The most common question we hear from people who are interested in teaching English abroad is simple. How much money will I ACTUALLY make? It’s not that everyone is looking to get rich, but we all have bills to pay of course, and you need to make sure that teaching abroad is going to make sense financially.
We received a very thorough email recently from a teacher in Vietnam, with some first hand insight into the job market in Southeast Asia. She speaks to the strength of the LanguageCorps community in the region, the advantage of our TESOL certification programs, and how much she LOVES living in Vietnam! Even with a hefty monthly student loan payment, this teacher is able to comfortably cover her expenses on her teaching salary, and it sounds like she’s having quite the adventure! LanguageCorps has helped many teachers to differ their student loans while teaching English abroad, but it’s interesting to hear from someone who is taking a different route and making it work.
It sounds like we’re bragging, but we’re not trying to! This was an unsolicited email from a real teacher, and we thought it provided some useful info about the realities of living and working in Southeast Asia. Check it out below, and if you’re thinking about teaching English abroad, don’t hesitate to contact LanguageCorps!
Thanks so much for your email! I can’t emphasize how much I love it here in Vietnam. I previously had the impression that Vietnamese locals are not very nice and that living costs are high. All this is very untrue and I’m happy that I made the choice to come out here. I’m pretty sure that everyone is very jealous of how amazing Vietnam is!
I forgot to mention how amazing the LanguageCorps network in Vietnam is. Everyone is willing to help each other out instead of seeing each other as competitors for a job, which I admire. A fellow LanguageCorps participant, Holly, went out of her way to give me a glowing recommendation to the recruiters at one of the schools I was hired at. Many fellow participants also continuously encouraged me to keep pushing my application at the school and that’s how I got hired there.
In terms of the job market, I’m very certain that it’s still strong. Both (hiring schools) love LanguageCorps participants because we are the most prepared on every level. The HR managers are both schools commented on how qualified we are over other job applicants. Can you believe that we actually “beat out” other candidates who have extensive teaching experiences? Now that’s how great LC is! I just signed a contract to teach at (hiring school) for $18 an hour. I will be getting my materials and schedule today so I’m not sure how many hours I’ll get but it’s definitely enough. I heard from others that I start out with 6-10 hours and build up to 25. I pay $360 for rent and I’d say that everything else like food, cell phone and other necessities add up to $200. I also have a hefty student loan monthly payment of $435. Even with this, I’d say that I could still live pretty comfortably since everything is so cheap and my school pays so well. I know a lot of people are concerned about student loans when they lay out an option of teaching abroad. However, it is very much doable here.
Again, thanks so much for everything! I’m happy to report all these good news to you!