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Name: Mindspa
Address: 45, Trung Yen 14, Cầu Giấy, Hanoi
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21.01716622481012 105.80163398047637
Description: An education center that offers English class.
Rating: 1 on a scale of 1 to 5. Based on 2 reviews.

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Elite English

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26, Khu biệt thự 1, Bán đảo Linh Đàm, Hoàng Liệt, Hoàng Mai, Hanoi

(+84) (0)936406736

Elite Centre is specified in teaching English for children with modern facilities, enthusiastic teaching assistances, and professional Vietnamese and Native teachers.

2 Reviews (Followed by 2 users)
jhowardwhite on Mindspa
June 11th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

This was both my first full time teaching and overseas job and unfortunately, due to my lack of experience, I blindly accepted a position at the company.

Firstly they ask you to do 5 hours extra curricula work which is deviantly added to your contract so they can say you do get paid for it when you actually don't.

Actually from my contract:
3.1. Hours:
Up to 20 Hours of teaching per week
5 Hours (or more if teaching hours are not scheduled up to 20 hours per week for the month) of non-teaching duties per week.
Total: 25 hpw

This means that Mindspa could offer you 1 hours work and expect you to do 24 hours unpaid extra work.

During my time they attempted a few dirty tricks to withhold pay. They tried not to pay me for Children's Camp I coordinated and ran because "I took part in the activities". They also started a half-boarding course, an all day school which they had me teach but just decided to put down as 'non teaching hours' on my timetable.

From the very start Ms Thuy (Director) had me working on their new curriculum (as they don't have one). They want to incorporate many different teaching books into one course explaining that each book had it's strengths and weaknesses and expected me (with no teaching experience) and other teachers to do the job for them. I also planned and ran camps for them all without pay.

All adult lesson are taught using powerpoint and a projector and as there is no real curriculum. Your lessons are emailed to you, usually in the morning, sometimes only hours before the lesson and then you have to spend hours correcting all the mistakes on the powerpoint (which often can be 40 to 50 slides long and add any answers to questions on the slides) before you can plan any extra activities.

During my short period I have seen many western teachers leave very quickly after starting. One teacher was given the job of teaching Thuy's son but then she tried not to pay him because her son didn't do very well in a contest. As it turned out, her son did very well in the speaker test but did badly due to missing the written test. They tried not to pay him nonetheless. They would then drag the names of former employees through the mud explaining they were lazy and often would explain that Mindspa had let them go when it had actually been the reverse.

Before I decided to leave they praised me for my teaching and were always mentioning my name to new staff and prospective students and had new staff come and watch my lessons to gain experience. A lot a lot of my students as friends on facebook who would tell me how much they enjoyed my lessons. However once I had handed in my notice they started telling me that they were receiving complaints about my lessons. That I was 'lazy' and some students 'just didn't like me'. They had done this to previous employees and I knew it would lead up to a refusal to pay my wages and then having my name tarnished once I was gone.

My time at mindspa came to an end two weeks before my notice had ended. I asked for my teaching and degree certificates back and they refused. I then refused to work until they gave me back my property. They then used lie after lie trying not to give me back my certificates including that it was 'Vietnam Law' that companies had to have their employees certificates.

They then claimed that it was 'company law' that when they handed my certificates back that it ended my contract. So when I finally got my certificates back I was asked to leave.

They still owe me a lot of money from my last month of teaching.

A better description of my last couple of days at mindspa can be seen here if you're interested.

I will add that some of the staff that work there are lovely and I do have a lot of friends that I made during my time there. I feel sorry for the staff that I left behind, especially some of the Vietnamese staff who barely seem to get a break from working.

Unless you need a crash course in 'How to grow a backbone' (which to be honest I did) I would seriously avoid working for this company at all costs.

Alb1 on Mindspa
June 10th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Luckily I never taught for this centre but was close, even so I was unimpressed with their attitude.

The interview was pretty normal with the director, after being happy they asked me to demo, unpaid, with a small contribution for travel. I mentioned its uncommon, she then suggested a 2 hr demo is better so they have more time to assess me.

After agreeing a short demo I asked Kelly to send me material/details etc to which she didn't so I didnt attend. Inquiring after what happened she replied 'It is my fault not to send you materials so I'm sorry about this, wish you the best'.

So that was the end of that luckily, I was appalled she didn't want to correct her mistake.

As organisational skills and attitude as fundamentals to running a school i give 1 star

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