Sooshi Sooshi posted May 20th, 2010 at 4:07 pm to Other. Viewed 258 times. Answered 6 times.

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!

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jfc81 wrote on May 20th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

The director of reputable school here told me about a school in Hanoi which falsely claimed to be affiliated with the UN, called "UN language center" or something like that. Incredibly, he said the owners were LA-based Vietnamese mafia. Has anyone heard of this?

QuyTay wrote on May 20th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

There is a school called UNESCO alright. I knew a few guys who worked there a few years back and they said it was ok. Its worth asking around because things change very quickly here.

ltmagnificent wrote on May 21st, 2010 at 2:35 pm
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I know of it, from what I gather it is mostly lower end classes with a few corporate classes that keep them in business. From what I have heard it is a typical Vietnamese run establishment, with all the drawbacks and benefits those opperations offer.

The_Localer wrote on May 28th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

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.

Vegas wrote on May 28th, 2010 at 4:55 pm
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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.

hanoikiwi wrote on May 29th, 2010 at 4:02 pm
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so it seems UNESCO is the same as in Saigon????

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