Vung Tau Bilingual Primary School 

Placement Address

Vung Tau Bilingual Primary School
44 Luong The Vinh St., Ward 9,
Vung Tau City, Vietnam

Truong Tieu hoc Song ngu Vung Tau
44 Luong The Vinh, Phuong 9, TP. Vung Tau, Viet Nam

Tel: +84 (0)64 383 7456

Placement dates

•  5th September to 15th January
•  Late January to 31st May
•  20th June to 31st August with two weeks off in the middle

Please note that we work with hosts to establish start and finish dates for placements in each programme. However, exact end dates may vary somewhat from placement to placement and year to year. On arrival at your placement, you should receive guidance and training on your role and responsibilities, and you should take this opportunity to establish when your host expects you to finish. This date should be respected, and you should only leave your placement earlier than this date with the express agreement of your placement and Programme Manager.

Placement contacts

Placement Head:  Ms Le Thi Kim Ngan
Tel: +84 (0)64 383 7456  
Mobile: +84 (0)982 909 656

Volunteer mentor: Ms Nguyen Thi Xuan Diem 
Tel:  +84 (0)64 354 3543
Mobile:  +84 (0)909 933 356

Background on host institution

Private primary school with nursery school.

Volunteers duties

To improve the communication skills of the pupils and improve the English of the English teaching staff. The school has the ambition of establishing a selected group which would be taught bilingually. Vols will teach from Grade 1 to Grade 5. The classes typically have about 35 pupils.

In summer all children have a right to two weeks’ schooling. In Vung Tau they stay for at least two months. In summer they are not obliged to follow the MOET teaching course, so it can be more interesting for Vols. Vols and Vietnamese teachers will co-teach.

Volunteers will usually teach about 20 hours per week.

Accommodation and food

Accommodation is on the campus. Well appointed. Two good sized rooms with good facilities.


There is a canteen in the school. Volunteers receive 3,000,000 VND per month, to be spent in the city and also food (breakfast and lunch) supplied from Monday to Friday in lieu !

Financial allowance

There is an additional allowance of 1,000,000 VND per month.

Suitable clothing

Vietnam is a reasonably conservative country and both male and female Lattitude volunteers should dress appropriately at their placements. As teaching assistants, Volunteers need to dress in professional attire and not as backpackers. Blouses, tops (no strappy singlets), knee-length skirt and trousers are good choices for females and collared tops and neat trousers are required for males.

Other information

• Good bus service (2.5 hrs) to HCMC.  Also ferry (1.5hrs).
• Vung Tau is a seaside resort popular with the Vietnamese. Because of off-shore oil and gas, there is
   an ex-pat British community there. The town is small but animated and there is an attractive beach.  

   There is urban development extending along the coast as far as Ba Ria.  There are restaurants,
   markets, shops, clinics, ATMs.  There is a hydrofoil connection with HCMC.  Vols need to accept that
   it is not Saigon, but it is cheerful, colourful and very pleasant.  Note that a pleasant breeze often
   blows in off the sea.
• Many internet cafés. Internet access in rooms.
• This has been a very caring and comfortable placement.
• There have been incidents with bag snatching, pickpocketing just in front of the school.


Recent volunteers

Kate Laura Roddick:
Julianne Isabelle Cullis:

Photo gallery

The front view of Vung Tau Primary School

Quick facts
Capital: Hanoi
Government: Republic
Language: Vietnamese
Population: 88.1 million
Religions: Buddhism
Timezone: GMT +7
Climate: climate, with humidity averaging 84 % throughout the year
Currency: đồng
"Discovering Vietnam and how radically different it is from England (I really did fall in love with it) has also made me want to travel more and explore the world and all it has to offer. I would never have been this adventurous had I not been on this placement; it’s really opened my eyes to the world."

Marianne, English teacher