American Teaching at Uc Chau AIES HCMC
(District 9 HCMC)
I'm an American teaching at Uc Chau in Thu Duc dsitrict in HCMC. I was wondering if you know anything about this school? I've been teaching there for 2 months and so far its been amazing. The pay is great and the staff are friendly but I feel like I was hired a little too easily considering I have practically no teaching experience.
One thing I've noticed that helps get hours immensely is buttering up the administrators. Being friendly and even maybe a little clean and harmless flirting are good ways to net more hours.
A tip to the rest of you seeking teaching jobs here, The highest demanded teachers I've seen so far are those who can teach TOEIC and TOEFL. Experience in these two tests will net you more pay, and a lot more work. I mentioned to an administrator that I preferred teaching Toeic over general English and bam, my hours tripled and suddenly I'm teaching Toeic everyday.
A warning to the male teachers. Be careful with flirting in the classroom. My fellow Vietnamese teachers are very skeptical because apparently male foreign teachers have made passes at the students in the past.
If you walk into a classroom filled with 20 year old girls and they all giggle and say "handsome" just ignore it plain out if you want to be taken seriously. Or, go for it and take your chances. Its a tough choice but you can find plenty of girlfriends anywhere else.
Anyway, my real question is, what do you think of Uc Chau...good place or no? So far it seems a bit shady but I've had no bad experiences to back up my intuition. All the teachers I've met say they are highly qualified but still, I can't shake the image of the typical red building evening English school.
What do you think?
Reply from Travel-Budget-Asia.com
This school reminds me of SITC, which was a Singaporean Owned school that did a midnight run
with all the teacher's salaries for the month and the student's tuition for the year.
That was way back in 2006 but it smells the same. They are offering excellent prices and are paying the teachers well. That is just my opinion of the place.
I have had complaints that they don't hire folk older than 30 and they like you to dress well and they discipline by reducing your monthly hours. So they play favorites.
I have also heard that a Brit with a thick accent should not bother with them. You could answer that for all of us. Do you have any English teachers from England or are they just Canadians and Americans?
Most the students are a younger crowd as well but maybe it was the time of day that I last walked through their part of town. It is a pretty far drive for anyone living in District 1.
I am Glad you brought up Uc Chau AIES, though. So far I have heard just whiners complain about the school and they give hours to teachers that the students like the most.
You won't last long as a boring old stooge there. But an excellent school for getting paychecks into teacher's hands on payday.
If you are hunting for work in Vietnam then I would say that Uc Chau AIES is another school to add to the list.
Thanks for the excellent Article, Jay.