On New Year’s Day, I packed my stuff and left for Toronto Pearson Airport. I boarded a flight on January 2nd, 2013 at 1:25 am. I had decided to leave my hometown of Toronto and go to Vietnam for a year to teach English and travel around. That plan to be away from home for one year has now extended itself to more than two and a half years. Currently, there is no timetable to return home permanently.
I enrolled at the Australian-Vietnam School of English in Ho Chi Minh City where I obtained my TESOL certificate (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I also enrolled in the TeacherReady program with the University of West Florida and completed my teacher education and mentorship program. I’m currently completing my teacher licensing with the state of Massachusetts.
I was part of the teaching faculty at the International Primary School (as part of the Asian International School and the Group of Asian International Education) in District One of Ho Chi Minh City. I am currently part of the teaching teaching faculty at the American International School in Binh Thanh district.
While I plan to teach here, I also have other ideas and projects in mind. I was born to a Vietnamese mother and Chinese father, who were Boat People. In other words, my parents left Vietnam on a rickety boat following the American War. As such, I have a real disconnect with my roots. I plan on exploring some family history as well as the history of the people and their culture here. With my cameras, a laptop, a book and pen, I hope to narrate my experience in a cohesive way.