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Paul
post Mar 26 2008, 09:11 PM
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Hi, how are you? I just got this email. Maybe good for someone travelling the world, wanting to stop for a bit and cash up.

"Hi Paul,

This is Thu, from Hanoi, Vietnam! I dont know you can remember me or not but
I still remember you and your trip in Hanoi about 7 years ago because I am a
receptionist in the mini hotel where you stayed and you gave an Australian
coin when I told you that I collected coins.

First of all, let me tell you something about myself and then the reason why
i send you this email.

After working for some more years in Hanoi I came back to Haiphong - my
hometown to settle, got married, had kids...And right at the moment, I am
going to set up a language center with small group in class but high
effeciency and quality. In the lattest statistics about the demand for
learning English in Haiphong is the highest among other big cities as Ho Chi
Minh city and Hanoi-capital of Vietnam. With some years experiences in
education and training I decided to open one center as i mentioned above!

And I am looking for foreign teachers who are native speakers having TESOL
certificate ( teachers of English to speakers of other languages) or
universities diplom! In fact, I just hope to corperate with the ones who
have an intention for teaching travel. The 3 months contract will be the
most flexible. But that would be good if some teachers are intersted in
living style, environment here in Haiphong and want to stay here for the
longer time.

About the accomodation, our center would support as much as we can.

Paul, if you are interested in my information pls contact me any time for
more details. Or if you know somebody who r interested in pls forward my
email to them!

Thanks and Best Regards,


Thu"

Thu's email address is:duvien2008

at

fpt.vn

Sounds like a great opportunity to get to know Vietnam culture and life. If I could I would take up the offer. See ya
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post Mar 27 2008, 08:53 AM
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Thanks Paul, how much does it pay though? Is it legitimate?


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post Mar 27 2008, 09:56 AM
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Ha ha - that is why I provided his email. Don't ask me!!!

I suspect he'll pay what he can and it'll be enough to live. Probably more than enough, depending on you level of "needed" luxury.

Legit? Don't know. I suspect so, as he is asking for people with qualifications presumably so as he can comply with the rules.

For those with suspicious Western minds - don't apply. But someone interested in staying a little longer and getting involved a bit in local life - check into it. Maybe very good. May not be. Only one way to find out.
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post Mar 27 2008, 09:57 AM
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Haha, I don't know if it's necessarily a "Western" thing, it's just me being curious, as usual...


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post Mar 27 2008, 10:02 AM
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Mar 27 2008, 08:53 AM) *

Thanks Paul, how much does it pay though? Is it legitimate?

Hi there,
This is Thu who are looking for the teacher of English! I would say that my center is totally legitimate! We are setting up and work paper is under consideration and its expected to be done in one and a half month! For general English I would pay $14/ hour. Our center can get business visa for teachers and look for reasonable acommodation here in Haiphong. Pls email me if you need to know any information about Haiphong!
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post Mar 27 2008, 10:03 AM
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OK good to hear from you directly! Thanks, I hope you find someone.


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post Mar 27 2008, 10:06 AM
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Paul, I am female!
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post Mar 27 2008, 10:07 AM
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is it possible for you to tell me something about u?
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post Mar 27 2008, 10:10 AM
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I'm not applying...although it sounds like a lovely time.


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post Mar 27 2008, 10:11 AM
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Ha ha - sorry. She.

Send me a picture so I can remember you. Did you take me to the water puppets?
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post Mar 27 2008, 10:13 AM
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$14 an hour - that is very good.

I think it is a great opportunity. I hope some people can do it. Much better than just passing through and being a tourist.
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post Mar 27 2008, 10:23 AM
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About 7 years ago I travelled to Hanoi 2 or 3 times and made some good friends with people there and remember some of the receptionists. Ha ha - half were male. Anyway, the ones I made friends with and spoke to a bit, they were all very nice, they were honest and good people. For people wondering what this job would be like - I cannot guarantee anything - but I suspect you'll be working with very nice people like Thu, who are hard working, honest and trying to set up a successful and good business and want your help and will look after you. To be honest I'd be more concerned that the Westerners mistreat Thu or aren't as respectful in their position as teachers as they should be.

I think the tourism industry has started to change in Vietnam since those days. Perhaps it is more cut throat, but the people I met then were wonderful and I certainly considered moving to Vietnam to live amongst them.

Good luck Thu and anyone that takes up the job offer.
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post Mar 27 2008, 09:22 PM
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Totally agree. I'd be more concerned about the westerners myself. Could be in a position to help out in the near future once I've cut a few strings. If so will be in touch by email. Thanks for the info..


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post Mar 27 2008, 09:48 PM
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Mar 27 2008, 09:57 AM) *

Haha, I don't know if it's necessarily a "Western" thing, it's just me being curious, as usual...


Hi - just wanting to make sure you know I wasn't trying to pick on you.

I think it is fair to be curious and a little sceptical. Maybe best if it is not the very first reaction to things though. If I was too worried I wouldn't have posted the email though.

Regarding the job, I suspect Thu worked very hard and saved her money from working in Hanoi. She got married (cost a lot) and had a baby (more cost) but has been able to move back to her home province now and is setting up her business. Sounds to me that she is making her dreams come true through hard work and saving.

If there is someone out there that dreams about travelling the world and stopping and getting to know people and culture and helping people - seems they are a great match to Thu's offer.

She lives in Hai Phong - the gateway to Halong Bay. It really would be nice for someone to stop there for 3, 6 or 12 months and work with her. But please don't spoil her dream. It must be so hard to save that money and put it all into a business and then to get permits, etc - all of that isn't easy. But if you have a good attitude you could really enjoy this position and just have some time to soak in Vietnam and Vietnamese culture.

Even my wife was interested in us taken that job. Sorry Thu - I can't right now.

Good luck.
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Good words Paul, that's something that can't be reiterated enough, sadly..


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post Mar 27 2008, 10:28 PM
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Thanks. Maybe a good opportunity for you mate.

Damn, that ruin my plans of using you here. Ha ha - but could be good.

I suppose hard to judge right now. Notwithstanding the situation in Australia, you have also never been to Vietnam or Haiphong. Maybe you have never taught.

Must be many out there in that situation. Lots of questions and uncertainty. But hey, (for all you guys, not just Woz, as I know he is likely to give things a go) - give things a try. 3 or 4 months of your life. Even if you discover it wasn't your cup of tea - you would have learnt so much and had an interesting experience. Some of you may love it so much you never go back to your past life.

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Hey Paul, no offence taken, it's just how I do...


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haha...It is vey interesting to read all your conversations related to my offer. And thank Paul for your lovely and good words for me and my projects. It certainly encourages me more in work that is not so easy. Yes, it is true that to some Westerners who havent been to Vietnam, espeacially Haiphong will get some cultural shock or just small troubles with everyday life. In my own word, Haiphong is like a sleeping bear in the winter and now it is the time of spring, it wakes up and starts looking for something to eat and when it feel full it starts explore new world around it. To explore new things, English is the one of the best tools for its people. Oh! I must go now! Talk to you all later!
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post Mar 28 2008, 11:47 AM
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This is the first time I entered this website through Paul's posting my email on it so that I dont know how to post photos of Haiphong, halong bay, Catba here! I will try to send them to you all! Just to share information and experience with you! If you are not ready skip it and we still can enjoy chatting like this!
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post Mar 28 2008, 12:01 PM
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Paul, I wasnt the one who took you to the water puppets. I am the one who collected coins and invited you to try a bowl of beef noodle. And you could not find it in your heart to refuse me but in fact I knew you were a bit "sceptical". hahahaha...! Just kidding! And at that time, you were just by yourself, not accompanied students.
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