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Located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, American International School Vietnam (AISVN) is an independent, proprietary co-educational Pre-K to 12 IB continuum school with around 1,300 students.

Founded in 2006, AISVN has evolved into a high quality IB School over the past 16 years, with an excellent reputation. The student body is 90% Vietnamese students which is seen as a strength at AISVN. The faculty is 95% international. The school is located to the south of Ho Chi Minh City on a beautiful purpose-built campus on 6.5 hectares. AISVN is fully authorized as an IB World School since 2010 for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) and since July 2020 for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP). and since 2021 for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP). AISVN is an all-through IB continuum school.


The AISVN community has developed a series of aligned Guiding Statements, endorsed by the Board of Directors, which drive the planning, decision-making, and actions of the school. The Board of Directors intend for these statements to extend to the entire AISVN community. The school Administration Team monitor and measure the extent to which the Guiding Statements are effectively implemented on a regular basis. The following statements comprise AISVN's Guiding Statements:

• Vision Statement
• Mission Statement
• IB Learner Profile

Vision Statement
AISVN guides students to become global citizens and sustain their cultural heritage.

Mission Statement
AISVN empowers students to think critically and prepares them to be resilient and compassionate leaders, making the world a better place.

IB Learner Profile
The learner profile provides a long-term vision of education at AISVN. It is a set of ideals that can inspire, motivate and focus the work of schools and teachers, uniting them in a common purpose.

Our Faculty
All teachers and administrators are fully certified and qualified in their various fields, with many having advanced degrees in education and receive specific professional development to teach the IB programmes. Our teachers have a strong work ethic, a positive outlook and are dedicated to creating a professional learning community at AISVN.

The School
The school currently has 1,300 students, with 550 students in Elementary (Pre-K - Grade 5) and 750 students in Secondary (Grades 6 - 12) with steady growth each year. We have well-resourced classes of reasonable size and a safe purpose-built learning environment where students receive considerable individualized attention within the classroom. The graduating class of 2021 posted an average score of 3 5 points in a graduating class of 67 students.

With a student body that is 90% Vietnamese, we have carefully constructed the most comprehensive EAL program resourced with qualified EAL teachers serving every grade level. No other school in the city provides this level of support within their international program. Because our families stay with us longer than more diverse international schools, the students benefit greatly from our scaffolded EAL program and the level of English language ability is high throughout the school. All students are tested into our programs using the WIDA to ensure they will be able to access the curriculum. The combination of student tenure with intentional EAL support has created a thriving community of highly motivated learners in all three IB programmes at AISVN.

Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Viet Nam, located on the banks of the Saigon River in the South of the country. The population of HCMC is more than 9 million people. It is centrally located in SE Asia within a 2-hour flight of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Philippines and a 1-hour flight to Cambodia, Singapore, and Thailand.

Ho Chi Minh City is a vibrant place to live and work. The city center is still adorned with elegant boulevards and French Colonial architecture. Diverse international lifestyle includes cosmopolitan dining, shopping, and entertainment. While the cost of living in Vietnam is among the least expensive in Asia, lifestyle choices do affect the monthly costs incurred by each household. For many expatriates in Vietnam, however, the potential for savings is significant. Some teachers report saving 50-70% of their income.

Number of Contract Days

180 student-contact days and 10 professional development days.
For details of school holidays and vacation schedule, please view

Starting Salary Range

Salary is paid 12 months/year. Starting salary bachelor degree step 1 Gross salary of $40,600 p.a. The maximum entry level is Step 7 (12 years experience and more). After the initial year of teaching , teachers receive incremental step increase on the salary scale.


Tax rate is approximate 20%. Local personal income tax paid by the school.

Savings Potential

High savings potential. Savings potential per year (U.S. $): Single contract: 12,000-15,000; Team contract: 25,000-30,000.
Please view to compare cost of living.


$800/month ($9,600 p.a) for single teacher. $1500/month (($18,000 p.a) for teaching couple.


Initial Contract : Economy flight ticket from Home of Record will be provided by the School.
End of contract: flight to Home of Record is provided by school. Renewal contract: flight is provided annually.

Moving Allowance

Settling allowance: Cash pay of US$500 in the first week of arrival.
Relocation Shipping allowance: Reimbursement provided base on receipts up to US$500

Dependent Opportunities

Tuition fee waiver: 100% waived for the 02 children, 50% waived for one middle child.
Flight: is applied to the legal dependents only if accompanying the Employee at the same time.
Medial insurance: is subject to the same conditions applied to the Employee if they are living with the Employee in Vietnam.
Visa and residency cards: The Employer will assist in obtaining necessary visas for the Employee’s legal spouse and children. Only the cost of the visa/residency fee will be borne by the Employer. The legal spouse and children of the Employee must provide documents required by Vietnamese authorities to facilitate the process of acquiring such visas.


Coverage through a standard international
plan, which includes hospitalization, outpatient care and emergency medical evacuation. Pre-existing conditions are included.
Worldwide Coverage with exception of United States, which covers for emergency cases 30-day/trip .


Documentation allowance: $500 paid against receipts.
VISAS & WORK PERMITS assistance provided and paid by school.

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