Our school is close to five years old now and has both, foreign and Vietnamese, teachers. Trung Tâm Ngoại Ngữ Toàn Cầu, or the "Global English Centre", was founded by the current principal Mrs. Thao to provide the citizens of Quang Ngai and the vicinity with the same opportunity that she has had: to study abroad (Mrs. Thao was the person from Quang Ngai ever who studied abroad on a scholarship).
Currently, we have about 1,100 students aged between 5 and 18, plus a few adults. Every class has three or four 90-minute lessons per week, depending on the age of the students: Young students have two classes with a foreign teacher and two with a Vietnamese teacher, who teaches grammar, using the textbook the students use in school. Starting in 10th grade, students have three classes per week with a foreign teacher. Depending on need, students also get additional, often individual help from our teachers and staff. The classes are small to medium-sized at about 10-15 students. For grades 1 and 2, the foreign teachers get a Vietnamese assistant who speaks some English. A few months back, we started offering preschool classes.
Our 16 foreign teachers are between 22 and 65 years old. Currently, we have six teachers/interns from the Philippines, four from Germany, two from the U.S., two from New Zealand and one from each, the U.K. and South Africa. One year ago, we moved to our new school building, which is one of the spiffiest in south central Vietnam.
We are looking for proficient speakers from all over the world, but we especially welcome applications from natives of the U.K., since we are using various Cambridge tests as yardsticks (Starters, Movers, Flyers, etc.), and most of our 9th-to-11th-graders aim at taking the IELTS test. However, all nationalities and qualified non-native speakers with appropriate training and excellent oral language skills will certainly be considered.
You need at least a Bachelor’s degree to legally work as a teacher in Vietnam. Needless to say, a higher degree in the field (TESOL, Linguistics, ECE or Special Education) would be an asset. We offer a supportive working environment in which you are encouraged to be creative. Our work hours are different from ordinary schools, though; we operate mostly from 15:30 to 20:40 (Mon to Fri) and 8-11:00 and 14-20:40 on weekends. You’ll be required to teach 20 90-minute classes distributed over six days per week. Your day off will likely be during the week, not on weekends. Superminds, Phonics, and the Boost and Skills series form the backbone of our curriculum.
Our ideal candidate is a native speaker who has a college degree in a relevant field (English Language Teaching, ECE, etc.) and a TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certificate, plus some experience, but we also consider inexperienced applicants from outside the field who are confident that they would like to try teaching English.
Our starting salary is US$ 1,100 per month (after taxes) for experienced applicants with a Master’s degree (native speakers) and US$ 850 for inexperienced candidates holding a Bachelor’s degree obtained in a program where the language of instruction was English. The pay may not seem much, but keep in mind that you won’t have to pay rent, that you only need about 120 to 160 dollars per month to live well here in Quang Ngai, and that a thousand bucks per month puts you well within the upper ten percent income bracket in Vietnam (the average VN wage earner walks home with something between USD 80 and 140 per month).
Applicants should have proof in hand that attests their ability to teach English as a foreign language. If you start working here without a TESOL/TEFL certificate, the local authorities will require you to finish an online course during the first six months of your stay. Contracts are typically for one year and renewable provided satisfactory performance. Should you decide to stay with us for another year, your salary may increase by 5, 10 or even 20 per cent.
As I have briefly mentioned, work compensation also includes accommodation (but not utilities). We completed our teachers’ residence in Jan 2016; it is actually one wing of the u-shaped school. In other words, you’d live at the school but since classes typically don’t start until 15:30 it is rather quiet during the mornings on which you don't have to work.
Here's what the position demands in a nutshell:
- Teaching the required hours,
- Managing the classroom so that is is conducive to learning,
- A kind, professional demeanor (which needs to extend into town),
- Taking part in meetings (there will be only a few), and
- Developing curriculum and exercises conducive to students' success.
Skills and attitudes needed:
- Ability and interest to teach English to students aged between 5 and 16,
- Flexibility and ability to improvise,
- Sensitivity to students' needs,
- Dedication to students' success,
- Patience and a sense of humor, and
- a tad idealism.
To apply please submit:
1) a concise letter of motivation in an email (3 paragraphs) that addresses how your specific experiences, qualifications, and interests fit our needs. Please state your motivation to work for us and why you like the idea of coming to Quang Ngai—in other words, please submit a letter that indicates that you have read the job ad. Both, emails with nothing else but a CV attached and generic applications will be ignored.
2) A one-page CV/resume that concisely lists relevant qualifications and experiences (attached to the same email),
3) an electronic copy of your degree(s) and TESOL certificate.
4) One reference (name, position, phone number) who we could contact.
Please submit to ToanCauHiring@gmail.com
Please include a phone number/Skype ID and tell us where you reside at the moment. Ideally, include a link to a video of you teaching (we know/understand it's not possible everywhere to record yourself at work). If you have committed somewhere else until sometime in the near future, please don’t hesitate to apply. We pretty much hire year ‘round.
Some additional notes (compiled after some hiring experience):
- Quang Ngai is not a place for people who are addicted to fun; you need to be able to amuse yourself. Your colleagues are nice, fun-loving people, however. We party and go on trips together. If you like the idea of living in the ‘real Vietnam’ (and not in some expats enclave where the same topics and petty complaints about VN are being rehashed daily), Quang Ngai is the place to be. If you can’t live without Western food, on the other hand, look elsewhere. In other words, make sure that you’re willing to come to Quang Ngai (and look up where it is before you apply: we've had candidates who, after a lengthy email/interview process, realized that they didn't want to live in QN).
- Proficient non-native speakers may apply, but keep in mind that we already have ten non-native speakers out of 16 teachers. In other words, you need to have excellent qualifications and must build a convincing case (in addition, you should submit a speaking sample).
- We can't hire couples with children; there is no international school here.
- Please don’t apply if you “love Hoi An”. Hoi An is 100 km away, hard to get to, and Quang Ngai is pretty much the antithesis of Hoi An. QN is a somewhat quaint provincial town of 125,000 people that pretty much closes down after 22:00. There are no Pizzerias or Western style bars here (but scads of nice coffee shops, decent street food, and one nightclub). There are also small places on the street where you can hang out and drink beer after 10 pm.
- We are looking for people who want and who are able to teach Vietnamese children. Don’t just tout your advertising skills or your Business English teaching experience that you garnered when you taught CEOs at some large company. Please match your experiences to our needs.
Here's the test: Imagine yourself in provincial Vietnam, teaching 30 hours six days a week, often in the evening until 8:40p.m. You might have to teach 5 classes each on Sat and Sunday (and the rest late afternoons and evenings). If you think this is not for you, don’t apply. If you can see yourself doing that, however, you will be rewarded with working at a brand-new, well-equipped school, housing, a proper contract, a prospect for the future, more money that you can possibly spend in Quang Ngai, a bunch of fun colleagues, the chance to sleep in on five days a week, hot/warm weather year ‘round, several beaches 30 minutes away, a bucolic countryside, decent food, and an appreciation rivaling that of rock stars.