An unexpected path …
Vietnam, a country I never expected to live in. Not even on my radar. But here I am, very quickly preparing to move to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. No one is more surprised by this then me. This whole process started at the end of April when friends working overseas sent me a screenshot for a job opening at the International School of Ho Chi Minh City (high-five to the Godsiff family 😉). They were looking for a grade 5 teacher to join their team. International schools start taking applications at the end of October/early November and usually have their hiring completed within the first few months of the new year. So, this was a late posting. I emailed off my resume not thinking I’d hear anything back. Within a few days I recieved an email asking me to interview for the position. I interviewed via skype the next week. I was not offered that position because the school decided to hirer a local teacher from their sister school. I wasn’t too upset as this wasn’t something I had planned to do so I booked a plane ticket to spend the summer in Australia. Two days… two days after I bought the ticket I receive and email asking me to interview again as the school had decided to split a 4th and 5th grade class because their enrollment had grown. I interviewed with the head of school this time. That interview got my hopes up because the ideas and way the school is run fall right in line with how I want to teach. About a week later I was offered a teaching position as a Kindergarten teacher.
Wait. What. Kindergarten. Seriously? This was meant to be. 100 percent YES! (For those who don’t know, I started my teaching career as a Kindergarten teacher before moving into Special Education).
Things happened very quickly and I had about a week to get documents together and sent off to the Vietnamese Embassy before I left for my month in Australia. As I sit here in chilly Australia , still not having fully processing what’s to come, my visa has been issued and my paperwork is being sent to Vietnam after being notarized, authenticated, and legalized (that process deserves its own blog post) and I’m comfortable announcing that I’ll be moving to to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for the next two years. I’ve had several people ask me how I plan on keeping in touch during this adventure. Therefore, I’ll be using this blog as a way to do just that. I’ll try and update it at least once a week so please stop by and check it out.
Also, please come visit!
Blogging is not something I’m necessarily good at and autocorrect and I have a love/hate relationship, so please ignore any typos, misspelled words, or all together wrong words. 😉