- About the project
- Project name: KITES
- Project slogan: FLY THE KITES OF DREAMS
- Time : 27/02/2016 – 04/3/2016
- Place : Phong Thạnh Commune, Cầu Kè District, Trà Vinh Province
- Parcicipant: 6 Vietnamese volunteers (including 2 EVG members) and 21 volunteers who are National Institude of Education students from Singapore
+ Visit and give gift to the poor families in the province
+ Teach English to groups of children and students from 5 schools in the commune
The 1603 project (KITES) occurred from February 27th 2016 to March 4th 2016 at Phong Thạnh Commune, Cầu Kè District, Trà Vinh Province. Along with Vietnamese volunteers (2 students from Foreign Trace University and 4 students from Hoa Sen University) are 21 students and 3 lectures from National Institude of Education from Singapore. After days working together at Phong Thạnh Commune, the project helped to deliver and teach English to 5 groups of student from 5 different schools here, including Phong Thạnh kindergarten, Phong Thạnh A Primary School, Phong Thạnh B Primary School, Phong Thạnh C Primary School, and Phong Thạnh Secondary School, to visit and give gift to some poor families.
- Activity Process
February 27th 2016:
- 8:15 AM: 6 Vietnamese volunteers and Mr. Harry (CEO of EVG) presented at Tân Sơn Nhất airport to wait for the team from Singapore
- 9:00 AM: V Team and S team met, took pictures to keep the memories, went to Hoa Sen University.
- 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM: S Team took a campus tour in Hoa Sen University
- 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Ice-breaking session
- 11:45 AM – 12:40 PM: The whole team enjoyed lunch at Làng Cua Đồng restaurant.
- 1:00 – 1:50 PM: Training to repair Amazing Race
- 2:00 – 4:00 PM: Amazing Race
- 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Reflection sau Amazing Race
- 5:00 PM – 8:45 PM The whole team had dinner at Cô Ba Vũng Tàu restaurant
February 28th 2016 – March 02nd 2016:
The things we focused on doing during 4 days at Phong Thạnh Commune: taught English for kindergarten children and students at 5 schools in the area, did housework, made Cultural night and Camp Fire with the local people.
- Teach English to kindergarten children and students from 5 schools:
There were 5 schools in Phong Thạnh Commune, including Phong Thạnh kinder garten, Phong Thạnh A Primary school, Phong Thạnh B Primary school, Phong Thạnh C Primary school, and Phong Thạnh Secondary school.
Each group of teacher had different teaching content that suited the right kind of students
An English class at Phong Thạnh Kindergarten
An English class at Phong Thạnh Primary school
An English class at Phong Thanh Secondary school
Each team offers specific and different knowledge and kinds of teaching approaches that will suit specific learners. To the students from Kindergarten, the teaching group focused on daily conversation, daily conversation phrases, some animals and some common verbs. Sing team used Art and Craft, coloring, drawing to encourage learners to work with the alphabet. The children got used to the alphabet and some words easily.
At the primary schools, the groups focus on the English Alphabet, color vocabulary, body parts, some easy daily spoken English along with extra activities to help their learners know and remember the new information.
At Phong Thạnh Secondary school, the students got to learn daily English phrases and basic vocabulary. They also had a chance to learn how to make pop-up cards, sign language, and new songs.
At first, the teachers and students were both curious and exciting to meet each others. After the first lesson, we got used the new learners while they also felt more interested in the lessons. Since this was the first time S Team and V team taught at this rural area, we understood that it is very important for the learners to have these knowledge. Students in this commune do not have much occasion when they can learn English with foreigners so they really stayed focus to the lessons.
During the working time, everyone tried their best to deliver the new knowledge to the students. Each group along with the Vietnamese volunteer spent time after lunch and before bed time to prepare for the teaching schedule, lesson plans, and teaching materials for the next days. Each team showed their own strength. S Team used color papers, crayons and markers to draw pictures, used guitar to make beats for English songs. V Team members were very active in sharing the teaching method they have experienced before like how to deliver the lesson efficiently, how to set class rules, how to make students pay attention to the teachers and the lesson. 4 Hoa Sen University third – fourth year students belonged to the English Language Teaching major had more tips and sharings when standing in front of the class than the students Singapore who were first and second year. We learned a lot from each other. Preparations like this showed the passion in teaching from all volunteers. We may have different cultures, different mother tounges, but they all will not be a matter when we work like a family, a group with the same purpose of bring the positive feelings of studying English to the children.
Thanks to the teaching activities, there came a chance for two teams, including the leaders and the members, to cooperate. S Team with various creations and games and songs and activities; V Team with experiences in teaching environment. The relationship between two team, therefore, was closer and improved day by day.
Result: After the classes, the children and learners knew some communicative centences, vocabulary about colors, body parts, animals, the English Alphabet, how to make pop-up cards, sign language and English songs. The most important thing was that most of them still remembered the previous lessons when being asked by the teachers. We were all very happy since our efforts turned out to be good! Seeing that there are still a lot of children who could not have good chance and good environment to study and there are other people who need helps from us, we therefore appreciate what we are having now.
Before heading to Phong Thạnh commune, the volunteers had taken the necessary tools at the Eco Vietnam Group Office. S Team and V Team actively worked together to finish everything. Especially S Team members always asked what they could do to help. Together we washed the dishes, cleaned the toilets, put away trash.
Result: We all shared the works and finished before the teaching team came back.
- Cultural night:
The last night at Phong Thạnh was planned for the cultural night. The show occurred from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, and we moved to the camp fire section until 9:10 PM. We S Team and V Team were proud to have the represetatives from Phong Thạnh commune, from ECO Vietnam Group, the principals of the schools in the area some teachers, students, and people of Phong Thạnh.
There were performances from the children, from the students and teachers at the schools, from S Team và V Team. Along with them were the time for the ECO Vietnam Group to hand the gift for the lecture from NIE and representative of Phong Thạnh.
Camp fire began at 8:00 PM. S Team, V Team, the students and people of Phong Thạnh gathered together, made a big circle around the camp fire and started dancing. Then we moved near the stage to play the guitar and sing together happily. The cultural night ended at 9:15 PM.
Result: The Cultural Night began and finished successfully. Two teams and the students enjoyed every moment of it. At the last moment, we were sad to say good bye to our students. A lot of pictures and videos were taken so as to store the precious memories. The time we spent in Phong Thạnh might not be long but it is enough for the children to understand and realize the feelings of S Team and V Team to them.
- Volunteers’ feelings:
After two months to work with ECO Vietnam Group as volunteers, we have experieced a lot of unforgettable things which we have not met before.
Firstly, we got the chance to actually serve the community. Teaching English to children and students is a noble work. That is because they do not have enough condition to be able to learn English in a comfortable environment like those in the city. We received a lot of motivation when seeing our students improve after each lesson. We love the career that we chose more than ever.
Secondly, we got a chance to listen and share the stories from the poor families in the area. Thanks to the time vistiting them and talking to them, each of us could see that there are still a lot of people who are in need of help from the other so that their life could be improved.
Thirdly, we had so much experience with unforgettable memories which we never had a chance to do before. Moreover, we learnt useful lessons for our future career from this journey. We could turn what we had learnt in Hoa Sen University into real life situations, like what we did these days: to teach English.
Fourthly, we are so proud of ourselves because we could show that Vietnamese students are not only proficient in English but also good at teaching skills to foreign friends. Especially, they really appreciate what we recommended to make their lesson plans better.
Last but not least, besides what we have done well, we are also moved and touched by the helps and contribution of the leader- Linh and the vice leader- Uyên because without their efforts, we are sure that we would have not done this project so well. We also would like to say thank you to all of EVG members.
We hope that everything which you are doing as well as want to do in future will be sucessful as you expect in order to help our life be good.