What is the hiring process at Concordia?
Concordia accepts new applications in the fall. Staffing needs for the coming year are finalized by December 1. Applications should include a completed application form, a cover letter, a resume, and letters of reference. A face-to-face interview is preferred; Skype is used as necessary for long-distance interviews. Successful applications will be notified with a contract and position details.
Can you explain the salary and benefits?
Concordia offers teachers a highly-competitive salary. The salary and benefits information for both overseas and local expatriate hires are posted here.
Do you hire teachers with a non-teaching spouse?
Concordia prefers to hire teaching couples. All qualified applicants will be considered.
Does Concordia only hire Christian teachers?
Quality of teaching is always paramount in hiring. Concordia seeks to hire teachers who share in and support its mission and values. By living their faith, they model and teach values like integrity, respect, responsibility, and service. Concordia's teachers are ever aware that parents have entrusted them with God's most precious gift, their children.
What does it mean that Concordia teachers integrate technology into the classroom?
Technology isn't a class at Concordia; it's a way of learning. Concordia is committed to providing students and teachers with the latest technology tools and expertise. On Concordia's wireless campus, students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 enjoy a 2:1 student-to-computer ratio in the classrooms. Grades 6-12 participate in a Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) Program. Teachers use various technologies throughout the curriculum. Concordia provides additional tech support in the elementary, middle and high schools from designated educators who work as technology integrationists. Concordia teachers use several internal Web sites, including the unique internal, school website for distributing information, sharing curriculum, posting photos, etc. In addition, Concordia gives a technology stipend for teachers to purchase a professional laptop.
Does Concordia support professional development?
The most important professional development occurs as teachers work in teams and plan together, which is common at Concordia. Concordia also sponsors teachers to attend workshops that further the goals the school is working on at the time; outside experts come to campus, sometimes in collaboration with other international schools in the area; and each teacher has an annual fund (approximately US$1,250) to spend on professional opportunities of her/his choosing.
What is life like in Hanoi?
Despite boasting a population of over 8 million inhabitants, Hanoi has been commonly referred to as a large village. Hoan Kiem Lake, considered the city’s center, is never more than a 30-40 minute drive from any part of the city.
One of the most common initial impressions on newcomers to Hanoi is the fact that life happens so much on the street. The city constantly buzzes with life from the invasion of motorbike traffic to the Vietnamese families and that seem to always be outdoors in front of their homes. Early morning exercises fills the parks and neighbors tend to join each other in eating and socializing in front of their homes and out on the streets.
Living in Hanoi can be both exhilarating and frustrating. Many people claim that Vietnam still holds a touch of true Asia and has not yet turned into any other major city in the world. This means that there is much to be explored and learned about the Vietnamese but for some, the excitement of new culture may be out of their comfort zone. For more about moving to and living in Vietnam, click here.
What is housing like? When will I know my housing assignment?
Faculty members live in family-sized apartments, three or four bedroom. The school provides basic appliances and pays the rent; the teacher furnishes the apartment and pays utilities. Concordia informs new hires of their housing assignment prior to their arrival in August.
When do new teachers arrive in Hanoi? What will happen at orientation?
New teachers and their families usually arrive by August 1st of the year the will begin teaching. Concordia will later communicate specific details and arrange transportation. During the first week in Hanoi, teachers and their families will be introduced to the city, assisted in setting up their homes, and given an overview of Concordia. The following week, faculty will meet and further planning and preparations will take place. The first day of school is usually mid-August.
How do teachers get additional information prior to moving to Hanoi?
Concordia regularly distributes information to new teachers through e-mail, a Wiki-page, and through an on-site teacher pen pal. Concordia's Web site — www.ConcordiaHanoi.org — has a wealth of information about the school and links to information and organizations around Hanoi.
Where is your faculty from?
The majority teachers are from North America but the faculty nationalities vary.
What are medical services like?
Medical care options are between International SOS clinics, Family Medical Practice, and VinMec Hospital for everyday needs and emergencies. Those seeking second opinions or planning non-emergency surgery will travel to Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore or their home countries for treatment.