The Teaching English Program in Hanoi, Vietnam, will be perfect for those who love to spend time with kids. Being a developing Asian country that has a dark past, Vietnam is still on the weaker side when it comes to English Language skills. However, with the rapid growth of tourism and other sectors in the region, studying English is considered to be an important part of the curriculum.
You'll be placed in schools in the Cau Giay District and other areas around Hanoi. The kids in those schools are mostly between the age group of 11 to 14 years. The teacher-student ration is poor in these schools. In one of the schools, there are 1500 students and just 70 teachers. Also, the teachers themselves aren't well versed in English, hence they need some guidance as well.
A perfect and affordable volunteering program for gap year travelers, college and high school students, the Teaching Program will help you to polish your existing skills and help you to acquire newer ones. The aim of the program is to provide English language speaking environment for the students and teachers, to practice and improve their confidence in using a foreign language in their daily communication.
Volunteering for the Teaching Project in Vietnam will be an incredibly rewarding and challenging experience where you can gain valuable international teaching experience alongside assisting the Vietnamese students in their English studies.
WHAT'S MY ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES AS A VOLUNTEER?
- Being a volunteer, you'll have to work alongside the teaching staff and lead the classes in improving the pronunciation and conversational skills.
- You can bring in your own ideas to the classroom in order to make the sessions more interesting and engaging.
- Focus on improving the listening/speaking skills for students as well as the teachers. Guide the teachers whenever they need your assistance.
- Focus on the weaker kids, and see how you can help them out. Keep a tab on the growth of your students.
- The best would be to focus on interactive sessions and activity based learning methods.
Normally volunteers will teach for about 20 hours a week. This time may vary depending on situations. There is always a local teacher who works closely with the international volunteers.
WHAT WILL BE THE PROGRAM SCHEDULE?
Wednesday - Arrival in Hanoi, Vietnam
Thursday - Orientation.
An orientation session will be conducted by the local coordinator, informing the volunteers about relative topics such as safety, culture, language, places to visit, behavior, food, and other suggestion over things to do in Vietnam.
Friday - Introduction at the project site (school).
Saturday - Day tour of Hanoi.
Sunday - Free day for you to explore and prepare yourself for the volunteer work.
Monday to Friday - Volunteer Work.
For teaching, the schedule depends on the timetable of the school. Usually, the day starts with lessons at 8.30 am. Some days, the school begins at 10 am. On average, volunteers do not teach more than 20 hours/week.
Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating in.
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