Vietnam Pilot Year

Expanding educational initiatives in this country re-emerged from political isolation.

Departure: August 2019

Application Deadline: June 1, 2019

Volunteer Commitment: $500 deposit

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Our Year Program in Vietnam

10 Months (August – May)  |  Independent or Shared Volunteer Housing
Teach English

In a new partnership with Hanoi-based Innovative Education Group (IEG), WorldTeach is proud to collaborate in Vietnam’s growing education initiatives to place volunteer English teachers in schools around the country. In this fully-funded (flights included) pilot year, WorldTeach volunteers will join the IEG team on the ground to provide opportunities for young Vietnamese students to learn English skills and share cross-culturally in this country re-emerged from political isolation.

See all program dates and application deadlines here

Country Overview

Nestled along The Red River, Hanoi is the second largest and capital city of Vietnam. Nicknamed “The Paris of the East,” the city is known for its rich cultural diversity, with a unique combination of Japanese and French influence from years of trade and colonialism. Hanoi has a warm, subtropical climate, with frequent rainfall and four seasons.  As a city re-emerging from political reform, the people of Hanoi are accustomed to adapting in order to grow with our surrounding world. In this pilot year, you too will grow alongside students as you make progress together in the classroom and beyond.

Your Role

You will be placed at one of IEG’s partner or affiliate schools for the duration of the school year, which runs in Vietnam from August to May. For English classes, schools use IEG-developed curriculum, which includes an entire system of syllabi, PowerPoints, worksheets, quizzes, test papers, teaching resources, and activity banks. Your role as the teacher will be to utilize these resources for your lesson planning, which takes normally takes up to 10 hours a week, but possibly less for those with more experience.


Placement & Housing

In this pilot year, volunteers will teach English in schools and education centers in Hanoi. IEG serves as an education consultancy for English education as well as some subject content. Schools that it works with vary from public to private, from well-resourced to high need. It is in the higher need schools that IEG, in this partnership with WorldTeach, focuses the support of the native-English speaking volunteer.

Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will stay in housing provided by IEG. These will either be temporary accommodations for your orientation and training with the partner, during which you would be given a chance to search and acquire your own long term independent housing, or could be your permanent housing for the duration of the school year. Apartments in Hanoi are plentiful and affordable but quite competitive in the expat market. IEG will provide ample resources and information about this when once you are in-country.


The volunteer contribution to the Vietnam Pilot program is a $500 deposit, submitted upon confirmation into the program and returned upon successful completion. Selected candidates for participation in this program are funded by Innovative Education Group.

This generous funding goes towards:

  • Housing
  • Living stipend
  • Round trip international travel allowance*
  • Pilot program remote training and support
  • Access to a remote teacher quality support
  • Pre-departure preparation and visa assistance, if necessary plus $25 business e-visa fee*
  • Supplemental overseas travel medical insurance
  • Alumni services and networking

*Reimbursement upon successful completion of the program

Many volunteers are able to successfully fundraise all or a significant portion of their program expenses. Please refer to our fundraising page for more information about fundraising possibilities.


Volunteers in the Vietnam Pilot program must:

  • Be a native-level English speaker
  • Have a bachelor’s degree by the time of the program’s departure
  • Be between the ages of 21 and 74
  • Be highly flexible, mature, and have a genuine interest in teaching
  • Have some previous teaching or overseas experience – Given the pilot phase of this program, there is no WorldTeach staff present in-country. Participants must be able to demonstrate a high level of autonomy and communication skills to collaborate directly with our partners and the WorldTeach US staff.