If you are a native English speaker and you have a university degree, you’re guaranteed an English teaching job in Vietnam. For those who have some experience in teaching English or own an English teaching certificate, finding a teaching job in Vietnam is uncomplicated and easy as recruiters actively seek the quintessential all-American or English.
Vietnam is far different from most countries you may teach in! Getting a job here is all about the amount of effort you put into it. Teaching jobs in Vietnam are all extremely different. Every person that moves here to teach will probably have a far different teaching experience than others who are teaching here. A large majority of ESL teachers in Vietnam will work at language centers that run after normal school hours. Language centers are open on nights and weekends and employ a majority of foreigners living and teaching in Vietnam.
International schools are (obviously) the regular schooling of the child and operate in the day. After school is over many (richer) Vietnamese children will then go to their language center for English classes. Most International schools will require you to be a qualified teacher from your home country.
For the most part the students in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi are great to teach. They have a decent level of English and are reasonably behaved considering they are kids and it is school! The students here are far much better to teach than Korean students.
It’s not necessary to have a TEFL, but obviously if you have both experience and certificates you will have more options as to where you can teach. Degrees are definitely required at most schools, but they may or may not actually ask to see your degree.
Vietnam is a different case than most countries where foreigners are employed. Many people do not have work visas and work on tourist visas for their entire time here. However, some schools do want you to have a work visa. It isn’t common though. In that case the school will help you out with the process. It is quite expensive, because you’ll need to have documents from your home country.
To sum up, Vietnam is really a promising land to teach with a lot of exciting.