Tamara Langborne - The hardest part will be saying goodbye

So the latest. I have finished teaching with the volunteer program, and have moved out of the accommodation they have provided. I am now living with a Vietnamese family, and experiencing everything in a new way. It’s more than awesome!!! I now teach at a learning centre, which I am getting rather great pay for, so can not complain there. I have just over a month before I head back to Australia, in which I really have to reconsider a lot of things. I’m still driving motorbikes, have learned a lot of Vietnamese, and can hold a conversation for a few minutes now, which I’m rather impressed with.

In the next month, I will travel and teach, and have 3 weddings to attend. The hardest thing I think about this, is the saying goodbye to everyone, you make such amazing friends with the other volunteers, and with your students who become more friends than students. I will definitely come back and visit. The things I will not miss are the keyboards, which are very hard to type on, and the heat but I recommend anyone to do what I did this year, it has been the best thing I have done in life!

Quick facts
Capital: Hanoi
Government: Republic
Language: Vietnamese
Population: 88.1 million
Religions: Buddhism
Timezone: GMT +7
Climate: climate, with humidity averaging 84 % throughout the year
Currency: đồng
"Discovering Vietnam and how radically different it is from England (I really did fall in love with it) has also made me want to travel more and explore the world and all it has to offer. I would never have been this adventurous had I not been on this placement; it’s really opened my eyes to the world."

Marianne, English teacher