There’s only a handful of cities in the world that truly deserve ‘must visit’ status and Hanoi is certainly one of them. While most people can only dream about a fleeting trip to Hanoi – if they’re lucky – ‘living like a local’ and working as EFL teacher in this magnificent city is a realistic proposition for anyone with a sense of adventure.
Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital city and the seat of government. It’s noticeably smaller than Ho Chi Minh City in the south, but the pace of life is similarly frenetic. While Ho Chi Minh City is often referred to as Vietnam’s ‘engine room’, Hanoi is more of a ‘grand old lady’.
It’s tough to pin down what makes Hanoi such a special place. Is it because there’s history, culture and art on display in seemingly every street and alleyway? Unquestionably, the local people are right up there with the friendliest you’ll find in Southeast Asia. Is it the street markets, the pop-up shops, the lakes dotted around the city or easy access to Halong Bay, Sa Pa and other sites in Vietnam that are known world-wide? Perhaps Hanoi is a special place for a TEFL course because of all of the factors noted above, plus a lot more.
One of the great things about teaching EFL in Hanoi is the amount of free time you’ll have to really absorb what the city has to offer. The ‘Old Quarter’ in Hanoi is a brilliant place to meander around, sample local delicacies, catch up with friends for a cold beer, or to simply find a quiet place and watch the world go by. It’s not possible to be bored in the Old Quarter. On every visit, there will be something that captures your imagination. If monuments, museums and colonial buildings are your thing, quite literally you could fill your diary for the next two years at least. Even if you’re not into monuments and the like, the resting place of the ‘father’ of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi affords an experience that you’ll carry with you for the rest of your life. If you’re a person who enjoys passive recreational pursuits, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Hanoi. There’s something for everyone.
Like most other large cities in Southeast Asia, Hanoi is well-serviced by cheap public transport options, supermarkets, fresh food markets, banks, pharmacies, hospitals, post offices, restaurants, pubs - and more coffee shops than you’ll have time to visit, no matter how long you choose to live in the city. Western-style malls are scattered around the city, which is handy to know in the event you’re craving something from your home country – or need respite from the high humidity, especially during the summer months.
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Our TEFL training centre in Hanoi is located in Ba Dinh District, less than five-minutes by taxi from the city’s popular ‘Old Quarter’. Ba Dinh District is characterised by a mix of small and medium size businesses (including laundromats), restaurants, coffee shops, ‘mum and dad’ grocery stores and residential dwellings. There is a large hospital nearby. The local area is well-serviced by public transport. Pretty much everything you’ll need during your TEFL programme, can be found within easy walking distance.
Ba Dinh District has a strong reputation for being a safe place to live, work, shop and study, but it’s important to be vigilant and to take basic safety precautions during your TEFL course in Hanoi.
Your TEFL Instructor in Hanoi is a specialist, highly qualified, vocational TEFL trainer, supported by a Location Manager who is fluent in Vietnamese and English. Your TEFLL trainer will ensure you have the knowledge, skills and government-regulated certification that are pivotal to being a terrific EFL teacher. The Location Manager in Hanoi has a range of responsibilities including facilitating observation and teaching practice classes, problem solving, extending a helping-hand – and job placement at the end of the course.
The accredited course in Hanoi is operated by an independent organisation that issues its own certificate on completion of the course.
The fee for TEFL programme in Hanoi does not include accommodation, but our local partners on the ground will provide ‘hands-on’ support (free of charge) to help you find a place that will meet your personal needs. What does ‘hands-on’ support mean? After you have booked in for the TEFL programme, you’ll receive a list of accommodation options in the local area with all the information you need to make an informed choice, including clear photographs, the exact location, the contact details, price, fixtures (for example, air conditioning and cable television) and internet strength.
For 25 nights’ accommodation in Hanoi within reasonable travelling distance of the TESOL training center, you can realistically expect to pay between US $250 (basic) and US $500 (superior). The minimum cost is US$4.50 per night in a 12-bed shared room.
Once you have settled on the accommodation option that’s best for you, our staff on the ground can finalise the booking on your behalf, or you can take care of it yourself; your choice.
- 11 August - 5 September 2024
- 8 September - 3 October 2024
- 6 October - 31 October 2024
- 3 November - 28 November 2024
- 1 December - 26 December 2024
The total price is divided into: deposit and balance.
The deposit may be paid via a) credit card b) Paypal c) wire transfer d) Western Union.
The balance of the course fee must be paid by cash, PayPal or bank transfer directly to the training center on the first day of the course.
The accommodation fees are not part of the course price and you are free to choose whichever accommodation option you prefer.
If you choose to use our accommodation, it should be paid for either by cash, PayPal or bank transfer directly to the school at the start of the course.