You will be teaching English to college students who attend the local university in Phan Thiet, a fishing village on the Southeast coast of Vietnam. The students are aged from 18 to 24 years, with most having a beginner level of English. The students are very eager to learn and improve their English, which can greatly help with their future education and career prospects. Your advanced level of English is very welcome to the students, who can learn clear and proper pronunciations from you.
The primary aim of your teaching will be to interact with the students through conversation, helping to improve their English speaking ability. You will join part of their usual English classes for about 45 minutes as a guest-lecturer. The local staff will establish the grammar and basic foundations. You will help them to form questions and answer them correctly, through use of examples and engaging them in conversation.
The Vietnamese teachers will be there to guide you through the process. One technique is to write basic conversations on the board and to practice these with the class. Another method is to have one-to-one conversations with a student in front of the class, which you regularly rotate. This provides real life examples for the students, making it easier for them to understand. You will also help students with their pronunciation and sentence building. You will regularly attend the classes and have continuous interaction with the students throughout the day.
At beginner level, most subjects you’ll teach will include, age, hobbies, family and travel. You can share information about your culture and learn about theirs too. Gradually the student’s ability levels will advance, and so will the topics you teach. Practicing conversational speaking with them, will help overcome their shyness and fear of public speaking, and you will help the students build confidence with their English skills.
Vietnamese students are generally very excited to meet people from other countries and will welcome you to explore all aspects of their culture with them. This is a great cultural exchange opportunity to make friends with the local students, who will want to show you around their local town.
***Program is suspended during the Tet school holiday for 1 month (normally mid Jan to mid Feb) Also, During May to Oct the project will continue but, volunteers may be teaching at a more rural location, at an English Centre, when the University project is not available.***
Program Duration & Availability
Min duration (weeks):1
Aims & Objectives
- Help university students improve their English language skills and employment opportunities
- Gain valuable teaching experience, whilst assisting local staff
- Interact with your new Vietnamese friends in this exciting cultural exchange opportunity
- During your first Monday of the project, you will spend time being introduced to the project. In the morning you will be shown around the school and facilities, meet the local teachers and students and have your role explained to you. This is a great opportunity to discuss 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 you can interact with them.
- Meet other classes and staff
Tuesday to Friday
- Two English classes of approximately 45 minutes each.
- Free time for relaxing or going to the beach
- Two English classes of approximately 45 minutes each
- Free time
- Closed toed shoes (no flip flops allowed)
- Modest clothing – shoulders and knees need to be covered whilst on campus. Long trouser or skirts over the knees are recommended.
Please bring along any teaching materials/resources you think may be helpful, such as:
- Balls for games
- Stimulating board games
- Musical instruments
- Interesting objects from your home country
- And anything else you think will help!
Located in the Binh Thuan region, along the Southeast coast of Vietnam, Phan Thiet is a relatively undisturbed fishing town and is also the capital of the province. You will find all sorts of cultural sites, local markets, beaches and natural scenery in the local area.
Accommodation & Food
About the Accommodation
The accommodation is very comfortable and will be in a dorm on the campus of Phan Thiet University. Rooms have up to 6 volunteers (all single gender), and are well equipped with air conditioning, fans, hot water and private bathrooms in each.
Wifi is available in specific locations throughout the campus. 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.
Available Room Types
|All meals included||Yes *|
|Free beverages||Yes **|
|Persons per room||4-6|
|Wifi in public areas||Yes|
|Laundry facilities||No ***|
* 3 meals on weekdays, 2 on weekends
** Drinking water
*** Hand wash, or launder at extra cost
You will be provided with three meals a day during the week (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and two meals on the weekends (brunch and dinner). These will be served at the accommodation. The food will be mostly be Vietnamese, cooked by locals and using local ingredients. Western dishes may also be served occasionally. If necessary, lunch will be provided close to the project location, if its’s situated a distance from your accommodation.
Conveniently, there is a bus stop right in front of Phan Thiet University. There is a bus that takes you to the beach (about 5 minutes away) and the tourist area (around 15 minutes away). Here you can find restaurants, bars, banks, supermarkets, shopping centres, pharmacies, and the hospital.
Mandatory Orientation Day
On your first Monday of your project, you will join our orientation day. This is important to familiarise yourself with the surroundings, your project, as well as the local culture and customs. Your project then continues as usual from Tuesday onwards.
- Welcome & introduction meeting, house rules, setting expectations, advice on health and safety and sorting out important documents (visas, passports, etc)
- Vietnamese do’s and don’ts, lesson on Vietnamese culture and a Vietnamese language class
- Tour around your accommodation and local area; where to find local shops, and to arrange a sim-card if required
- Introduction to the project, project site and start volunteering on the project.
Sights & Surroundings
During your off time you may want to explore some of the natural and historic sites in the area. Here are some sights near to Phan Thiet:
Red &White Sand Dunes, Mui Ne
Situated very close to where you will be staying, these huge sand dunes are seriously impressive- you can even go quad biking, sandboarding or hot air ballooning over them. Or just sit and watch the beautiful sunset. The white dunes are the biggest and most popular and look as those they belong in the Middle East rather than Vietnam! The red dunes are smaller but look amazing at sunset when the red colour is really heighted.
Mui Ne beach & Harbour
Very close to your accommodation in Phan Thiet, this is a long sandy beach, lined with palm trees. There are many restaurants, shopping venues and luxurious resorts along the seafront, as well as a fishing village and harbour (great for photographers). It’s also a popular place to kitesurf.
Ta Cu Mountain Trail (to Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda)
This gorgeous mountain trail takes you through lush jungle, limestone caves, Buddhist statues, eventually reaching the Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda (you can also go up by cable car!). This stunning temple overlooks the mountains below and even has a 160 ft long reclining Buddha.
Fairy Stream – Suoi Tien
Situated 18 km from Phan Thiet, unusual attraction sits at the base of the Ham Ninh mountain range. Here you will find a stream with red water- well it’s actually that colour due to the red sand below but its quite an extraordinary sight!
Po Sah Inu Towers
Only 6 km outside of Phan Thiet, this ancient site is home to ruins from the ancient Champa Kingdom and the towers were built around 1200 years ago. The impressive ruins are situated overlooking the surrounding countryside and ocean.
Other Sights in Vietnam
The Mekong Delta River consists of swamps, islands, Khmer temples and the local floating markets. There are many small villages situated along the river front. It takes 2-4 hours by bus from Ho Chi Minh. Float on a traditional boat, through the jungle, swamps and floating markets to get a real feel for the way of life here.
Vung Tau beach
If you fancy a beach trip, only a couple of hours from the city is Vung Tau beach. There are 4 beaches in this town but try Pineapple beach for calm waters, which are great for swimming and getting away from the more crowded Front beach. There is also a culture and ecotourism park here which has rides and other outdoor activities to have a go at.
Located high in the mountains, Da Lat is pleasantly much cooler and is surrounded by hills, pine forests, lakes and waterfalls. Close to the town is Datanla Falls, where you can walk to see a pretty waterfall (for the adventurous you can try water abseiling). You can also visit Elephant Falls, go tobogganing or just enjoy the beautiful jungle scenery.
Nha Trang is a busy beach resort with a great nightlife, located along the South-central coast of Vietnam. There is a long stretch of white sand and palm tree lined beach, as well as many island hopping tours to gorgeous islands. This is a great place to go and enjoy some nightlife.
Hoi An, along the Centre of Vietnam’s coastline, is a very pretty town, known for its lanterns and its Japanese covered bridge. Although popular with tourists, the town still feels very authentic. There are many French architectural buildings, markets, nearby beaches and colourful lantern stalls to explore. This lively town also has a very relaxed and romantic vibe.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
A UNESCO Heritage Site in central Vietnam, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park hosts the largest cave in the world (Son Doong). There are also many other stunning caves to explore, on top of lush jungle, mountains, lakes and native wildlife. This is an adventure lover’s paradise, with the views you can get here being absolutely stunning.
Hue Ancient city
There are plenty of things to do in beautiful Hue, central Vietnam. This is a great place to explore temples, as there are many around. A Visit to the Tombs of the Ancient Emperors will take you around 19th and 20th century tombs, statues and carvings, with stunning backdrops of the countryside. Other popular places to visit are the Citadel, the Imperial City and the To Mieu Temple complex, all colourful and intricate temples.
Hanoi (Capital City)
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, has a rich culture and is known for its Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influence, as well as it’s antient architecture. Located in the North of Vietnam, you can explore the old quarter, watch a traditional water puppet show, wander through the maze of streets or visit some of the many museums.
Easily done as a day trip from Hanoi, Halong Bay is known for its emerald green waters and giant limestone imposing cliffs. Hire out a traditional junk boat and cruise through the beautiful scenery. Or hire a kayak and explore the many different and colourful caves as you go!
Sapa is a stunningly beautiful part of Vietnam, popular with trekkers. For miles you will see green rolling hills, mountains and rice paddies. Explore this beautiful area, stopping in the small villages as you go for an authentic experience. You can reach Sapa by an overnight train from Hanoi, taking 8 hours (or 6 hours by direct bus).
Ninh Binh’s surrounding countryside is absolutely stunning and a great place for those who love the outdoors. Take a trip to Tam Coc, which is similar to Halong Bay. Drift through big limestone cliffs and bright yellow and green rice paddies. There are many things to do in this area from the Mua Cave, Bich Dong Pagoda, Bai Dinh Temple, a nature reserve and boat trips.
A couple of hours out from the city is ‘Monkey Island’, also known as Can Gio Island. This huge 80,000 hectare nature reserve contains mangrove trees, water coconut forests, and yes- monkeys! Hundreds of them live wild here and they will be sure to say hello to you- just be sure not to bring food with you, they are pesky little creatures!
Ba Den mountain (The black virgin mountain)
The Ba Den Mountain trail takes you through lush jungle, mountain streams and caves, before reaching its rugged top. You can also take a cable car up to the top to see some wonderful views from above, sometimes from above the clouds!
Ho Chi Minh City
As Vietnam’s largest and most modern city, Ho Chi Minh has a lot to offer from shops to Vietnamese water puppet shows. Ho Chi Minh was formerly known as Saigon and is known for its French colonial buildings, skyscrapers and motorbikes!
From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):
- Ho Chi Minh
- Mekong Delta