UNIS Hanoi Voices
"I love letting children inquire and feel responsible for their own learning. When children are very young, they are ready to communicate at different times, and in many different ways. For example one of our students receiving English as an Additional Language support loved to draw. For him, it was a way to feel safe and secure and express his thoughts and feelings, it became a form of communication when his English language abilities were still developing.
Integrating the SDGs into our learning for small children is complex, we are challenged to find a way to explain them that helps even three and four-year olds begin to understand the concepts. In visual arts we've taken inspiration from artists like Andy Goldsworthy who creates art from natural materials but is very conscious that he makes no impact on the beautiful landscape around him. This helps us as artists to connect with SDG 15 where we think about "Life on Land" and how we can protect it.
UNIS is an open and friendly school, a very supportive community. It's nice to be working at an independent, non-profit school. We have time and energy to put into helping the community, impacting people in Vietnam through service learning."
“Being a part of UNIS Hanoi is an honor and a privilege. The team I work with feels like family, the work we do is focused on pushing the boundaries of innovation and learning, and the kids I work with are phenomenal.”
“From Admin, to staff, to teachers, to students, there is a lot of positive energy at UNIS.”
“UNIS changes you. Everyday I work at UNIS Hanoi I am amazed by the diversity of the faculty and staff. It amazes me not only that we do come from so many varied countries and cultures, but the diversity of interests and backgrounds that are represented. In just this year I have learned more about traditional Vietnamese poetry and literature, photography, Swedish and Dutch holiday celebrations, Micro-finance loans, honey production and Korean games. This is truly a place of life-long learning both for the faculty and the students. It is impossible to not change and grow as a learner.”
“UNIS addresses the challenges of modern education in a globalised world without losing sight of the traditional importance of local communities and pushing yourself to be better than you were before.”
“A few of us were remarking this morning about how fortunate we are to work here. For me, one important piece is the intentionality, always making sure that what we do relates to our mission and our vision and our plan, and always keeping the best interests of the students as the highest priority. It's also so great to work with such an experienced, intelligent, hardworking, and interesting group of colleagues. We have the most stimulating conversations, about education and about the important issues of the wider world. I feel as though I am continually learning here, from my colleagues, from the students, and from the many professional development opportunities offered to us. I also appreciate the encouragement to feel some responsibility to share our good fortune with the wider world -- through service learning projects in Hanoi and elsewhere in Vietnam, through connections with other international as well as Vietnamese educators, through our focus on the goals and ideals of the United Nations. ”
“This is my first year teaching at UNIS and the welcome and support for new staff has been amazing. Then to be surrounded by world class educators and leaders makes you feel the challenge to really deliver great lessons, even as a teacher with 25 years experience I have so much to learn and that's what makes it exciting.”
“Working at UNIS has been an outstanding experience. It has meant being a part of a collaborative, caring and truly international community. Our students at UNIS Hanoi are exceptional; they are hardworking young leaders who welcome new people into their community easily and openly. I have experienced a great amount of growth here, due largely to the outstanding caliber of teaching partners I have had; all of whom have taught me something new and opened my eyes to new ideas, viewpoints and understanding.”
“UNIS is a very unique School Community combining the UN Principles and themes with the IB curriculum. I feel privileged to work with such enthusiastic students, teachers and parents in our community. Many varied opportunities are available to UNIS teachers to align personal and professional goals from year to year. I am particularly grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to travel to PYP Arts conferences as well as being supported by UNIS to give workshops at other Arts Festivals. I am thankful that UNIS encourages teachers to follow their passions and bring them into their classroom teaching and the wider community.”