Why I Decided to Teach English in Vietnam

No doubt, you’ve heard all the hype – travel the world, make great money, live comfortably with a ridiculously low cost of living. Websites for programs around the world tout teaching English abroad as a dream career. Well, for better or worse, I’m here to tell you the truth.

For me, this career path seems like a no-brainer. Why? I have many reasons, actually. For starters, I am very flexible at the moment with no committed relationship, my children grown, and no 9-to-5 job. As a retired veteran of the U.S. Air Force, I am now living my childhood dream of writing books; my first two novel are available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and I’m working on my third. I refuse to give up my dream of writing, but I can write anywhere. For me, the bottom line is that I have no pressing obligations that would prevent my travel abroad. Having spent the majority of my military career overseas, I also have an affinity for seeing the world and helping others. This career path not only gives me the opportunity to meet those inherent desire, but also affords me the chance to better my own command of the English language, which is a critical component of my success as a writer.

In my scenario, I don’t intend to pursue this career as a temporary opportunity for travel; instead, I see it as my final career, one that I will pursue until I decide (or health decides for me) that I am no longer able or willing to work. My goal is to spend time in one country teaching and writing, return to the states for a short visit with family, travel to another country to teach and write, and rinse and repeat ad infinitum.


Great question! I’m glad you asked.

The purpose is two-fold. First, it will serve as a personal diary for my adventure. Second, I hope it will serve as an informative resource for those of you considering teaching abroad. From my own experience, I know that I sought out as many personal accounts as I could find before making a final decision. There is plenty of information out there if you look for it. However, what I found to be lacking was any comprehensive start to finish account. That is precisely what I intend to provide.

Just under three months from departure, I am going to begin sharing my experience. I will be detailing my research, preparations, travel, TEFL/TESOL course experience with Ninja Teacher (AVSE) in Ho Chi Minh City, job search efforts, employment experience, and lifestyle in Vietnam.

Unlike many of the forums, blogs and vlogs that are already out there, my account will be entirely objective. I have no affiliation with any TEFL/TESOL course, public school or learning center and no vested interest in whether or not my accounts push you one way or the other. I am simply sharing my personal experience from a completely open, honest, and uninfluenced perspective.


Before I go on, I want to make a few things very clear:

  • I am not yet TEFL/TESOL certified
  • I have never taught English abroad
  • I have no affiliation with anyone but myself
  • My accounts are not intended to endorse or recommend any course, agency, school or location
  • My words are simply, for better or worse, my personal experience
  • I highly recommend, if you’re serious about teaching abroad, that you contact the experts


With all of that out of the way, I can finally say welcome. I hope you enjoy my accounts and find something of value in each post. Thank you for joining me on, and sharing in, my journey!

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