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I've been living in Hanoi, Vietnam and teaching english for the past 8 months. Jobs are plentiful, the money is fantastic and the chicks are bangin'. There are hundreds of english schools over here. A handful are of a high quality. They pay the best, but they're pretty picky about who they hire. There's a handful at the bottom end who are dodgy as all hell and should be avoided, but the bulk are well run, friendly outfits. There's so much work that there's no need to hook up a job before you get here. For a while, I was only working 15 hours a week, starting at 5.30 pm and banking about $1000US a month. Realistically, you can live off half that. If you work a real 40 hour week, you'll be making serious bank.

A TEFL/TESOL cert helps to get work, having a degree of any kind is better, but having experience wins. Realistically, most schools don't care what qualifications you actually have, they just want you to put good stuff on your CV so they can tell the students that you're super qualified. If they ask for proof of qualifications you don't have, just tell them you don't have it with you and put it off until they give you up or you quit and find another job. Works for me.

 

If anyone's thinking about coming here, check out The New Hanoian

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Parklife, What's your visa situation like?

 

I recently did an interview with one of the larger companies out of Japan. 50+ people showed up to interview and the entire thing was not very well organized. Didn't get a call back but also don't think I would be a fit with the culture of that company. The search continues.

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So late on this thread....

 

 

I'm about to graduate with a BA in education and minor in english. I've considered the JET program in Japan and some other Czech Republic, but will probably just go back to grad school and teach in the states.

 

That's my story.

 

 

If I were you, I'd go overseas. It's just not in my cards right now.

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they provide housing but it's real shitty and miles away from anywhere you'd want to be.

 

also be realistic, unless you're doing overtime every weekend you won't be saving much money. it's more of a holiday than anything else despite what any recruiter tells you.

 

The housing they give you in Korea is not bad at all and usually only about a mile from your school at most. It is also easy as shit to live well and save a LOAD of money while working in Korea without working overtime. Whoever gave you this info is horrible misinformed. I know dudes who have saved half their salary a month or paid off their entire student loans in a year and still raged and had a blast every chance they got.

 

thanks doc, and i totally agree with you - this isn't something you'd do to make/save money, it's more the fact that you get to live and work overseas.

 

He doesn't teach there. You can save an assload of money.

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Parklife, What's your visa situation like?

 

I recently did an interview with one of the larger companies out of Japan. 50+ people showed up to interview and the entire thing was not very well organized. Didn't get a call back but also don't think I would be a fit with the culture of that company. The search continues.

 

 

I'm on a 3 month business visa, seems endlessly renewable. They've tightened visa control recently, I used to be on a 6 month visa. Price has gone up too, it's now about $120US for 3 months.

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my plan is to go to hongkong, china, or japan. live in a dodgey shitty part of town. make decent cash and then dj at night clubs on the side just for kicks. i would prefer to go to hongkong but from researching on the internet i have learned that minimum is a degree and a tseol ( or what ever its called) certificate. i don't have either but i could get a dilpoma in music production easy by the of 2011 and to do a tseol course no problems but i also wouldn't mind jetting off now/ soon as possible.

 

Does any one know if dipolma and degrees are seen as the same thing when applying for these jobs? should i go to china instead and work there for a while then transfer to hongkong after gaining experience. or should i go to japan and rock out on that freaky shit

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well they might be able to learn "hello" or "good bye" but good luck teching an entire new language to a person who grew up speaking savage and eating with two sticks.

 

if these people couldnt figure out that a wheel rolls better as a circle rather than square theres definatly cat in the wontons.

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Side jobs when you are on a work visa are also frowned upon and could get your ass deported if you aren't careful about it.

Some companies will not tolerate side jobs. You work exclusively for them or you are terminated. Not to say you could not get away with it...just might not be worth the risk.

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Yeah, you are right. It's beyond the realm of possibility that anyone on earth could ever speak more than one language. Ever.

 

 

 

its just to difficult. and even if you are able to convert the chances of thinking in english and then blurting out normal words in with foreign ones would be huge.

 

i say stick to one and learn it as best as you can so you dont sound like an idiot when your ording take out and other shit.

 

i hate it when people like chefs try and pronounce single words like the natives from whatever country do. like, speak english. you are english. if its spelled one way but pronounced another, just read it how it sounds/spells.

 

there is no format to writing/typing with an accent, so why bother, do cats speak kangaroo? didnt think so.

 

i rest my case.

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Bumping this old thread.

 

Any of u guys still teaching overseas?

 

My little brother has been in Vietnam for the past year making 18/hr teaching english and he's been bugging me about going out there to live it up with him.

 

Unlike him, I dont have a bachelors, so I wouldnt make as much, but he knows cats that just do private lessons and make decent money, or copped fake degrees in bangkok so they could get a work visa and work for a well paying company.

 

Hollar

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