If you are considering undertaking the adventure of becoming an educator in another country, then perhaps you should consider the exciting and unique opportunity of teaching English in Vietnam. Vietnam is a country that is on the move, growing exponentially economically over the past couple of decades. You will be able to enjoy all of the natural beauty of the landscape, from the dense and unique jungles to the beautiful, sandy shores of the ocean. Foreign educators get the opportunity to learn about an entirely different culture that is largely traditional Asian, with influences from the United States and France on its history. The need for English teachers is increasing every year, as more and more Vietnamese students strive to become successful in international business or gain the highest academic degrees. English is the international language of business and of education. You will have an opportunity to fill a need and to improve yourself and broaden your perspective about life.
History of Vietnam
You can’t expect to be teaching English in Vietnam and understand it’s people without learning something about their history. For much of the twentieth century Vietnam was a country that was divided by war. The country was divided into two separate countries, with North Vietnam being controlled by a communist government and South Vietnam practicing democracy supported by the United States. In the sixties, the conflicts between North and South became a military struggle, and the United States became more and more involved. First just sending advisors and then finally sending military troops, until it became a major war. It was a guerilla war fought in the jungle, it became more and more unpopular in the United States and eventually the US decided to withdraw all troops and the North took over the country. The wounds of this conflict have largely healed as we look at Vietnam today. The political leaders recognize that we are living in a global economy and to move forward is going to take cooperation with the west.
Role of A Teacher
The role of a teacher in Vietnam will be that of a facilitator. You will not just stand in front of a room of students all day long. You will be responsible for implementing the curriculum in all aspects of Vietnamese life. You will be responsible for the classroom activities that promote all of your students to communicate in English in all of the student activities. You will also get to work as an advisor for your students providing feedback on student progress, answering any questions and evaluating their actions. Culturally, the Vietnamese people have a high regard for their teachers and will respect your work and support you in your efforts to teach them how to speak English. Teaching in Vietnam will not only provide you with the adventure of a lifetime, exploring a totally new land. It will also provide you with a broader world view and understanding of all people. By stepping out of your comfort zone and living in a new land which is without many of the comforts of home, you will be forced to adapt and grow in a way that can only be described as positive.
A Trip Back In Time
When you decide to take a job teaching English in Vietnam you are going to be able to experience the modern Vietnam, with cities and many of the western conveniences. However you will also be able to almost effortlessly slip into a time machine and experience the parts of Vietnamese culture that are thousands of years old. There are temples located deep in the jungles that you will feel like you are the first people to visit in many hundreds of years. These connections to ancient cultures are what provide uniqueness to the Vietnamese culture, and understanding this part of what makes Vietnam unique will allow you to understand yourself a little better as well.
Make The Most Of The Opportunity
In life you are not always able to choose the experiences that you are going to have, but you always have the opportunity to choose how you are going to react to them. Teaching English in Vietnam will provide you with many situations that you have never experienced before, you will be pushed to grow both personally and professionally. You will be able to decide what the long term impact of the experience will be. You will gain a unique understanding of the people and the culture of a land that is such a big part of United States History.