Pursuit of Happiness

Pursuit of Happiness

From Iris Nguyen, teacher at An Giang University

March 20, 2013 marked the first annual United Nations International Day of Happiness. I was actually not aware of this day until a day prior when my German friend Christian mentioned it to me and our group of friends. I like to think of Christian as Superman because he is always going above and beyond for the community in Long Xuyen and surrounding areas. He is one of the most selfless people I know and he is such an inspiration. We have a running joke within our group of friends that Christian is forever smiling. But in reality, it is true. He always has a permanent smile on his face and it is so infectious. (more…)

A Week in Cambodia

A Week in Cambodia

From Iris Nguyen, teacher at An Giang University

Two weeks ago, I had a great opportunity to attend a TESOL conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It was a large conference and I was able to meet some incredible lecturers, professors, deans, and students. Networking at its best! I was able to pick up some great tips and advice on how to improve my teaching style and motivate my students with different methods. I ended up spending a total of four days in Phnom Penh and was able to soak in the amazing energy of the city through the tourist hotspots, local restaurants, etc. (more…)