Working Culture

Apollo is an exciting place to work due to the team spirit built into the workplace. Our values at Apollo are Passion, Accountability, and Integrity and we ensure to follow these values in all that we do. Whether it’s working together to create lesson plans in the Teachers’ Room or socialising during regularly scheduled outings, Apollo has enthusiastic and dedicated teachers and staff. Combined with Apollo’s motivated and respectful students, this creates a rich and fulfilling working culture.

Apollo has over 500 teachers from all over the world. We promote global citizens inside the classroom and within the working culture. As a new member of the teaching team, it’s not unusual for fellow Apollo teachers and academic management staff to arrange a dinner or drinks meeting so newer teachers can get to know their new colleagues. Also, during our annual outing trips teachers and staff can enjoy a relaxing getaway and engage in numerous activities. 

Additionally, all staff members are encouraged to welcome and include new teachers in gatherings outside of workplace hours. Fellow teachers often develop into forever friendships.

FAQ

Do I need to speak to Vietnamese to be considered for a job?

We require your written and spoken English to be of a high standard, but knowing Vietnamese is not a prerequisite to joining Apollo. Our teachers tend to pick up enough of the language to get around and enjoy life during their time with Apollo, and we occasionally arrange classes for teachers to study or improve their Vietnamese.

Can I take a gap year with Apollo?

So long as you meet our minimum requirements, you can apply and be considered for any teaching positions that are available. It may be difficult at times to plan in advance as we only post vacancies when they become available. But do not be put off by this as Apollo continually expands its teaching classes and facilities throughout Vietnam. Full-time Teaching contracts last for one year and include fully-paid annual leave (with public holidays) so it is possible to travel during your stay. Be flexible with your planning though, as we find many teachers enjoy teaching English and living in Vietnam so much that they often stay with us beyond their first contract!.

Am I experienced enough to be an Apollo teacher?

We recruit aspiring and ambitious new teachers, and we also welcome more experienced teachers, too. We do not discriminate against applicants on any unfair grounds such as age, gender or race and welcome all teachers of all experience and backgrounds to apply and be considered for our roles. Certain roles will require certain levels of experience and specific competencies, particularly for more senior teaching positions. But overall, we look for ambitious teachers who have a good awareness and understanding of the English language and a solid understanding of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) methodology, as this will make you naturally suited to a role in Apollo.

What is the progression of a teacher at Apollo?

There is no set path as it is very much up to each individual. Apollo is proud to provide various professional development opportunities and we recognise talent throughout the company. Less experienced teachers may be limited in the roles they can be considered for, but hard work, ambition and teaching talent are all prosperous qualities that will enable you to be considered for various positions.

I can’t find a role that is suitable for me today. When will new positions be available?

Apollo is always offering exciting opportunities to join our team. Peak hiring seasons are between March -September and we have continuous opprtunities throughout the year.

There are other teaching opportunities in Vietnam. Why should I choose Apollo?

As well as taking a look at the benefits of being an Apollo teacher, there are other reasons to choose Apollo. Not only does Apollo have many years of experience in the ELT market, but also we are still growing at rapid rate. This means that there are plenty of opportunities. As an affiliate member of International House World Organization, we also have access to the world-recognised training, qualifications and resources they offer. Apollo teaches at world class standards and you will be recognised as a top quality teacher by working with us.

I do not understand some of the acronyms or phrases that are used with English teaching (e.g. EFL, TESOL, ELT…)

→ (T)EFL = (Teaching) English as a Foreign Language

→ TESOL= Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

→ ELT= English Language Teaching

→ CELTA= The Certificate of English Language Traning to Adults

→ (T)ESL = (Teaching) English as a Second Language