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What are the first things you need to do when arriving to teach English in Hanoi? - Answers for Hà Nội

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What are the first things you need to do when arriving to teach English in Hanoi?
CaelynW posted February 15th, 2017 at 2:39 pm to Travel.
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I'll be arriving in Hanoi in less than a month to search for a job teaching English and I was wondering if anyone has advice on what to do when I first get there. There are the obvious things like job searching and apartment hunting, but are there specific places to network (clubs, bars, cafes, etc), tours to go on, and exploring to do that would help me get to know the city a bit better? Also, I'll be on my own, so the places would need to accommodate for this - ie, going to a nightclub on my own would probably be a bit strange and dangerous. I'm staying in a backpackers to start with and I've arranged a street food tour and possibly a bike tour, but that's about it.

Any other ideas? Any advice would be appreciated :)

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February 20th, 2017 at 1:17 pm

Hi CAELYNW! I've been in Hanoi for all of a month and found that getting on a few of the Hanoi Massive groups on facebook to be helpful (there are several- a few are specific to jobs and housing too (I only signed up for the ones with high membership)). Those groups are great for posting questions and looking for shared apartments. I even posted for language exchange meetups just to talk with locals and they were helpful/free/fun ways to network.
There are some other expat groups around (one on facebook that I found is the Hanoi Hash House Harriers which is a running group that meets weekly, also includes walks, and is a great way to socialize and see the outskirts of Hanoi (nature and fresh air are a nice change from Hanoi's hustle/bustle/polution).
Best of luck on your relocation:)

Francis Marion Natl Forest, SC, USA
March 14th, 2017 at 11:23 am

Take a deep breath, have a seat, and relax. Then scour your neighborhood for a squirrelly-looking bia hoi joint and become a regular. It's a good routine to get into and it's served me well over the last ten years here.

March 17th, 2017 at 7:37 am

You will have no problem whatsoever. On my second day in Hanoi I found the perfect apartment with the help of Ken Nguyen (Umove Apartments), and English jobs are everywhere. The only slightly annoying problem I've had is shopping, but you just have to be a little patient and ask everyone you meet for advice. Banking proved to be no problem at all (it's just different).

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