English Teaching and Community Engagement 1-Year Fellowship


Deadline: December 31, 2016 (if applying directly through us)

VIA Partnership Deadline: November 13, 2016 (Late applications may be accepted depending on the circumstance). VIA provides innovative experiential learning programs in Asia and the United States that promote cross-cultural understanding, build partnerships, and offer transformative experiences for our participants and the communities they serve. We are proud to be a partner with VIA. To apply to our fellowship through VIA and have additional support and be a part of a larger international community, fill out their application here.

Start: August 2017

The Lab is part language center, part coffee shop, but at the heart, a community center located in Vung Tau, Vietnam. It was started by four individuals who envisioned an environment where people could learn, build, and create together. We teach English, host community events, and run a coffee shop.

Currently, we’re looking for 1-year fellows who are not only interested in teaching English but also in helping contribute to our community space. We need people with a wide range of skills, interests, and passions who are also interested in Vietnam. If you’re looking for just a teaching job, then we’re probably not right for you, but if you’re hoping to have ownership in what you do and a role in shaping our community space, then we might have something to offer each other. You will be expected to work 25 hours per week (approximately half will be spent teaching and the other half developing and implementing a community engagement project tailored to your specific skill set).

Basic Qualifications

  • Native English speaker
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Comfortable with technology
  • Commitment to social justice and equity
  • Interest in Vietnam, Vietnamese language and culture, and the Vietnamese community

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher from a 4 year accredited university)
  • English teaching certification (TESOL, TEFL, CELTA)
  • Experience in marketing, curriculum design, event planning, etc (see below for more details)

Tasks & Responsibilities
Fellows are expected to be full-time members of The Lab.

Fellows are expected to

  • Plan and lead all lessons for their classes
  • Conduct placement tests
  • Give and correct homework
  • Understand their students needs and plan lessons accordingly

In addition to teaching, fellows are expected to also aid in the administration of The Lab. There are many ways fellows can support The Lab including, but not limited to the following:

Curriculum Design

  • Assess course materials and seek authentic supplementary material
  • Research modern and traditional teaching methodologies to enhance student learning
  • Develop trainings and documents for future teachers


  • Conduct research into effective marketing strategies
  • Develop short-term and long term marketing plans
  • Coordinate social media campaigns
  • Flyer and develop word of mouth marketing campaigns

Event Planning & Project Development

  • Develop and organizing weekly/daily events for The Lab
  • Reach out and collaborate with other groups and companies in the area
  • Create projects that engage the community around issues of social, economic, and environmental justice.

Community Outreach

  • Develop relationships with groups and individuals within the Vung Tau area
  • Create community groups and or work with existing groups to work on events and programming
  • Conduct field research and assess community needs
  • Develop workshops for the community
  • Connect volunteer groups

Miscellaneous Duties

  • Open and close The Lab
  • General housekeeping, cleaning, and maintenance
  • Organize & facilitate clubs
  • Provide customer service and drink service as part of the coffee shop
  • Serve as reception as needed

How to Apply?

If you’re interested in applying please send your:

  1. cover letter
  2. resume/cv
  3. references
  4. relevant certificates

to recruitment@thelabvungtau.com. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via email or message us on facebook.

Stipend and Benefits
Fellows will receive a living stipend and will be provided free housing. Fellows can also opt to teach extra classes for an hourly wage based on experience, skills, and qualifications or privately tutor.