I know there is a UNESCO language center in Hanoi. They're opening one in HCMC. Has anyone here worked at the Hanoi centre or can you tell me anything about it? All info and/or advice is welcome. Thanks!
Years ago I took classes at the one near Hang Day stadium. It was called UNESCO but aside from a few posters hanging on the wall, I could not see anything else that give off a UN vibe.
It was not bad, pretty typical of language centers but teachers were overall better... led me to think they had a pretty good selection process.
I know someone who used to be the DoS there. It's pretty dodgy - though not the dodgiest. The woman who owns the place does have a UNESCO connection, but it's by no means genuinely affiliated with it. She's extremely rich, and has become so through her school. Allegedly, she's not particularly trustworthy (surprise, surprise!). It's certainly not a not-for-profit enterprise. I suspect that at some point in the not-too-distant future, she will be forced to rename the school.
From what I know, they don't pay their teachers terribly well (around $20 an hour if working in Hanoi), and dealing with the management - and particularly the owner - is frustrating. They're not out-and-out corrupt - they pay their staff - but they're not above jiggery pokery, if the opportunity arises. My friend left because they tried to screw the staff during the high inflation period a few years ago...the contracts were listed in USD, and they were fiddling around with the exchange rates, and many staff members felt they were being underpaid.
As I said, perhaps not the but dodgiest of schools, but definitely at least a bit on-the-nose. Tread carefully.