Travels in Hanoi

Earlier this month, I took my first days off of teaching since arriving in Vietnam in August (other than weekends). Two of my Vietnamese friends, Mai and Hoa, both had birthdays last week and we decided to take a short holiday to Hanoi in order to celebrate. We began late Sunday night, where we met at […]

Reflections on Three Months

I had a good friend stateside that reminded me that during an exchange, once the novelty wears off, growth truly begins. After 3 months in Vietnam, I think there’s a lot of truth in that sentiment. I’ve gotten into a groove here and have been able to focus inward on reflections of my goals, being […]

First impressions of Vietnam, part II

Football and food are universal. My favorite classes to teach so far are ones where we talk about the verbs “like” or “love” or “hate” in present tense. These are simple concepts, don’t have a ton of exceptions to their rules, and have infinite examples. Often, sports and food are brought up. We talk a […]

First impressions of Vietnam, part I

It’s so hot and it’ll always be hot and only heat exists and I never stop sweating because it’s so hot. Vietnam is a tropical area. I definitely knew this some weeks ago, but didn’t really appreciate it. It is hot when you wake up. It is hot while you teach. It is hot when […]

Getting Ready

There is a big jump between the initial declaration of a life change and the everyday action of its reality. When I decided to move to Vietnam to be a teacher, I had plenty of experience in the international education field, a lot of enthusiasm, and very little idea of what to expect. In some […]

My Interview Process

Preparing for an interview is always a bit stressful. Practicing answering questions, gleaning experiences from your resume, and working on your introduction are both exciting and a bit nerve-wrecking. Going into my interview for the teacher position through API was, in some ways, like any other interview. However, it was also quite unique. Probably the […]

“To Begin, Begin.” – Wordsworth

“TO BEGIN, BEGIN.” -WORDSWORTH Hello and welcome to my blog – a place to share stories and adventures to those far away and close to home. My name is Lucas McCamon, a recent graduate from Oklahoma State University, about two weeks away from my new life teaching English in the city of Vinh, Vietnam. All […]

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