Our family has lived in Vietnam for 6 years, the last three in the magnificent town of Hoi An. We have been developing a website in Hoi An for tourists and expats over the last 18 months and it has been live since March 2016.
The family is Stuart , Sharon and daughters Bi Bi (13) and Arlie (7). Stuart has an extensive background in publishing, including more than two decades in Australia (10 years as the head of a publishing company) and another (also in Australia) for several years after that. He has also written two books. Sharon has written plays, screenplays and books, been a communications teacher for over a decade and has extensive experience in sales, marketing and customer service. Bi Bi and Arlie attend school in Hoi An. The rest of the family comprises 2 cats, Nola and Alola and Muffy our dog.
Our website aims to do what most travel websites can't do -- get beneath the surface and explore what's on offer through the people who live there, not through reviewers passing through. It also provides an ongoing service for expats -- everything from renting houses to issues of cultural awareness to visa regulations and health services. Meanwhile tourists are given in-depth detail about restaurants, attractions, cultural icons, shopping, tours, hotels, special events and much more.
Hoi An, in Vietnam, is regularly voted one of the top 10 tourist destinations in the world with its magnificent beaches, charming and beautifully preserved Old Town, and bucolic life wherever you go in this delta wonderland.
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
As our website is for tourists and expats, we are especially interested in people who have demonstrated skills in social media. Other skills we are interested in are: videography, and editing plus direct marketing with email campaigns, writing promotional copy and researching and writing stories and reviews for the website.
There is also another role for people who have skills in writing, especially writing as journalists and/or reviewers. Those who have photographic skills in addition will find a role here. On the job mentoring/training will be part of the opportunity as both Sharon and Stuart have extensive experience as writers and editors.
Experience with websites and wordpress an advantage but not essential. Due to Hoi An becoming an increasingly popular place for Korean and Chinese tourists we are also interested in fluent Korean and Chinese speakers who can translate copy for us.
Our aim is to make sure all our workaways are comfortable and happy. We use a lovely homestay that is near all conveniences to accommodate them. This includes are private room and ensuite with air conditioning. We also provide bikes for the workaways to get around.
Hoi An is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. It is also one the world's least expensive. It has many attractions for tourists but it's also very easy to get off the beaten track and explore Vietnamese life and culture of the area away from the bus loads of visitors.
Beach life and river life are at your doorstep. Even the mountainous regions near the Laos border can be reached after a short drive and the cuisine is justly famous throughout the world and very inexpensive.
Da Nang international airport which is 30 minutes away has very cheap flights to various parts of Asia.
As we are a website many tours, restaurants or spas or tailors ask us to review them. Therefore our workaways get to do and enjoy lots of free meals, massages etc...
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
This is a wonderful opportunity to engage with the Vietnamese community and the many nationalities that visit Hoi An or live there as expats. Our website is involved in all facets of life in Hoi An, thus the experience will be rich and varied. It is also an opportunity to be trained by two professionals with many years of publishing, writing and marketing experience. We frequently find that are workaways stay for far longer than they intended. This is due to the comfort we provide, the beauty of Hoi An and its people and the training and experience they gain.
Maximum 20 hours a week (food for breakfast and lunch provided)