 2. I lived in D7, which has a large Korean expat community, and it is a really great place to live. There's more space than the somewhat chaotic centre and surrounding districts, and there's also plenty of bars and restaurants (the Phu My Hung area is the centre of D7). Most of the international schools in the area are very well regarded. District 2 is more of a "Western expat community" but there are many British and American teachers living and teaching in D7 too.

    I left because I decided to do a PGDE back in the UK but I am planning on applying for jobs back in HCMC after my NQT year.
  14. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    Yikes! He teaches Physics and Chemistry! (Bow, scrape, tug forelock and kneel as an inferior being, "Ever so 'umble, Master Copperfield!")

    Well, seriously EDCASE, Search Associates are your best bet, I would say. You could also try applying directly to adverts through the TES. And what about China? It is not so very far away from Vietnam. As readers of the pachyderm's online ramblings will know well, Mrs H. and I enjoyed our five years in China. Anyway, I have sent you one of those TES Conversation things. Perhaps I could be of some help.
  15. blue451

    blue451 Lead commenter

    Experience in teaching chemistry and physics should make you very attractive to schools. Believing those schools recruit through word of mouth at expat drinking holes might, however, negate that appeal.
  16. EDCASE

    EDCASE New commenter

    Thanks all. In no way am I looking for a job by way of a conversation in a pub. I'm on holiday and potentially looking to get a little more info than what might be available on this fine forum.
  17. february31st

    february31st Established commenter

    A subscription to the International Schools Review will give you a good list of schools to research and maybe contact.
  18. 4019775

    4019775 New commenter

    IB Chemistry/Maths myself. Ignore smart @ss comments about trip advisor etc from the usual suspects on here.

    Just apply and, as you are chemistry/physics, you will have to beat offers away with a sh1tty stick. The same rules do not apply to the likes of us compared to your Mickey Mouse degrees/subjects.
  19. rouxx

    rouxx Lead commenter


    Equally as offensive and arrogant if he isn’t.
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  20. Powergnome3

    Powergnome3 Occasional commenter

    The same rules absolutely do apply... contrary to popular belief (sorry, not ‘popular’, just your misguided belief) you do not only need a pulse to get a job as a Maths/Science teacher in the best international schools. I appointed for Physics last year, and from a long list of around 80, I interviewed 7 and could have appointed 5 of them - it is not a walk in the park... possibly why you are still in the UK.

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