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EDUCATION OVERVIEW

Vietnam education system is divided into three stages. The first one is preschool education for children from 3 to 6 years old. The second one is the basic education which includes three levels: primary school, which goes from first to fifth grade, usually for children from 6 to 11; junior high school from sixth o ninth grade, usually for teenagers from 12 to 15; and high school from tenth to twelfth grade, for teenagers from 16 to 18. After 12 years of basic education, one can continue with advanced studies such as university, college, or vocational schools. Only very small percentage of the population continues to post-graduate studies, though this number is rising rapidly.      

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Universities in Vietnam

     There are numerous universities, colleges and other undergraduate schools in Vietnam, most of which are concentrated in major cities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue or Vinh. These universities provide diverse courses to students to choose from economics, design, arts to biology, sciences and social sciences. Below are something that you should know when you consider studying in a Vietnamese universities.

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Work permit for foreigners

Work permit in Vietnam is issued by the Department of Labor, Invalid and Society. It is valid for a period of 36 months (3 years). After it is expired; foreigners have to reapply for a renewal permit. 

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Teaching English in Vietnam

 The land of hidden charm is calling your name. Teaching English overseas could be a once in a life time experience in any country, and Vietnam is not an exception. Staggeringly beautiful attractions along with the rich heritage of the culture definitely make Vietnam an enticingly choice to live and work. Besides, the young country is eager to be part of the world and the key to opening the globe door is English. This results in an increasing demand for learning English and plentiful opportunities for English teachers and would-be teachers.

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Ho Chi Minh City Jobs for Expats

     For expats who have just moved to Ho Chi Minh City, it might be useful to read these tips as a starting point in your job hunting adventure.

1 - What’s Up in Ho Chi Minh City

     If you are not sure about which job is suitable for you, you can check out this website. Similar to Vietnam Online though on a more limited scale, What’s Up in Ho Chi Minh City is a profound database about events and activities happening in Ho Chi Minh City. These activities can be business networking events, career fairs, music shows, restaurant’s promotions  and the likes.

     By getting involved in Ho Chi Minh city community throughout various kinds of activities, you can build up your network and realize which job you really want to do.

2 - Job Search Website

     Access into Vietnamworks.com  and find the most suitable job for you. Vietnamworks.com is one of the most reliable job search engines for Ho Chi Minh City area. They offer a wide range of jobs with detailed required background, qualifications and expected salary.

     You can have a look at these requirements before applying for a job. It is convenient that some corporations allow applicants to submit their application forms via Vietnamworks.com. In addition, the website is organized in a way that you can almost instantly identify which one might be your potential future employer.

3 - Being an English Teacher

     It is not uncommon for expats to start their career in Ho Chi Minh City as an ESL teacher. Famous English centers such as ILA Vietnam, VUS, ACET, British Council are always looking for native English speakers.

     You will be tested teaching skills upon acceptance. Full-time teachers are rare while part-time teachers are popular. You can be an ESL teacher of many English center at the same time as long as you manage your time wisely.

Some pocket address

ILA Vietnam

     51 Nguyen Cu Trinh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

VUS

     189 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

British Council

     25 Le Duan, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

ACET

     187 Vo Thi Sau, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

4 - Get a lecturer job at an English spoken college

     If you have economic or business background, you can apply as a lecturer at International colleges in Ho Chi Minh City such as International University, Hoa Sen University, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. You may need to pass several rounds of interview which comprise teaching skills and profound knowledge to be accepted.

Some pocket address:

International University  - Block 6, Linh Trung Ward, Thu Duc District

Hoa Sen University - Quang Trung Software Park, District 12

RMIT  - 702 Nguyen Van Linh, District 7

AN ESSENCE OF VIETNAMESE SOUL

Leave Vietnam for merely half a year and sometimes one will just be shocked by how many things have managed to change in such little time. But if he asks what has mostly stayed the same, 20 years plus after the country rejoins the world, the answer is likely going to be the wet market.

Early mornign market

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Supermarkets and Retailers

RNCOS, a professional industry research firm which specialized in providing analysis and business research reports, has reported in its Analysis of Vietnam's Retail Industry: “Retail market in Vietnam is growing at the remarkable progress, far exceeding many other economies in the world, behind only India and Russia. This area received a lot of investment from abroad, and the market is firmly established with the opening of many trading centers and larger stores.”

Supermarket Vietnam

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GROCERY SHOPPING

Doing grocery in Vietnam may be a whole new experience for you if you move to the country for the first time.

And if you intend to live long-term or permanently in Vietnam, there is one place that you should be familiar with: the market. Market marks a crucial role in Vietnamese life as a supply of everything that is essential to people from clothes, convenient products, and shoe to foods, drinks, spice and fruits. Imagine Walmart but caught in a casual scenario with no plastic money nor fanciful packaging. There will be aisles for you to pass but the road will be muddy or dry based on the weather. And the way to buy things will be different too: it is not simply a story of putting things into cart and checking out but full of excitement each time you go.

Grocery shopping in Vietnam

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CONVENIENCE STORES

Like the market, convenient stores in Vietnam are popular places for local residents to purchase everyday products daily lives. You can purchase different kinds of convenient products from tooth paste to milk at these shops with reasonable price and standard quality. However, there are some tips that might help you to best buy items from these shops, as well as avoiding risks of defective goods from these stores.

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