Teaching English in Vietnam: The toughest job I will ever love

Teaching  English  in  Vietnam

It’s a stereotype thing that climbing the corporate ladder was the definition of success. In my case, not anymore, after leaving the hospitality industry a few months ago. I’ve been to different jobs while studying until I graduated from college. I used to be a waiter, a chef, a front desk agent, a night auditor and a lot more. In the past 7 years, I can say that I did my very best to climb the corporate ladder as far as my dream job is the concern. And it’s not a joke. But never in my strangest dreams that I will become a teacher. (The toughest jobs I’ll ever love)

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(Waiter, Chef, Front Desk Agent)

Yes! You heard it right. I’m currently living in Vietnam after I quit my full-time job in Oman (Middle East). I’m teaching English to different ages and levels, from kindergarten, primary, secondary to adults like businessmen, I.T. professionals and even policemen. Technically, just anyone who’s eager and wants to learn English.

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In my 9 months of teaching, one thing that left me in awe is “How extremely hard working the Vietnamese students are”. Students here in Vietnam go to school 6 days a week from Monday to Saturday. They don’t even bother to attend an English class on their “supposed to be” rest day which is Sunday. I looked back on the days that I’m still studying and I can’t complain enough with their dedication and commitment.

Teaching is a good outlet while you’re still figuring out your purpose in life. 🙂 But I’ll be honest with you, teaching is not an easy job and it takes guts for you to handle a class. We can’t also deny the fact that you will encounter worst classes, attitude wise, especially in high-school. That’s why before anything else, you should be wholeheartedly-committed, ready in investing your time and effort and bring a tremendous amount of patience.

On the brighter side, no matter how hard it is, seeing your students grow and apply things that you’ve taught them are actually the best accomplishment and biggest achievement as a teacher. You can’t contain the satisfaction you feel every time they achieve something. It is an overwhelming feeling of gratification.

High school class

I don’t know what the future holds but what I know is. I’m really having fun and enjoying where I am now. Teaching English in English in Vietnam allows me to visit 5 new countries in 9 months. And most of my income is coming from it aside from blogging. It may not be ideal for some. But it is somehow a good sign for me to achieve the lifestyle I’m trying to build. So if you feel you’re stuck in life and don’t know what to do and where to start, just give it a try. 🙂

Indeed, teaching is a noble profession that carves the character and future of an individual. Having said that, I have so much respect and I salute all the teachers around the world. Being one now, I can finally and proudly say that this is “The toughest job I will ever love.”

(If you have questions on how I started my career in teaching please don’t hesitate to email me at juanjourneyofficial@gmail.com or message me on Facebook and Instagram). And a discount is waiting for you! What are you waiting for?




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