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Postcard from Vietnam

Each week we will be introducing you to our newest teachers at BVIS. This week it’s Ms Smith and Ms Maddalozzo in art!

Name: Rae Smith

Subject teaching: Art

City: London, UK

I still remember when I had just landed in Vietnam. Stepping out of the airport the first thing that hit me was the weather - I like the heat. Also, the people are very friendly; the staff from the airport were keen to help me. And the streets are very busy, everywhere and everyone is busy.

The three differences I found between the Vietnamese and English is that Vietnamese people are far more bilingual, most of them can speak English very well. Vietnamese people are more laid back than English people as well. Oh, and English people are less talkative than the Vietnamese!

I would love to paint and contribute to the street arts now in Saigon.

And now, my plans here are to (obviously) teach, skateboard - bring more people into skateboarding, especially girls. There’s not much skateboarding here that I’ve seen of. Also, I’d like to get more people into street art as well.

Vietnam in 5 words to me is: warm, friendly, tropical, green and inspiring.

 

Name:Alyssa Maddalozzo

Subject teaching: Art

City: Vancouver, Canada

The first impressions I’ve got from Vietnam are how lovely all the locals were, the amazing street food, and terrible traffic!

The three differences I found between Vietnamese and English people are:

  • Vietnamese are much calmer in traffic
  • Vietnamese don't complain about the rain and flooding, or hot weather as much as English people.
  • Vietnamese are more positive, and smile easily

I would like in the future to eat many different types of street food, meet local artists, and take the time to develop my art by being inspired by the city’s hidden charms.

For now, my plan is just to appreciate the little things every day.

Vietnam in 5 words to me: yummy, chaotic, kind, potential, affordable  

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