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My experience moving to Vietnam
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SinaloaParcero



Joined: 09 Jun 2017
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:05 am    Post subject: My experience moving to Vietnam Reply with quote

So I previously taught in Korea and decided to move to Vietnam.

For reference I am a white male native speaker with a university degree, multiple years verifiable experience, teaching license from the states, and a 120 hour online TEFL certificate.

So I arrived in HCMC Feb 10th. I wanted to relax for the first month so didn't really look for any work.

After that month I sent out emails and or applied to all the major language centers in HCMC.

Most of them I didn't hear back from and a few told me they didn't need any new teachers atm. Only 1 school initially replied and offered me a part time job. I later when on an interview with a 2nd school but was not offered a job. But I think they wanted a full time teacher and I just wasnt a good fit. I wanted part time and preferred older students while they had mostly young students.

At the school that hired me, it took a lot of time to jump through all the hoops and begin teaching. About 1 month from my 1st interview until my first class.

After a month at this job another school contacted me and asked me to come for an interview and demo. They offered me a job.

This 2nd job is less funded and organized as my primary job.

Pay for each is about 18-19 dollars an hour after tax.

Been working now for a bit over 2 months. Currently at 22 hours a month.

But this changes due to classes only running 2-4 months at both centers.

You much be offered classes so stability is a problem here compared to Korea.

I was expecting to be hired or get more responses from the major centers.

Advice for teachers here, network network network. Hit the streets meeting people and going into lesser known language centers.

Working part time means no work permit so I have to leave the country and reenter every 3 months.

As for other aspects of life. Cost of living is dirt cheap.

Meat + rice + small veggie = 1-2 dollars

Soup / Noodle dishes = 1-2dollars

Subway sandwhich = .50cent

Renting a room in a house or apartment will cost 200-300 dollars. And you can find ones that are serviced for that price as well. If 250-300 id recommend finding a new or refurbished place. If you want more space then you can rent larger places or studios for 400-600. I lived at 3 places and paid 1 months deposit for each place.

You can either buy a motorbike used for 200-500 dollars or buy a new one 1,000-2,000 dollars. Or you can rent a bike for 50 dollars a month. Will need photocopy of passport and a deposit. My deposit is 50 dollars.

Public transportation is fairly good and cheap. Only like 5,000 dong. Google maps and a few Bus apps you can download for bus route info.

For banking most banks require your passport and a work contract to open an account. If you want to send money home you will need proof of pay / salary. If not you can just use Western Union for a fee of like 10 bucks or something.

For phones, you can get a prepaid SIM from any of the big yellow phone stores. 5 dollars will last you 2-4 weeks of data.

My primary job gives each class a feedback form and grades the teachers. Then uses that for giving teachers more hours or new classes. I am not the funny type lax teacher so I don't imagine I will be getting high marks. So that has me a little stressed and planning for possible backup plans.

Overall, I really like Vietnam. Offers a good lifestyle if you can manage the heat and rain.

Only other complaint is the nightlife. Very limited and over priced. Went to a place called Play last week and the cheapest drink on the menu for 10 dollars.
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tellersquill



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info.

I was recently speaking to a friend out there who lives off 10hrs of work per week: she was saying that she was earning 800$ per month and she is now only living off $700 per month.

Its crazy how low costs can be if you are savvy
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SinaloaParcero



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tellersquill wrote:
Thanks for the info.

I was recently speaking to a friend out there who lives off 10hrs of work per week: she was saying that she was earning 800$ per month and she is now only living off $700 per month.

Its crazy how low costs can be if you are savvy


I could live comfortably off 700 a month. Not even being too savy.

Rent 300
Food 150
Fun 100
Misc 100

If I didn't care about the size of my room and was a homebody / didn't date, I could live off much lower, about 300-400 a month.
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tellersquill



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SinaloaParcero wrote:
tellersquill wrote:
Thanks for the info.

I was recently speaking to a friend out there who lives off 10hrs of work per week: she was saying that she was earning 800$ per month and she is now only living off $700 per month.

Its crazy how low costs can be if you are savvy


I could live comfortably off 700 a month. Not even being too savy.

Rent 300
Food 150
Fun 100
Misc 100

If I didn't care about the size of my room and was a homebody / didn't date, I could live off much lower, about 300-400 a month.


Wow, $500 was the lowest I heard of someone living off.

Renting a motorbike is sometimes a hidden cost as well
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SinaloaParcero



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tellersquill wrote:


Wow, $500 was the lowest I heard of someone living off.

Renting a motorbike is sometimes a hidden cost as well


Motorbike rent is in my Misc category.

Although honestly renting a motorbike is stupid if you are in Vietnam more than 3 months. Better to just buy one.

Vietnam can be dirt cheap if you want it.

150 for a clean cheap small room. (lived in one for 2 months)

100 dollars for food a month.

100 misc for a month

If someone didn't go out partying or many dates, can live off 300-350 easy.
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ExpatLuke



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess different people have different ideas of what "living" is. For me, I wouldn't consider staying in a tiny room and having no social life to be living. I think most people strive to live better than that.

But if most of your hobbies are centered around a computer and the internet, you could probably live happiply sitting in your room for most of yge day. Of course, that begs the question of why wouldnt you just go teach in KSA and make much, much more money?

I don't party at all anymore, but i do like to go out for a nice dinner with the wife each week. And I like to be able to afford to buy things when I like and travel on breaks. But tp each their own!
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SinaloaParcero



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ExpatLuke wrote:
I guess different people have different ideas of what "living" is. For me, I wouldn't consider staying in a tiny room and having no social life to be living. I think most people strive to live better than that.

But if most of your hobbies are centered around a computer and the internet, you could probably live happiply sitting in your room for most of yge day. Of course, that begs the question of why wouldnt you just go teach in KSA and make much, much more money?

I don't party at all anymore, but i do like to go out for a nice dinner with the wife each week. And I like to be able to afford to buy things when I like and travel on breaks. But tp each their own!


Sure everyone has different needs and wants.

Personally, I need an average size room and like to date a lot ie coffee, movies, bars, clubs, beach trips etc.

So for me I need to be in the 700-800 dollar range. However, if I was a homebody and just stayed on my computer or video games I could live for much less.

As for KSA vs Vietnam.

Pretty sure if is a little bit more difficult to get a job in KSA compared to Vietnam. Just my guess. Not even mentioning the difference in food.

Living at the end of the day is just being happy and satisfied in your life. Which can vary greatly.

People tend to think their idea of living is better than others.

Which is a bit foolhardy imo.
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LarssonCrew



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

22 hours a month at 18-19$ is like $400.

If I were you I'd be worried. Although having looked around at various sites it does seem there is plenty of work going.

A problem does seem to be though that most places will give you say 5 hours a week, so you need to tie 4 or 5 of those together to get anything together.

Cost of Living seems super cheap, less than $400 is an unreal amount to be paying to live.
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