We are a primary school in Hanoi, Vietnam. There are about 450 students at the moment and from June, we will have a total number of about 600 students. The school has 15 classes and each class in general has 40 minutes per week with a native English teacher (teachers from English-speaking countries).
We currently have one native teacher of English. Our students and the staff are friendly and the Principal are doing everything she can for the benefits of the children. She is always aware of the importance of English and is paying a lot of attention on improvement of our English curriculum. As English is very important for our children to open the door to the world, we would like to welcome volunteers to our school to provide a more English environment for our students.
You will be teaching or working in a very friendly environment where all the Management Board , the teachers, the staff and the children are friendly, lovely. Helping kids in a developing country to learn English is the best way to provide them with a tool for their future learning.
Being a teacher is really a respectful job in Vietnam and there is a Vietnamese Teacher's Day when students/parents will send you cards, give you flowers or small gifts. You will feel very special and proud of being a teacher in Vietnam on such a day.
We would like to welcome volunteers from English speaking countries to come to our school, ideally for at least a semester (3-4 months) so that our primary students can have more exposure to English in an English environment. You can teach them drama, science, STEM, help them read leveled books (stories). In general, whatever you can think of to help a kid learn English will be appreciated. Please advise us what you can do with our kids. Your ideas are always welcome and appreciated.
You will be staying in a fully furnished room (a bed, a wardrobe, a desk and a chair) in an apartment close to the school (5-7 minutes walking). The apartment has a living room, a kitchen (a stove and oven, a dish washing machine), 3 bedrooms and 2 toilets. It has a washing machine. You will be staying with our Vice Principal. She is a single mum with 2 lovely children aged 10 and 9 who both can speak very good English as they have studied in New Zealand while the mother was pursuing her Masters degree for more than 2 years. They have just recently returned to Vietnam.
The school provides breakfasts and lunches for staff and thus, you and the VIe Principal, and her children (who also go to Hanoi Thanglong school) will have the meals at school. In the evening, you can choose to have dinner with the family or go out for dinner. Vietnamese food is famous for being delicious and our street food is something that you can't miss. At weekend, the family enjoys going out on a day trip outside of Hanoi and you are welcome to join the trips with them.
The Vice Principal has a motorbike and if you like you can use it. Otherwise, you will provided with a monthly bus ticket which can be used on any kind of bus so that you can travel around Hanoi. There are so many things to explore in Hanoi and the region. Enjoy the street food in Hanoi. Go to Hoan Kiem Lake and feel the taste of the local life with lots of activities happening around the lake on the walking districts at the weekend.
There are many hand craft villages around the Hanoi namely the silk village, the ceramic village, the traditional painting village, conical hat villages and so on so forth. You can spend a day or two going to many beautiful places like Ninh Binh (Trang An - a world's heritage) or Halong Bay (also a world's heritage).
CatBa island is not far from Hanoi and a weekend escape is perfect with hiking, kayaking and swimming in the island. Or you can go to Sapa, do some homestay to see how ethnic minority people live and then reach the Fansipan summit. For a longer holiday, just go to the center of Vietnam to enjoy the beautiful beaches in Da Nang or see the ancient Hue. You can go further to the South for a Mekong Delta tour.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week