What We Need
Teach And/Or Assist our full time English teachers at our English learning Centers with:
o Organizing cultural exchange activities;
o Facilitating English at our clubs, schools;
o Teach other living skills;
When & Who
What we Provide
We offer international volunteers an experience of a lifetime. We provide people from all over the world with a comfortable ‘home-stay’ in a lovely area of different provinces in Vietnam. Volunteers are fully supported and live within a ‘family’ situation at the house with other volunteers and staffs from the organization.
Volunteers have the opportunity to learn to cook or observe Vietnamese food preparation and cooking; explore the city and region on days off; learn Vietnamese; and be immersed in the Vietnamese culture.
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OUR EXPECTATION OF OUR VOLUNTEERS:
o Participate actively within the program
o Enjoy yourself by being a team player
o Show interest and responsibility during program
o Understand that a lot of time will be spent with local people who do not speak English very well
o Speak slowly to English beginners
o Cooperate and work closely with the volunteer coordinators and staff – if there is a problem please talk to the Manager about it with a proposed solution;
Additional Info about Us
Joining our programs, you will have a lot of benefit such as:
• Make a life-changing experience on students' life by enabling them learn English and more
• A great chance for you to integrate into local people’s lives and traditions
• Gaining more and deeper knowledge about teaching experiences,
• Having chance to implement your own project, supporting disadvantage child.
• Discovering Vietnamese culture, traditions all whilst sampling traditional Vietnamese foods and special seafood.
• A chance to learn Vietnamese language,
• Friendly, family-like environment,
• Great chance to know about Vietnamese sea/beaches and seafood, not as a tourist and in tourist destination.
• Great chance to know about Vietnamese beaches, seafood, visit the national park, visit farms, experience the growing of paddy in the countryside. Here, you are always welcomed by the local people because you are the only foreingers in the town, which is an experience different from those in the city.
In an increasingly globalized world and economy, most citizens in many successful countries can speak English proficiently, thus bringing developing countries many economic and partnership opportunities. For example, the Philippines and Singapore, which are both English-speaking countries in Southeast Asia, have become successful and competitive in the global economy.
The ability to speak English is a valuable skill that can give Vietnamese children many opportunities for jobs and higher education. However,
o Learning English in Vietnam is very expensive (e.g. 15.000.000/74 hours at ILA), and it is unaffordable for most Vietnamese families, which are typically comprised of workers aged 28 – 35 with children in the “golden learning age” (03 – 07 years old), and
o English language schools such as ILA, Apollo, Language Link, etc. don’t operate in provincial cities,
thus increasing the gaps between the rich/poor and urban/rural students.
To address the issue, the government of Vietnam has recently (2008) announced ambitious education reforms under Language Project 2020, with the goal that all young people leaving school by 2020 will have a good grasp of the English language. Project 2020 will affect 200 million students and 85% the $450 million budget will be spent on teacher training, according to the education ministry.
However, as of 2016, the goal of having 100% of third graders following a ten-year English program by the year 2020 seems far-fetched, as only 20% of third graders currently have access to the program. Over 50% of grade school English teachers in Vietnam still fail to meet standards set by the six-level ability framework of “Project 2020”, which means money and time will have to be spent training these teachers first before grade school students can study in the new English program. But teachers fear that they are not getting the help they need to upgrade their own skills.
The government, thus, encourages schools to recruit foreigners to teach English and reduce their support for Vietnamese teachers who failed to meet standards set by the six-level ability framework of Project 2020. However, there is no action plan to support schools, especially those in the countryside, in recruiting foreigner teachers, even though Vietnamese English teachers and school managers cannot communicate with foreigners and have no knowledge about international recruitment and related issue. This creates a feedback cycle that leaves disadvantaged Vietnamese schools even more behind in the commitment to teach English.
We are filling the gap by aiding these public schools and English learning centres in the countryside through a holistic approach including business training, networking, and supported access to international teachers/intern/volunteers to ensure their success.
Our mission is to serve low-income urban and rural families through educational programs. This organization works with the belief that it is not necessary to “do different things” but to “do things differently” regarding issues related to education.
Our goal is to improve and expand English language education, and plant the seeds of linguistic and cultural understanding that set students on a path toward success in international business and diplomacy.