1. What kind of organization of Major Education?
Major Education is a private company, established in 2010, and works in Education Industry.
We are running an English Center, an International School with 2 campuses and a business for providing ESL teachers to teach English program at local education institutions around Ho Chi Minh City.
2. How many ESL teachers are now working at Major Education?
We are currently having over 120 ESL native teachers working for us as full-time and part-time teachers. Most of them are teaching English program at our partner institutions, the rest are teaching at our English center and International school.
All of our teachers come from the UK, Ireland, US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.
3. What is the procedure ESL teachers should follow once offer is accepted?
After you have accepted our offer, we will follow up on your documents to prepare for the visa letter upon arrival and paperwork for work permit.
The specific steps will be informed by Major Education once you accept our offer.
4. What documents do ESL teachers need to work for Major Education?
– Bachelor degree or higher
– Teaching certificate (TEFL/TESOL/CELTA)
– Clean police check/disclosure
5. What does Major Education assist with?
– Visa application and visa extension
– Airport pickup
– Work permit and temporary residency card applications
– Insurance claims
– Continuing support
6. How is Major Education’s accommodation?
Fully furnished house shared between 4-5 ESL teachers with private bedroom and shared common facilities such as kitchen, living room and dining room (Many but not all have private bathroom). Rent, internet, cable TV and utility included. Electricity is shared between teachers and deducted from salary on a monthly basis.
7. What if I would like to live in my own accommodation?
If teachers would like to live in their own accommodation, they will receive the housing allowance up to 5,000,000VND per month.
8. What is the training at Major Education?
All teachers have to go through 1-week training program before they start working at Major Education.
The training program is unpaid in which new teachers will have an orientation, learn how to create lesson plans, use the teaching tools and teaching materials, prepare their own lesson plans and do demo lessons for primary, secondary and high school level, and observe other experienced teachers’ classes.
During the training, Major Education provides the teachers with free lunch and other necessary materials.
9. How many students per class?
This again depends on where you will be teaching.
For offsite public schools (the majority of available work), the class size are usually between 35-40 students.
Classes at our international school or centre are usually around 20 students.
Business classes are usually around 15-20 students.
10. What facilities do I have to support me?
Aside from the ongoing support and assistance from your Academic Coordinator (each school/course has an Academic Coordinator assigned to it, they are the people who have been working closely with the clients from the start and know the students’ level, customer expectation and curriculum very well), you will also have other materials such as books, syllabus, teaching tools such as flash cards, CDs, laptop, games and toys to help you.
All kindergarten, primary school and low English level classes will also have a teaching assistant in the class to support you.
11. What books or materials do you use to teach?
Because we have a variety of classes with students of different levels and learning objectives, we also use a variety of sources to adapt to our customers.
Of course each course will have a set curriculum and even a syllabus for teachers to follow which can be as details as listing the content and objective of each lesson.
Our teachers would then based on these information and plan a lesson with the type of activities and methods they would use to deliver the content and help students reach the objective set out in the syllabus.
12. What about health insurance?
All full-time teachers working for Major Education will have free health insurance which covers up to 70% of hospital fee in Vietnam.
The health insurance with the company covers for treatment of illnesses or accidental injuries (please note that if you are the driver and do not have a license you will not be covered on any insurance).
The cover does not include general checkups, eyes or teeth treatment.
13. How much money should I bring with me?
The cost of living in Vietnam can be very low. If you eat local food and drink local beer you will find you can live off 2 million ($87) a week comfortably. The average wage in Ho Chi Minh City for locals is $150 a month. Most people when they first get to Vietnam will spend more than this as they get to know where they can eat and drink cheaply. Other than that it depends on lifestyle choices, such as how often and where people socialise. We would recommend bringing enough money to get through the first two months to be safe and give yourself a comfortable buffer. If you wish to rent a motorbike straight away, the cost is between 1-1.5 million a month.
14. What should I bring to Vietnam?
Most things can be bought in Vietnam. Please bear in mind, although you can buy western size clothing, it is harder to find and will cost more. We require men to wear shirt, tie, smart trousers and closed shoes. For women teaching we require them to dress smartly, in either long trousers or a dress/skirt below the knee and blouse that covers the shoulders. Footwear for women can be smart shoes or sandals with at least a back or ankle strap (not flip flops). A laptop is useful but not essential as we have computers in the office for teachers to prepare lesson plans on.
15. How many hours I have to work per week?
Full time teachers are contracted up to 25 hours a week. In addition to teaching hours we schedule teachers for Admin hours. This is time we give to complete your lesson plans. You do not have to come into the office and if you have already completed your lesson plans you can use this time however you want. The only requirement we have is that during these hours you are on call, so you have to be contactable and available if needed to teach. Sample schedules will be emailed to all successful applicants.
16. How about payment, allowances and bonuses?
Teachers are paid on the 15th of every month for everything worked in the previous calendar month, all bonuses and allowances are also paid at this time. We are currently providing the 100-hour bonus and subbing bonus for our teachers. We also pay over-time for all teaching hours over 100 and for any subbing with less than 12 hours notice. The prices you are quoted in the offer are after tax, Major pays all tax for you.
17. What are the means of transportation in Ho Chi Minh City?
Ho Chi Minh City is a very crowded city with nearly 9 million residents and there are more than 8,5 million scooters/motorbikes (2016) in this city. However, if you do not want to ride a scooter, you can install the Grab application on your phone, it’s like Uber in other countries, Grab offers so many travel options such as Grab Bike, Grab Car and Grab Taxi.
Besides, there are hundreds of public buses throughout the city and they are very convenient and cheap. There are also other taxi companies such as Mai Linh, Vinasun, etc.