Saturday, December 8, 2007

Part Time J2EE Developer (Viet Nam (telecommute))

City: Vietnam

We are a web development firm based in the US looking for a J2EE developer with at least 3 year of the following skills:

3+ Years of java development work, working on the web tier and
persistence layer.
Experience in these technologies:
-Jboss Application Server
- J2EE technologies
-Struts 1.x or 2.x (with JSTL)
-Hibernate 3.x
-MySQL 5.x

Preferable knowledge in:
- Flash/Actionscript 3.0
- SIP/h.323 technology (or other VOIP technology)


Work will initially start with contract/temporary basis but could become permanent as part of our expansion. Must be able to speak and write basic English.

Please send resume, sample of past work and expected compensation.

Contact Email: jobs@transcendentsystem.com

Thanks!


Original Posting

Real Estate Development Manager

JobStreet CLASSIFIEDS

Country Head (Vietnam)
(Central)
Career Trend Pte Ltd. (For Fast Expanding Real Estate Developer) - (Based in Vietnam) Responsible for overseeing the entire operations & strategic devt of the Real Estate Devt in Vietnam. Execution & Implementation of Group's business plans & strategies. Deg in Real Estate/Finance w min 10yrs of exp in Biz Devt/Investment in the regional mkt. Excellent communications & negotiation skills. EML:es@careertrend.com.sg
07 Dec 2007Ref: 2014710897764345

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Vietnam's wants to be major outsourcing destination

IT to make big labour pool splash
20:55' 02/12/2007 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnam will have to beef up education and training if it hopes to become one of the world’s top five guest worker providers and a major outsourcer in the next 10 years.


Trang Anh takes a look at how Vietnam can reach that target once IT companies have to set up shop in Vietnam and recruit skilled workers.

IT research and development requires a significant and educated workforce. Without it, industry growth would remain stagnant and investing companies will look for opportunities elsewhere, said Ajay Gupta, director of HP Lab in India.

Being the number one of world outsourcer, India is place of a number of world leading IT companies R&D centres. A product at R&D centre is a root enable to generate jobs for a large number of software engineers. Through promoting R&D is the easy way for the country to promote their technology industry especially software.

“India has invested hugely in education since the 1980s. The government saw the need for high-end engineering education, which has offered students the skills to meet industry demand,” said Gupta.

Like the HP Lab in India, most of the staff are local people who have created breakthrough innovations such as Gesture Key Board for inputting data, the 2D barcode for document securing as well as its TVPrintCast a synchronously delivering printable data along with television signals on existing television broadcasting networks.

“Vietnam is opening up, and because the country improved its telecom infrastructure the IT community feels more comfortable in coming over,” said Gupta.

Vietnam is going through what India went through at the end of 1990s and early 2000s once leading information technology companies placed their bases on research and development after building their manufacturing bases there.

India’s IT industry earned $29.5 billion in 2006 and has set targets of $60 billion in receipts by 2010. The number of employees surged to 1.3 million by 2005 from 284,000 in 1999.

IBM opened its Global Delivery Centre in India in 2,000 with just 50 engineers. By 2006, there were over 6,000 engineers employed at the centre. IBM also opened a similar centre in Vietnam in 2006. It hopes the 200 engineers it originally hired will mushroom to 2,000 by the end of next year.

Vietnam is home to 720 IT companies that employ 25,000 programmers. Annual revenue growth rates average out to between 30-40 per cent.

Vietnam also has an expatriate IT community like Viet Kieu which has been working and living in developed IT markets worldwide such as in the US and western Europe and is forming a crucial link between overseas customers and Vietnam-based developers by helping to reduce culture and language barriers.

Nguyen Trong Duong, deputy director of Information Technology Industry Department under the Ministry of Information and Communications, said the key for Vietnam was to promote its IT industry to boost human resources.

“It is sure that foreign investors to come and place their R&D in Vietnam if talented pool is available. The current human resource in Vietnam is good but limited,” said Duong.

Pham Tan Cong, general secretary of Vietnam Software Association, said Vietnam could maintain the annual human resource growth rate of 50 per cent like India with 25,000 engineers in 2006, 200,000 in 2010 and around 1.5 million by 2015.

“With the targeted number of engineers by 2015, Vietnam will stand behind only China, India and the US. The country has a great opportunity in the history to become an education and human resource hub of the world as well as a leading position country of software after 2015,” said Cong.

Cong proposed the Vietnamese Government boost private and foreign investment in education with international standards. Students will have one year to learn either English or Japanese to meet demand of Japan, US and Europe companies.

The information technology companies will also be attracted into education investment to have recruits or more staff, enabling to students to write software from the third school year at university.

According to the Global Outsourcing Report 2005 made by well-known specialists in the sector Mark Minevich from Going Global Ventures Inc and Frank-Jürgen Richter from Horaris, Vietnam was ranked among top 30 leading outsourcing software nations by 2015.

“Quality human resources is key to Vietnam, The country’s education system is excellent, with a focus on mathematics and logic that creates a ready supply of raw talent for the IT industry. Professional skills are taught by western training companies, which are training thousands of Vietnam programmers in dedicated centres across Vietnam,” the report said.

Under Vietnam’s commitment to the World Trade Organization, the Vietnamese Government accepted market-oriented training and education in science and technology, opening for foreign investors in providing training courses for local students especially in science and technology.

Foreign investors are also allowed to open wholly foreign-owned schools from the beginning of 2009.

According to the IT human resource development of Vietnam to 2020, the government will give a certain percentage out of the total one per cent of the state budget funding for science and technology to deploy R&D in IT, electronics and telecoms as well as establish a fund for supporting IT training.

Vietnam will expand IT education in electronics and telecoms in Hanoi, Haiphong, Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, Danang, Dalat, Thai Nguyen Vinh and Hue as well as diversifying IT training models including remote training and training at works.

The government is encouraging the expansion of certificate granting bases and deploying one year additional IT training for non-IT students at universities as well as the second IT engineering certificate along with non-IT bachelor. IT training will be available in all secondary and primary schools by 2015.

A shortage of software programmers, which has increased after international corporations placed their bases in Vietnam such as Intel, IBM, Foxconn and Compal. Local companies have raised their remuneration for staff to a minimum level of $500. However, even at this salary level, Vietnam still has significant labour cost advantages. The global market will need an estimated one million programmers by 2008 and 10 million by 2015.

The country’s largest software company FPT has plans to raise its total staff to 10,000 later this year. Among its current staff, 30 per cent are graduates from its Aptech chain. Few of its staff study abroad.

Nguyen Kim Cuong, CMC vice president, said the company also planned to have 1,000 programmers by 2010, rising from its current 200 staff.

The measures for increasing IT staff include an international certificate test in Vietnam as well as the tuition of both training centres such as Aptech and vocational colleges.

The industry would need either secondary graduates with IT certificates to do for their projects instead of only university graduates.

International certificates such as Microsoft Developer Certificate are acknowledged by software international community and having an international certificate will help students have a job immediately, while a company can assess right capability of its staff.

Cuong estimated that Vietnam had less than around 500 engineers with international certificates who often work for international companies in Vietnam.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Teach at ILA Vietnam - HCMC/Danang/Hanoi/Vung Tau

Come work in Vietnam at ILA!

Whether you are a career-minded ELT professional or looking to take
a break from your current career, you will find few opportunities to
match those offered by ILA Vietnam.

Why choose Vietnam?
Few countries can offer EFL teachers a lifestyle that compares to
Vietnam and an opportunity for teachers to immerse themselves in a truly
diverse culture. The people are warm and hospitable and encourage you
to enjoy the undeniable richness of their country. Additionally,
teaching in Vietnam is made extremely positive by the Vietnamese appreciation
of learning and the profound respect they have for teachers.

The cost of living is low, which means you can enjoy a fantastic
standard of living yet still save money. The choice of lifestyle
opportunities is immense. In the daytime there is a large array of activities
such as shopping, going to the spa, seeing historical sights, or taking
a day trip. You can stay healthy by playing football, going swimming,
doing yoga, joining a five-star gym ($50 USD) or have a relaxing
full-body massage ($4 USD). Every night you can choose a different restaurant
to dine in, from Vietnamese cuisine to one of the largest selections of
international fare in Asia. If you enjoy a drink in the evening, there
are plenty of bars, clubs and breweries to choose from. All of this is
at a fraction of the cost of back home.

Vietnam has a wealth of natural treasures and traditional charms,
made easily accessible by the reliable and inexpensive travel options.
Follow Vietnam’s extensive coastline or explore its scenic mountain
ranges; choose from large, chaotic and modern cities to tranquil,
picturesque villages. Furthermore, travel throughout Asia is easy; the number of
reliable and inexpensive flight carriers means that there’s no
shortage of choice of exciting, exotic, regional destinations, all just a few
hours away.

Why choose ILA?

ILA Vietnam is Vietnam’s leading English language training
organisation.
We currently have six training centres, with three centres in Ho
Chi Minh City
and one each in Hanoi, Danang and Vung Tau, and we are
rapidly expanding with several more centres opening in the next year.

We currently teach over 8,000 students and employ over 160
expatriates in a wide range of teaching, academic management and administrative
positions. Our centres are designed, built and equipped to the highest
standards, thus providing teachers, employees and students with an
excellent study and work environment. We place a strong emphasis on
academic quality and this is reflected in our approach to teacher
recruitment, development, support and management.

Key benefits :
• Highly competitive remuneration packages
• Excellent career opportunities in academic management, teacher
training and in other areas
• Strong support and professional development
• Dedicated academic management and support team
• In-house CELTA, CELTYL and DELTA programmes
• World class facilities and teaching resources
• $1000 USD completion bonus to teachers
• Opportunities to get involved in charitable project work
• Option to transfer between our various training centres located
throughout Vietnam

What’s more, we also offer:
• First five nights accommodation free of charge
• Work permits and entry/exit visas organised and paid for by the
school
• $ 600 Annual health insurance allowance, paid at the beginning of
contracts
• Paid level testing and other non-teaching work available
throughout the year
• Airport pickup by a member of ILA staff
• 30 days holiday, including national and ILA holidays
• Free “Survival Vietnamese” lessons
• ILA sponsored social activities throughout the year, including
the ILA birthday party, the Christmas Party, quarterly get-togethers and
an annual trip to the beach.

What if I want to volunteer while living abroad?
ILA prides itself on being involved with and giving something back
to the local community and has therefore established the ILA Community
Network. Staff and employees can volunteer in charitable projects that
include both fundraising events and volunteering options at shelters,
orphanages, or the Cancer Hospital.

Please visit our website for more information.

What positions are available?

ILA Vietnam is seeking EFL professionals for the following
positions:
• Young Learners teachers to teach a variety of general English
levels to children aged 4 to 18 years old.
• Adult English teachers to teach General English, Exam Preparation
(IELTS & TOEFL), and Corporate ELT programmes.
• Academic Management Positions

All teaching positions require a minimum of a BA + CELTA (or
equivalent.) Academic Management positions require the above as well as a MA
or DELTA.

I’m interested! How do I apply?

Please forward by email the following to our recruitment
department: recruitment@ilavietnam.com

1. Full CV, dated and with references
2. Copy of passport page with details and photograph.
3. Cover letter, stating which training centre and which position
you are applying to
4. Soonest realistic start date.

For further information about teaching at ILA Vietnam, visit
http://www.ilavietnam.com/images/academic.pdf

For further information about current positions available, visit
our website at http://www.ilavietnam.com/careers

Address:
402 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai
Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam
http://www.ilavietnam.com/careers
Telephone: (884) 929-0100
Fax: (884) 929-0070
Contact person: Maree Chiricosta or Caroline Elliot, Teacher
Recruitment Executives at recruitment@ilavietnam.com

Life in Thailand - Telegraph Mentor


Neil Stoneham says that Thailand is a diverse and fascinating country offering everything from historical culture to relaxing and thrilling leisure pursuits. Outstanding for the laid-back attitude and friendliness of its people, the kingdom is well worth a visit.

Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 28/11/2007

Introduction to Thailand
Visiting Thailand
Getting around
Housing
Jobs
Study
Leisure
Healthcare

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Neil Stoneham, is a 35 year-old British journalist currently living in Bangkok, Thailand. He has been here since arriving as an international school teacher in 1999, changing career when an opportunity arose to work for the Bangkok Post at the beginning of 2004.

Neil writes mainly educational features for the learning post supplement of the newspaper but also writes freelance pieces for other publications. In addition to his full-time occupation, Neil hopes to one day finish a radio drama script or maybe even get over the 10,000-word threshold of his elusive first novel.

Neil will be happy to answer any queries you may have about visiting or living in Thailand. He has a particularly good knowledge of the international education scene, although is unable to recommend specific schools for your child.

Introduction to Thailand: Although Thailand’s unofficial moniker as the “Land of Smiles” has become something of a cliché, it is no less true because of it. Smiling is a Thai specialty, as is cooking some of the tastiest food on the planet and a warm welcome wherever you go.

Renowned for its tolerant and ancient peace-loving culture, Thailand has become a Mecca for people from all walks of life. Whether you’re looking for an idyllic beach, historical monuments or an extremely diverse nightlife, then Thailand has something to offer.

Living here can be an exhilarating mixture of pleasantness and frustration. If the fumes and chaos of Bangkok become a little too much, for example, you’re only a short ride away from tropical paradise and inexpensive resorts. It’s also well situated for visiting the rest of Asia and Australia is only four hours away by plane.

More and more Thais are learning to speak good English, so communication should be fairly easy, especially in the tourist areas of Bangkok, Chiang Mai (Thailand’s second largest city) and beachside resorts.

Thailand has a constitutional monarchy (the current King is the longest serving monarch in the world) and has a proud history of never having been colonized. Royalty is revered absolutely and it is never appropriate to speak negatively about them, even in close company.

Buddhist Monks walk out of a temple in Bangkok

It is also worth noting that the tsunami-hit areas around Phuket are recovering much quicker than their counterparts in other countries because of the more advanced infrastructure. So be sure to make Phuket an option if you are planning a holiday here.

Visiting Thailand: The high season from October to March is the most pleasant in terms of weather. Temperatures are bearable and can even be quite pleasant around Christmas time. Note, however, that this is also the most expensive period for resorts and hotels.

April is best avoided as the temperatures can reach into the 40’s and, no matter how used to it you are, it still feels unbearable.

The rains come in June and temperatures settle down again. Visit from this time until September if you like a good bargain and don’t mind the odd shower.

Most of Thailand is safe. However, there is a lot of unrest from separatists in the southernmost tip of the country, particularly in the provinces of Yala, Narrathiwat and Pattani, so they are best avoided.

Getting around: Bangkok is notorious for its traffic jams and this would seem a fair assessment. Having said that, it is often no worse than in many other major cities, and you can learn to navigate your way round much more efficiently after you have been here a while. There are plenty of ways to get around Bangkok and whichever mode you choose will largely depend on how adventurous you are.

The safest and most efficient way of getting around is by the Sky Train which snakes above the city in most major areas, including the business districts. Then there is the relatively new underground Metro which complements the sky train routes and, again, serves important areas. Nonetheless, at present, the service is fairly limited to central Bangkok but work is ongoing and by the end of the decade, the public transport system should be on a par with any modern city.

Next up, Bangkok is served by a very cheap taxi service. The taxis are mostly quite new and air-conditioned, as well as being in plentiful supply – you’ll never really have to wait more than a minute or two before flagging one down. However, this means they also clog up the rounds, thus compounding the traffic jam situation.

The skytrain in Bangkok

Taxi fares are charged by the meter and anyone who offers to take you somewhere for a price should be refused as the chances are they will be ripping you off. A sizeable minority of taxi drivers, it has to be said, also like to throw in a few fairground-like thrills into the bargain while they are driving you to your destination! It is, nonetheless, a service most favoured by expats and seems to work fairly well.

If you’re adventurous, you might like to try the famous samlor or ‘tuk-tuk’ as they are better known. These three wheeled fume-belching open-air taxis are a fun and cheap way to explore the city. Fares are negotiated in advance with the driver. Also, for the even more adventurous, motor-cycle taxis can speedily wind their way among the traffic if you’re in a hurry.

If you are looking to travel around Thailand, the train network is certainly a cheap and comfortable, if very slow, option. Most destinations are served from Hua Lompong station in Bangkok and sleeper carriages are available on long overnight journeys. The road network is also an option if you want to hire a car. Road quality is usually fairly good with the majority of signposts written in English as well as Thai.

A modern air-transport system serves Thailand as well as other international destinations. New, low cost airlines are bringing fares down to both domestic and Asian cities. Thai Airways International (THAI) is the national carrier and very good it is too. In anticipation of the new Bangkok International Airport (to be opened sometime in 2006), THAI are going through something of a revamp, so the service should eventually be top notch.

Housing: Most expatriates live in condominiums or rented houses. These are in plentiful supply in most major Thai cities and there is a good range available.

Depending on your budget, it is possible to live in anything from a modest one bedroom apartment, to a grand 200 sq metre condo overlooking the city. Most condos come with a swimming pool and gym facilities. Rental prices are usually about half to two-thirds of the price you would pay for the same thing in the UK.

By law, foreigners are not allowed to own land in Thailand. You can, however, purchase apartments above the ground floor and these can be fairly inexpensive, although – thanks to the booming economy – prices are going up fast.

In addition, the laws for purchasing apartments mean that, unless you have a good stock of money back home (where a third or more of the money has to come from), getting a loan from a Thai bank is quite difficult.

Some foreigners opt to get round the law by purchasing property through a Thai partner or friend, although, in certain circumstances, this might not be a good idea.

Jobs: Thailand is a popular country for expatriate workers. The perks and standard of living here makes it an attractive proposition, which means it can be fairly competitive. A large number of expatriates have been sent here by their companies back home but there are a sizeable number of them who got jobs while visiting Thailand.

By far the most feasible option for foreigners is to work as an English teacher. Acquiring some formal qualification, such as TEFL certificate, will virtually guarantee you work here. There is a reason for this, however. The salary for most English teachers is very small and you will be lucky to earn anything more than 30,000 baht (₤450) a month. That’s enough to get by but don’t expect to be able to afford any luxuries.

A Thai man places durians onto a pile at a fruit market

Try www.ajarn.com to get the bigger picture. You will require a work permit and special visa (which must be obtained outside the country) to work in Thailand. These require a huge amount of bureaucracy and, unless you have a job sorted out already, it is pointless trying to obtain one.

Working illegally is not advised unless you don’t mind risking a spell in the Bangkok Hilton (and I don’t mean the hotel). Try these English language newspapers for the latest vacancies – www.bangkokpost.com or www.nationmultimedia.com.

Study: Thailand probably has the most diverse and varied international education scene in the world. There are some excellent schools here, although they are not cheap. However, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a school which fits your budget and location requirements. www.isat.or.th is a useful resource as is the Bangkok Post’s education section www.bangkokpost.com/education.

The local government education system is going through a period of radical change and, although there are many success stories, there are few Thai schools that would come close to international schools in terms of suitability for expatriate children.

Universities mostly cater for the local population although a few of the bigger universities offer courses in English. My general impression is that they are not quite up to the standards of good British or American institutions but are certainly an option for students who want to study abroad.

Leisure: There are so many ways of spending your leisure time in Thailand, it is impossible to mention even half of them here. As a general guide, however, read on.

Restaurants serving local and international cuisine from all corners of the planet can be found in our capital. And Bangkok certainly has the best nightlife, ranging from the modern hip dance clubs on Royal City Avenue to the famed dens of iniquity on Soi Nana or Soi Cowboy. Whatever rocks your boat, Thailand can certainly rock it!

If you want something more tranquil, visit the islands of Ko Samui, Ko Samet, Phuket or the land resort of Hua Hin. Jungle and countryside can be found in the beautiful Kao Yai national park (just a couple of hours drive from Bangkok) or the high mountains of the north around Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai.

If you want history, a must is a visit to Kanchanaburi – home to the fascinating “Death Railway” and the fabled Bridge Over the River Kwai.

Thailand welcomes people of all nationalities, religions and cultures as well as those from the LGBT community.

Health care: Good health care is readily available in Thailand. Bumrungrad hospital in Bangkok provides world class private health care and there are many smaller international hospitals around areas populated by tourists.

It’s a good idea to take out health insurance if not provided by your company or if you are visiting.

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

A foreigner working in Hoi An Vietnam

Foreigners in the ancient town

Damien
VietNamNet Bridge – At 9am every morning, Damien rides through Hoi An town on his red motorbike with a wad of pamphlets. He calls on every hotel to deliver pamphlets to advertise for King Kong and Sleepy Gecko bars.

Though he has not worked for the two above bars for very long, Damien’s notebook is full of telephone numbers and addresses of hundreds of hotels and restaurants in Hoi An, which he visits every day to advertise these bars.

His day starts at 9am and ends at 11pm. From 9am to 5pm, Damien markets for Sleepy Gecko and from 7pm to 11pm, he is in charge of sound, light, and also a waiter and a cashier at the King Kong bar, owned by an Indian man.

Damien, 26, was born and grew up in Queensland state, Australia. He is an automobile engineer. “I worked for four years with broken-down engines. Sometimes I wondered why I had to spend my life with these failed machines?” he said. Damien quit his job and came to Vietnam as a backpacker.

“I planned to visit Vietnam for around one month. But when I came to Hoi An, I wanted to stay here immediately. I feel my life here is more meaningful,” he said. The current jobs don’t bring about high income for Damien but he loves them.

Hoi An enchants Damien because of the good, cheap food, fresh air, and friendly people. In his free time, Damien rides on his motorbike to restaurants along the Hoai River to taste local cuisines like hen xao, banh trang and che bap.

Damien is now an “expert” of Hoi An. He knows this ancient town better than some locals. “The first day in Hoi An, I dropped in at a common restaurant near Hoi An market to buy a plate of rice. The saleswoman charged me double. I quietly paid for the meal and left. The next day I returned to that restaurant, the saleswoman charged me half of the previous day. I was very surprised. She looked at me, smiled in a friendly way and told her nephew to translate to me: you are an acquaintance! That’s it! I become her acquaintance. That’s why I chose Hoi An to live and work.”

Nearly 200 foreigners are working and living in this small town. They do all kinds of jobs to earn their livings, from chef assistant to waiter, etc. It is not strange for Hoi An people to see foreigners work for Vietnamese employers. Recruitment ads in English can be seen at the door of many restaurants and hotels in Hoi An. Hoi An residents treat immigrants equally, though they have different skin colours and speak foreign languages.

For a Dutch couple, Marc, 36 and Fem, 27, Hoi An is the starting place for their family life. They met each other when they travelled Vietnam in late 2003 and the peaceful life in Hoi An brought them together.

Marc works as a tour guide for a local tourism company, Son My Son Co, Ltd., which organises tours to the My Son relics. Loving the quiet and peaceful atmosphere in the ancient town, Fem doesn’t want to return to Holland, but stay in Hoi An with Marc to build their new life. Their wedding party was a simple meal in a small house on Nhi Trung street.

Marc and Fem have decorated their small house like a tour operating office, with a Hoi An map marked with restaurants, shops and their products, prices, information that the couple spent several months collecting. The salary of Marc and Fem is sufficient to pay for their house and their daily living.

“It is very easy to live in Hoi An. The locals are lovely. We always feel comfortable loitering on the way and at cafes with local young people,” Marc said.

Their eldest son has a Vietnamese name, Son. “We named him Son to remember My Son,” Marc said.

This small family is waiting for a new member. “If my child is a girl, we will name her Hoi An, perhaps Nguyen Thi Hoi An,” Fem said.

For Scott McMillan, 30, from Britain, Hoi An is a favourable environment for his work. As a veterinary doctor, Scott came to Vietnam as a tourist. While staying in Hoi An for one week, Scott fell in love with this ancient town and sought to stay in Hoi An.

Hiring a small house in the town’s suburbs, Scott knocked on the door of many hotels and restaurants to seek a job. During the day he taught English at a foreign language centre in Da Nang city, 30km from Hoi An, and at night, he worked for a hotel in Hoi An.

After nearly four months working in that way, Scott became the manager of Pho Hoi 2 Hotel. At night, he teaches English to the hotel’s staffs and they teach him Vietnamese. Scott said he loves his current life very much.

“I cannot tell you my plan but in the very near future, I will do something for Hoi An, certainly for tourism. My parents greatly support me.”

Scott revealed that he is in love with a Hoi An girl. “We will get married and live here. I chose Hoi An as my home and my children may live here as well.”

Scott is trying to “speak Vietnamese well and further fit in the local community. I don’t want to be called ong Tay (foreigner). Why don’t they call me ong ta (Vietnamese)?” he said and smiled.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

DIRECTOR OF STUDIES in Hanoi

To apply for this position online or to contact the advertiser by e-mail, please access:
http://www.tefl.com/jobs/job.html?jo_id=31212

DIRECTOR OF STUDIES
Thu 15th Nov 2007 04:37 GMT
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam, Vietnam
Deadline: Saturday 22. December 2007
Experience: 5 years

Details:
DIRECTOR OF STUDIES
WANTED

As the result of recent expansion of Language Link Vietnam, we are urgently looking for a qualified candidate to fill the position of Director of Studies for one of our schools in Hanoi. As a premium international educational organization, we will offer an exceptional employment package to the right applicant.

The position includes the following tasks

• Acting as a Senior Teaching Professional of the company, and providing appropriate leadership and direction to the teaching team
• Programme Development for Public and Corporate Programs
• Pro-active and on-going assessment of existing LLV programs, making suggestions for upgrades, and ability to plan and implement the upgrades within a scheduled framework
• Academic management of delivered programs, development of teacher support to enable excellent classroom practice and demonstrably positive outcomes for students
• Be responsible for teacher recruitment, teacher management/development, including: teacher review system; training/workshops; assisting in developing remuneration packages; teacher planning
• Involvement in administrative tasks such as student testing, scheduling, reporting. Occasional involvement in Public Relations & Promotions

Qualifications:
Position Requirements

• Degree in education (Masters or equivalent required), and a good TEFL qualification
• Extensive experience as a DOS or Academic Manager, and in teaching both adults and children
• Excellent communication, cross-cultural and people management skills
• Planning and organizational skills
• Independent, driven, energetic and creative


Compensation:
LLV offers a premium salary and benefits package, plus a friendly and dynamic working environment.

Interested in applying? Please contact Gavan Iacono at 04 - 9744 999, or send a cover letter and cv to gavan@languagelink.edu.vn /career@languagelink.edu.vn

For further information about Language Link Vietnam, please visit our website at www.languagelink.edu.vn


Employer:
Language Link Vietnam
Company Background: Language Link Vietnam is an international teaching group with its headquarters in London and more than 120 centres worldwide. Language Link Vietnam was established in 1996 to train students in General English, Business English, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Cambridge examinations. It also offers highly effective language and skills training for the corporate sector
Address:
36 Cat Linh, Dong Da
Hanoi, Vietnam
http://www.languagelink.edu.vn
Telephone: 84-4-7338402
Fax: 84-4-7338429
Contact person: Gavan Iacono, Director

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http://www.tefl.com/jobs/job.html?jo_id=31212


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Capital Market Solutions Pty Ltd needs Service Delivery Manager in Vietnam

Capital Market Solutions provides market leading software, services and solutions to the financial markets in Asia Pacific and United Kingdom. Offices are located in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and recently Vietnam.

An opportunity for a Service Delivery Manager to join our operations in Ho Chi Minh City now exists and will be responsible for the implementation and support of Nova and TradeAnywhere in Vietnam.

The Service Delivery Manager will be responsible for all customer activity in Vietnam. The majority of work will be in Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi.

Service Delivery Manager
(Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City)

Requirements:

  • Line Management for the Support/Implementation and Operations Team in Vietnam.


  • To manage every implementation of NOVA and TradeAnywhere. To provide implementation consultancy resources for the larger projects, liaising with the Project Manager, to ensure that the role and responsibility of the consultant is clearly understood.


  • Managing the Support Service. between 7:30am and 6:30pm Monday to Friday. Managing all calls logged by the customer including both product related and technical problems. The helpdesk will monitor the progression of all calls logged to ensure that they are resolved within the agreed service levels.


  • To always be aware of the status all of calls logged to the Support desk and to be the 1st point of escalation of any issues. To meet with each customer on a regular basis to review the outstanding problems that have been reported and to put appropriate action in place to address the issues raised.


  • To plan and manage the minor upgrade of software for each customer.


  • To co-ordinate with the Development Manager and to schedule Customer specific User Acceptance testing prior to any software being delivered to a Customer.


  • To provide implementation consultancy resources for the larger projects, liaising with the Project Manager, to ensure that the role and responsibility of the consultant is clearly understood.


  • Collation and publish both customer and general management statistics on a periodic basis, and provide such information as part of the standard service reporting requirements.


  • To spend a significant amount of time with each Customer, working with the users to ensure that each customer makes best use of the system.


  • To fully understand how each customer is operating the system and to identify any operational gaps that can be addressed by implementing a new module, through the development of a new enhancement or through changing a working practice.


  • To keep both the Account Manager and Operations Director informed of any serious Customer issues.


  • Conduct End-User staff and/or management training to ensure a smooth installation process and minimize post-installation support requirements. To continue to review the training needs of the customer on an on-going basis.


  • To document the high-level business requirements for any enhancements identified. To review the subsequent analysis, design and test plans produced by the Product Centre.


  • To attend the Product Board and to be responsible for defining the maintenance items to be scheduled in each major release and subsequent Service Packs.


  • To provide sales support to the sales team.


  • The mandatory qualifications/experiences required for this role are:


  • Experience in business analysis/consultancy.
  • Knowledge of equity markets operations and settlement functions and processes.
  • First hand experience with at least one current equity settlement and clearing system.
  • A very good understanding of the Vietnam equities market is essential.
  • An appreciation for other regional markets
  • A good knowledge of SWIFT and OASYS is also desirable.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in Vietnamese and English.
  • Well-organised, with the ability to prioritise, plan and meet deadlines, without supervision.
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Proactive approach to getting the job done.
  • Willingness to work as part of a team.
  • Experience with desktop software tools, ie MS Office, Excel, Powerpoint.
  • SQL skills is recommended but not essential.
  • Fluent in English.

CMS employs approximately 100 staff with extensive working knowledge and experience within the financial services IT industry. For further information about CMS, go to http://www.capmsl.com

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Come work in Vietnam at ILA!

Whether you are a career-minded ELT professional or looking to take a break from your current career, you will find few opportunities to match those offered by ILA Vietnam.

Why choose Vietnam?
Few countries can offer EFL teachers a lifestyle that compares to Vietnam and an opportunity for teachers to immerse themselves in a truly diverse culture. The people are warm and hospitable and encourage you to enjoy the undeniable richness of their country. Additionally, teaching in Vietnam is made extremely positive by the Vietnamese appreciation of learning and the profound respect they have for teachers.

The cost of living is low, which means you can enjoy a fantastic standard of living yet still save money. The choice of lifestyle opportunities is immense. In the daytime there is a large array of activities such as shopping, going to the spa, seeing historical sights, or taking a day trip. You can stay healthy by playing football, going swimming, doing yoga, joining a five-star gym ($50 USD) or have a relaxing full-body massage ($4 USD). Every night you can choose a different restaurant to dine in, from Vietnamese cuisine to one of the largest selections of international fare in Asia. If you enjoy a drink in the evening, there are plenty of bars, clubs and breweries to choose from. All of this is at a fraction of the cost of back home.

Vietnam has a wealth of natural treasures and traditional charms, made easily accessible by the reliable and inexpensive travel options. Follow Vietnam’s extensive coastline or explore its scenic mountain ranges; choose from large, chaotic and modern cities to tranquil, picturesque villages. Furthermore, travel throughout Asia is easy; the number of reliable and inexpensive flight carriers means that there’s no shortage of choice of exciting, exotic, regional destinations, all just a few hours away.

Why choose ILA?

ILA Vietnam is Vietnam’s leading English language training organisation.
We currently have six training centres, with three centres in Ho Chi Minh City and one each in Hanoi, Danang and Vung Tau, and we are rapidly expanding with several more centres opening in the next year.

We currently teach over 8,000 students and employ over 160 expatriates in a wide range of teaching, academic management and administrative positions. Our centres are designed, built and equipped to the highest standards, thus providing teachers, employees and students with an excellent study and work environment. We place a strong emphasis on academic quality and this is reflected in our approach to teacher recruitment, development, support and management.

Key benefits :
• Highly competitive remuneration packages
• Excellent career opportunities in academic management, teacher training and in other areas
• Strong support and professional development
• Dedicated academic management and support team
• In-house CELTA, CELTYL and DELTA programmes
• World class facilities and teaching resources
• $1000 USD completion bonus to teachers
• Opportunities to get involved in charitable project work
• Option to transfer between our various training centres located throughout Vietnam

What’s more, we also offer:
• First five nights accommodation free of charge
• Work permits and entry/exit visas organised and paid for by the school
• $ 600 Annual health insurance allowance, paid at the beginning of contracts
• Paid level testing and other non-teaching work available throughout the year
• Airport pickup by a member of ILA staff
• 30 days holiday, including national and ILA holidays
• Free “Survival Vietnamese” lessons
• ILA sponsored social activities throughout the year, including the ILA birthday party, the Christmas Party, quarterly get-togethers and an annual trip to the beach.

What if I want to volunteer while living abroad?
ILA prides itself on being involved with and giving something back to the local community and has therefore established the ILA Community Network. Staff and employees can volunteer in charitable projects that include both fundraising events and volunteering options at shelters, orphanages, or the Cancer Hospital.

Please visit our website for more information.

What positions are available?

ILA Vietnam is seeking EFL professionals for the following positions:
• Young Learners teachers to teach a variety of general English levels to children aged 4 to 18 years old.
• Adult English teachers to teach General English, Exam Preparation (IELTS & TOEFL), and Corporate ELT programmes.
• Academic Management Positions

All teaching positions require a minimum of a BA + CELTA (or equivalent.) Academic Management positions require the above as well as a MA or DELTA.

I’m interested! How do I apply?

Please forward by email the following to our recruitment department: recruitment@ilavietnam.com

1. Full CV, dated and with references
2. Copy of passport page with details and photograph.
3. Cover letter, stating which training centre and which position you are applying to
4. Soonest realistic start date.

Address:
402 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai
Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam
Telephone: (884) 929-0100
Fax: (884) 929-0070
Contact person: Maree Chiricosta or Caroline Elliot, Teacher Recruitment Executives at recruitment@ilavietnam.com

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Teach English at the Beach - Vung Tau, Vietnam - Immediate Start!

Why choose Vietnam?

Few countries can offer EFL teachers a lifestyle that compares to Vietnam and an opportunity for teachers to immerse themselves in a truly diverse culture. The people are warm and hospitable and encourage you to enjoy the undeniable richness of their country. Additionally, teaching in Vietnam is made extremely positive by the Vietnamese appreciation of learning and the profound respect they have for teachers.

The cost of living is low, which means you can enjoy a fantastic standard of living yet still save money. The choice of lifestyle opportunities is immense. In the daytime there is a large array of activities such as shopping, going to the spa, seeing historical sights, or taking a day trip. You can stay healthy by playing football, going swimming, doing yoga, joining a five-star gym ($50 USD) or have a relaxing full-body massage ($4 USD). Every night you can choose a different restaurant to dine in, from Vietnamese cuisine to one of the largest selections of international fare in Asia. If you enjoy a drink in the evening, there are plenty of bars, clubs and breweries to choose from. All of this is at a fraction of the cost of back home.

Vietnam has a wealth of natural treasures and traditional charms, made easily accessible by the reliable and inexpensive travel options. Follow Vietnam’s extensive coastline or explore its scenic mountain ranges; choose from large, chaotic and modern cities to tranquil, picturesque villages. Furthermore, travel throughout Asia is easy; the number of reliable and inexpensive flight carriers means that there’s no shortage of choice of exciting, exotic, regional destinations, all just a few hours away.

Why choose ILA?

ILA Vietnam is Vietnam’s leading English language training organisation.
We currently have six training centres, with three centres in Ho Chi Minh City and one each in Hanoi, Danang and Vung Tau, and we are rapidly expanding with several more centres opening in the next year.

We currently teach over 8,000 students and employ over 160 expatriates in a wide range of teaching, academic management and administrative positions. Our centres are designed, built and equipped to the highest standards, thus providing teachers, employees and students with an excellent study and work environment. We place a strong emphasis on academic quality and this is reflected in our approach to teacher recruitment, development, support and management.

Why choose Vung Tau?

Vung Tau is approximately 120 km southeast of HCMC, at the mouth of the Saigon River. The town has an average temperature of 28°C and a rainy season which, like HCMC, runs from May through to November. There is some 20 km of coastline of soft-sand beaches in the immediate area. Many of the teachers there find time to go boating, swim, kite surf, and (simply) surf the waves. There is a range of amenities in this idyllic coastal town, including a cinema, English book store, a driving range, golf course, western style supermarket, walking tracks and bike trails.

Amidst the recent development, Vung Tau still retains a small town atmosphere with quiet tree-lined boulevards and seaside walk ways while dilapidated colonial villas have been taken over by foreign companies and governmental departments and restored to their former glory. It was, and continues to be, an ideal weekend retreat for city dwellers and an ideal location for teaching professionals seeking a more relaxed and quieter setting.

Key benefits :
• Highly competitive remuneration packages
• Excellent career opportunities in academic management, teacher training and in other areas
• Strong support and professional development
• Dedicated academic management and support team
• In-house CELTA, CELTYL and DELTA programmes
• World class facilities and teaching resources
• $1000 USD completion bonus to teachers
• Opportunities to get involved in charitable project work
• Option to transfer between our various training centres located throughout Vietnam

What’s more, we also offer:
• First five nights accommodation free of charge
• Work permits and entry/exit visas organised and paid for by the school
• $600 Annual health insurance allowance, paid at the beginning of contracts
• Paid level testing and other non-teaching work available throughout the year
• Airport pickup by a member of ILA staff
• 30 days holiday, including national and ILA holidays
• Free “Survival Vietnamese” lessons
• ILA sponsored social activities throughout the year, including the ILA birthday party, the Christmas Party, quarterly get-togethers and an annual trip to the beach.

What if I want to volunteer while living abroad?
ILA prides itself on being involved with and giving something back to the local community and has therefore established the ILA Community Network. Staff and employees can volunteer in charitable projects that include both fundraising events and volunteering options at shelters, orphanages, or the Cancer Hospital.

Please visit our website for more information.

What positions are available?

ILA Vietnam is seeking EFL professionals for the following positions:
• Young Learners teachers to teach a variety of general English levels to children aged 4 to 18 years old.
• Adult English teachers to teach General English, Exam Preparation (IELTS & TOEFL), and Corporate ELT programmes.
• Academic Management Positions

All teaching positions require a minimum of a BA + CELTA (or equivalent.) Academic Management positions require the above as well as a MA or DELTA.

I’m interested! How do I apply?

1. Full CV, dated and with references
2. Copy of passport page with details and photograph.
3. Cover letter, stating which training centre and which position you are applying to
4. Soonest realistic start date.

Address:
402 Nguyen This Minh Khai
Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam
Telephone: (884) 929-0100
Fax: (884) 929-0070
Contact person: Caroline Elliot/Maree Chiricosta, Recruitment Executives

Friday, November 2, 2007

Short Term Teaching Opportunities in HCMC/Saigon Vietnam


Apollo Education and Training Vietnam
Location

Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamDSaturday 15. December 2007 E
No experience required

Spend three months teaching in a fascinating country and experience the unique cultural combination of old and new, traditional and modern. From cities to mountains to beaches, Vietnam has something for everyone. Accommodation, visa and arrival arrangements all taken care of for a stress-free experience.

Short term Opportunities

An attractive 3 month package for full time teachers to work partly on a special children's project and on our general programs. A teaching load that leaves ample time for exploring the city and surroundings and getting a feel for the culture and people.

We offer:

• Competitive packages
• Commitment to professional development and high teaching standards
• Wide range of resources and modern facilities
• Variety of course types
• Opportunities for development and promotion
• Academic and personal support from a dedicated team

Competitive Package

• An allowance of $655 net per month (non resident tax of 25% is
paid by Apollo)
• Good standard accommodation provided including water and
electricity bills.
• $500 contract flight allowance ($250 upon arrival and $250 at
the end of the 12 week period – receipts and ticket required).
• Visa cost – (receipts required)
• Transport to and from the airport on arrival and departure
• Overtime payment of $16-$22 per hour (depending on experience
and qualifications)
Plus
• Commitment to professional development and high teaching
standards
• In-house training program
• Wide range of resources and modern facilities
• Variety of course types
• Academic and personal support from a dedicated team




Professional Development

We are committed to high standards of teaching and training for teachers. Our professional development program includes:
• Regular observations schedule plus ‘pop-in’ observations
• Annual Professional Development Interviews
• Regular training workshops

Interesting range of teaching opportunities

YL/ Kindy / G.E./ IELTS / TOEFL preparation courses, plus Business English, English for Academic Purposes and specialised courses (e.g. Pronunciation), as we expand our program for corporate & public clients.
Teachers are encouraged to teach across a range of courses.

Timetable

222 hours over the 13 weeks - normally scheduled at 21-23 hours per week, spread over 5 working days.
The off-site young learner program is day time Monday – Friday. The on-site YL program is at the weekends except during summer when it expands to weekdays. Most adult teaching hours are in the evening, although some corporate teaching is daytime. Classes run from 7.30am to 9.30pm, 7 days a week, with mornings and evenings the most popular. Split shifts are inevitable, but we try to keep them to a minimum for individuals

Support

The Academic team includes an Academic Manager, Academic Coordinators and/or Senior teachers
plus support staff in each location. They are there to support you in both academic and personal matters and will help you settle into life in Vietnam.


Please visit our website for information about working at Apollo and living in Vietnam
www.apolloedutrain.com/teachers

Contact
Ms. Kathleen Parsons
personnel.hcm@apolloedutrain.com

QualificationsJob requirements

• Native English speaker
• CELTA/ Trinity TESOL or equivalent
• Enthusiasm, energy and a strong sense of cultural awareness are essential.


CompensationWe offer:

• Competitive packages
• Commitment to professional development and high teaching standards
• Wide range of resources and modern facilities
• Variety of course types
• Opportunities for development and promotion
• Academic and personal support from a dedicated team

Competitive Package

• An allowance of $655 net per month (non resident tax of 25% is
paid by Apollo)
• Good standard accommodation provided including water and
electricity bills.
• $500 contract flight allowance ($250 upon arrival and $250 at
the end of the 12 week period – receipts and ticket required).
• Visa cost – (receipts required)
• Transport to and from the airport on arrival and departure
• Overtime payment of $16-$22 per hour (depending on experience
and qualifications)
Plus
• Commitment to professional development and high teaching
standards
• In-house training program
• Wide range of resources and modern facilities
• Variety of course types
• Academic and personal support from a dedicated team

Investment Managers and People Management Positions in Vietnam

People Management Consultancy (S) Pte Ltd
Search / Recruitment Firm In the face of intense competition, coupled with economic and political uncertainties, companies are under increasing pressure to produce more and better products and services with lesser resources.

We call this situation the ‘Achieve More With Less’ Olympics. The winner is the one that produces the most and the best, using the least resources.

To win this race, many organizations are outsourcing their human resources needs. This is where we come in as your Olympic team mate.

Since 1993, PEOPLE Management Consultancy (PMC) – with its established networks in China, India, Philippines and other Asia Pacific countries – has been fulfilling the human resource needs of corporations seeking to achieve more with less.

We offer complete, cost-effective total service solutions to a comprehensive range of industries.

Our portfolio of total services includes:

  • Executive Search
  • International Recruitment
  • Permanent Placement
  • Outplacement Services


We position ourselves as an extension of your Human Resource Department. We function as an integral part of your team. We believe in doing everything that will free you of your precious time for your other professional responsibilities.


Our Client is a leading real estate company in Singapore with an Asian focus.

Investment Managers (based in Singapore/India/Japan/Vietnam)
(Singapore - based in Singapore/India/Japan/Vietnam)

Responsibilities:

  • Develop business strategies and evaluate business opportunities locally and overseas
  • This will entail pursuing potential investments and asset acquisitions, developing new business set-ups, investing in real estate projects as well as structure and negotiate deals for asset acquisitions

Requirements:

  • Possess a degree in Real Estate / Finance or its equivalent with post graduate qualifications in Finance
  • Should have at least 8 years’ working experience in business development
  • Regional investment exposure in the real estate markets is an advantage and proficiency in financial modelling for projects and acquisition of assets, such as logistics/industrial assets, is essential
  • Proficiency in English and the local language language (e.g. Japanese, Vietnamese) is essential for the overseas positions
  • Other key attributes include good teamwork, strong initiative and great independence in working in a fast-paced environment

PLEASE STATE :

Reasons for Leaving (Past & Present Employment)

All Last Drawn Salary

Current & Expected Salary

Date of Availability

Kindly forward your full resume in MS WORD to : peter@peoplemgtc.com.sg
cc: peopleem@pacific.net.sg

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Vietnam warns of skilled labor shortage

Deputy PMs warn about shortage of skilled workers, inflation

Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Edutcation and Training Nguyen Thien Nhan
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan told a house session Tuesday that having a skilled labor pool would play a major role in wooing foreign investors, admitting, however, it was becoming a problem.

The fact that many foreign firms had thronged Vietnam to sound out business opportunities since 2006 meant there was an urgent need for ensuring the availability of human resources, he told the National Assembly.

Several major international groups like the US' Intel, Japan's Grenada, and Taiwan's Hon Hai were struggling to find personnel in Vietnam, he said, warning this could scare away foreign firms if not addressed.

He suggested several solutions.

Firstly, he called for an across-the-board program to enhance the training quality at universities and colleges.

Secondly, he told agencies concerned to study the training curriculums at foreign schools to adopt them in Vietnam.

Thirdly, he called for providing easy student loans for the poor and training programs tailored to meet the demands of the workplace.

Another deputy PM, Nguyen Sinh Hung, also spoke at the session, warning about the rising inflation that had become a source of concern for economic growth.

He also assured lawmakers that the government would do its best to curb the trade deficit by expediting the progress of major projects like the Dung Quat oil refinery in Quang Ngai Province, Thach Khe steel complex in Ha Tinh Province, and some fertilizer projects.

Nguyen Duc Kien, deputy chairman of the NA, confessed that inflation for the year would be around 9 percent, meaning the target of keeping it below the economic growth rate would not be achieved.

The government would need to draw lessons about its role in managing the economy, he admitted further.

Lawyer required in Saigon



RESPONDEK & FAN PTE. LTD.


RESPONDEK & FAN is an internationally operating Law Firm with a rapidly expanding client base in the Asia Pacific countries with offices in Singapore and Bangkok. For our newly opened Vietnamese office in HO CHI MINH CITY we have a JOB OPENING and are looking for a Vietnamese

LAWYER
(Vietnam)

Responsibilities:


Reporting to the Managing Partner, you will be required to work closely with the firm’s predominantly European clients in Vietnam:

  • You should be able to provide the full range of legal support to the firm’s clients in Vietnam including negotiating, drafting and advising on a variety of corporate, commercial and contract matters, statutory compliance issues and legal advisory on local management matters.
  • In addition, you will assist in structuring deals and managing arbitration and litigation matters.
  • Furthermore, you should assist the firm in growing its client base in Vietnam.

Requirements:
The successful candidate will be a Vietnam qualified lawyer with solid corporate commercial experience. You should have a minimum of 2 years PQE in a law firm. Familiarity with European clients will be an added advantage.

We are offering a competitive salary, a friendly working atmosphere with state of the art office equipment and excellent development prospects.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their full résumé including a recent photograph together with their present and expected salary to respondek@rflegal.com. In case you wish to obtain further details of this position, please feel free to call the Managing Partner (Dr. Andreas Respondek) at +65 6324 0060 (office) or +65 9751 0757 (cell phone).

1 NORTH BRIDGE ROAD · #16-03 HIGH STREET CENTER · SINGAPORE 179094
EMAIL : respondek@rflegal.com WEBSITE : http://www.rflegal.com
TEL : +65 6324 0060 FAX : +65 6324 0223
Singapore Bangkok Vietnam

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Special jobs in Saigon


10:20' 27/10/2007 (GMT+7)


VietNamNet Bridge – In hidden corners of noisy and busy Saigon, there are people who have done unique jobs for decades.

Collecting old money, stamps

For the past 30 years, at a corner on Hai Ba Trung road, district 1, HCM City there has been an old man whose hair has turned white sitting next to an old, small desk to collect old coins, banknotes and stamps.

This man is named An, an original Saigon man. “I buy old money and stamps and then sell them to others. Collecting old money and stamps is a habit but that habit needs money,” he said.

The old man showed off his ancient coins. “This coin was produced in 1,039, in the Dinh Tien Hoang dynasty,” he said, raising a Thai Binh Hung Bao coin dating back to 968-981.

How much for that coin? “Perhaps more than VND1 million,” he said.

“You have to study to play with old money. To buy ancient coins, you must know Chinese, understand history to define the value of them. If you collect Indochinese money, you must know French, English and the volume of Indochinese banknotes remaining in the market. This banknote is worth several million dong,” he said, pointing to a banknote made in 1899.

He has also collected a lot of old stamps from passers-by. In the past 30 years, he has bought hundreds of stamps, including very rare ones, priced at millions of dong.

“How much longer will I sit here to buy and sell old money and stamps?”

“How long in your opinion, when I’m over 70 already? I think just several years more, till the time I cannot stand sunlight and rain like the past 30 years!”

Turning Cinderella into a fairy


The woman who has this special skill is a professional painter named Dung. After travelling to many countries and attending many big carnivals worldwide, she came up with the idea of doing a strange job in Vietnam: making carnival masks and costumes.

Visiting her shop on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai road, one may think that he is in a strange and wonderful world, like in the world of tales, where Cinderella suddenly becomes a princess by means of magic.

Dung’s masks, festival costumes are very colourful and strange. “I guess you wonder: how can I sell these things when Vietnam doesn’t have carnivals? But I can still sell them to students, young people, and office staffs, to use at picnics or parties.”

Besides mysterious masks, Dung designs paper costumes of the 12 animals symbolising the cycle of 12 years, Mickey Mouse, clowns, Santa Claus, flowers, etc.

“Anybody wants to become Zorro, come here and I will satisfy him!” she said.

Writing love letters for 17 years


In 17 years working as a letter writer in French and English, Mr Ngo has witnessed both the sadness and happiness of many clients and has brought many couples together.

The job of Mr Ngo is closely attached to the HCM City Post Office, an old building built in 1886 in the special Asian-European architectural style. Foreign visitors come to the post office not only to see one of the oldest and most beautiful post offices in Asia but also to witness the work of an old letter writer.

At around 8am on a hot day of 2007, Mr Ngo, a thin old man came on a bicycle. He put the bicycle under the shadow of the sung dau trees, said hello to postcard peddlers, and arranged his table to begin a working day.

The table of Mr Ngo is arranged under a portrait of President Ho Chi Minh. He pulled two Vietnamese-English and Vietnamese-French dictionaries and a postal code directory from a briefcase. He pinned a red ribbon on his left hand as a symbol for his customers. Next to the table is a plate: “Instruction and letter writing”.

The first customer of Mr Ngo was a man from a Mekong Delta province. This man had worked as a driver for a European businessman for more than one year. The businessman had returned to his country and the driver wanted to write a letter to his boss asking him to pay health insurance and $200.

Understanding the situation, the old letter writer began his job. The letter was quickly completed in English. Sometimes Mr Ngo opened his Vietnamese-English dictionary to find a word.

Mr Ngo is considered a world connector, the only professional letter writer still working. For every letter he always very carefully chooses his words and writing style. As a professional letter writer, he understands how important words are.

But Mr Ngo is not simply a letter writer; he is a bridge spanning the gap between humans and an advisor to his customers.

Mr Ngo became an employee of the Saigon Post Office at the age of 17. He is now 75. The letter writer said that he had never been absent from work, even during war time. He speaks English and French quite fluently because he studied French at schools and English from American soldiers.

The second customer of Mr Ngo that morning was a young woman. She took a cell phone from her bag and showed Mr Ngo a message in French. Mr Ngo immediately translated the message: “When I met you, you showed me how Vietnam and Vietnamese people are and taught me Vietnamese. I can’t wait any more”. The girl smiled shyly. She got acquainted with a French guy through the Internet. She said she would return the next day to ask Mr Ngo to write a letter for her.

Female customers often call Mr Ngo a love letter writer, a poet and a matchmaker. Mr Ngo said he had been a matchmaker for several couples. “Their love is hindered by distance, language and culture and it is difficult to overcome these obstacles,” he said.

In 15 years working as a letter writer, Mr Ngo has witnessed the pain of many customers, about whom he has pledged to not release personal information. In turn, customers highly praise Mr Ngo for that virtue.

Mr Ngo has received thank-you letters from all over the world. These letters are sent to the “letter writer at the Saigon Post Office”. He has never received electronic letters. He doesn’t like computers and mobile phones. “Words from machines have no soul,” he said.

That morning, many Japanese visitors came to the HCM City Post Office to see the unique architecture and take pictures of Mr Ngo.

Mr Ngo is now the only letter writer in HCM City, and perhaps in Vietnam. His colleague – Huynh Lieng – passed away ten months ago. Mr Ngo has only one wish: that the world will have many more letter writers like him and his friend, Huynh Lieng.