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Ella, what have you enjoyed most about being in Vietnam?

I feel that working in Vietnam has allowed for a significantly more authentic and meaningful experience of the culture and way of life here. Living in an area where westerners receive double takes has provided an incredibly real insight into daily happenings in Hanoi, and forming our very own routine in among the smoky streets and beeping bikes has been one of the most fascinating and rewarding things I’ve ever done. Beyond this, I highly value the way that teaching here has enabled me to meet so many wonderful people, not to mention the hundreds of little ones sat behind desks – I will remember some of those faces for a very long time!


What’s the most memorable thing that’s happened to you?

Forming close relationships with those I have met here has been the most rewarding part of this experience for me. Getting to know my teaching assistants has allowed me a fascinating insight into the similarities and differences between our cultures; I hope to keep in touch with several of them when I return home. I also visited one family’s restaurant twice a week for lunch, and came to feel very fondly of the woman and her son whom I regularly saw. The last time I ate there we shared a heartfelt goodbye, which was particularly poignant for me.



What have you enjoyed most about teaching and what’s been challenging?

The difference between how I felt walking into the classroom on my first and last day was significant. Growing in confidence as a performer on a stage in front of 50 eager faces has been wonderful, challenging, exhausting, and at times simply a lot of fun! Hearing an almighty roar of ‘yaaaaay!’ as you enter a classroom can make all the tough teaching times worthwhile.


Ella, March 2016, Hanoi, Vietnam.