Lauren, Vietnam

 

Arriving in Vietnam I was overwhelmed, the heat hit me as soon as I stepped out of the plane and new, different sights and smells were everywhere. I was greeted by a chorus of beeps and toots and the traffic was unlike anything else I had ever experienced. In fact, it took me a while to realise that in Vietnam they drive on the right-hand-side of the road! I think that for me it is the little things that made this trip memorable for me, the little old lady on the bus feeding me pieces of mango, the kids gving me drawings and cards and people greeting me with the one word of english they know ‘Hello’ as I walk through our town. The Vietnamese people are friendly, generous and welcoming and I looked forward to walking into class every morning to my kids smiling faces. While the language barrier made things difficult, my pupils took it upon themselves to teach me as much Vietnamese as I taught them English. Teaching in Vietnam was an amazing experience in an amazing country, and the memories I have and friendships I made made the trip something I would recomend to anyone.