Alumni Spotlight: Cassandra Hackett

Cassandra Hackett is a 28 year old from Reno, Nevada. She has a bachelors in German from UNLV. She cherishes any opportunity to travel and has been to over 30 countries. She has had the opportunity to live in Germany, studying the language. She also has happily worked for Disneyworld in Florida and enjoyed providing a magical experience for others. Currently, she loves to find ways to interject her former experiences into her classrooms, be they with adults or young people.

Why did you decide to teach abroad with LanguageCorps in Vietnam?

Cassandra cooking street food in HCMC

Cassandra: The reason I wanted to teach abroad was to travel and experience new places. I wanted to be able to make enough money to support that goal, and Vietnam was the best place to do that.

The cost of living is minimal, the food is amazing, and there is ample opportunity to travel around Southeast Asia cheaply. I researched a lot of programs and Language Corps offered the best options for me.

I really appreciated that someone would be available to help me through my transition in country. The training looked extensive and like a great way to be prepared for teaching, The option to have a cellphone and insurance provided was a nice option, that wasn’t provided by most other programs. I was also really excited that I would get the chance to travel in Cambodia while on my program.

How has this experience impacted your future? (Personally, professionally, etc.)

Vietnamese women waiting for the bus

Cassandra: This experience has changed my worldview. I am much more aware and appreciative of the things I have and the opportunities I have been afforded. I have become a better employee for the future. I know that when I go home I will have a unique outlook that most people don’t have.

What made this teach abroad experience unique and special?

Cassandra: This experience has been amazing, unique and eye-opening. Everything from the food to crossing the street is a new and exciting adventure.

I’ve never taught before, so teaching in a foreign country has been more than I thought it would be. The kids are amazing and very eager to learn.

I am teaching every age from kindergarten through adults. I wouldn’t get the chance to teach such varied ages in the states and I have been pleasantly surprised to discover that each group has it’s own pleasures and challenges.

The cutest kindergarten class!

I’ve had the chance to meet a wonderful group of expats and Vietnamese teachers, that are so excited to show me their world. I love that I have been given the chance to settle in HCMC and feel like a part of the city and everyday life here. I could never have felt the same if I’d only backpacked through the country. I feel like there is always something new to see here, and I know that in ten years I could never do it. Everyday is something new, and time flies here.

The craziest things I’ve done have been food related. Eating dog and cockroaches, good times.

What is one piece of advice you would offer someone considering teaching abroad in Vietnam?

Cassandra: My advice is to just go. There is no better time than now to be in Vietnam, and you won’t regret it.