This post has been long overdue and I’ve been putting it off till a better time and as usually it never seemed to come. The situation that happened to me a few weeks ago has evoked so many emotions inside of me that I am still feeling highly motivated to share this with you and my thoughts on the topic. Hopefully, my story will inspire you to believe in yourself and will shed some light on the injustice that many non-native speakers have to face.
Long story short, for the past 2 months I’ve been working for the company which is considered to be one of the leading ESL education providers in Vietnam. I’m more than satisfied with this job and can’t be more excited about the opportunity that has been given to me. The deal is that they claim to be hiring only 100% native speakers and as the company is a really serious one this statement is an actual truth as opposed to most schools in China which hire anybody with more or less decent English and then present them as Australians or Canadians. I can verify this by saying that all teachers that I’ve met in Hanoi (i.e. around 30-40 of them) so far are Americans, British, Irish, South Africans, Canadians and Australians with the only exception of one Dutch coach whose English is impeccable.
Why is this information important? I’m going to tell you in a bit. This little pre-story is essential for you to understand the whole drama of the situation fully so bare with me.