Is Teaching in Vietnam Truly this Easy?
by Richard (26)
(Chiang Mai, Thailand)
Hi, have just been reading your website and I must say I am amazed with how simple it all sounds.
Currently I'm working in Chiang Mai as a teacher, but thinking of moving somewhere else, Chiang Mai gets a bit dull after a year and a bit!
So, my question, hit Ho Chi Minh City, hand in some resumes, interview, demo, job?
Sounds too good to be true, but if so, I'll be heading there very soon!
Thanks for the website!
Reply from Travel-Budget-Asia.com
No problem, Richard. Please remember that old saying about not knowing what you have until it's gone thing. I came this way after Thailand and regret it.
That doesn't mean that you will. I will also say that as of today October 13th / 2011, the Vietnam 'stuff your pockets' heyday of teaching English is over.
Schools that paid $15USD/Hour have started hiring at $10USD/Hour as of late.
Their salaries started very high because they couldn't attract the teachers, say 5 years ago. Now they think that they live in some kind of paradise so are bringing their salaries into line with those of Thailand and Cambodia.
If you move to Ho Chi Minh City from Chiang Mai, Thailand without first coming for a visit, you are nuts. That is just my opinion so means little.
I just want you to come out here and spend some time before riding off into the Vietnamese Sunset. That goes double if you are bringing a girlfriend along.
Thai women are not treated well and ajust poorly to Vietnam. I shouldn't say stuff like that because everyone can beat the odds at any time.
I have just seen it too often. Thai people love their country and Vietnam is a poor substitute.
Take a good look around you, M8. You'll know if it is time to go. I am just asking you to consider coming for a visit first.