Before arriving in Vietnam, my apprehensions were high, to say the least.
Primarily, I was nervous about trying to understand a culture that would be so unaccustomed to what I was used to, whilst meeting new people, and ultimately, having the responsibility of trying to develop a rapport with young learners who were just as unfamiliar with me, as I was to life in Vietnam.
My worries were soon put to rest momentarily after arriving in Vietnam, with 80 other interns who shared these similar fears living within a mile radius to myself, and have now become some of my best friends that I spend every weekend travelling with!
Alongside this, the teaching has been a fantastic experience. Having my own classes of happy and easily excitable children that greet me so warmly every week when I enter the room is such a warm feeling I can’t quite explain.
In addition to this, witnessing the students that depend on me so highly learn and develop on a weekly basis is magical and gives me a huge sense of pride.
Yes, Hanoi is as crazy as everyone had warned me, but within weeks of being here, I had learned to absolutely love the craziness!
And not only this, but now that I am finally able to confidently cross the busy roads of the city that are so often shared on social media! I definitely feel I have become a part of this craziness.