Following are common question that we usually got at the interview, hopefully they will help you better prepare for your interview before it happen.
1. If I am not a native English speaker, can I still apply for the program?
This program is designed to promote global citizenship. Although most of our Volunteers are coming from English speaking countries, it is opportunity for any volunteers who have a high level of speaking English and have a willingness to share the English language with students.
2. Do I need to speak Vietnamese for participating in the program?
No, it is not necessary.
Most schools prefer that you do not speak Vietnamese. They would rather prefer that you speak only English in the classroom. Knowing some Vietnamese will help you in your daily life outside of your classes and you will be picking up more Vietnamese daily. Your coordinator will help you learn some of the basics of Vietnamese before your classes begin. In some schools, a teaching assistant will help you out.
3. I just graduated but will receive my certificate later this year, can I still apply?
In case you just graduated or will graduate soon, please apply or get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can see what is possible for you.
Note: this is not applicable to non-native speakers; their certificate needs to from 2016 or earlier.
4. Do I need to have a certification for teaching?
You don’t need teaching certificate for volunteering with us. However, if you can obtain an 120 hours online TEFL certificate would be great as it will provide you a lots of experience and help you understand more about how a student from other country learn English.
5. When is the best time for me to apply for this program?
We have 11 teams working in different provinces, and there are always opportunities for you. You can apply for whatever time suite your working schedule. However, please keep in mind that you will need at least 3 weeks to go through all our procedure and get working visa invitation letter from us. Please do apply at least 3 weeks before you arrive.
6. Can couples participate in this program and teach in one school or one city?
We welcome couples to join our program. Some of our schools do prefer to invite couples to teach at their schools. It is possible for us to arrange for couples to teach at one school or in the same city, as well as arranging an apartment for them.
7. Is it possible for me and my friend to work in the same school or the same city?
Yes, it is possible. All our schools need at least two volunteers. If there is a chance that we can arrange that you and your friend can teach at the same school, we will do what we can to make that possible. Also arranging an apartment for friends is normally no problem. We will make it as convenient for our volunteers as possible.
8. My passport will expire in six months; can I apply for this program?
One of the requirements for getting a Vietnamese Visa is that the passport is be valid for at least a year. In this case, we kindly ask you to apply for a new passport first.
9. What kind of VISA do I need and how can I get visa to Vietnam!?
Volunteering visa is impossible to get in Vietnam as the government considered “volunteer” is some kind of “sensitive” activates, only volunteer who come in an international agreement program such as Peace Corps can get volunteering visa. The government is required any foreigner to obtain a working visa to do any kind of teaching in Vietnam, including volunteer to teach English. That’s how; you will be invited by working Visa for any of our school. Once you are accepted, we will apply for working visa invitation letter from immigration office and send it to you by email. You just need to print it out and bring it with you to Vietnam. At the airport, immigration officer will stamp your visa in.
10. How do I arrange pick up and transfer to project site from international airport!?
If you are arriving by plane into either Ha Noi or HCMC, C4C will send a car to collect you from the airport. If you are arriving by either bus or train from one of the countries bordering VietNam then we will make the necessary arrangements to meet you at your arrival station in either Ha Noi or HCMC.
11. Which currency and how much should I budget for my trip!?
The currency in VietNam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND) and the cost of living here is very cheap (in
comparison to most “Western” countries). You can change all major currencies (GBP, US Dollar, Euro etc) at any of the banks here in VietNam and we would suggest a monthly living budget of circa $200 or the equivalent in GBP or Euros. There are also many ATMs which will accept International bank cards, therefore C4C recommend that you do a little research and find what works best for you.
Be aware that credit cards are not something which are used in everyday life here in VietNam; you can use them for cash withdrawals, paying for excursions and in the more expensive shops, restaurants and hotels, but cash is always the preferred (and sometimes only option) of payment.
LIVING IN VIETNAM
Depending on where you come from, (or any previous travelling experiences you may or may not have), city life here in VietNam will probably be an entirely new experience to you, but one which you will quickly very much enjoy and quickly get used. Here are some general pointers:
KEEPING IN TOUCH WHILST YOU ARE IN VIETNAM
WiFi – A very good level of Wifi is freely available almost everywhere in VietNam (even on many of the public buses) so you should always be able to “connect” with whoever or whatever you wish to connect with FREE via the internet.
TELECOMS – C4C will provide you with a Vietnamese SIM Card when you arrive to enable you to text and talk to other members of the C4C team when you have a need to do so. If you are looking to contact friends or family outside of VietNam, then we recommend using one of the many other free services available such as WhatsApp or FaceBook Messenger.
GETTING AROUND CITY BUS TRAVEL – The public bus services in the major cities in VietNam are everything you need
them to be. They’re reliable, they’re frequent and they’re generally clean & comfortable. If you are volunteering for C4C in either Ha Noi or HCMC then C4C will provide you with a monthly bus pass to use whenever you require (getting to and from lessons and during you free time also)
TRAFFIC – By far the best (and most entertaining) way to familiarise yourself with the traffic in the cities in VietNam is by simply Googling “Ha Noi traffic” and looking at the images and watching some of the thousands of clips on the internet. Horns are used constantly (often for no apparent reason) as streets are choked with scooters, motor bikes, cars, taxis, trucks, buses and of course – pedestrians. In VietNam we drive on the right, but not exclusively and certainly not always on the actual roads! It will initially appear daunting but you will soon get used to it, but please don’t ever get over-confident as that’s how accidents can happen.
THE WEATHER IN VIETNAM
Depending on where you are coming from, the weather here in VietNam can be very different to what you are used to. There are definite seasons you should pay attention to, but again it will be very much dependent on what time of year you are coming and which location you will be Volunteering at. Like most things today, the best source of researching this for your trip is the internet.
THE FOOD IN VIETNAM
Famous for its fresh flavours and artfully composed meals, Vietnamese food is the true “light cuisine” of Asia. Although rice (as you would expect) is generally present in all main meals, many dishes are also served with an abundance of fresh vegetables and fresh herbs. When you arrive here at C4C you will spend time with your C4C “buddy” and they will be delighted to educate you in the foods of Vietnam.