Story so Far
Hi, my name is Steve Jackson…
In 2004, after a dozen years working in journalism, PR and assorted office-based off shoots, I decided it was time for a change and signed up to VSO.
As ever, I got lucky, firstly when I was sent to the greatest city in the world, Hanoi, and also when I was asked to take up a post as fundraiser for the wonderful street kid organisation, KOTO.
My job was to find the cash needed for them to move to a new restaurant after the lease was up on the old one. Such is the nature of life in Vietnam, what we had hoped to do in a matter of months took over two years, before this wondrous day.
Job done it was tempting to stay forever in Vietnam but I decided to keep on moving so, after I said goodbye to KOTO, I did stints in Nicaragua, back home in Newcastle and later in Cameroon.
The not-always-happy Cameroon spell was again with VSO and was enough to make me realise that I had done enough moving around and it was time to put down roots.
So, I made the decision to move back to Hanoi. KOTO trainees I had worked with before had become used to foreigners coming and going and would repeatedly ask me “How long you come back for?”
I’d tell them: “Forever”. And I meant it.
However, not part of the plan was for me to meet someone wonderful and get married.
It looks like we’ll be here a while.