“Everywhere you go, people are ready to help you even if there is a language barrier sometimes. Just like you don’t feel alone when you stuck with your problem because you always have somebody to help you”
What is your name and where are you from?
Hello, my name is Jules and I’m from France
Why did you come to Vietnam?
I came here for an internship and I’m working in Thao Dien
Is it difficult to find a job/internship/open a business in Vietnam in general? How did you get it?
Haha..I really don’t know if it’s difficult or not because I got my internship by chance. There was a girl who was already work in this company. She’s a bit older than me, so she’s making a 6 months internship in this company. Then she just sent an email to all the students in her school, which is my school as well, and yeah I just read the email and answer it (haha). Then I saw I will do my internship in Vietnam and just let’s go.
What do you like the most in Vietnam? Why?
I think I like people here. People are nice, friendly. Just like everywhere you go, people are ready to help you even if there is a language barrier sometimes. Just like you don’t feel alone when you stuck with your problem because you always have somebody to help you.
Have you ever done another internship in other countries?
No. It’s the first time I do an internship and go to Vietnam, I’ve never done any internship before. But I traveled in South Africa with Workaway, which is a platform, you have some hosts and you are the guest; the purpose of this is you exchange a little bit of your time to work. Like the average is 5 hours per day and 5 days per week, so it’s not so much. And in exchange of the works, you do it for the host and they will give you back free accommodation, sometimes free food. So it’s very easy to go there because you have some people who are waiting for you. It’s not an internship but I worked aboard via Workaway.
Do you think it is difficult to find a place to live in HCMC?
Ah I was lucky again. I just tried to subscribe too many FB groups and stuffs for housing for expats. But I didn’t feel confident and I tried Airbnb because I was aware that most of the houses and apartments to rent are not actually on the internet. And you just have to be in the city and go by yourself and looking for something. So I was searching for an Airbnb for maybe 1-2 weeks, then the host in airbnb I found is actually a sharehouse and I discovered GlobeTrottr by this way.
Where do you live right now in Saigon? What do you think about your neighborhood?
I live in Binh Thanh District, the place is close to Pearl Plaza. I really wanted to live close to my work and actually not in the expat area because I’m here in Vietnam and I want to live in the Vietnamese lifestyle not the French lifestyle. Yeah, this location is super cool. If I want to eat something, I just need to walk out of my house and go to another street and there are lots of place to eat, drink around; so that’s very convenient, you are close to everything (haha).
My neighborhood are very nice people, I didn’t meet them much but when I met them, I just say “Xin chào” and smile and that’s it. Actually, I don’t know because they are living in their own life.
What is the biggest culture shock for you?
Yes I think the traffic is my culture shock when I came here (smile). But it’s not the only, actually, another culture shock for me is Asian culture. Basically, in Europe, because we do not have the same code and what seems unrespectful in a country maybe not seems unrespectful in another one. I just realized a lot of things, this is found on my trip. As for all countries from all over the world you have stereotypes. For example, people are talking very loud in Asia and maybe this is normal here; however, in France, it would be unrespectful because we just don’t want to annoyed other people.
Have you ever traveled to other Asia countries?
Not yet. This is my first experience in Asia.
Do you have any plan to travel around Asia in the future?
I still not have plan yet.