Welcome to Teachers for Vietnam!


Welcome to Teachers for Vietnam (TfV)!  You’ve taken the first step on what will be a truly life-changing experience.  Teaching English at a university in Vietnam will introduce you to a people and place you can scarcely imagine now, but which will stay with you forever. How do we know? Ten years of sending teachers to Vietnam, many of whom return for a second or third year, or continue to support our organization once they’ve settled back into their American lives. The impact our teachers have on their students is truly amazing. Whether standing in front of the classroom, playing on their soccer team, cooking dinner, or having coffee with them afterschool, it’s no wonder many of our teachers feel as though their students become their friends, and they become the students.’

After their year abroad, our teachers often remain to work in Southeast Asia, study Vietnamese, or start careers in teaching when they return home.  Teaching abroad in Vietnam has helped them to find out who they are and what really matters to them.

Who are we? TfV is a small, not-for-profit organization dedicated to building bridges between cultures and promoting teaching English at a university level in Vietnam. Each fall we send four-six teachers, certified in TESL, to several universities throughout the country, where they offer classes in oral communication, pronunciation, American culture, or literature. For most students, our teachers are the first native English speakers they have ever encountered, and they become role models for using English and introducing Western ways – music, sports, and other cultural aspects. While teaching students is the main focus of their job, our teachers find that living and working in Vietnam has many other richly rewarding aspects; experiencing one of the most dynamic, youth-driven countries in today’s world, observing the contrasts between centuries-old traditions and infatuation with the latest pop craze, and getting to know the friendly, endearing Vietnamese people in a way no tourist can. One year teaching abroad in Vietnam might just be the experience you are looking for the chance to make a big difference in others’ lives while shaping your own.

Introductory Video

Our Latest Blog Posts

TfV Board Member Helps with Ken Burns’ Vietnam Documentary

The PBS documentary The Vietnam War by renowned film maker Ken Burns and Lynn Novick is a remarkable multi-part film. James Lapp, a Teachers for Vietnam board member, taught co-director Lynn Novick Vietnamese so that...

Happy 1 Month!!

In some ways, it’s hard to believe that it’s already been a month.

But most days, I feel like it’s been a year. Not because time is moving slowly, but because the United States feels so distant, and because Can Tho has become home so quickly.

365(ish) Days in SE Asia – August 27, 2017

By Maddie Oaks Yesterday was a dream. It really all began after a few bánh mìs and cà phê sữa đás (coffee with sweetened condensed milk) and the realization that both of us were pretty over feeling isolated in this new...

365(ish) Days in SE Asia – August 25, 2017

By Maddie Oaks Wow the last five days have been a whirlwind! I am happy to report that Julia and I have made it safely to our home in Can Tho with all of our belongings, minus a pair of my sun glasses…whoops. Our trip...

Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.

I’m back on the bus headed home. It’s funny how after a few months my vocabulary around my living situation has changed. I quite like it, really- I live in Vietnam. Writing that out and saying that to people feels so...

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EMAIL: info@teachersforvietnam.org
PHONE: 860.480.5041

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Dedicated to building bridges between the peoples of Vietnam & the USA through higher education.

I worked as a teacher at Can Tho University in 2010 and it was one of the most challenging and formative experiences of my life. Anyone looking for a truly unique experience abroad would be wise to consider a position with TFV.


College of Physicans and Surgeons, Columbia University

Teaching in Vietnam has been one of the best decisions I’ve made, and I’m so glad I chose TfV. Having the opportunity to teach, live amongst the locals, and travel throughout Southeast Asia was absolutely life changing.


Ronald McDonald House Charities, Portland OR

Teaching English to my students was one of the best parts of my trip. They were respectful, eager and always made me laugh. Additionally, I learned how to be more of a leader and step outside my comfort zone.


Online Marketing Specialist, Denver