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PhoFiend77
4/25/2019 08:12 EST

Hi there.

I’m new to this forum, so this is my first post. Basically, any feedback from people in the know – in relation to the topic at hand - would be hugely appreciated. I do conduct my own research as much as possible online (and via guidebooks and the like), but there’s nothing quite like getting it straight from those in situ.

I was planning to be in Vietnam by now – with a view to being there for the foreseeable. The idea was to enter on a three month visa (as a UK citizen) and rent lodgings once over there, with Hoi An being my chosen destination. Obviously, visa runs/renewals would need to follow thereafter. I’ve been previously, but that was way back in 2002; subsequently, I’ve heard Vietnam has changed a hell of a lot since!

My work/money situation has delayed this however; being a freelance copywriter/editor, my working relationship with the person who was my main client came to a grinding halt due to his continual failure to pay me. I was hoping to pick up more work to make up that slack in the meantime and arrive in Vietnam with a nice financial cushion and plenty of existing freelance opportunities to allow me to hit the ground running.

That hasn’t really materialised though, so I’m now wondering whether to simply get over there and continue ploughing away online via the usual freelance platforms (as I’ve been doing) whilst simultaneously looking for supplementary incomes in Vietnam itself.

My main query is therefore; are there many employment opportunities for foreigners aside from teaching? As I’d be on a tourist visa, I’m assuming I couldn’t work legally, unless applying for a different visa in situ.

I might be clutching at straws, but I suppose I’m hoping that expat business owners might need fluent English speaking workers for casual work here and there. So, if anyone on here could shed some light – or indeed point me in the direction of any particular organisation to approach – I’d be very grateful.

I hope that didn’t sound too vague anyway!

Thanks for reading.

Jvdairlie
5/1/2019 07:55 EST

Hello

I hope I don't disappoint you too much but work for foreigners in Vietnam, other than teaching, is a a bit of a rarity. especially so in smaller places like Hoi An etc.

I came to VN (HCMC) from Australia about six years ago freshly retired and not really looking to work at all.

There is an enormous demand for English teachers here and by pure chance I got offered a teaching job about 4 years ago. I had never been a teacher but at the time I was a bit bored so I gave it a go. One teaching job led to another etc etc and I currently have more teaching work than I need including some private classes I do in my apartment. The combination of my Australian Pension and the income from teaching give me a lifestyle I could not afford as a retiree in Australia.

If you have white skin and you are a native English speaker - it is possible to get work as a teacher in HCMC if you really want it. Others who read this might disagree but I am living proof. There are a few tricks and tips you need to be aware of but it's possible.

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Jvdairlie
5/1/2019 07:55 EST

Hello

I hope I don't disappoint you too much but work for foreigners in Vietnam, other than teaching, is a a bit of a rarity. especially so in smaller places like Hoi An etc.

I came to VN (HCMC) from Australia about six years ago freshly retired and not really looking to work at all.

There is an enormous demand for English teachers here and by pure chance I got offered a teaching job about 4 years ago. I had never been a teacher but at the time I was a bit bored so I gave it a go. One teaching job led to another etc etc and I currently have more teaching work than I need including some private classes I do in my apartment. The combination of my Australian Pension and the income from teaching give me a lifestyle I could not afford as a retiree in Australia.

If you have white skin and you are a native English speaker - it is possible to get work as a teacher in HCMC if you really want it. Others who read this might disagree but I am living proof. There are a few tricks and tips you need to be aware of but it's possible.

PhoFiend77
5/1/2019 08:12 EST

Hi Jvdairlie.

Many thanks for taking the time to reply. It’s much appreciated.

I did suspect that teaching might be the only mainstay for foreigners. I taught English a few years ago in South Korea; although it was an interesting and valuable experience, I just never really took to it. Still, needs must, so I shouldn’t rule it out in future.

I still plan to get to Vietnam, but just wanted to check the lay of the land beforehand.

Again, thanks for the info.

Kind regards

CRlover
5/5/2019 14:11 EST

Im white skinned and a native English teacher from the states.Can I get a teaching job just with those basic visas you get upon landing at the airport and about how much can I earn without a college degree, I finished H S of course and consider myself average to slightly above (on a good day) intelligence/articulate.

swebb
5/24/2019 19:41 EST

Hi, I'd be interested in talking with you at more length about work in HCMC. I worked there for 2 it's with RMIT university & would really like to go back, teaching English.
If you have time could you email me for a conversation?

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