ESL Teaching in Vietnam

Program Highlights | Accommodations & Meals | Academic Credit | Optional Travel & Activities | Eligibility | Program Dates | Financial Considerations | Application & Selection Information

Program Highlights

From verdant green rice fields in the north to the fascinating bustle of the Mekong Delta in the south, Vietnam is a small country of great natural beauty, a complex history and ancient traditions. It boasts sandy beaches, sub-tropical forests and mountain ranges; cosmopolitan cities and charming fishing villages; ancient temples and modern skyscrapers. The CSB/SJU global internship program provides two students the opportunity to teach conversational English to Vietnamese students for approximately 12-15 hours per week at the New World English Center in My Tho City, Vietnam. Located 45 minutes from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in the southern part of the country, My Tho is known as the gateway to the Mekong Delta.

The Center for Global Education's internship program in My Tho aims to promote cultural awareness and connections between United States and Vietnamese citizens while providing valuable international ESL teaching experience for CSB/SJU students.

Accommodations & Meals
The Center will provide accommodations and meals at no charge.

Academic Credit
Participants are encouraged to use this internship to fulfill the experiential learning requirement of the core curriculum, or to earn independent learning program credit. Check with your major department and/or the Internship Office to determine eligibility and obtain registration information. Check with student accounts for information on the cost of summer internship credits.

Optional Travel & Activities
The New World English Center organizes several local and regional excursions for interns at no cost. Participants are also free to undertake optional travel and other activities that do not interfere with their internship responsibilities.

The 2013 Summer Global Internship Program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors in all majors who are in good academic standing. Students returning to campus in Fall 2013 are preferred, but graduating seniors are encouraged to apply as well. There is no language requirement for this program and English is spoken by teachers at the Center. However, the level of English knowledge, may vary and participants are encouraged to learn some basic phrases in advance of their programs. The Center provides opportunities for Vietnamese culture and language lessons.

Participant selections are made on the basis of applicants' transcripts, personal statements and letters of reference. Successful candidates will additionally demonstrate the flexibility, independence, respect, resourcefulness, and openness to new experiences that are necessary to a successful international internship experience. Preference will be given to applicants with ESL or teaching (summer camps, community volunteer, etc.) experience. Successful candidates will have ideally at minimum a basic knowledge of the country's history and current socio-economic environment.

Program Dates
Internships will start in late May and last approximately 10 weeks (exact dates TBD).

Financial Considerations
The basic cost for participation in an 8-week internship program is approximately $2050 minus any fellowship awarded
(see below). This estimate includes international airfare ($1800); food ($200 for meals not provided by the Center); local transportation ($50 -- note: bicycles are loaned to interns at no charge and are the preferred means of transport in My Tho). There is no charge for accommodations in the Center's guest apartment. Additional expenses such as tuition credit, health insurance (required), phone costs, and optional travel within or outside the country are also the responsibility of the participant.

Program Fellowships: The Center for Global Education (CGE) supports the Summer Global Internship Program with fellowships that partially cover the cost of participation. Amounts are determined by CGE; past awards have ranged from $500-$1500. Fellowship recipients are required to submit reports, a final visual project, and to share their experiences with the CSB/SJU community.

Application & Selection Information
The first round application deadline is Monday, January 6, 2014, at noon. The second application round deadline is Friday, January 24th an noon. All application materials, including letters of reference, should be submitted by the application deadline in order to be considered complete and on time. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact/request their references at least 2 weeks prior to the application deadline. All applications are considered on the basis of merit. First round applications, however, will receive preference in terms of acceptance and funding. Second round applicants will be considered on a space-available basis, but may or may not receive fellowship funding.

Program Requirements

  • Passport: By March 1, 2015 Program participants must submit or show proof of passport that is valid through January 31, 2014.
  • Terms and Conditions Document (signed)
  • Health and Emergency Contact Form (completed)
  • Short Term, Off-Campus Program Waiver and Release Form (signed)

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Notes: Program and other information and estimates included here are provided in good faith and according to current information. CSB/SJU is not responsible for changes in program costs that may result from currency exchange fluctuation, unforeseen changes in international travel costs, etc.

CGE strives to use fellowship funding to promote, as much as possible, cost equity across all of its summer internship program sites. Additional funding provided by individual departments or donors for specific internship sites or types may, however, lead to differences in overall program participation costs.