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Teaching English for Children

Mai Chau, Viet Nam

The children who don’t have much of a chance to get a proper education. Would you like to come here and help? Volunteering in Mai Chau, Vietnam to teach English

Have you ever joined in the minority ethnic community in the mountainous area to see how their life’s going? Especially for children who don’t have much chance to get a basic education. Would you like to come here and help? The volunteering in Mai Chau, Vietnam to teach English is the right choice for you. 

What does the project do?

VVS believes that Education is fundamental to human progress, enabling individuals and communities to acquire essential skills and knowledge in order to improve life quality.  But for some minority ethnic children, basic education is limited. The education program will be a solution for this matter. The projects can be undertaken in a short and long-term basis depending on how hard to change  traditional education methods of learning a foreign language, which is a lack of English native speakers so we need your help. Via this project, VVS would like to bring a helping hand from volunteers to the minority ethnic children who are offered a good opportunity to integrate into the community & for a better future.

About the Location

The school is located in Mai Chau which is the home to Thai ethnic group. They often settle in separated villages and are very far from the highway. The forest is one of their cradles to provide food and other resources for their lives such as wood for building house, agricultural tools and also to build the schools for children and so on. Living standards are lower than normal and their education is basic as well.

The village is also a fascinating place which is truly mountainous area in the Northwest of Vietnam with rich nature. 2km away from Mai Chau town, the village is situated among the lush green paddy field. Characterized culture of Thai people with Xoe – Hoa dance, traditional weaving, and many local festivals are organized every year. By participating in this program, volunteers also have the chance to interact with the specific culture of Thai people with many different clans, each clan has a special culture and you can also learn how to work with weaving brocade. Besides, you also have the opportunity to take part in a variety of social activities such as camp fire, cultural exchange art. With a warmly rustic way of living of people here, it partly mounted people who came to this village for the first time to become familiar, many of whom became his friends.

About the School

Coming to the school, we’ll be warmly welcomed by 160 students. In the lessons, they put their heart in the lesson as we learn a favorite song. However, all the furniture is in poor condition and the lesson is basic as well, no open-minded books and others related to a basic education. In order to bring hope for a better education, VVS would like to give an opportunity for worldwide volunteers to help with a variety of activities such as: teaching English (mainly) and planting trees… or any bright ideas from you as you go along.

As the school is still poor at present, so we need a lot of support from volunteers in term of providing study materials such as pens, books, notebooks, toys, and anything you have that you think it is good for students or can support them in study. It would be great if you could bring a guidebook or something to describe your beautiful country so the students can learn about your country and gain knowledge of the world.

Project resources and advice

All  support for activities at the project site will be provided by VVS and locals. You only need to bring  your belongings which are necessary for you such as trekking boot, sun block, hat, anti-insect repellent, sunglasses, rain coat, toiletries, original passport . There are four seasons in the North of Vietnam: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. It is really hot in Summer, cool in Autumn and warm in the Spring, and really cold in the winter. When you plan to go to Vietnam, you should check the time and weather before hand.

Cameras and laptop will be very helpful for you to record all interesting things and memorable moment. As you have free time, a book also helps you relax.

Your Itinerary 

Day 1 -  Arrive in Hanoi city (Noi Bai airport)

This is the first day you in Vietnam. You will be greeted at Noi Bai airport  and transferred to your hotel for staying overnight in Hanoi to avoid jet lag. If there is time, we will have a short orientation and briefing at the hotel to go through procedure for your stay and get involved in the project

Day 2

The next morning, our staff will escort you on a local bus to Mai Chau which it will be your home during your stay in Vietnam. A short training lesson about the trip will be conducted to you about transportation policies and how to be safe during the trip. Then, you will have time to visit and say hello to local staff and children who you will be working with. This will take and then you are able to take your time to discover the surroundings.

From Day 3 - to the end of duration (Working day only)

From Day 3, you will be working with  full-time support of  Vietnamese staff members and will be involved in a variety of tasks that will be scheduled for you every day. You can teach children to sing  songs, dance, play sports games, English or help with the preparation for some events, picnics…. Everything will be great and you should do it with initiative, it is very helpful for you to make friends with locals who you’re working with, do the best you can and feel memorable moments while staying with local community.

Saturday & Sunday - You are at leisure during the weekend.

You can choose to stay in Mai Chau and relax in a homestay, visit Mai Chau or Pa Co market, 1000 steps cave or travel off the beaten path to Pu Luong natural reserve. Depart from Mai Chau, you’ll have a good chance to trek remote and wondrous ethnic villages where you can gain a deeper understandings of local culture and traditions . It’s worthwhile to spend your weekend holiday in such as  fascinating, beautiful place like Mai Chau with so many things to see and do.

Your Final Day

You will have a small farewell party with your new friends to say goodbye, take your final photos and packing your bag with souvenirs. You’ll travel back to the airport, or continue to further adventures elsewhere. The return transfer from your accommodation to Noi Bai airport is not covered within your project fee, VVS is able to make recommendations and help you arrange a transfer if you want to. You should estimate US$30 for this trip.

Typical day

You will mainly teach basic English lesson  in flexible time with 2 hours per day. Another time you may wish to enjoy Mai Chau and it surroundings on your own. You will have free time to experience a local way of life, give ideals to improve children life skills, and bring them more opportunities for better lives for their families.

Therefore, a typical day might look like this:
  • 7:30 am - Wake up and have breakfast
  • 8:30 - 10:30 am - Working with children at school
  • 12:00 - Have lunch and take a rest
  • 2:00 - 4:00 pm - Teaching or playing with children at the school or helping host family with daily tasks 
  • 7:00 pm - Dinner

Free-time activities

You are free at the weekend. There's lots of things to do in Mai Chau. Please see the following information below for details:

You can choose to stay in Mai Chau and relax in a homestay, visit Mai Chau or Pa Co market, 1000 steps cave or travel off the beaten path to Pu Luong natural reserve. Depart from Mai Chau, you’ll have a good chance to trek remote and wondrous ethnic villages where you can gain a deeper understandings of local culture and traditions . It’s worthwhile to spend your weekend holiday in such as fascinating, beautiful place like Mai Chau with so many things to see and do.

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Hiking

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
English at High school level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
It is very important that all volunteers are willing to work with children! Volunteers must be highly motivated and keep in mind that the children are the first as well as most important reason why volunteers are asked to work at the school.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

Any questions? Just ask. We at Vina Volunteer Service are happy to help you.

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Registration fees - Written materials pre-departure - Facilitating a volunteer experience in program site that specifically meets your needs - Accommodation: Dorm bed accommodation in a house with a few others, communal areas - Food: 3 meals per day - Transport to and from work where required - Round trip transfer Hanoi – Mai Chau – Hanoi - Assisting with local transport and providing advice on public transport routes - Airport meet and greet service - Complete English preparation and orientation information pack - Advice, assistance, and guidance before, during, and after your stay - Support: 24-hour support from on-site coordinator - Assistance with planning your weekend excursions from local staff

Airport Pickup at Noi Bai International Airport

Airport pick up at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi: You will be picked up at the airport by a driver and transferred to your hotel in Hanoi. He will hold up a printed sign with your name on it. Please double check your belongings before getting on and getting off the car to make sure that you don't forget anything.

Accommodation

You will be living amongst local in the homestay to experience a day in the life of a Vietnamese family. You’ll live, eat, work & cook with locals. it is really comfortable accommodation with WIFI, hot shower, western toilet and basic amenities. Don’t expect too much on the homestay.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Vietnam features one of the most diverse and tasty cuisines in the world, and you can expect to eat simply but well during your placement. Every day, you receive breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cooks prepare a wide-range of Vietnamese dishes exclusively for the volunteers.

We also cater vegetarian/vegan. If you have any special requests for food, please inform us in advance.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) in Hanoi. We assist you to find cheap flights to Viet Nam.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Viet Nam provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Viet Nam you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Viet Nam.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,020.00
5 weeks
$1,291.00
6 weeks
$1,561.00
7 weeks
$1,832.00
8 weeks
$2,103.00
9 weeks
$2,373.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$3,185.00
Average fees
$260.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Mai Chau/Viet Nam between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Vina Volunteer Service will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Viet Nam.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Vina Volunteer Service during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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