Start Teaching English in Vietnam Through Our In-Person Training In Ho Chi Minh City With Placement in a Paid Teaching English Job


In-Person Training in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Take our 4 weeks in-person classroom training course at our onsite location in Vietnam. Our training equips you with the skills, confidence and practical experience needed to become an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher in Vietnam and countries across the globe.

150 Hour Classroom TEFL Certification

With over 150 hours of total study, 4 weeks of classroom training and 6 hours of practical teaching of real students our certification meets standards set by the British Council. 

This means it stands out from online or combined TEFL certificates and puts it in the category of other well known teaching certifications such as the Cambrdige CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL while offering a modern syllabus designed to help you become a confident and skillful first time teacher or professionally develop in the field.

Whether you're new to teaching or have even taken a TEFL course before, we offer the highest quality training available in Vietnam, and have a great reputation and partnerships with the top schools in Vietnam, to help you secure the best teaching positions throughout the country (and the rest of the world!)

Already have a certification? Click "get a price" to learn about our discounted rate for certified and / or experienced teachers.

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Issued In Conjunction With The American Global TESOL Association

We're partnered with the American Global TESOL Association based in Wyoming, USA to ensure our certificate is accepted in top teaching destinations around the world such as Vietnam, China, Korea, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, UAE and more.

Get Practical Teaching Experience With Vietnamese Learners

Why Is It Essential To Get Practical Experience And Become An Effective Teacher To Get Hired?

Schools require you to be in the country and teach a "demo class" before they hire you - you have to actually teach a class in front of employers to demonstrate you can teach well for them to consider hiring you. 

Actually Teach & Observe Classes With Real Students

We'll send you to our partner English schools so you can teach real classes, with real Vietnamese learners in a wide range groups including young learners to adult.

Observations: 6 hours observing experienced ESL teachers conducting lessons with Vietnamese students of varying ages and levels in real schools in Vietnam.

Peer Teaching: 2 full days of peer teaching where you teach a lesson in front of your classmates, observe each other and get feedback and assessment on your teaching from your trainer.

Solo Teaching: 6 teaching hours taught by you to real Vietnamese learners in real schools. You will receive feedback on your teaching so that you can improve your teaching throughout the training.

Guaranteed Job Placement

We have a 100% track record of placing our Vietnam Program attendees in a job.

After graduation we send out your resume to schools in our network and work with you until you've secured employment with a reputable school in Vietnam. You can choose to stay in Ho Chi Minh City or take a job in a different city.

Our guarantee is made possible by our quality training, positive reputation among employers and active network of schools.

Paid Teaching English Job in Vietnam

Job Placement Process

We’ll conduct a CV workshop to ensure your resume is ready to go, and during the first few days of Week 4, you’ll be greeted by some of Vietnam’s most-established employers at our school presentations while they provide you with more information on what positions they’re hiring for, what they offer, and what it’s like to work with them. This gives you the opportunity to get to know the market and see what you like and don’t like about various employers in Vietnam. 

After you complete the employer presentations, we’ll prepare you for the hiring process and conduct our 1-on-1 job coaching sessions - unique to the Ninja Teacher program! We’ll spend time chatting with you to determine what you’re looking for in a teaching position, and answer any questions that you might have as you prepare to go into the hiring process. 

The success of our job placement process is enabled by our system of using our connections with schools to secure you several interviews and job offers in a short space of time, so that you can pick the best one. Schools put pressure on you to sign a contract days after an interview and job offer, so it's important to schedule your interviews within 1 - 2 weeks so you don't lose out on offers because you spaced your interviews out too far apart.

Welcoming Evening. City Tour. Ongoing Events.

Join The Community. Make Lifelong Friends.

Connect with your classmates in our private Facebook group before leaving to Vietnam.

Then join our welcoming weekend, city tour and orientation.

We also host monthly meetups and other events for the community.

Accommodation Options

During The Course

We're based in center of the city which offers hundreds of nearby accommodation options. Once enrolled we'll suggest housing options near Ninja Teacher Academy. The cost of accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City is very affordable and there many short term housing options that you can choose from while completing your training and job placement, after which you'll typically find an apartment in an area you like and based on your job location. AirBnBs, rooms in sharehouses and studio apartments typically range from $200 - $500 per month.

Ho Chi Minh City is fast paced and exciting, combining modern city living with the culture and history of the region. With low living costs and plentiful job opportunities its the perfect place to start or continue your career as an ESL teacher. This is where the Ninja training takes place and our team is located. 

Visa Process & Requirements

  • A Bachelors degree in any subject is required by the Vietnamese government. The degree can be of any major as long as it is a full bachelors degree from an English speaking university / college. Don't have a degree? Consider taking the 4 week program through our Cambodia partner and working there.
  • Native English speaker with a passport from either the United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa. 
  • Be fit and healthy. Any preexisting physical or health conditions should be cleared with our enrollment manager.
  • Able to obtain a clean criminal background check from home country (some exceptions may apply.)

No bachelors degree? We offer the same 4 week program through our Cambodia partner - the only country in Asia where you can legally teach without a degree. Click "Get A Price" for more info.

Your Trainer

Claire Lee 

Head Trainer 

MA Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education

TEFL Certification​ in Teaching

TESOL Training of Trainers Course for EL Program Coordinators

Professional teaching license in the US

Claire is a qualified teacher in the US, has over 7 years of teaching, teaching ESL and teacher training experience.

Course Curriculum

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Program Schedule

Program Dates

Classes are limited to 15 trainees and spots are offered on a first come, first serve basis. Programs typically fill 2 - 3 months in advance.

2021 Program Dates

9th January - 5th February*

20th February - 19th March

20th March - 16th April

17th April - 16th May

15th May - 11th June

12th June - 9th July

10th July - 6th August

7th August - 3rd September

4th September - 1st October

2nd October - 29th October

30th October - 26th November

27th November - 24th December

* Please note that the January 2021 program date concludes at the start of the Lunar New Year (Tết) holiday. The job search process will be delayed during the ~2 week school closures that occur for the holiday season. This is great for trainees looking to have a holiday break between completing the course program and starting to teach.

Covid-19 Flexible Booking:

With Vietnam's fantastic response to Covid-19, schools have reopened, are running as usual and hiring new teachers.

However, Vietnam has not made an announcement yet regarding the reopening of the borders for foreign nationals (after putting temporary travel restrictions in place at the start of April).

Therefore we'll be offering flexible booking, allowing you to enroll in a program now and then switch to a later course date if travel restrictions prevent you from making your original date. We'll make decisions 6 weeks out before a class date starts about whether or not the course will run.

If you'd like us to keep you informed in regards to pertinent information about travel to Vietnam you may get in touch with us here.

What's Included?

4-Week In-Person TEFL / TESOL Training Course 

150 Hour TEFL / TESOL Certificate At Graduation

Access to Facilities at Ninja Teacher Academy 

6 Hours Teaching Vietnamese Students 

6 Hours Observing Experienced Teachers 

Shuttle To Practical Sessions At Schools 

2 Days Peer Teaching: Teach & Observe 

Online Portal With Added Content 

Placement in a Teaching Job in Vietnam 

Welcome Rooftop Meet Up & Drinks

Ongoing Events For The Community

Arrival Pack With Bag, T-Shirt & Stationery

City Tour Day - Cultural Sites Visits 

Orientation Day With Classmates 

Connect With Your Cohort of Ninja Teachers 

Pre-Arrival Support: Email, Skype, Phone 

Full Support In Vietnam: In-Person, Phone etc.

Vietnam Program Tuition

Full program tuition: $1450

Upgrade from our Online TEFL*: $1000

*this fee is calculated as the price of the Vietnam Program minus what you paid for our online TEFL so may vary.


Please fill out our quiz by clicking the button below and we will then be able to discuss details of the program with you, assess your suitability, answer your questions and send you details on how to reserve your spot.

A $500 deposit reserves your spot on a program date and the remainder is due before the first day of the program.

What Some Of Our Ninja Teachers Have To Say...

"I cannot recommend it more because it helped me with literally everything. It teaches you how to be a teacher really even if you've never done it before. All that nervous energy of being in the classroom with foreign students was just completely swept away after doing this course. I met some great friends and all the staff have been so helpful... If you want to be an EFL teacher in Vietnam I think Ninja Teacher is the best way to start! - Ruby, Australia

"I did the April TESOL program with Ninja Teacher and I graduated in May. I now have a job and really loving Vietnam! I would say Ninja Teacher was very helpful to me because it taught me all the bases I needed as an ESL teacher, as well as provided a community that was really helpful in starting out living my life here in Vietnam so if you're thinking about coming here definitely check it out!" - Anna, Canada

"Ninja Teacher was the way to go! I felt absolutely supported, loved and encouraged. - Anni, USA