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Overall Experience: 
VCV has been a life-changing experience for me. I came in as a teacher but I believe I have learnt the most here. Ms Hay and the VCV family have taught me so many lessons and it has truly been a humbling experience. I have made friends for life and I cannot wait to re-visit and see how everyone is doing. Practical Information: I taught five days a week and the days off were flexible. If I wanted two consecutive days off, Ms Hay would ensure this happened. I shared a room with two other people and there were three bathrooms for use. We all chipped in with the cleaning and so the apartment was lovely to live in and very homey. I do not exaggerate when I say this, Ms Hay's food is the best Vietnamese food you will eat. There are three meals a day provided. Every Thursday and Saturday there are day trips with the adult students which are really fun. We went places where we wouldn't usually go to if we were doing the tourist route. Socialising with the students was great too - I left with many students becoming awesome friends. I taught in the apartment and in the school. All lessons were jam-packed with fun and I got a Vietnamese TA in the school. I taught approximately 2 hours a day. Sundays are the busiest days. All of the classes in the apartment are advanced so you don't need a Vietnamese TA. I recommend as many competitive games; students of all ages enjoy this. I lived with 7 other volunteers. It's a very social environment and Ms Hay, Linh and Tony create a home for you! There are many shops and gyms to go to where the apartment is. The bus is easy to get to the backpackers part of Hanoi - 1 hour bus ride for 7000 dong. Overall, this experience has been one of the best moments of my trip. VCV isn't like family, they are family. For anybody who has never tried teaching or wants to give this volunteering experience a go, I thoroughly recommend VCV.