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Volunteer Placement Organization

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Languages: 
English
Company Headquarters: 
Hanoi
Vietnam
VN
Causes: 
Education
Women
Business
Minimum Stay: 
3 months
Cost per Day: 
$0
Cost per Week: 
$0
Cost per Month: 
$0
Cost Includes: 
Pre-Departure Orientation
2 Meals per Day
Volunteer Hostel
Homestay
Local Transport
Airport Pickup and Drop Off
Internet
Project Locations: 
Coins for Change Vietnam
Hanoi
Vietnam
VN
Languages:
English
Description
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 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.

Inspired by the women-empowering mission of Coins for Change – TFC’s founder organization, we focus more on supporting female-led public schools and English centers in urban and rural areas of Vietnam.


HELP
Teach and Assist other full time English teachers at our Female leading English Schools with:
o Organizing cultural exchange activities;
o Facilitating English at our clubs, schools;
o Teach other living skills for students at charity schools or for Ethnic minority students;
ACCOMMODATION
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 OR with single mothers and their babies and staff 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.

WHAT ELSE…
After finishing your commitment for 3 month volunteering with us, if you wish to stay longer, and obtained your teaching certificate, we can introduce you for a full time job as English Teacher.

WHEN VOLUNTEERING WITH US, YOU CAN EXPECT TO:
o Help us change life of Vietnamese poor/rural children
o Work in a dynamic team
o Living comfortable in a Vietnamese Homestay Style
o Meet young people from all over the world
o Learn and exchange information from different countries, cultures, backgrounds
o Have a lot of fun!
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;
Causes
Education, Women, Business
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$0 per week
Estimate only - visit Organization website for actual costs to Volunteer
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • 2 Meals per Day
  • Volunteer Hostel
  • Homestay
  • Local Transport
  • Airport Pickup and Drop Off
  • Internet

Costs do not include Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Spending Money, 3-Meals-per-Day, 1-Meal-per-Day
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