Welcome to Teachers for Vietnam!
Welcome to Teachers for Vietnam (TfV)! You’ve taken the first step on what will be a truly life-changing experience. Teaching English at a university in Vietnam will introduce you to a people and place you can scarcely imagine now, but one which will stay with you forever. How do we know? Ten years of sending teachers to Vietnam; many of whom return for a second or third year, or continue to support our program once they’ve settled back into their American lives. The ties our teachers develop with their students are mutually enriching — whether it’s standing in front of the classroom, playing soccer with them, cooking dinner on weekends, or having coffee together after school. It’s no wonder many of our teachers feel as though they become the students, while their students become their friends.
After their year abroad, our teachers often find other jobs in Southeast Asia, study Vietnamese, or start careers in teaching back in the States. Teaching in Vietnam has helped them to find out who they are, and what really matters to them.
Who are we? TfV is a small, not-for-profit organization dedicated to building bridges between cultures and improving the teaching of English at the university level in Vietnam. Each fall we send 4-6 teachers, certified in TESL, to several universities in the Mekong Delta, where they offer classes in oral communication, pronunciation, American culture, and literature. For most students, our teachers are the first native English speakers they have ever encountered, and so they quickly become role models for using English and introducing Western ways – music, sports, and other cultural aspects. While teaching students is the main focus of their job, our teachers find that living and working in Vietnam has many other richly rewarding aspects — experiencing one of today’s most dynamic, youth-driven societies, observing the contrasts between respect for centuries-old traditions and infatuation with the latest pop craze, and getting to know the friendly, endearing Vietnamese people in a way no tourist can. One year teaching abroad in Vietnam might just be the experience you are looking for, the chance to make a big difference in others’ lives while shaping your own.
MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 362, Salisbury CT 06068
Our Latest Blog Posts
Executive Director: John Dippel recently came back from a ten-day visit to the Delta. He had a great time and took plenty of photos, which he now shares with us all.
Last weekend I was asked to give a speech to about 200 high schools students about college life in the United States. I agreed to do this and upon my arrival at the school was surprised to learn that I was also expected to lead the students in a rendition of the “chicken dance”
After being crazy busy with teaching, one teacher took some time to explore the beautiful Cambodia / Vietnam border, visiting pagodas, and hiking.
When you’re in a foreign country and blogging about your experiences, there are some events ya just know you’ve got to blog about; events when you think to yourself, “I wish somebody back home could see me right at this moment.” My yoga class today was one of those moments.
The floating market is a market on the Mekong River where people sell their produce. Our group bought soup for breakfast from a woman who was selling soup from her boat/dingy.
“Awplet,” I say to the lady standing behind the counter, Lonely Planet Vietnamese phrasebook in hand. “Awwwwp leeet,” I try again, enunciating a word I don’t have the slightest idea how to pronounce.
“No no,” she insists, raising her hands to her head and waving them as the Vietnamese do when saying no.
“No awplet?” Hands waving.
Including dinner on the Mekong River and how I booby-trapped a hole in my wall to prevent lizards from getting in after I found two rummaging in my fruit bag. Also, students practicing their poetry in “American Literature.”
I’m sitting in the backseat of a motorcycle marveling at what I see around me: motorcycles (or motorbikes, as the Vietnamese call them), cars, and bicycles drive on either side of the street, there are no street signs, and people run dangerously in and out of traffic.