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.

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

Introductory Video


Our Latest Blog Posts


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 month off between semesters in December. Naturally, I took full advantage of this opportunity. Follow me as a recount my […]

Banh Mi: One of my favorite foods in Vietnam! Banh Mi essentially means sandwich and there are a lot of different kinds you can get. This particular restaurant brings you fresh eggs and beefsteak on a skillet along with a plate of lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers and you build your own sandwich! Yummmm.


My least favorite thing about Vietnam: The mosquitos My favorite thing (or rather, ONE of the many favorite things: Food        


Vung Tau

This past weekend I embarked on my first trip outside of Can Tho. We rolled out of the city at 3 am with a solid crew of 7: two vietnamese friends, 4 PiA fellows, and myself. We thought it would be totally awesome to road trip on our motorbikes and we optimistically expected to arrive in Ho Chi Minh City at […]


Sunday Funday!

Let me start by saying that weekends aren’t really a thing in Vietnam. It is not unusual for teachers to have a full workday on Saturday, and I, myself, have class starting at 7 am (I know, its practically ungodly). Basically, the intense euphoria of “TGIF” that I once craved in college is now completely nonexistent. I also work every […]


Journey to Phu Quoc

As I mentioned in my previous post, Matt and I spontaneously decided to take a trip to Phu Quoc island, which is south-west of Can Tho (on a map, it is the big island that looks like it belongs to Cambodia but it doesn’t).

So… I guess I’m a teacher now?

One thing I have come to know and love about Asia is that everything is chaotic. Everything from street traffic to making dinner plans takes on an air of casualness that I can’t quite put into words.


Can Tho – First impressions

Yesterday was very disorienting and after I ran out of water, I definitely let the heat get the best of me. Amidst my first bout of homesickness and culture shock I wrote a list of tragedies that have occurred thus far.


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