FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - Language Link Vietnam Teacher Recruitment


1. What type of visa do I need to enter and work in Vietnam?

To enter and work in Vietnam, you’ll need a Business Visa (referred to as DN) followed by a Work Permit. The Business Visa allows you to enter Vietnam to explore business opportunities or commence the process of employment.
• Duration: Usually granted for 3 months, with options for single or multiple entries.
• Application: Can be obtained through the Vietnamese embassy/consulate in your home country or through an online application.
• Application: Language Link will prepare a visa invitation letter for you to pick up a business visa from an overseas Vietnamese Consulate or at the airport upon your arrival.

2. Do I need a work permit to work in Vietnam?

Yes, you do. Most foreign nationals need a work permit. There are a few exceptions, such as having a Vietnamese spouse, but generally, a work permit is required. A work permit is a document issued by Vietnamese authorities to foreign employees who meet specific legal conditions. It allows them to work legally in Vietnam, ensuring their rights and interests are protected.
Language Link will provide you with detailed introductions to prepare for the documents required to obtain a work permit.

3. What documents do I need for a work permit for an English teaching role?

To obtain a work permit in Vietnam, foreign employees must:
• Hold a bachelor’s degree (can be in any majors)
• Hold an English teaching certificate such as TEFL, TESOL, CELTA, and DELTA, especially if the bachelor’s degree doesn’t have a major in English teaching/education/pedagogy.
• A health check, which must be done in Vietnam. Language Link will arrange this for you by sending you to our preferred healthcare provider. This ensures that all necessary medical examinations are conducted in accordance with Vietnamese regulations. Health checks performed outside of Vietnam are not accepted. The health check includes the following tests: blood, urine, vision, hearing, teeth, an ultrasound, and a chest x-ray.
• Police background check: The check must be valid within 06 months of your work permit application date. The foreign employee must not have any criminal record or be undergoing criminal prosecution in accordance with Vietnamese or foreign law.
• 02 passport photos (4cm x 6cm) with a white background, wearing formal clothes and showing your frontal view, without any head covering or coloured glasses. The photos must be taken within 06 months of the application date.
• notarised copy of your valid passport A copy of all pages of your passport
• For any document to be used in Vietnam, it must be legalised if it was not issued by an organisation that the Vietnamese government recognizes.

4. Does Language Link provide assistance with the working visa and work permit process?

Yes, we do. At Language Link, we understand the complexities of navigating the visa and work permit process in Vietnam. That’s why we provide comprehensive guidance and support to all foreign employees, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free experience. We sponsor the visa and work permit and cover associated costs in specific cases, depending on the types of your contract. However, there are certain aspects, such as document legalisation, that you will need to handle independently. Rest assured, we’ll be with you every step of the way to provide detailed instructions and assistance whenever needed.

5. What is the salary?

The salary varies among departments and is determined based on the most updated pay structure as well as your relevant qualifications, experiences and their suitability for the position. Generally, here is how the hourly teaching rate looks like:
• Schools Link: Up to 620,000 VND/teaching hour (Gross)
• Public Centre: Up to 500,000 VND/teaching hour (Gross)
• Corporate Link: Varies depending on the specific project
After each contract is completed, we will conduct performance reviews and offer annual pay increases depending on the teacher’s actual performance. The rates are gross and will be taxed in accordance with the Vietnamese Tax Law.

6. What is a typical schedule?

A teaching schedule varies by department and is established by its demands and requirements.
• Schools Link: Monday- Friday. Classes are scheduled between 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM (morning sessions) and 12:45 PM – 5:45 PM (afternoon sessions). Full-time teachers are expected to have approximately 70-120 teaching hours per month.
• Public Centre: Classes are scheduled between 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM on weekday evenings and between 8:00 AM – 7:30 PM on weekends
• Corporate Link: Varies depending on the specific project and your registered availability.

7. Why should I apply to Language Link?

Founded in 1996, Language Link Vietnam, a member of the Language Link International Group, was one of the first international organisations to provide courses with English foreign teachers in Vietnam. Over the past 20 years, Language Link Vietnam has been steadily growing into a leading education system dedicated to teaching English in Vietnam. Language Link also has schools in England, China, and Uzbekistan.
If you’re looking for a rewarding teaching position with ample support and opportunities for growth, Language Link is the right choice for you. Here are a few reasons why you should consider joining our team:
• Competitive Compensation: Language Link provides a competitive hourly teaching rate, along with various allowances and bonuses that reward your performance and commitment.
• Professional Development: We offer ongoing training, workshops, and professional development opportunities to help you enhance your teaching skills and advance your career.
• Career Growth: Language Link promotes internal advancement, giving you the opportunity to progress within our Academic Management team.
• Supportive Work Environment: Our team is dedicated to creating a positive and collaborative work environment where your efforts are recognized and valued.
• Visa and Work Permit Sponsorship: We assist with obtaining the necessary work permits and visas, ensuring a smooth transition to working in Vietnam.
• Cultural Experience: Working with us provides the opportunity to meet people from diverse multicultural backgrounds and immerse yourself in the rich Vietnamese culture while making a meaningful impact on students’ lives through education.

8. What ages do you teach?

At Language Link, we cater to a diverse range of students starting from the age of 4 and above.
• The Schools Link programme focuses on Primary (6-10 years old) and Secondary (11-14 years old) education, providing a strong academic foundation for younger learners.
• Public Centres offer classes for all ages and levels, making education accessible to everyone. However, the main focus is on very young learners and young learners.
• Corporate Link also provides specialized courses and training for corporate clients, helping individuals achieve their professional and academic goals.

9. How big are class sizes?

Class sizes at Language Link can vary depending on the programme.
• Schools Link and Public Centre: classes typically have a maximum size of 26 students.
• Corporate Link: The number of students varies depending on the need of the client. There may be one-on-one classes which provide personalised attention and tailored learning experiences.
• The class size ensures a dynamic classroom environment while still allowing for individualized instruction and meaningful student-teacher interaction.

10. Does Language Link provide teaching assistants?

Yes, Language Link is committed to providing the necessary support to create a conducive learning environment for both teachers and students. We have dedicated teaching assistants (TA) to provide invaluable support and assistance in the classroom, ensuring that lessons run smoothly and effectively. Whether you’re teaching primary and secondary classes in our Schools Link programme or teaching at our language centres, you can count on our highly trained TAs to be there to help with classroom management, student engagement, and any other support you may need.

11. How long is the contract?

Contract duration differs depending on which programme you are going to work with:
• Schools Link: Typically, the contract duration spans over 9 months, starting in September and finishing in May, in line with the academic year in Vietnam. Should you join in the middle of the school year, the contract length will be prorated based on your start month until May.
• Public Centre: The contract duration is 11 months as per company regulations and policies.
• Corporate Link: Usually, the contract has a short duration, lasting until the end of the project.
There will be a possibility for contract renewal upon mutual agreement.

12. Do you offer accommodation?

Unfortunately, we do not provide accommodation. However, we can assist you in finding a suitable place to stay by recommending some reliable agencies. For overseas-hired teachers, we offer initial taxi pick-up and initial accommodation for up to 10 days at an assigned hotel.