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19 year old Canadian to teach ESL/EFL in Vietnam

This email comes from one of my YouTube viewers who asks few interesting questions that might be useful for other prospective ESL teachers.

Hi Dan,
I am fan of the videos you make. You have inspired me to come to Vietnam to teach instead of Thailand. My first thought of you was that you might be Hungarian because your accent sounds so much like my grandfather who is Hungarian but then you mentioned in a video you are Romanian which is also just as interesting.
My name is Sean, I am white and 19 years old born in Canada. My plan is to enroll in the CELTA course at ILA. It seems very difficult from what people are saying.
Do you think that the CELTA will create more opportunities than a TESOL for me if I do not have a degree and want to teach in Vietnam? Also, would you know if there are teaching jobs in Nha Trang for someone like me? I want to teach there because of the beautiful beach. What do you think I can expect to make?
I think this topic would make for a great video on your youtube channel and I give my permission to use this information if you decide to do so.
If you have time to answer this, I thank you in advance Dan.

First of all, I do believe that Vietnam is a better teaching market than Thailand. I think the salary one can get in Vietnam is higher than in Thailand and everything in Vietnam is cheaper (update 2016 - I think Saigon is a little bit more expensive than Bangkok).

Many people would say that I am Russian because of the strong /s/ and /t/ sounds I produce when speaking English. Nobody has told me before that I sound Hungarian. Interesting!

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