Get certified

Teacher’s Friend Vietnam offers you a SUPER service (Specific, Unique, Personalised, Empathetic, Reliable) and this means that I want you to have the right qualifications from the best TEFL provider. This means you need an accredited TEFL /TESOL qualification.

It is a legal requirement to have a work permit to work in Vietnam and Cambodia. The easiest way to do this is to have both a BA degree and a TEFL qualification. While the law does not state which TEFL you must have, the reputable language centres which provide you with a work permit do.

An acceptable TEFL qualification for almost all reputable language centres must be a 120 hour course (minimum) and have at least 6 teaching hours which are observed by a trained ESL professional.

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Ideally, these teaching hours will be with real ESL students who speak English as a second language. The course must also be accredited by an authoritative body.

Example courses which are internationally recognised are the following:

120 hour CELTA- accredited in the UK by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) at Level 5 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Trinity CertTESOL course- accredited by the UK, by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority at Level 5 on the UK National Qualifications Framework.

You can get a work permit by yourself without assistance from your language centre but it is costly, timely and extremely difficult. (Also, you need to question the quality of such language centres if they are not prepared to offer you a work permit and/or don’t care if you have one of not). 

Yes there are jobs available in Vietnam and Cambodia without a 120/150 hour course and without a recognised qualification and even without a TEFL all together. However – Will you be working legally? Will you be prepared to walk into the classroom and teach? Almost definitely not!

Without ‘Teachers Friend’ and Georgie, the company director, this experience would have been so much more challenging and time consuming to organise.

Georgie is extremely well versed in all things Vietnamese!  She is an excellent communicator and has dealt with my endless questions swiftly and effectively; she is also very empathetic, encouraging and a great listener.  There has been many a time when I have just wanted to hug her! I am so very thankful for the expert guidance and ongoing support.

Crystal, UK

August 2017, Read more reviews

The next step:

Teacher’s Friend can offer you the following study options:

Face to face:

A world class TESOL qualification. It comes with an in-class, recognised certificate that comes with a friendly welcome dinner, city tour and housing for the duration of your course included in the price.

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This course has exactly the same content as the full face to face course but is delivered through fun interactive videos, motivational questions, insightful further readings and engaging, practical online assignments along with tutorial support.

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Take the requirement checker to find out whether you are qualified to work legally in Vietnam or Cambodia, and how to get there!

Face to Face



$1798 US

A world class TESOL qualification from my leading partner training centre. It comes with a recognised certificate that comes with a friendly welcome dinner, city tour and basic, comfortable housing for the duration of your course included in the price.

The great thing about this course is that it will allow you to practise teaching a variety of age groups and levels, in particular kids, with a specific focus on classroom management. This is especially good for teaching in Vietnam or Cambodia where 90% of the jobs are for teaching 3-10 year olds in larger class sizes.

The cost of this TEFL course is $1798 US and this comes with the following:

  • 4 weeks TEFL training all in-class
  • small class sizes- 17 max
  • 8 hours of teaching practice with real ESL student
  • 6 hours observing an experienced ESL teacher
  • Written assignments
  • Excellent facilities and resources
  • Trainer with minimum 5 years of teaching experience
  • Welcome meal
  • City tour
  • Free accommodation for the duration of the course
  • Basic job assistance

The benefits of this course are that:

  • It will provide dedicated job assistance in Vietnam with a work permit and all of the required visas (if you are also a native English speaker with a degree)
  • It will offer dedicated job assistance all over the world because it is a recognised qualification (if you are also a native English speaker with a degree)
  • It focuses on teaching all ages, but in particular kids, which is perfect for Vietnam because it is the main age group
  • The course leaders receive exceptional, second to none feedback and are really awesome!
  • You will earn the money back for the cost of the course in just a few months of teaching in Vietnam because the wages are good and the cost of living is low
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She is the go-to person for advice on TEFL in Vietnam.

She is a great resource for contract review and negotiation and esl career advice. She reviewed my contract and terms and helped me secure a better offer: she also helped determine which city and neighborhood housing I should pick for housing.

The one and only resource for Vietnam teachers. Highly recommended.


15th May 2019, Read more reviews

Georgie and Teacher’s Friend offers a service that is uncommonly human and helpful. The Teacher’s Friend information package and the personal relationship I had with Georgie provided details and specifics on the English teaching industry in Vietnam – what to ask, what to watch out for, options to consider, and so on. Teacher’s Friend is a one-stop-shop for the information I knew I needed, and also for information that I didn’t know I needed. Some specific information that was helpful for me included – how to assess employers and what questions to ask in interviews with them, scams to watch out for/ lessons you don’t need to learn the hard way, visa details, and document authorization details.
Arthur Pessa - United States

18th May 2019, Read more reviews


$998 US

Would you like to….

See the world and experience the lives of others?

Make an actual difference?

Get more from life?

With support from highly skilled ESL trainers with over 5 years of TEFL teaching experience you will learn…

* How to confidently teach all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking), pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar in an engaging and inspiring way
* Where to find the best resources and activities to best suit the needs of your amazing students
* How to manage a classroom full of excitable 5-year olds, inquisitive teens or over-anxious adults

…so that you can effectively teach people from all over the world, learning from others while giving them a high quality education.

The course includes:

  • A minimium of 120 hours of high quality TEFL training
  • Engaging extra reading material, interactive video content, mini practical assignments, quizzes and tutorials
  • An experienced and motivating course trainer with at least 5 years of ESL teaching experience and a relevant qualifcations
  • Assessment of all coursework and practical placement
  • All of the detailed course content from the face to face course
  • Study anywhere, anytime: from a beach or your balcony!
  • A minimumof 8 hours of relevant teaching practice
  • Relevant written assignments to deepen your teaching knowledge
  • Job assistance in Vietnam or Cambodia

Want to do your practical abroad? Get our practical add-on! Details below.


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Georgie truly supported me through the greatest experience of my life. She was there like a friend and guided me to choose the school, home, TESOL program and city that was right for me. It was perfect for me to be able to make my own decisions and still have someone there to make sure I was doing what was best for me. She has a great understanding and love for Vietnam that is contagious! I wouldn’t recommend any other program. Go to Vietnam! And go with Georgie as your friend! It will change your life.
Gabrielle Barnes - United States

11th March 2019, Read more reviews

Practical Placement in Asia

$550 US

For those of you who have completed the in-depth theory either virtually or self-paced and who would like to come to Asia to experience life here and teach motivated, real-life ESL students and observe experienced ESL teachers in action!

Choose whether to come to the brilliant Vietnam or amazing Cambodia for ten fun-filled days to complete your life-changing practical teacher training in the hustle and bustle of Hanoi, the city that never sleeps (HCM) or Phnom Penh with its rich history and beautiful people. Meet the friendly locals, befriend other like-minded teachers, teach happy local people, visit the fantastic schools and language centres and make amazing memories.

After completion, you can choose to get awesome job assistance and stay in Asia for a new life or fly feeling fulfilled back home to use your TEFL in your home country or online.

This option includes:

  • Observation of engaging, experienced ESL teachers
  • 8 hours of teaching practice with real ESL students, with professional feedback
  • Comfortable accommodation for 10 nights in one of three amazing cities of your choice
  • Dedicated job support in vibrant Ho Chi Minh, cultural Hanoi or fascinating Phnom Penh after course completion
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Want extra support?

Find out more about TEFL certification plus full relocation and dedicated job assistance placement in a leading language centre of your choice!

Take the requirement checker to find out whether you are qualified to work legally in Vietnam or Cambodia, and how to get there!