Ho Chi Minh City - TEFL Course
Vietnam offers an opportunity to see a country of traditional charm and rare beauty rapidly opening up to the outside world. This thriving nation possesses one of the world's fastest-growing economies, yet it is home to some of Asia's most beautiful scenery. Divine beaches dot the coast, while inland the soaring mountains are often cloaked by dense, misty forests. Mirroring the country as a whole, the Vietnamese people are hard working and industrious, and at the same time strikingly friendly and optimistic.
Ho Chi Minh City is the heart and soul of Vietnam. It's a bustling, dynamic and industrious centre, the largest city in the country, the economic capital, and the cultural trendsetter. Yet within the teeming metropolis are the timeless traditions and beauty of an ancient culture. This is a city that churns, ferments, bubbles and fumes. The streets, where much of the city's life takes place, are a jumble of markets, shops, pavement cafes, stands-on-wheels and vendors selling wares spread out on sidewalks. It's impossible not to be infected by its exhilarating vibe: its vibrant, wildly energetic combination of native heritage, French cultural influence, and Western capitalism. Still referred to as "Saigon" today, HCM City is the hub of financial activity and is the largest and most developed city in Vietnam. There you will witness a mix of the old and new where modern skyscrapers are juxtaposed with fading colonial buildings, Chinese-style pagodas, and historical landmarks such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post Office and the Reunification Hall.
The Via Lingua Center in Ho Chi Minh City is both a Teacher Training center and dynamic English school in the Go Vap District of the city. Go Vap District is a typical suburb of Ho Chi Minh City, located immediately north of Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Landmarks close to the training center include Mercedes Benz (Vietnam), Isuzu (Vietnam), the Pandora Shopping Mall, Quang Trung Software Park (the largest information technology hub in Vietnam) and the internationally renowned Go Vap Orphanage. While studying for your TEFL Certification, you will enjoy socializing with the global classroom we offer and then experiencing everyday life as you mix with local residents. Your learning experience will allow you to immerse yourself in the back streets and alleyways of the Go Vap District.
In downtown Ho Chi Minh City you will find popular tourist sites like Ben Thanh Market, Reunification Palace, the War Museum, the Saigon Basilica and an array of expat bars, but the Go Vap District has what Vietnam is best known for – local people. As you reflect on your time completing the TEFL course, almost certainly the friendliness of local people will immediately come to mind. In addition to affording the opportunity to experience ‘the real Vietnam’ while you are completing the course, the Go Vap District has one of the best night markets in Ho Chi Minh City, a multitude of restaurants and all the services you would ordinarily find in a suburb of a major city. Banks, postal services, medical clinics, movie theatres, a bowling alley and more outdoor coffee shops than you will have time to visit are all close by.
As globalization and financial growth expand opportunities and education within the country, English language instruction is becoming a valuable and demanded asset. Certified TEFL teachers in Vietnam receive a very good salary, and thanks to an extremely low cost of living, you can live very comfortably and perhaps even save money. Teaching jobs are readily available in Vietnam's largest metropolis Ho Chi Minh City, the eastern sea port city of Da Nang, and the cultural capital, Hanoi. In addition, TEFL positions can often be found in smaller cities and towns throughout the country.