Trip Details

You will have an opportunity to teach English to students who attend the local university in Phan Thiet, which is a fishing village in southern Vietnam. The students you will work with range in age from 18-24 and are likely to be at a beginner level. Most are eager to improve their skills, since the importance of having knowledge of English is starting to grow. Your advanced language skills, diverse culture and clear pronunciations will be welcome here!

The main focus of your teaching will be to engage in introductory conversation and help them to improve their speaking ability. You will attend part of their normal English class for about 45 minutes as a guest-lecturer. The local staff will lay the foundation for grammar and basics. Your greatest contribution to the class will be helping them to formulate questions and answer them correctly, through the use of examples and leading them in conversation.

Vietnamese teachers will guide you in the process. One method is to invite you to write basic conversations on the board and practice the new material with the class. Another method is to have one-on-one conversations with a student in front of the class, which you regularly rotate. Since chatting is your main job there is very little preparation needed outside of the classroom. Your efforts will help students with their pronunciation and sentence building by relating real-life scenarios to the specific types of conversations that might surround them. You will regularly attend the classes and have maximum interaction with the students throughout the day.

At the beginner level, most topics of discussion include, age, hobbies, family and travel. You can share information about your culture, as you hear about theirs. As the students’ levels gradually progress, so will the topics advance. Practising dialogue with them, will help students overcome their shyness and fear of public speaking, as they build confidence to use their new English skills.

Vietnamese students are generally very excited to meet people from other countries and welcome you to explore all aspects of their culture with them. It is very possible that you’ll have plenty of opportunities to spend evenings and free time on the weekends with some of the new friends you will make during your stay.

Aims & Objectives

  • Help students improve their English language skills and employment opportunities
  • Gain practical teaching experience, as you provide quality assistance to local staff
  • Engage in an intercultural exchange, as you make new Vietnamese friends

Trip Itinerary

Using casual dialogue to teach English to college students and help them to improve, while getting to know more about them and their own unique culture.

Work with students your own age in the sunny beach town of Phan Thiet, who will be happy to meet and learn from you! As a native speaker or one with advanced level English, you will help students improve vocabulary, pronunciation and sentence building structure, as they practice with the use of basic, yet fun conversations.

A typical weekly schedule can look like this:

Monday
Breakfast
If this is your first week: Your first day eases you into the program and will be more introductory. In the morning you will be shown around the school and facilities, as you meet teachers and students you will be briefed on your role and tasks. This is a great opportunity for everyone to learn what you are comfortable with and how you can best assist the teaching staff. Students will also be able to ask you questions about yourself and maybe share some of the Vietnamese way of life with you too.
Lunch
Meet other classes and staff
Dinner

Tuesday to Friday
Breakfast
Two classes of approximately 45 minutes each.
Lunch
Free time for relaxation or going to the beach
Two classes of approximately 45 minutes each
Dinner
Free time

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

 

Trip Accommodation

Located in the Binh Thuan province along the coast in southeast Vietnam, Phan Thiet is a relatively undisturbed fishing town that is also the capital of the province. Here you will find all sorts of cultural sites, local markets and natural wonders to enjoy!

Accommodation & Food

Located on the campus of Phan Thiet University, our accommodation has a very comfortable setting. Rooms for up to 6 participants, are well equipped with air conditioning, fans, hot water and private bathrooms in each. There are separate rooms for male and female participants.

WiFi is available for use in specified locations throughout the accommodation. Please note that the quality of internet access will depend on local weather conditions. Since we are in Southeast Asia, we might have poor internet accessibility at times due to heavy rain.

Food Arrangements
Three meals a day during the week (breakfast, lunch and dinner), two meals (brunch and dinner) on weekends will be served at the accommodation. The food will be typically Vietnamese cooked by locals and using local ingredients. Occasionally there may be some Western dishes served. When necessary, lunch may be provided near the placement location to long travel back and forth to the accommodation.

Facilities
The bus stops right in front of the Phan Thiet University. You can use the bus to travel to the beach (about 5 minutes away), the tourist area (about 15 minutes away), where you can find restaurants, bars, banks, supermarkets, shopping centers, pharmacies, and the hospital (also about 15 minutes away).

Sights & Surroundings
In your off time you may want to explore some of the natural and historic sites in the area. These include:

White Sand Dunes
Scenic desert area where ATV and other activities are possible.

Red Sand Dunes
Sand sledding is very popular at this desert location.

Mui Ne Beach
Very close and accessible by public transportation. Many activities including swimming and chilling.

Mui Ne Harbor
Very close and accessible. Activities here include fishing and Kite surfing.

Ta Cu Mountain/Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda
Lush location 28 km from Phan Thiet, where you will enjoy the natural landscape, limestone caves and ornate Buddhist structures.Save yourself some of the hike by using the cable car too!

Fairy Stream – Suoi Tien
Photography hotspot just 18 km from Phan Thiet.

Po Sah Inu Towers
Ancient site with towers from the 18th century. Only 6 km outside of Phan Thiet.

Trip Country Info

Vietnam

Population: Approx.92 million
Capital: Hanoi
Language: Vietnamese
Currency: Vietnamese dong (VND)
Time zone: UTC +7

Vietnam is currently the world’s 13th most populous country and occupies 331,211 square kilometers. Today, although scarred by its past, Vietnam is a fast-growing economy helped by tourism that its interesting history and beautiful sights draw in.

One frequent thing to hear is that it has not yet been subjected to the western influence that Thailand and, to an extent, Cambodia have been. The Vietnamese still tend to prefer their traditional cuisine to the fast food chains that seem to be taking over the world.

Aside from the beautiful countryside of the north, rice fields and beaches, Vietnam is a country that is very much on the move. Roads are being upgraded, new hotels are opening everywhere and its cities are fastly developing.

If you are planning to work & travel in Vietnam there are a number of fulfilling opportunities available from volunteering with children to Hospital Out reach projects. As an experienced gap year travel company we have helped many people enjoy the delights of Vietnam during their gap year so if you are looking for an adventure in South East Asia you should add Vietnam to your shortlist. Few countries in the world can offer such a diverse range of culture, history, natural wonders and excitement.

Vietnam offers ravishing coastlines, emerald-green mountains and dynamic cities. The breathtaking National Parks continue to yield new species and are teaming with exotic wildlife. With outstanding cultural interest and one of the world’s best cuisines, Vietnam has it all. If you are looking for a Volunteer experience in Vietnam have a look at our latest experiences below.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Criminal Background Check

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa