ACPI English School, Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam
I've just finished an internship at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology. The salary was terrible but I didn’t know before coming here that I should get far more– everything was organized by AIESEC. I fast noticed that the director of the language center just uses graduates as blue collar workers for 500$ a month (no benefits included) forcing them to work more than in the contract.
I was ready to go back home (Poland) on Thursday, 05/17 (less than 1 week) but yesterday I got an offer from Mr. Pham (ACPI) to go to Thanh Hoa province to teach at the university language center. 13$/1h 20-22hrs/ week, accommodation (AC + fridge) provided on the premises, traveling expenses covered. Contract for 6 months.
I have a MA in English Philology (profession – teacher) and only 6 months of class teaching experience.
Do you think it’s a good offer?======================
Reply from Travel-Budget-Asia.com
No, I don't think it is a very good offer. I have worked for ACPI and my friend currently works in their Ho Chi Minh city branch. I have no complaints about them personally. They leave you alone to do your job but they are known for making promises they don't keep and paying as little as they can.
You are going to a pretty small town so prices are cheaper but there is nothing there to do and you'll always be 'The Foreigner'. That can be fun for a few months but it gets very lonely because you'll always be treated as an outsider no matter how well you try to fit in.
Most schools pay More
when you re-locate into rural Vietnam, so the pay is terrible. When they offer 20 hours a week that usually means 15 hours a week. If they don't get the students to sign up then they will close classes on you.
You can always break your contract and leave as long as you give notice. I would not go for less than a Guaranteed 25 hour work week and $15USD an hour at the minimum.
Heck, even 'Cleverlearn' in Ho Chi Minh City will pay $15USD an hour and guarantee a 25 hour work week. Once they have you in Thanh Hoa, there is no where for you to go.
Remember that the first school that you worked for took advantage of you. I believe that this school is also trying to do that. Say 'no' and I bet they offer you more money.
You have an MA in English and experience. You qualify for employment at RMIT University
at a salary of $3,500USD / Month!
Besides, it sounds to me that you are looking forward to going home. That offer will still be there in a year so I would go back home for the summer and return when and if you feel like it.
Poland is beautiful this time of year.