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 one 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 program once they’ve settled back into their American lives. The ties our teachers develop with their students are mutually enriching — whether it’s standing in front of the classroom, playing soccer with them, cooking dinner on weekends, or having coffee together after school. It’s no wonder many of our teachers feel as though they become the students, while their students become their friends.

After their year abroad, our teachers often find other jobs in Southeast Asia, study Vietnamese, or start careers in teaching back in the States. Teaching 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 improving the teaching of English at the university level in Vietnam. Each fall we send 4-6 teachers, certified in TESL, to several universities in the Mekong Delta, where they offer classes in oral communication, pronunciation, American culture, and literature. For most students, our teachers are the first native English speakers they have ever encountered, and so they quickly 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 today’s most dynamic, youth-driven societies, observing the contrasts between respect for 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

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...

Hello! Xin Chào! Здравствуйте! from Nha Trang!

My plane ticket lolol I’m sitting on the bus back to the city I’m teaching in.  It’s 10:20 in the morning. I’ve been up since 3:15. I’m exhausted and trying to reflect on this past weekend, though I can’t get past the...

hi friends!

I can’t believe it’s already been 5 weeks since I arrived. So much wonderful stuff has happened! Lots of amazing interactions and conversations…

Chào bạn from Vietnam!

Wonderful. Challenging. HOT. Eye-opening. Thought-provoking. HUMID. Exhausting. Emotional. HOT. So many ways to describe the first two weeks here in Vietnam. My first weekend was sort of a blur and I can’t believe it’s...

Taylor and her Students

This is Taylor Caldwell's first week of classes in the new (spring) semester at Can Tho University.  Her mom took these pictures during visit....

Globe Trotting Updates

It has been a while since my last blog post, but I plan to make it up to y’all with a long and juicy post about my recent globe trotting shenanigans. Like most American Universities, Vietnamese students at CTU get a...

MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 362,  Salisbury CT 06068
EMAIL: info@teachersforvietnam.org
PHONE: 860.480.5041

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. Nick

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. Samantha

American Diabetes Association, 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. Christina

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