Earlier this year, I headed to Chiang Mai for a two-day conference hosted by Chiang Mai Circle of International Schools (CMCIS). One of my colleagues found out about the workshop, a 2-day intensive focused on ELL scaffolding strategies with Jon Nordmeyer. I also thought it would be a good opportunity to see how schools in Chiang Mai collaborate.

Getting There

The cheapest way to get there without booking on two different airlines is with Air Asia via Bangkok. Keep in mind that Bangkok has two airports: BKK and DMK. I used the SkyScanner app to keep track of prices from SGN to CNX (Chiang Mai) and send me alerts when the pricing changed for my travel dates. Due to a longer layover in Bangkok DMK, it took 6-7 hours door-to-door each way. Although this seems like a long time for a getaway, it’s actually about the same amount of time it takes me to go door-to-door from my house in Saigon to a hotel in central Bangkok.

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*Note – all positions have been filled for the 2016-2017 school year. Check back on expatheather.com in November 2016 for updates.

It’s that time of year again, and ISHCMC – American Academy in Vietnam has some open international teaching positions for the 2016-2017 academic year. Pictured above is the school Senior Leadership Team: Rob Wilson (Dean of Students), Christina Nelson (EAL Coordinator), Mark Lewis (Head of School), Bill Hanrahan (Technology Integration Specialist), and me, Heather Carreiro (Deputy Head of School). Not pictured: Michael Tower, our Counselor.

If you are interested in living and working in Vietnam, here is the information that we have posted already on Search Associates. You do not need to be a member of Search Associates to apply.

About the School

ISHCMC – American Academy is an American curriculum campus for grades 6-12. The ISHCMC-AA campus is located directly next to the main ISHCMC campus and serves approximately 300 students.

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This weekend my friend Bill invited me to go see his rugby team, the Saigon Geckos, play in the Saigon International Rugby 10s Tournament at the RMIT campus in District 7. I hadn’t gone to any sports events yet here in Saigon, so another friend and I made the jaunt over to D7 (350,000 VND in a taxi from D2) to watch. Teams from Hanoi, Cambodia, Australia, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hong Kong were playing in the tournament.

I knew nothing about rugby, so thankfully we were able to find a few other colleagues who could give us the play by play. The games were pretty fast-paced and I found rugby much more interesting to watch than American football especially during the final 3 games of the tournament.

Aside from the game, there were definitely some rather *interesting* things going on which included:

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Wow! Hard to believe it’s been three full years already, and at the same, I feel like I’ve been in Saigon even longer than that as I’ve gone through so many changes, both professionally and personally, since we moved here in August 2012.

I’m now printing the fifth iteration of my business card, this time as Deputy Head of School. This is the first year I’m on a full-time administrative contract instead of a teaching contract. Doing that Principal licensure program during my maternity leave with Arianne definitely paid off!

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Today marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and the victory of the North Vietnamese army. The holiday is also called Victory Day or Liberty Day, however some Vietnamese refer to it as Black April and consider it a day of mourning.

The 40-year celebration in Ho Chi Minh City was open only to those invited, but I was able to get downtown yesterday to check out the preparations. A large outdoor arena was set up in front of Reunification Palace. All the bleachers were painted baby blue, and large floats replicating tanks, trains, and garish red and yellow flowers were ready for the morning’s parade. More than 100 police offers and army personnel patrolled the area, so sadly I wasn’t able to actually get into the bleacher area which was barricaded from the public. Locals, who usually enjoy the green space between Alexandre de Rhodes and Han Thuyen, sat on the curb against a backdrop of portable chain link barriers.

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