The Finances of Teaching in Vietnam

  Teaching in Vietnam is an incredible experience. To live in one of the world’s most dynamic countries, in a wonderful mix of eastern tradition & economic growth provides an exciting lifestyle. But the magic doesn’t stop there!! There is also plenty of money to be made in teaching, regardless of your qualifications! This is the money side of teaching in Vietnam.   THE EARNINGS   Wages per month are obviously quite... Read More

How to get a Teaching Job in Vietnam

How to get a job? Vietnam is far different from most countries you may teach in! Getting a job here is all about the amount of effort you put into it. My boyfriend and I showed up with a stack of resumes and that was it! We went online and found a list of 25 schools in in Saigon, hired a motorbike taxi for the day ($5), and went from school to school handing out our resumes. We also emailed our resume to 15 schools and hoped for the best. Within a... Read More

Sports in Saigon

There’s no shortage of sports for foreigners in Saigon. For expats or long-term travellers, joining a sports team is a great way to meet new people & get out about on the town after the match! Here are some of the well-established local teams to contact if you want to get involved. There are links to their websites, giving more information on training & match times. There are also professional teams to go & watch in Saigon. So if... Read More

Exploring Vietnam’s Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels definitely tops the list of things for tourists to do when visiting Saigon. Brief History: A lot of the war was fought at the Cu Chi tunnels. It was one of South Vietnam’s last standing defenses against the North. Cu Chi is roughly 1.5 hours from Saigon city center, where the south army had their government. Viet Cong (people who lived in the South, but fought for the North) built the impressive network of tunnels over 20 years!... Read More

Saigon’s Nightlife: Our Top 10 Bars

Life as an expat in Saigon to put it simply… is awesome. People living here are so spoiled with the bars, restaurants, and clubs. Most people traveling here get stuck in the bright lights, cheap booze, and party scene at Pham Ngu Lao. Which is GREAT, we’ve spent plenty of nights drowning away in buckets in the backpacker’s district… but here’s a list of some other great bars around district 1 that are worth checking... Read More

Life in Saigon

Life in Saigon. Crazy. Off the wall. Zany. Confusing. Congested. Frantic. Dirty. Exciting. Video Courtesy of: Robert Whitworth I find myself laughing everyday at this place I’ve been calling home the last 12 months. Do I actually live here? I can’t believe it most days! Why? Why do I find myself in shock that I live in Vietnam’s largest, most populated, ‘liberal’ city? Saigon is like your crazy uncle or cousin. The one... Read More

Saigon’s Best Kept Secret

Ho Ba Kien is a sleepy little street in Saigon tucked away in District 10, far from all the tourists & fancy high-rise buildings of District 1. It also happens to be home, where our little 2nd floor apartment overlooks one of the best restaurants in Saigon! The line of motorbikes waiting to get in & park every night proves it. The place is always packed and keeps growing, the owner owns half of our little alleyway with all of the building... Read More

Teaching English in Vietnam vs. South Korea

/* PausePlayPlayPrev|Next My 3rd Grade Class in Vietnam, they're so much fun! 7th Grade Boys Class in Korea One of the craziest students I've ever taught! 6th Grade Korean Girls Class, they were great and not devil children! One question that comes up a lot from friends, family, & curious randoms– what’s the difference in teaching/living in Korea & Vietnam? Life here couldn’t be more opposite.... Read More

Saigon Cooking Class

The 2 A+ students with our Cooking Master What better way to acclimate yourself with a new culture than diving into its cuisine?! Vietnamese food is fresh, sweet, and full of flavor. Every meal is a treat and what’s even better, most meals here cost less than $2.oo! My neighbor from Korea (whom I love so much!) came to stay for a week, so we decided to try our luck in one of Saigon’s many cooking classes. We thought we might as well get... Read More

The Big Move to Saigon

According to our family and friends we have…  1. Lost Our Minds. 2. Acting a Fool. 3. Raising the Bar. ………. “Why Not?” Our wonderful year in Korea came to an end, our bank accounts were feeling our big trip through India and Nepal, and we had no choice but once again give into the whole working thing. And, Vietnam was our land of opportunity. I was all jitters on the plane ride over & kept going trying to reaffirm... Read More

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