Volunteer English Teaching in a College in Vietnam
Teaching with a twist! Help students your own age with your advanced English skills, in a two-way learning process that will allow for great cultural exchange!
Teach English! Native and advanced level speakers will help students improve vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation and fine tune their overall knowledge of English. You will assist your peers – mostly nursing and business students, 19-25 years old, in a mutually beneficial, two-way learning process and cultural exchange.
Volunteers will be playing the role of a mentor inside the Bach Viet College (Nursing and Business Administration being the main majors of this school).This is often in the form of re-enactments, real-life scenes and communication. Your advanced level English or Native Speaker level will be just what your peers need to move their language skills forward.
Each class runs a total of 2 hours and will be led by a head participant mentor (everyone will get a chance to lead the lesson). During each session, the lead mentor will spend 30 minutes at the beginning of every class reviewing old lessons and previewing the lesson of the day. Thereafter, students will be divided into small groups, whereby each participant will mentor 1 group.
In order for this to be successful, you will be required to prepare a teaching plan using the teaching manual provided in collaboration with other participants.
You will regularly attend the classes and have maximum interaction with the students throughout the day. You will be able to spend your free time during the evenings and weekends with the friends you make throughout your stay.
The students here are always keen to improve their English, and they welcome foreigners into their culture and are eager to show you their way of life!
Aims & Objectives
- Offer education in the tourism and leisure industry for Vietnamese students
- Make new friends and contacts in Vietnam
- Experience peer-to-peer English language learning and cultural exchange
Please Note: Projects start on a Monday, however you should arrive over the weekend on either Saturday or Sunday.
An introduction meeting will take place in the morning. During this time, you will be shown around the tourist college and introduced to the staff. After lunch, there follows a discussion to decide how much of an input you will have in teaching English. The options range from assisting the teacher to leading a class. You’ll also have a chance to get to know the classroom environment and find your way around.
Tuesday to Friday
Your teaching role will commence on Tuesday and continue throughout the week. A detailed schedule of your activities will be given to you at the project.
Evenings: Volunteers are free to sightsee around the local area, do some shopping, and/or plan for the next day.
Weekends – Weekends are free. You are welcome to relax and hang out at the volunteer accommodation with other volunteers or you can use this time to travel and explore Vietnam with your new friends.
***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***
Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon, is located in the southeastern region of Vietnam and is the country’s largest city. During your stay, you will be living in a dorm on college campus right in the centre of the city.
The accommodation is located on a campus in a college dorm. As such, it follows certain campus rules such as a night curfew.
We also have a room reserved as an “office”, where you can go to if you want some peace and quiet. We have books and magazines available here for you to borrow.
- Persons per room 4-6
- Wifi in public areas
- Safety box
- Lockable rooms
- Hot showers
- Private bathroom
- Air conditioning
There is a nice local café next to our dorm. A beautiful and peaceful place where you can enjoy fresh juices, snacks and lots more treats.
Please be aware that this accommodation has a 23:30 curfew
Basic Vietnamese meals are provided on campus. Food include some western dishes such as sandwiches, spaghetti and bread.
On weekends brunch instead of breakfast and lunch
There are many taxis around our campus. You can easily catch one from the main road to reach your destination of choice in Ho Chi Minh.
There are several ATMs in the area where we stay. The nearest one is about 10 minutes walking distance from our campus.
All necessary amenities can be found in the city, remember we are located in the country’s capital after all!
Sights & Surroundings
Here are some interesting places to visit in your free time/weekends!
As a large city, Ho Chi Minh has a lot to offer from shops to Vietnamese water puppet shows. Here are a few suggestions:
Bui Vien Street is the main street, it is called ‘backpackers area’ of Ho Chi Minh City. There are a wide variety of inexpensive restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and hotels/hostels. You can shop, dine and party on Bui Vien Street.
Landmark 81 is the tallest building in Vietnam, Southeast Asia. As of July, 2018 and the 14th is the tallest building in the world.
There is an observation deck, Saigon Skydeck, open to the public daily and offering 360 degree panoramic views of Ho Chi Minh City. From floors 50 to 52, there are further F&B and entertainment offerings, including a fine dining restaurant and bar/nightclub.
Suoi Tien Amusement Park
Suối Tiên Amusement Park is an amusement park in District 9, Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam. The park includes several entertainment areas. The landscaping and attractions in the park illustrate Vietnam’s history and legends.
Trip Country Info
Population: Approx.92 million
Currency: Vietnamese dong (VND)
Time zone: UTC +7
Vietnam is currently the world’s 13th most populous country and occupies 331,211 square kilometers. Today, although scarred by its past, Vietnam is a fast-growing economy helped by tourism that its interesting history and beautiful sights draw in.
One frequent thing to hear is that it has not yet been subjected to the western influence that Thailand and, to an extent, Cambodia have been. The Vietnamese still tend to prefer their traditional cuisine to the fast food chains that seem to be taking over the world.
Aside from the beautiful countryside of the north, rice fields and beaches, Vietnam is a country that is very much on the move. Roads are being upgraded, new hotels are opening everywhere and its cities are fastly developing.
If you are planning to work & travel in Vietnam there are a number of fulfilling opportunities available from volunteering with children to Hospital Out reach projects. As an experienced gap year travel company we have helped many people enjoy the delights of Vietnam during their gap year so if you are looking for an adventure in South East Asia you should add Vietnam to your shortlist. Few countries in the world can offer such a diverse range of culture, history, natural wonders and excitement.
Vietnam offers ravishing coastlines, emerald-green mountains and dynamic cities. The breathtaking National Parks continue to yield new species and are teaming with exotic wildlife. With outstanding cultural interest and one of the world’s best cuisines, Vietnam has it all. If you are looking for a Volunteer experience in Vietnam have a look at our latest experiences below.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
|Under 18, Parental Consent is Required|
|DBS, Police Background Check|
|You are more than welcome to bring teaching materials|
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance