An international homeschool with fundamentally unique learning experience, Merlin’s Homeschool offers an alternative learning experience for children 4-12.
HOI AN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL: AN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL WITH A DIFFERENCE
The school is focused on providing a holistic, student-centred education that is rigorously academic, while at the same time nurturing individual talents, creativity, as well as cultural and social awareness.
Do I Have a Cold or Flu?
People get sick every year, both young and old. The question that usually comes to mind when they start sneezing, coughing or having general aches is “Do I have a cold, or is it flu?”
Vaccinations while travelling to Vietnam
If you’re travelling to a foreign land, you’re exposing yourself to a host of new organisms that thrive in different environments around the world.
Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) When Traveling
Immobility is known to be one factor that can contribute to the formation of blood clots in the deep veins—so-called “deep vein thrombosis” or DVT. Research has shown that DVT can result from prolonged immobility; for instance, during long-distance travel by car, bus, train or air.
Get a Shot: Avoid the Dots!!!
Recently an outbreak of chickenpox, affecting both children and adults was announced in Vietnam. Chickenpox in general is a mild disease, but it can cause severe complications—especially in babies, adolescents, elderly people, pregnant women and people whose immune system is compromised (e.g. those under steroid treatment, cancer therapy, who have certain genetic disorders, or who suffer from HIV).
The Truth About Flu
Millions of people around the world get sick with the flu every year. In tropical regions like Vietnam, influenza may occur throughout the year, causing outbreaks to be more irregular than they are elsewhere.
As the expat community grows in Hoi An more and more traditional Western goods and services are being offered. For some time a number of restaurants have been offering free home delivery for take away food orders all across town.
Dingo Deli Groceries Delivery Service
Dingo Deli is a delectable Western Oasis in an Asian world – Lavazza coffee, smoked ham, parmesan cheese in blocks and a bakery with a constantly changing array of pastries and breads.
Nguyen Thanh Quang Pet Shop Delivery Service
Sick of lugging home all that kitty litter and mountains of wet and dry dog and cat food? Fret no longer. Nguyen Thanh Quang Pet Shop Delivery Service now comes to you at no extra charge tween 5 and 6pm or by special arrangement.
There are several English-speaking schools in Hoi An from the intimate, child-focused setting of Merlin’s Homeschool to the facility rich, grandiose scale of Hoi An International School (HAIS) with its gym, science lab, sports field, library, canteen, performance space and much, much more. In between is Green Shoots, the first established international school in Hoi An.
How To Prevent Common Diseases During Rainy Season
The weather is changing and the traditional November rain has arrived. We can feel the cool breeze and the quality of the air is improving. However, high rainfall can cause widespread flooding, and stagnant water can be a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria as well as mosquitoes, increasing the transmission of a number of communicable diseases.
Health Insurance in Vietnam
While general medical costs accessed through the Vietnamese system are relatively cheap, it is very important to take out health insurance because if a serious health issue ensues and you need evacuation you could be in a whole heap of medical-cost trouble.
Pharmacies in Hoi An and Da Nang
Vietnam is an over-the-counter, no prescription required, haven for people requiring medication from pharmacies. However, always check the expiry date and also be aware that sometimes these drugs are counterfeit (though Hoi An Now staff have never experienced this).
Opticians in Hoi An and Da Nang
Many expats have prescription glasses made in Hoi An. If you do not have a prescription, it is not a problem. They can work out your prescription from existing glasses or they can do an eye test. Generally, the eye test is free. The turnaround process is quick. Mine (copied from existing glasses) were made in under an hour. It could take a couple of days however if they have to send away for a specific type of lens.
Dentists in Hoi An and Da Nang
Below is a list of dentists both in Da Nang and Hoi An that have been recommended by expats.
Health Hazards in Vietnam
Over the past year there has been an alarming amount of dengue fever cases among expats in Hoi An – so make sure you take precautions against tghis escalating health hazard.
Hospitals in Hoi An and Da Nang
There are public, private and international hospitals in Central Vietnam. The public hospital system is poor and doctors speak little or no English. The private/international hospitals are better positioned to treat expats and have English-speaking doctors (though not always!).
Cervical Cancer Screening
Cervical cancer was one of the most common causes of cancer death among women worldwide several decades ago. This situation significantly improved over time however, primarily due to the use of Pap tests – a screening procedure that can find changes in the cervix before cancer develops.
Diarrhea in Children
Just as in other major cities in Vietnam, Danang and Hoi An are packed with street food stalls and restaurants selling all manner of local delicacies.
Vomiting in the Pediatric Age Group
During the summer season, many kids are brought to clinics or hospitals because of vomiting. Due to the heat, kids often want to drink too many fluids—cool refreshing drinks such as fruit juices or shakes—or, sometimes while at the beach, they can unconsciously put a foreign object in their mouth, such as a small toy, some nuts, or even a pebble, and eventually swallow it.
By the end of February 2017, nearly a year after the very first cases of the Zika virus were discovered in Vietnam, there had been a total of 233 reported cases.
Finding jobs in Hoi An is not overtly easy. There is work, but you are more likely to find it by making contacts after you arrive. Because Hoi An is a ‘tourist town’ jobs are mainly in the field of hospitality and tourism.
Monika Czerveniak is an Austrian-born, Vancouver-based expat who has been popping in and out of Hoi An since 2010. Monika is an outspoken free-thinker who likes to stir the pot both literally and figuratively.
A smiling face ensconced in the Hoi An social scene, Jürgen Joost came to Hoi An from Talinn, Estonia with his wife Xenia and two children.
Michael Kredics came to Vietnam 15 months ago as a tourist and never left. After working in communications in his hometown of Studgardt, Germany for several years, he decided it was time to quit the rat race and seek out a more laid back, peaceful lifestyle. He teamed up with fellow spirit bird Stefanie (aka Sao) to start the Hoi An Hippie House in An Bang beach.