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Ha Giang city
All Year: Yes
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Persons: 8
Category: Other
Host ID: 44150
Country: Vietnam

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Last Updated: June 28, 2016

GREAT OPPORTUNITY: WORK/food& accommodation exchange: VIETNAM
NO VOLUNTEERING FEES
Minimum of 1 month

An English Language school in North Vietnam needs volunteers to assist with 4 hours of teaching per day, and 5 days/week.

In Vietnam, learning English can provide huge opportunities for people, not only by granting access to better jobs but also by allowing Vietnamese people to access information from the rest of the world. By helping our people learn English, you are more than teaching a language; you are giving the young people and the next generation the tools to drastically improve their own lives.

But unfortunately, because Ha Giang is a poor province and infrastructure access to more developed cities is difficult, many of our people have very limited opportunities to learn English. There is no flight route nor train railway to connect our mountainous hometown with more developed cities. The local communities are still facing huge challenges in their everyday lives. In fact, Ha Giang is still "one of the poorest provinces in Vietnam" (NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/31/travel/31vietnam-ha-giang.html?_r=0 ).

Coming to our school, you will have the opportunity to teach English and interact with young children of many different age groups, from four year old children all the way to working adults. Our dedicated staff will assist in preparing lesson plans, translating if needed during class, and encouraging student participation. But YOU will be delivering the lesson. This means that you will have to actively listen to the students' pronunciation and patiently correct them. And although we will have a lesson plan prepared for each class, you will have to adapt to the mood of the students, and sometimes alter the structure, approach, and flow of the lesson as you see fit. But it is very fulfilling; by teaching English to the young people of our city, you will be giving them the tools with which they can improve their lives.

You will also gain a unique insight into Vietnamese culture by befriending and interacting with the dedicated staff, along with the other volunteer teachers. You will learn about the educational system in Vietnam, which is different than your home country in many ways. You can also engage in local sports activities, and benefit from the physical education facilities of the schools. At our school, you will enjoy the most delicious Vietnamese dishes, and will have many opportunities to engage in cooking activities with our cook, to learn about Vietnamese cuisine. There is a market around the corner from the school with the most organic local produce that you can imagine. You will enjoy and learn about the organic fruit and vegetables that we grow here in Vietnam, some of which you have probably never heard of.

Traveling through Ha Giang province all the way to Dong Van, you will enjoy the beauty of untouched resources and the most mesmerizing landscapes in the world. This area of Vietnam is replete with natural beauty and charming people. You can find more about what Ha Giang has to offer here:
http://vih.asia/2016/03/15/ha-giang-vietnam/

You don't need to be a native speaker, nor a qualified teacher, and your task is to assist the Vietnamese teachers and students to pronounce English words correctly. You have a good command of English, without a strong accent, and are a good conversationist and love children.

Accommodation has two wifi hot spots with excellent coverage and fast internet. A modern three-storey building in the centre of Ha Giang city. Two spacious bathrooms with hot water and facilities similar to what you find in the Europe. We have two wifi hot spots that cover all building, and you can have free access to internet in your spare time. There are two rooms (1 for girl, and 1 for boy) with bunk beds (7 in total), and we have two private rooms for couples.

PM me with a paragraph with your information and experience and we will organize a Skype interview for you.

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