Teaching English in Hue

Hello members,

I would be interested to chat with any members who have taught/are teaching English as a second language in Hue.  I've had a job offer.  Thanks.

Hi NickyQL,

Welcome to! :)

You might tell us more about you so that members get to know you better and interact with you. ;)

Hi Nicky,

I'm Rick, new to this group.  I've been teaching in Saigon for the past year but have now decided to relocate to Hue, a smaller city with better quality of life (from my perspective).  I'll begin teaching sometime in September.

I'm retired, have lived and worked in Asia many years and am now teaching for the enjoyment.

I can't give you any perspective on teaching in Hue because I'm new also.  I hope it works out for you.


Rick, if I may impose on you, either here or by PM could you tell me why Hue over HCMC?
I'm considering moving to VN, Hue is a very likely place, so your views on both cities would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

I have only been to Hue once but it was rainy in season when we went and reputedly very hot in mid-summer.  Even the locals said it was too hot then so it must be true.  Despite that it is an attractive city with obvious historical significance.  I have though at times that it should be reestablished as the capital to eliminate the push-pull between Hanoi and Saigon. 

Here is a link to a recent thread in another website that you might find informative: … mp;start=0  You can search "Hue" for other discussions there.  What I have read more than once is that Hue has poorly paid University jobs and that some of the commercial schools scam well meaning college students with low paid for the "poor" Vietnamese type charity work.  Things may be getting better though.

There was a school in Hue that was holding a teacher's passport hostage, as well as refusing to pay their salary.  I can't remember the name of the school, but there aren't many to choose from there and many schools will simply change their name if they think their reputation is hurting them, as opposed to changing thier business practices.

Teacher Mark :

There was a school in Hue that was holding a teacher's passport hostage, as well as refusing to pay their salary.

Is that the guy who  had a blog called Andrew's Mad Rant on Wordpress?  When I looked for it today it was banned.  I think the thread you refer to got deleted from Dave's ESL as well.  As shady as some of the Hue schools may be, his story somehow did not add up.  He was traveling with his young teen son who it sounded like may have been grabbed in a custody battle.  He always went on about how unhappy he was that Vietnam hadn't fully embraced Communism.  He should have been in Vietnam when Le Duan was premier and basic foodstuffs were bought with ration cards, but somehow I don't think he would have been happy then either.

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