An orientation week, a 120 hour accredited and certificated TESOL/TEFL training course that prepares you to teach English to speakers of other languages, a teaching job contract and continued job support.

Project location

Ho Chi Minh CIty. Teaching jobs can be anywhere in Vietnam (in safe areas) but most are placed in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.

Length of project

The orientation is 1 week. The course is 120 hours – typically over 3 weeks (although depending on school holidays, the 120 hours may be fit into less time). Job contracts are typically 4-12 months.

Group/individual basis

Individual, but you will be living and working with others.


Help and advice from our UK office throughout. Local support from our partners in Vietnam.


  • Pre-departure information covering medical and safety
  • Visa advice
  • Transfers from your arrival airport
  • 120 hour TEFL training course with over 15 hours teaching at a local school camp
  • 1 week cultural orientation – including lots of activities and excursions
  • Vietnamese lessons
  • Job support
  • Support organising your travel from the course to your school
  • Access to teaching resources
  • Comfortable, shared accommodation near the course

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Food
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Travel to the airport at home
  • Cost of travel to your school
  • Accommodation while teaching
  • Expenses while teaching
  • Police Check or DBS check


Comfortable apartment, close to the course and close to inexpensive local shops and restaurants. You will be sharing a room and bathroom with one other person.

Once teaching, the school will provide support to help you find local accommodation.

Travel arrangements

You will need to book a flexible return flight to Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) – Oyster can do this for flight cost plus £30 if you wish. You will be met at the airport.

Pre-departure briefing

You will receive thorough information on your My Oyster account covering project expectations, preparation, health and safety, responsible travel and arrival arrangements at least 4 weeks before departure.


Vaccinations may be required. We recommend that you visit your Doctor or Travel Nurse as soon as possible to discuss what you might need to have.
Please be aware that Oyster staff are not able to give advice on your medical background or the type of vaccinations that you might need.
You can get useful medical advice relating to your destination on the ‘Fit For Travel’ website –

You must inform Oyster of any pre-existing physical or mental health conditions. Oyster staff may ask for you to provide a letter from your Doctor before continuing with your booking.


You must take out a full travel insurance policy as soon as you can before departure. This must cover you for personal accident, medical, cancellation, emergency evacuation, lost luggage etc. We strongly recommend that you organise your travel insurance upon booking your place. We can introduce a policy with Global Travel Insurance to UK citizens, details of which can be found in your My Oyster, once you have completed your booking. If you are not eligible for this insurance, please read through it to have an idea of what you need to be covered for.

Any risk factors

In general, safety standards are lower in Vietnam compared to Europe or America.  Thai road safety standards are much lower than at home and we don’t recommend travel by scooter or motorcycle and certainly not without a helmet. We brief you on arrival to be aware and avoid risks.The risk from local crime is low, as the island does not have large resorts. However, participants should take the normal precautions when travelling to popular tourist areas on the mainland. There are occasional political demonstrations in Ho Chi Minh and other populated areas. In the unlikely event you get caught up in one take immediate steps to leave and don’t take photographs.  Oyster monitors Foreign Office advice closely and will inform you straight away of any key developments.


Participants will be able to travel independently during their time off, as long as they accept that they will be outside Oyster’s jurisdiction, make appropriate insurance provision and inform others. It is important to let staff know when you are due to return and keep them updated if your plans change.


This project could accommodate those with minor physical disabilities. Please discuss with destination manager before booking.

Financial Security

When you book with Oyster you can rest assured that your money will be protected and you will not be stranded abroad in the very unlikely event that our company becomes insolvent.  If your booking includes a flight arranged by us, your whole trip will be subject to ATOL protection.  If we have not booked your flight then your trip will be just as safe, since it will be insured through International Passenger Protection Ltd.