Sunday, August 4, 2013

Visiting The International School of Vietnam

After months of eager anticipation, I finally got to see the school where I'll be working for the next two years.  It is truly an impressive place to see in person.  Located south of the city center, we traveled along the closest thing to a "highway" I've seen since we arrived in Hanoi.  

Yes, that's a Honda CRV in front of us
When we pulled up to the front gate, we were greeted by school security and welcomed into the lobby.  Mark gave us a tour of the building highlighting all of the features of the custom built school.  The pictures below are a quick glimpse of building.  I can't wait to meet the kiddos and teachers who will turn this building into a school.  

A view of the playground from the 2nd floor balcomy

Primary school hallway leading to the learning studios.

The Early Childhood common learning area.  Who doesn't want to sit on those colorful bubble seats? 

The learning studios are full of natural light and are packed full of everything any teacher could ever want. 
The huge FIFA football (soccer) field. 

Another view of the playground

The multipurpose gymnasium/auditorium

The swimming pool.  There is also a learning pool that's only 2 feet deep for teaching the children how to swim.

An outdoor learning balcony

The main steps leading up to the middle school floor.  They also double as seating for the school stage. 

Summer vacation is quickly coming to an end and what a summer it's been.  School ended in the middle of June and the packing began.  It was a chore and a half to keep everything straight.  There were things to pack for Vietnam, things to pack into the storage unit, things to pack to go to my parents and things to donate.  The International movers came to pack my shipment for Vietnam and the very next day, I packed the rest of my house into a storage unit.  Then it was off to TX to meet my new niece and hang out with my nephew before the big move.  A few last goodbyes and it was off to Vietnam.  Next week, Daddy and I are headed to Hong Kong for one last vacation before school starts on August 14th.  Looking forward to the adventure.


  1. Your school looks beautiful! Love all the natural light. I am so excited for you. You are putting the PYP attitudes into action, being a risk-taker. Not everyone can do what you are doing. You will be great! Look forward to hearing more about your adventures abroad. Take care! (I have tried to post here before but it hasn't worked. Hope this one sticks ;)

  2. I'm so happy for you!! Look at that beautiful school!! I bet it's even more breath-taking in person!! Love the learning rooms and the pool!! Very regal!! This adventure seems great so far! Can't wait for you to get settled and start school! I love the blog and very much look fwd to your posts!! Well I just got your niece to sleep, so I'm looking for a nap too!! Miss you!!

  3. Geez the grounds of your school and the classrooms bear a stark contrast to the chaos of the street you wrote about.

  4. What a great experience. Can't wait to hear about all of your new adventures. Miss you already!