Teachers for Vietnam BLOG
This past weekend I embarked on my first trip outside of Can Tho. We rolled out of the city at 3 am with a solid crew of 7: two vietnamese friends, 4 PiA fellows, and myself. We thought it would be totally awesome to road trip on our motorbikes and we optimistically...read more
Let me start by saying that weekends aren’t really a thing in Vietnam. It is not unusual for teachers to have a full workday on Saturday, and I, myself, have class starting at 7 am (I know, its practically ungodly). Basically, the intense euphoria of “TGIF” that I...read more
As I mentioned in my previous post, Matt and I spontaneously decided to take a trip to Phu Quoc island, which is south-west of Can Tho (on a map, it is the big island that looks like it belongs to Cambodia but it doesn’t).read more
One thing I have come to know and love about Asia is that everything is chaotic. Everything from street traffic to making dinner plans takes on an air of casualness that I can’t quite put into words.read more
Yesterday was very disorienting and after I ran out of water, I definitely let the heat get the best of me. Amidst my first bout of homesickness and culture shock I wrote a list of tragedies that have occurred thus far.read more
I laughed out loud when John, the head of teachers for Vietnam, wished me an “uneventful” flight to Vietnam.read more
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.read more
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”read more
After being crazy busy with teaching, one teacher took some time to explore the beautiful Cambodia / Vietnam border, visiting pagodas, and hiking.read more
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.read more
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.read more
“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.read more