replied to the thread How to get a job
on the Laos forum on April 16, 2014:
Can anyone tell me how I can get a job in Vientiane. I have been trying to months now but all the jobs are for Lao nationals and the NGO jobs seen to be for those with a very specific skill set. I've been living in Laos for 2 years.
Thanks for the reply! I think I put up this post in complete frustration the other day :)
Have tried that website. Maybe you are right, I'll have to do a course. Will keep looking.
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You just have to keep trying. Could you do some type of online courses to give you more a specific skill set so you could apply for NGO jobs.
I take it you have tried United Nations website ??
I'm a new member on this forum, and would especially like to reach out to expats with families who are making the move to Laos.
I am the Headmaster of the new, international school that recently opened in Luang Prabang. The school is called Kiettisack International School (KIS) and it was established 20 years ago in the capital city of Vientiane.
Last year, we set up a branch school in Luang Prabang, albeit in temporary accommodation.
Building work began on a superb new campus that's located in a beautiful rural location on the outskirts of the town. That new campus is slated to open at the start of the new school year in September 2013.
For expats with families, providing decent schooling for their children in Luang Prabang was a bit of a problem, but KIS can now offer a solution for all age levels. Our current school intake includes both Lao and expat children.
If anyone is interested to learn more about our school, please contact me by PM.
If you are a qualified teacher (degree and ESL or subject certificate), and are interested in working at KIS, please contact me. Whilst teaching experience is important of course, the need for 'paper' qualifications is a requirement of the Lao government, so I cannot consider those experienced teachers who not have the required qualifications.
This is a (very late) reply to the previous comment by poster CUSMN.
Their suggestion that I am responsible for the comments from poster 'A concerned parent' is not true, but those comments certainly reflect the views of several teachers and parents who confided in me.
I should inform this forum that I resigned my position as Headmaster after it became very clear that my role was simply as 'white-faced puppet'.
My authority was continually undermined by the school director and my policies and decisions overturned.
It became very clear that my input and direction as to the construction of the new campus was being ignored, especially concerning timescales for urgent completion of buildings and exterior works that would allow safe access by both pupils and staff. (As the Director was aware when I was hired, I had extensive, hands-on building experience of hotels in Thailand).
The ignoring of my input resulted in the kindergarten/primary building being constructed without any toilets, save for those actually inside several classrooms...
My suggestion to build access ramps, instead of steps, (to enable physically-disabled students or staff easy classroom access), was rejected on the basis (can you believe this?), that the school did not accept students with any form of disability, (contrary to Lao PDR law).
The external landscaping was totally incomplete, and the access road to the new campus was heavily rutted, muddy and a danger to students, staff and parents.
As the new term approached and the campus remained waterlogged in mud and unfinished construction, it was very clear to me who would be the 'scape goat' for this abysmal situation.
I am a professional educator, and I had a great team of teachers (foreign and Lao), administration and ancillary staff.
This new school had a wonderful opportunity to be a leading light in international education in north Laos.
I took a salary/package cut to accept this position, (I was previously Assistant Principal of a school in Myanmar), because I saw the potential to manage and guide this new school so that it could achieve an excellent reputation and high academic standards.
Sadly. my dream was thwarted.
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The language being used in the concerned parents comments are similar to the same language that Simon uses in a number of blog spaces where he has chosen to complain about his frustations of being unable to fulfill his job requirements as Assistant Director of KIS.
I have a very strong feeling that this concerned parent is not a parent at all but rather a disgruntled ex assistant director.
What is written in these comment is contrary to what I have heard.
replied to the thread translation services.
on the Laos forum:
Hi all. I am starting a small business in lao and will need a competant translator full time during startup and reducing to a day a week once established.
For my venture I will need to effectively communicate with several groups. I will be trading with the farming community and will also need to purchase recycled materials. I understand that recycling in Vientane is an occupation that has a predominantly Vietnamese workforce.
I would welcome any advice on how to find and hire a competant assist, whether I would be better to use to individuals who have similar origens to those with whom I am trying to negotiate, and what prices I should expect to pay.
Thanks for any advice.
Hi, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. He currently does translations for other translation companies and Phu Bia Mining.
replied to the thread Music Production
on the Laos forum:
Looking for music production facilities in Vientiane -- I want to record some songs -- any suggestions?
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Perhaps you should ask musicians at the nightclubs in Vientiane.
Villa for rent in Ban Saunmone, Vientiane City.
3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, living room, kitchen and 7 car park on a 800 sqm plot. Suitable for house or office. 2500 USD/month Villa Ref.HR-ID-001
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5 units house for rent in Bang Spanthong Nue,
Sisattanak, Vientiane City.
House with 5 apartments units.
Shared living room and kitchen, 5 bedrooms with bathroom.
Car park for 3 cars.