Location: Phong Thanh Commune, Cau Ke District, Tra Vinh Province
Participants: 15 Volunteers và 3 teachers from National Institute of Education, Singapore (NIE) and 8 EVG Volunteers (including 4 EVG members).
Visiting some tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City such as Sai Gon Post Office, War Remnants Museum, Book Street and Diamond Plaza
Teaching English for students at 4 schools: Phong Thanh A Primary School, Phong Thanh B Primary School, Phong Thanh C Primary School and Phong Thanh Secondary School
Visiting 4 households
Participating in Mid-Autumn festival at Phong Thanh A Primary School and giving out 120 lanterns for children.
Organizing Culture Night and Campfire
EVG Volunteers’ feelings after project
Joining ECO Vietnam Group as a volunteer for Project 1711 is a random decision that I have never thought to make. Being given the opportunity to participate and become part of the project was probably one of the most fortunate things in my life since I could learn, gained experience and got matured during the project.
At the first meeting, I was really overwhelmed by the responsibilities that a volunteer must hold. I felt scared because I got used to being a volunteer in other organizations where everything was prepared beforehand and the only thing I need to do is to “Pick up my backpack and set off for the project”. Therefore, at that time I was so confused and stressful that I just wanted to run away. However, I calmed myself down and thought that I have gone too far to throw back. Then I decided to try my best. Now I can confidently say that joining the project was the right decision that I’ve made.
The main task of the project 1711 is to teach children at 3 primary schools and 1 secondary school in Phong Thanh commune, Tra Vinh province. The work seemed easy but it turned out quite tired when most students were active and quite naughty. Sometimes they didn’t want to listen to instructions and follow rules. Despite such tiredness, I had learned a lot of new things including patience and ability to listen to the students. These students are just like us when we were young. They enjoy moving and playing physical games so we cannot expect them to stay still and always follow what we ask them to do. However it does not mean that we are always sympathetic and gentle with the children, sometimes we need to be tough and strict so that the class can go well. I felt the NIE Volunteers’ enthusiasm through the evenings discussing lesson plans, preparing teaching materials, and the activities that they organized for the students. Although they spent only 3 days with the students and the amount of knowledge they could bring was not much, they always tried their best with a desire is to inspire the students in learning English.
About life in Phong Thanh commune, everything was completely different from our life in the city. The living conditions here were poor and the basic necessities of life were not adequate. Every day, everyone had to sleep on hard mats, in mosquito nets, we had to get up early to prepare meals and bathed in a cramped, mossy public toilet. Every night because there were meetings for tomorrow’s schedule, lesson plans and rehearsals for the culture night, no-one could sleep before 11pm. Despite such difficulties, no one complained but everyone was always cheerful and full of vitality. Laughter was always filled the bedroom, the dining table and even in the bathroom when people queuing for showers. And if anyone asks me about my most enjoyable time in the project, I will not hesitate to answer it is the evenings when the EVG volunteers gathered to make reflection as well as rehearse for culture night. Even though everyone was tired after a long day teaching, they still tried to spend time and encouraged each other. The chit-chatting made me feel relaxed, cozy and it was also one of the most unforgettable memories of myself.
I would like to thank all volunteers and teachers from National Institute of Education, Singapore (NIE) for their hard work to come here and help children despite long distance and poor living conditions here. Moreover they also taught me to have faith, patience and enthusiasm for the community.
A second thank you is to 7 EVG volunteers who are beautiful, dynamic, enthusiastic and willing to give a hand in difficulties. Thank you for being with me all the time. Thank you for the encouragement that everyone gave me when I was tired and thank you for the nights everyone stayed up late to run from the bedroom, kitchen to the toilet to help me count the quantities of items. I know I myself sometimes was hot-tempered and impatient but everyone was always with me and regarded me as an indispensable member. Thank you very much.
And the last sincere thank you is to ECO Vietnam Group. Thanks for trusting me and giving me the opportunity to participate in the 1711 project. Thank you for giving me the chance to experience, to learn and to live meaningfully. To me, this was the most precious time that I will not forget for the rest of my life. Besides the happy memories and fun moments with others, there was sometimes I felt discouraged and disappointed about myself but I have never regretted joining the project. Thanks to EVG, we have had more wonderful friends, learned valuable lessons and matured every day. Thank you EVG so much!
“Bốn năm đại học, điều hối tiếc lớn nhất của tôi là không chủ động tiếp thu kiến thức. Chỉ biết học theo chương trình của trường, học giỏi các môn ở trường là đủ. Mà quên đọc sách, quên tự học, quên đào sâu nghiên cứu những gì mình quan tâm. Ra trường ngơ ngác bấn loạn. Kiến thức ở trường hầu như bỏ xó, phải học việc lại từ đầu, mà cái cần phải học nhiều nhất là kỹ năng xã hội.
Bốn năm đại học, điều hối tiếc thứ nhì là không làm nhiều. Không tham gia các câu lạc bộ sinh viên, không tổ chức chương trình, không biết chỗ nào để hoạt động thiện nguyện. Giờ ra trường rồi mới thấy vô số điều có thể làm lúc mình còn là sinh viên. Sau ra trường ngây ngây thơ thơ, phải vác mặt đi học lại những thứ ở trường không dạy.”
(Trích “Tuổi trẻ đáng giá bao nhiêu” – Rosie Nguyễn) 👉 Bạn thì sao? Đã bao giờ bạn hối tiếc vì những việc lẽ ra phải làm nhưng vẫn mãi trong ý nghĩ? 👉 Bạn có muốn tuổi trẻ mình trôi qua đầy những tiếc nuối “giá như…” ? 👉 Bạn có sợ không, khi tuổi trẻ một khi trôi qua sẽ không bao giờ trở lại? 👉 Tuổi trẻ của bạn có gì?
Bạn thân mến, bạn nghĩ sao nếu mùa hè này, đi cùng chúng tôi – ECO Vietnam Group, để thử thách và tận hưởng tuổi trẻ theo cách rất riêng của mình ?
I. Thông tin chi tiết:
1.Mã dự án: 1704
Thời gian: 13/5-26/5/2017
Địa điểm: Xã Phong Thạnh, tỉnh Trà Vinh.
Đối tác: Hall 6 – Nanyang Technological University
Công việc chính: – Xây dựng hệ thống máy lọc nước
– Dạy học
2. Mã dự án: 1705
Thời gian: 14/5-28/5/2017
Địa điểm: Xã Phong Thạnh, tỉnh Trà Vinh
Đối tác: National University of Singapore
Công việc chính: – Xây dựng hệ thống máy lọc nước
– Dạy học
3. Mã dự án: 1706
Thời gian: 23/5-6/6/2017
Địa điểm: Xã Long Đức, tỉnh Trà Vinh
Đối tác: Hall 8 – Nanyang Technological University
Công việc chính: – Xây dựng hệ thống máy lọc nước
– Dạy học
4. Mã dự án: 1707
Thời gian: 4/6-18/6/2017
Địa điểm: Xã Phong Thạnh, tỉnh Trà Vinh
Đối tác: Earthlink- Nanyang Technological University
Công việc chính: – Xây dựng hệ thống máy lọc nước
– Dạy học
5. Mã dự án: 1708
Thời gian: 20/6-4/7/2017
Địa điểm: Xã Long Đức, tỉnh Trà Vinh
Đối tác: School of Biological Sciences ( SBS)- Nanyang Technological University
Công việc chính: – Xây dựng hệ thống máy lọc nước
– Dạy học
II. Yêu cầu TNV
– Yêu thích các hoạt động cộng đồng.
– Làm việc hoặc học tập tại thành phố Hồ Chí Minh – trên 18 tuổi.
– Nhiệt tình, chủ động, có khả năng làm việc nhóm và khả năng xử lý tình huống tốt.
– Sức khỏe tốt, chịu được khó khăn thời tiết nắng mưa. Tham gia xuyên suốt chương trình diễn ra.
Chi phí: 400,000 VND cho 1 dự án (thu trước 600,000VND và trả lại 200,000VND sau dự án). Đây là chỉ là phần chi phí nhỏ trong các chi phí ăn uống của toàn bộ chương trình kéo dài 10 ngày trở lên.
2016 it is a significant milestone that marks the difficult journey EVG has passed but successfully carry out various projects with our partners. These results bring great happiness to communities in Vietnam.
EVG sincerely gives thanks to all friends, our supporters, our partners who always accompany with EVG during the past period. EVG hopes that we will continue to make more meaningful projects.
Location : Tân Qui Island, An Phú Tân Commune, Cầu Kè District, Trà Vinh
Participants: 19 staff of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Vietnam (HSBC Vietnam) and 4 members of ECO Vietnam Group.
Achievements: Research about issues related to the brand of Mangosteen and Tourism potentials in Tan Qui Island.
“Build up” is the first of two project with the partner, HSBC Vietnam in 2016. Its aim is to find the causes, then discuss with together and provide the solutions to develop the Mangosteen brand and exploit Tourism potentials in Tân Qui Island.
22/09/2016 : EVG members and HSBC Vietnam staff gathered together in HSBC’s office in Centre Point Holding to depart to Cầu Kè District.
23/09/2016: In the morning, the group had the first meeting with local authorities, work with together to find out realities about Mangosteen brand and Tourism potentials in Tân Qui Island. Specifically, HSBC team discussed with authorities about root causes which makes the local has difficuty in developing Mangosteen brand and tourism there.
All of parties – Local authority and HSBC Vietnam team joyfully discussed and answered any questions related to Mangosteen brand and Tourism potentials.
In the afternoon, the group divided into two teams to meet households who plant Mangosteen (registered Vietgap and not registered Vietgap); people who do business with tourism.
The aim was to better inspect the state of two issues that the group were researching to find out solutions overcome both problems.
24/09/2016 : In the morning, HSBC Vietnam team presented some solutions after a fact-finding trip.
Based on causes that they researched , HSBC Vietnam team offered some proposals about solutions to improve deserving of Mangosteen brand; as well as to help local and households sustainably develop Tourism in Tan Qui Island.
Other activities : To learn some special cultures about religion, language, architecture in Tra Vinh Province, to comprehend local people.
Visiting Ông Bổn pagoda.
Visiting ancient house
Visting Khmer pogada:
Art activities exchange in Tân Qui Island:
Experience for going across Hậu river to Tân Qui Island by boat
25/09/2016: HSBC Vietnam team summed up the solutions presented to local authority. The parties have been working together very well and happily, partly resolve some problems and learn from each other about management ability and how to bring out the issues to discuss.
Thoughts after the project.
Before the project, we felt very worried about everything. Because, Your partner is a famous bank, which is so different from the project that student volunteers join in. This project required us to be more professional, serious and demanding with our work. Due to the high requirements and efforts, we learnt many useful things in 4 short days. We learnt how to understand ourselves, how to set up goals for my effort to be able to act in a reasonable manner, how to listen, how to share, how to keep calm before any situations, how to be confident to speak up in public. Moreover we also learnt how to build teamwork, analyze and solve problems and make a conclusive decision. We think all of that will make us stronger and more successful.
Besides the useful lessons, We also experienced the unforgettable feeling like watching the starry sky while boating on the river at night and enjoyed the fresh air in Delta River, all of which I hardly find in a crowded, noisy and dusty city like Saigon. Everything in Tân Qui Island is so peaceful to make us comfortable. For trip with us, each project in ECO Vietnam Group will bring different exciting experiences that it is hard to forget. We had a unforgettable memory like that. Thank you. YOLO!
Location: Tân Qui Island, An Phú Tân Commune, Cầu Kè District, Trà Vinh
Participants: 16 staffs from The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Vietnam (HSBC Vietnam) and 4 members of ECO Vietnam Group (EVG)
Case study: Research about issues related to the brand of Mangosteen and Tourism potentials in Tan Qui Island.
“Raise up” is the secondproject belonged to two projects with the partner, HSBC Vietnam in 2016. It’s aim to improve leadership skills through solving case study which is talk about mangosteen trademark and tourism in Tan Quy Island.
14h: EVG’s members and HSBC Vietnam staffs gathered together in HSBC’s office in Centre Point Holding to depart to Cầu Kè District
19h30: The group reached Cầu Kè District and had first meal here.
20h30: HSBC Vietnam team checked in at Thanh Dat Hotel and shared hope and fear to EVG team. After that, each member had to write down their learning outcome and plus even better if in their own paper.
21h15: Sharing ended, HSBC Vietnam took a rest in hotel, EVG team came back to the community resthouse.
22h: EVG team had daily reflection, checked and packed up logistics.
6h30: EVG members and HSBC team gathered and moved to the restaurant to have the first breakfast in Cầu Kè District.
8h: Next, the group moved to People Committee of Cầu Kè District and had the first meeting with local authorities.
9h: Welcome ceremony finished, HSBC Vietnam team listed down a lot of questions about mangosteen and tourism here. The interview was going well between local authorities and HSBC Vietnam team
10h30: HSBC Vietnam team came back to hotel and continued discussing th solution, EVG team reviewed and prepared for that afternoon’s activities.
12h: Having lunch at Ngoc Linh Restaurant and moving to the boat port to go to Tan QuyIsland.
13h30: Moving to Tan Quy Island.
14h: Having a meeting with Mr.Út – One of the few households do business in Tourism in Tân Quy Island. After short talking, HSBC Vietnam team knew more about life style and how local people croped.
Then, dividing into two teams to come to each household for interview: Tourism team and Mangosteen team.
After the first field trip, HSBC Vietnam team collected a lot of useful data for their solution to improve mangosteen trademark and tourism in Tân Quy Island.
17h: Coming back to mainland and having dinner at Ngoc Linh restaurant
19h: Back to Thanh Dat Hotel and had a sharing. Each member could write down not only the good and not good thing for their teamates, but aslo plus even better if. Withour writing the name, this makes everyone more comfortable to give others feedback and it helped reviewed person improve their behavior. Finally, EVG team notified schedule for the next day to HSBC Vietnam team.
20h30: EVG team came back to the community resthouse, had daily reflection, checked and packed up logistics.
6h30: EVG members and HSBC team gathered and moved to the restaurant to have breakfast.
7h30: Visiting some historical and cultural instructions of Tra Vinh: Ancient House, Khomer Pagoda.
9h30: Visiting Community Library in Phong Thanh, Cau Ke, Tra Vinh and donated books for the children here.
10h30: Enjoying a special food of Tra Vinh : Dua Sap (Wax Coconut)
12h30: Having lunch at Ngoc Linh Restaurant and moving to the boat port to go to Tan Qui Island.
14h30: Dividing into 2 teams: Tourism Team and Mangosteen Team, discussing and brainstorming to find the ideas which would be presented the next morning.
17h: Having a bonding party with local community. The represnetatives of the local community, HSBC Bank and ECO Vietnam Group had many interesting performances which created an alive and amazing night.
20h15: Saying goodbye to the local community and coming back to Thanh Dat Hostel.
21h30: EVG members came back to the community resthouse to have daily reflection, check and pack up logistics.
6h30: EVG members and HSBC team gathered at Thanh Dat hostel and went to have breakfast.
8h: Representatives of HSBC team presented the solutions to the Tan Qui Tourism Issue and Tan Qui Mangosteen Issue. The solutions focused mainly on promoting for products and for local community. Particularly, HSBC team had created 2 fanpages: Tan Qui Tourism and Tan Qui Mangosteen and forwarded the admin right for the local authority. Then local leaders had some responses and showed their gratitude for HSBC’s solutions. Both sides hoped that when HSBC and ECO Vietnam Group came back, the issues would be improved.
10h: When the ceremony ended, HSBC team and EVG team had some reflection and feedbacks for each other
11h : Coming back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Thoughts after the project.
Review from Ngọc Thanh – a member of ECO Vietnam Group.
“This was the first time I took part in a MDP, of course before that I was not only worried but aslo excited about that trip, moreover through this trip I wanted to learn and dedicate for the people in there. So how did my project took place ? Firstly, preparing for my trip, I had to start in 2 months before going and combined with the experience from the first trip, it made me more satisfied with my preparation. Next was the running time, I met some “older friends” from HSBC Vietnam team, they gave me a first deep strong impression. Whenever and wherever we went, they always discussed the solution to improve the mangosteen trademark and tourisim in Tan Quy Island. Moreover, it was also my first time to join the project with EVG members, they always showed me the spirit “Work hard, play hard” and helped me a lot during the trip. Each of us was the different person, different personality but we had the same goal, the same hope to make this world better. Finally, I want to say thank you to all of them, my friendly “older friends” from HSBC team, my EVG teamates who was always on my side and showed me how important teamates was. Thank a lot”
To tackle some social problems in communes that we serve, ECO Vietnam Group henceforth develops the Community Volunteering Centre, which hopes to strengthen the community self-help capabilities. And we will develop Community Volunteering Center in Phong Thanh commune, Cau Ke District, Tra Vinh province. The government have agreed to provide the land of 4,000 m2 for developing Community Volunteering Centre.
Community and Volunteering Centre being a physical centre will have different facilities that serve different purposes to tackle the various social problems.
The fist section of the Community and Volunteering Centre is the Community Library. Currently, there is no library in commune we serve, even in Primary or Secondary School (There are only kindergarten, primary and secondary school in this commune). With the library in CVC, ECO Vietnam Group aims to create the reading habit for local students. ECO Vietnam Group will work together with the schools and local community organization to utilize the Community Library.
The second section of CVC is these Community Center to organize a few classes for local young people and woman like Dance, Local Ethnic musical Instrument, Drama, and workshop for skill, entrepreneurs, financial literacy… The local students do not has any extracurricular educational program. The local teachers heavily focus on the textbook and the government curriculum for their students. It creates the lacking of confidence and extra skills for their students. It also serves some vocational classes for women and young people such as: sewing, financial literacy, capacity building,….
The third part is the Multipurpose Classroom where EVG organizes different free and quality classes for the kids such as IT literacy, English, STEM, values in actions, Arts and more. The Classroom is equipped with computers, laptops and other teaching materials to help students study online as well.
The fourth part is the volunteering center where we have some simple rooms to host different volunteers from different countries to serve together with us.
The last part is Children Outdoor and Garden, we want to build the outdoor playground for the children (5 to 12 years old) together with small gardens (flowers, vegetable, sugarcane) to teach children to love their surrounding environment.
The building technique for the Community Volunteering Centre will also follow environmental friendly concept in which using local natural resource in local place. Therefore, CVC is a good example for the development who cares about the environment and match with the local context due to the fact that most of the local houses here using bamboo and earth as a material for building.
Community Volunteering Centre will also play as Educational Hub where different groups will come to learn about Community Development and Environments. CVC will host all the interested groups from Schools, Institutes, and Corporate to learn and at the same time to provide the support for local community.
We are actively looking for support from a corporate partner who shares our objectives of bettering the life of people in the rural area through the provision of funding for the building training house, computers and other equipments.
Community Volunteering Centre is the physical centre that serves many purposes
Build up the reading habit to the students as well as providing support for their learning in School.
Build up confidence and fundamental life skill in villagers (especially for youth and women) and engage them in useful and educational activities throughout the year.
Provide the platform to educate youth in Vietnam about their role and responsibility in society
Provide the convenient facilities for person, groups who want to come and support
How to achieve those purposes:
Build up the reading habit to the students as well as providing support for their learning in School.
The traditional library section will comprise of shelves of printed books and readings, with an estimated 3,000 titles in both languages Vietnamese and English. We are aware youths will not have money to buy their own books for daily reading, reference books for knowledge extension and practice. The remaining readings are to facilitate training programs on social skills, survival skills, vocational skills etc. that would be covered in the next section of this paper, as well as youth magazines, periodicals, and novels.
CVC will work with both Primary and Secondary School for the library program. CVC will provide the list of the books that are related to the subjects that the students need to study in class. With this information, the teachers can assign the homework for the kids to come to Library and read specific book before going to class. Library will make sure that there are sufficient books together with good management so that every student in class is able to read book. With the cooperation from Schools, the students will slowly build up their habit to come to Library.
Moreover, CVC has a plan to organize educational game show once in every two weeks for the kids in Phong Thanh. The ideas come from some of the interesting TV game shows like pyramid, are you smarter than 5th grade… All of these in questions from one session are designed to come from two educational books. Therefore, before every game show happens, CVC will list down the title of two books so that the kids can borrow and read them first.
Besides, CVC will develop a monitor and evaluation plan for library to know how many people come to library every month and which book that they borrow the most. With the report, CVC management will know how to upgrade the library to match with the needs of the readers and still meet the objective for education.
Build up confidence and fundamental life skills in villagers (especially youth and woman) and engage them in useful and educational activities throughout the year.
Like stated above, CVC will organize some classes for youth and woman in Phong Thanh. These classes focus on extra educational curriculum to build up the confidence, basic skill and knowledge in Phong Thanh Youth and Woman as well as provide the places for youth to be engaged. CVC management intends to open the first class to introduce and teach youth how to play their own clutural musical instrument and the common musical instruments. Currently, there are only few people who fully understand Khơ Me culture as well as know how to play some specific instruments. CVC target to ask them to tell more story to the kids and teach them to value their own culture.
A few interactive workshops for the kids will be organized as well to slowly change their ways of thinking, to encourage them to dream and to put effort in achieving those dreams.
CVC will develop some programs to enhance the skills for the students such as taking input effectively, process it and produce the output.
CVC management will also found some clubs for the youth to participate such as Planting a Tree club,Scout Club and Sport Club. The youth will gain more skills while working in these clubs.
Entrepreneurship, finance literacy, micro Finance and other useful topics will be organized for woman in Phong Thanh commune.
ECO Vietnam Group has worked closely with HSBC VN for few collaboration projects within three recent years about Micro Finance knowledge and Finance Literacy for villagers in rural areas. EVG also has partner with local university- Hoa Sen University has promised to engage their students and lecturer to work with us for few workshop. In Hoa Sen University, they have four faculties such as Faculty of Language and Culture Studies, Faculty of Economic and Commerce, Faculty of Science and Technology, Faculty of Professional Education.
ECO Vietnam Group will also continue to work with groups from Nanyang Technological University to provide more support in term of software part: Educating and capacity building for villagers.
Provide the platform to educate youth in Vietnam about their role and responsibility in society
CVC will also provide the platform for ECO Vietnam Group to nurture young people in Vietnam who are key of success for the country. CVC serves as a platform for the character development of the participants through experiential learning and provide them with an occasion to practice servant hood through community project they are asked to be involved.
In the beginning phase, ECO Vietnam Group will work with school and univeristies in Ho Chi Minh city to embark a new interactive learning process called “Local Involvement Community Project” where the group of students will be involved in community and social work in Phong Thanh Commune. This project also hopes to bring about awareness among young participants of their role as citizens in today’s society and in understanding the social conditions of the host community so as to better serve and learn from them. This trip will help to sharpen their mindset to treasure more what they have in their life and share empathy for disadvantaged community and people in Vietnam.
CVC management also provide some workshops and courses that are related environment like Earthen Building workshop for Sustainable Building Material, Sustainability & Ecology, and so on. Fun activities are also available for participants such as making organic soap, making craft from recycled materials, trekking and tree-planting or participants could simply take some time to breathe in the fresh air live in the context that are very closed to the nature. Local youth and children in Phong Thanh commune join these workshops as well.
With the facility in CVC and great experience in ECO Vietnam Group, it will be enjoyable and enriching learning.
Provide the convenient facilities for person, group who want to come and support Phong Thanh commune. Hence, Phong Thanh community will receive more support.
Last but not least, CVC will provide convenient and comfortable place to host more groups to come to Phong Thanh for supporting the community. EVG will also work with more corporate to get their support through Staff building, Corporate Social Responsibility or Staff Retreating program.
Statement of Needs
The percentage of drop out school is high ( 5% at secondary school and more in high school) in Mekong Delta River, especially in Phong Thanh commune. Those children who cannot attend school or stop schooling are subjected to a life of grueling hard labour with little or no opportunity of bettering themselves or their families. Some who become “street kids” are likely to a life of crime, either as victims or perpetrators, with little hope for the future. These may result in unwanted pregnancies, diseases, hopelessness and loss of life. With the low education, local people still have the unsustainable method of cultivation and unhealthy lifestyle. Without focusing on youth development, the poor cycle of life could not be changed.
This place needs a plan for short term and long-term support. Short-term support refers to addressing the basic and urgent needs of the local people such as food, infrastructure for education and living, and so on. The long-term support refers to helping the change the mindset of people, especially for young generation in education, healthy lifestyle, sanitation, environment and so on. The youths are encouraged to go for school but schooling is likely to have a limited effect of bettering their lives as further studies beyond the high school level is usually out of reach for them. Even giving them a chance to go further study in town, with their current mindset and lack of confidence, they could not get the good result and come back to change their community.
Introducing the Community Volunteering Centre will solve all of these problems and concerns. It gives all the necessary things to provide the short term and long term support for these communes.
Sustainability of the CVC
Fund raising events such as annual work camp that are supported by ECO Vietnam Group and other organizations and other projects will ensure to cover overhead cost of the Community Volunteering Centre. The CVC will be managed and developed by both ECO Vietnam Group and local commune (Including Local government and authority). In the following years along the development of the project will come opportunities for self-sustain. Community Volunteering Centre will definitely receive support from every group who come to learn and stay in CVC.
The CVC will be state of Art, the great achievement of all time in Sustainable Community Development and Environment Conservation. It will be the great example in this field.
Phong Thanh Commune
(4 hours from Ho Chi Minh city. Commune has it own clinic. The hospital is 15 km away from commune.)
Phong Thanh is one of communes in Cau Ke District. This is an agricultural commune, which is divided into two regions, namely mainland and island. Phong thanh holds a population of 14,000 people. The commune is considered the poorest region of Cau Ke District with the poverty rate of 20%. Phong Thanh commune has special characteristic since 30% population is minority race. The Khơ Me people mostly live in Hamlet 2 of Phong Thanh commune and live under poverty line due to their lacking of education and poor awareness of economic and society. Therefore,Hamlet 2 has a poverty rate of 50%.
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Chúng tôi muốn một tuổi trẻ không ngại gian khổ, không nề hà khó khăn, bởi vì nắng gió là của đất trời, bởi vì bụi cát đường xa là của mẹ thiên nhiên bạn đang sống, bạn đi vì bạn muốn, bạn trải nghiệm vì bạn đã đưa ra quyết định, và bạn dấn thân bởi bạn luôn có trách nhiệm với quyết định của mình.
Bởi chúng tôi tin rằng, ở tuổi trẻ nơi bạn, có đầy đủ kì vọng và mong mỏi của chúng tôi, bởi vì chúng tôi nghĩ rằng, cùng nhau, cùng phục vụ và học tập, chúng ta sẽ cùng lớn lên, trưởng thành và mạnh mẽ để bước tiếp.
Đến với ECO Vietnam Group để bạn biết rằng, chúng tôi đã trưởng thành cùng nhau như thế nào..
Giới thiệu về ECO Vietnam Group – Chúng tôi là ai
ECO Vietnam Group (EVG) là một tổ chức phi chính phủ/ phi lợi nhuận được thành lập vào ngày 07/09/2009 bởi chính các bạn trẻ có chung niềm đam mê, nhiệt huyết với việc phát triển các cộng đồng còn gặp nhiều khó khăn, thiếu thốn ở Việt Nam cũng như giáo dục, phát triển về tinh thần tình nguyện ở giới trẻ. Tổ chức được sáng lập bởi ông Phạm Văn Anh ( Harry).
Tên gọi của tổ chức là ECO Vietnam Group. Trong đó ECO là từ viết tắt của Education (E) và Community (CO). Tổ chức hướng đến hai mảng quan trọng và có mối quan hệ chặt chẽ với nhau: đó là phát triển cộng đồng thông qua mục tiêu đặt giáo dục làm nền tảng.
Trải qua một năm cũ 2015, tiếp nối những cố gắng, nỗ lực và thành tựu cũ, năm 2016 này, để phát triển hơn nữa với nhiệm vụ là tổ chức phi lợi nhuân đi tiên phong trong việc thực hiện nhiều hơn nữa các dự án Overseas Sevice Learning thông qua mô hình học tập – phục vụ cộng đồng – mang đến một cuộc sống tốt đẹp với những giá trị bền vững, ECO Vietnam Group tổ chức đợt tuyển Tình nguyện viên nòng cốt, tìm đến với các bạn trẻ có đam mê, nhiệt huyết thật sự với công tác cộng đồng.
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Vòng 2: Phỏng vấn
– Ứng viên trúng tuyển ở vòng 1 sẽ được thông báo tham dự vòng phỏng vấn.
– Thời gian dự kiến tham gia phỏng vấn: ngày 23/1/2016
Vòng 3: Thử việc
– Ứng viên sẽ được tham gia trải nghiệm thực tế tại ECO Vietnam Group với vị trí công việc phù hợp trong vòng 2 tháng .Đây là vòng thi cuối cùng, nhằm lựa chọn ra những bạn phù hợp nhất cho tiêu chí đánh giá ở từng vị trí tại ECO Vietnam Group.
Location :Phong Phú Commune, Cầu Kè District, Trà Vinh Province
Participants:25 students from Singapore Nanyang Technological University (NTU); 3 volunteers and other members from ECO Vietnam Group.
Installation of 5 HDPE bags for biogas systems
Visitation of 8 households
Teaching English to primary school students
Join Handover Ceremony
“AT OUR BEST” is the 11th project of ECO Vietnam Group in 2016, with collaboration with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Hall 11, 3 volunteers officially with the help of members from ECO Vietnam Group. The purpose of the project is to improve living conditions, environment, people and children in Phong Phu Commune by the installation of biogas bags, teaching English to elementary school students in Phong Phu A primary school, visit households, organize of cultural exchanges between Vietnam, Singapore and the people, local children in the commune as well as to join Handover Ceremony – The Summary Ceremony of 6 projects ( installing biogas systems) between ECO Vietnam Group and Nanyang Technological University in this summer in Tra Vinh Province.
4 June 2016 : All members of the EVG team presented at the airport to welcome the students of Nanyang Technological University Hall 11 from Singapore to start journey.
EVG team welcomed the students of Nanyang Technological University at the airport..
5 June 2016 : The group moved to the Phong Phu commune, Cau Ke district, Tra Vinh province.
Although the first day at the commune was new to us, all of us were ready for what awaits us, we just needed to apply all the best for the commune that we would live here for 2 weeks.
Welcome ceremony was held with an atmosphere of joy and exhilaration. Representatives of the parties consist of the Chairman of Phong Phu commune, representatives from the ECO Vietnam Group, the volunteers of both teams – EVG team and Singaporean team. The representatives had the welcome speech and shared the hopes, waiting for such a successful project and the most unforgetable memories.
The representatives gave each others souvenirs in the Welcome Ceremony
The main purpose of the project is to improve daily life for the people in the commune, partialy renovate the surrounding environment, teach English, help children find joy and excited in learning, as well as to understand the casual lifestyle of local people in West of Southern of Vietnam. The important point is to broaden our minds and love the Vietnam.
Construction team :
Since that was our first time in Phong Phu Commune, we were like fish out of water. Talking to some households and the economic of local people, we understand the true value and continue to find the best way suited to the lifestyle in the commune. For many households having farms, this is the main economic source of the whole family, but the process and make use of waste from livestock still simple, people know how to use them methods to make use of energy but the result is inefficient and cause polluted to the environment. With the technology using HDPE bag in order to provide gas for household cooking, this is one of the tasks that we spend a lot of dedication and effort to complete biogas bags in order for them to use gas for daily activities.
With the guidance of Uncle Thanh,
we could installed the biogas bags by ourselves.
Installing bagy requires meticulous and highly accurate. A biogas bag be used efficiently or not is largely based on this task. With fully preparation of working tools and personal protective equipment, we watched every step and movement of Uncle Thanh – who has much experience in many projects of ECO Vietnam Group, and listen to his notice during installing the bags. We learnt how to tighten the screws, to place the tube inside and outside the bag in order that the air will not come out, how to deal with the mistakes when installing or to adjust the tube if the air comes out. We had tried to learn and apply for those days later which we became more skillful.
One of the work that requires turn-taking: it is digging. Firstly, we try to know the condition of the area, and focus on digging under the guidance and help of the household. Despite hard conditions of the area or dangerous while working, we still tried our best to finish the target at the beginning. If the hole is not completed correctly, the implement of the biogas bad will not meet the requirements, and will take more time and work to re-correct the hole. Trying to make clear everything at the beginning, we, day by day, completed our work faster than those first days.
For this work, it is similar to dig the soil, the difference is to dig the soil into several bags, not just make a hole. Digging and moving 30 soil bags (for one household) is not easy as pie which we need to work as an effectively team and conserve our strength for the next days. After tying the soil bags, we would use those soil bags after placing the biogas bag in order to hold the input and output of the biogas bag. Furthermore, those are used to avoid the floating bag when the flood season comes as well as to fix the input and output so as to avoid the air will come out.
This is an essential part of the process of installation biogas system: built soakage pit – requires a lot of ingenuity, scattered from us. This is where the waste or water go inside the bag, creating gas or not, this stage is the most important. We mixed the sand, cement and water into a mixture with a suitable ratio to built the solidly pit so á to prevent the water inside. Once completed, connect a hose to a gas pipeline directly into the house to use.
This biogas bag had been completely installed and placed into a pit. This process requires accurately measuring or adjusting the biogas system.
Result: with the continuous efforts, we have successfully installed 5 biogas systems. Also, to learn more about the use of energy or fuel for everyday life, we also carried out survey in each household where we installed the system, spent time to talk and find out the living condition as well as understand the culture of this commune. This was valuable time for not only EVG team but also Singapore team that brought us together with local people.
The purpose this project is also to educate basic knowledge of English, science, art and craft as well as dancing and singing songs. We would like to spread out the knowledge, interesting games and experiements so that the children in Phong Phu commune could have new perspectives in learning English, elicit their imagination, and be more active. Moreover, we have also learned a lot of things from kids, folk games, Khmer language and known their family situation.
“What time is it?”
These kid used those sticks to make their own pencil holders.
They learnt English songs and simple dance.
Playing the game: Eagle catch chicks.
Although everyone was tired after playing games, we still smiled.
Kết quả: We finally tought them the English lessons that we had planned, played interesting games, recapped the knowledge and especially always cherished the moments we were with the children.
House-keeping team: besides construction and teaching, we also had a hard working team in order to prepare meals, wash dishes, clean sleeping rooms, clean toilets. Our chef were Ms Ly, and her family who cooked for us delicious meals. After tiring working day, we really enjoy the food as well as atmosphere is always filled with jokes and laughs.
We, together took photo with Auntie Ly after the meal.
Visiting households : We visited 8 households in the first day and last day when we stayed in the commune. We came to their house, talked to them and understood their living condition, health and the difficulties they are facing. We also had small gifts for help them somehow overcome the difficulties ahead.
A “trip” to paddy field : Our way to discover Phong Phu is also to walk around the commune, especially the paddy field and the orange garden around the place. After a hard-working week, we spent our morning of the weekend to visit those field that was just seeding. We also found a duck farm that everyone was so excited.
We finally found the shade while working through the paddy field.
Sport Exchange with local youth :
On weekends we had sport exchange between volunteers and youths from the commune which was volleyball. Everyone really joined this time and also had experience from each other. Furthermore, local people and us could be closer.
3,2,1 The game is started!
Other memorable moments after work: Despite of tiring from working, we cherished the time we stay together, sharing the moment that we were on the truck or talked about the children in class and even watched the sun rised and sunset.
We work hard, stay young and be happy.
Memorable moments with Mrs Ly’s family after the meals.
Witty moments enjoying the sunset .
14 Juen 2016
Culture Night :
It was a night of youth cultural exchange. After visiting households, the stage was set up completely : arranged tables and chairs, sound, light …In this day, we had the opportunity to interact and learn the local culture and Singapore culture. The songs, the dances are echoes in the night atmosphere. Then the campfire repertoire, everyone including the kids whose we saw everyday in teaching hours, all holding hands around the flames, dancing and singing lively songs and immersed in memories together..
Attractive performance of S-team.
EVG team also brought wonderful performances for the Culture Night.
Gathered together the campfire after the culture night ended.
15 June 2016
Handover Ceremony : This is the ceremony of community activities in Cau Ke district with the presence of the teachers of Nanyang Technological University and especially the presence of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. Raymond Chow Vice Singapore- Department Head. This ceremony is aimed to sum up and acknowledge the achievements of the chain projects in Tra Vinh province.
Visited the Community Service Center in Phong Thanh Commune: After handover ceremony ended, we went to the Community Volunteer Centre at Phong Thanh commune, Cau Ke district, Tra Vinh province by bus in 20 minutes. We visited the library, looked the shelves filled up with donated books. The library helps change the habit of reading and bring knowledge closer to the poor rural areas. After that, we visited amusement parks made by other project’s volunteers and had the opportunity to understand the other projects of ECO Vietnam Group which has been and will be carried out for the purpose of servicing and changing community.
The playground in Phong Thạnh.
The library in Phong Thanh.
16 June 2016 : Come back HCM City
RnR days : After more than 10 days at Phong Phu, we carried the memories and regrets and returned to Saigon. We visited the monument, the landscape of Saigon, enjoyed streetfood here. These days helped S_team learn more about the history of Vietnam, the war in Vietnam.
We were at the War Remnants Museum.
18 June 2016
Goodbye Singaporean team :Finished the project with so many memories and both anxieties. But after all, we have learned a lot from this project. Understanding more about the Service Learning, learning how to change the view in a positive way; bounteous transmit experiences are collected after working days. Before the goodbye, we gave the notes and small gifts.
Giving notes and small gifts.
And there are many activities, memories, pictures and clips that we have been during the past 15-day journey. We learned how to install 1 bag biogas and understood how to operate it, knew how to refuel the entire household heating; more games, how to do cute things with coconut leaves from the children; enjoy delicious cuisine in the Western of the South of Viet Nam; kept awake to catch the best moments of sunrise and sunset; circumstanced the difficulties’s households which they are facing; and the smiles of the children. We came not only to serve the community but also learned a lot of things from this project
Phúc Thịnh – a volunteer :
After participating streak in 1611 at Phong Phu, looking back, I feel like I slept and was dreaming, then I woke up and regreted that a dream was too beautiful. 14 day project period is also fun, relaxed, most memories, the most meaningful, the most valuable, the most learned a lot so far in my life.
This is the first time I have braved enough to stept out my comfort zone and see the world. My english is not good, so I am quite shy to communicate with stranger people. And this is firt time I have lived and worked with 25 people who came from Singapore and didn’t know Vietnamese in the village. Before the trip I was worried, and was scared, nervous because hundreds questions insite my head : can i adapt, if I have been rejected, how I can make they understand, I may be isolationed, I may be bully, maybe have accident…… there have been many times in my life, when I participated in a new environment I feel stuck in communication, feeling I am so different, afraid. And, after 14 days at Phong Phu, I became a confidence person, I wish I participated earlier, the dream has not only such short.
Next I would like to thank first for EVG gave me the opportunity to dream, to live, to grow, I would like to thank for a special people, as well as volunteers in the project 1612.About my friend Hoang Mai Anh, thank you helped me known EVG, thank you’ve invited me. Next I would like to thank to the V-team of the project in 1611, who have accompanied me, helped me, and now have become my friends. Next I would like to thank 25 friends who are currently enrolled in NTU in Singapore, you are a great guys. I am proud to be associated with you. Also I would like to thank pepple who have helped, supported us throughout the project: Mr.Thanh, Ms. Lý, Mr.Da, the local people has helped us. Finally, I would like to thank Ms Vy, Ms Trang and Ms Linh and Mr.Hân, who always work closely with us.
This is the first time I participated in a project like this. A long-term project in local. Before the project, I totally deadlocked with the problems in life, was angry with everyday life, both myself and people around me. I participated in the project for many reasons, because I want to experience, because I want to get out of daily life, and I love volunteer work. However the project has given me much more than I expected.
In first day, we welcomed the Singapore students at Tan Son Nhat airport, i felt uneasy, seeing unfamiliar faces 25 and I did not know what to do and how to survive, but the truth always turned out less severe than imagination, life is sometimes not like a dream, and sometimes unexpected. But NTU students opened, shared and considered us. I was surprised when they are too friendly and proactive. What happier when you are yourself, you no longer have to think hesitated to say. I live with real myself, and I approved their comments. You should try it once, more worthwhile.
Not only people in Singapore, the member of V-team, the local people, but alo so those around us are friendly On the job, we do three main tasks which is installing biogas bags, teaching and doing housework. All three works are completely new to me. For me, each job is interesting and worth every moment. Through the project I learned how to assign work fairly and accurately between the team members.
The days of teaching are the beautiful days, you will also enjoy the sun and wind clouds rice (something rarely seen so hard to find if you are living in the city). When we came, the students from the class rushed into the yard, we felt so special, beloved, welcome.
After teaching, the students give us a lot of gifts. I was given a ring, a watch made by coconut leaves. Children love us very much. When we came back to Saigon, some of kids cried.
Doing housework is the time to relax .And the best time is cuting watermelon time.
After dinner, we had reflection, sometimes watching the stars together and surprised birthday party or shower time.
Mealtime is time for you to get acquainted with each other, exchanged and shared culture, people and dozens of other things. After dinner is a very fun time. There were a lot of activities: play volleyball, learn the skills of Teakwondo, play captain ball, play poker saboteur , play cards, play wolf cards. In addition after exciting moments, there was also quiet moment. Those nights sitting by candlelight,those night reflextion until midnight. Nights watching the stars is the most memorable moment. Watching the stars was a luxury thing for me in 21 years and this was the first time . I felt the sky was really high, deep, and saw the whole universe is in front of my eyes.
In addition to the sleep time, the moment of the day also has memories, are the new things you learn.
Through the project I not only have the memories, not only friends. After the project, as I said, confident and proud, now I am no longer afraid to see any strangers any more, because I know if I can close with more than 30 strangers in 10 days, I can talk with anyone, there’s nothing to be afraid of. I also learned the role of the establishment and management time, my normal day only lasts about 8 hours actual operation, much as one day I just really works 5 6 hours, but in the project, a day lasts 18 hours without actionplan with specific details, how can we be united more than 30 people to accomplish the same goals . And the most important thing I learned is there is also plenty of life issues, there are countless people every day face the more difficult my problem a lot of times. Therefore, the most recognized me after the project was my attitude towards my life, now I no longer feel stuck with this life anymore, no longer angry with myself, because I know what my problem was paid through thousands and thousands of people have passed, and they still live, still look to the future, is there anything that could stop my footsteps? . I feel confident and calm. Maybe I’ve matured.
Now, when the project ended, in my opinion a little sad, a little regret, but I know, no matter how much time left shelf for me still is not enough. Memories do not just want to hold their own. I want you to try one, I am sure you will assert no regrets.
Volunteer Mai Anh:
The project ended up more than one week and remained in me a lot of memories. Firstly, that is the days when racing against deadlines with action plan, culture night, guidebook. At that time, everyone just knew each other, but not really close. All of us still tried to do for a project was not getting mess (but in the end there was too much mess). I was anxious that how could I get along with everyone, do all the tasks …
Then the project started, things were different from what I thought. Each day there was a problem occurs and everyone sat down together and resolve. Reflection sessions felt like endless when a problem arises again many other issues. Sometimes, I felt disappointed in myself, about what was happening. But everything gradually stable, familiar work, new friends and I opened my heart. Everything was different. When the project went through, everything remained in my mind is that biogas construction – was hard but happy, those days with the kids or housekeeping – worked from early morning until night. And bonding sessions not only with V-team but also S-team. It’s been a long time I really get the simple happy from my work.
Over time, people gradually close together. But sometimes I still feel distant from the people, but actually in bottom of my heart thanks everyone for being part of the Vietnamese team and together got through hard trip J. To be met everyone, individuals with different personalities, is a blessing for me. At each one, I could learn different things from personality to the way to work. Really thanks everyone.
The project ended up more than one week and I’ve still got along with new timetable . In Phong Phu, we always woke up on time, had meals on time and lived with 30 people – I used to it. When I back to HCMC, I felt empty.
Thanks project for giving me the valuable lessons, the varied emotions with dear friends. My journey will continue and maybe are going to accompany the project again. Thank you!
Volunteer Hải Hà:
Firstly, I want to thank all of you guys (Ms.Khue, Ms.Anh, Ms.Thy,Mr.Thinh,Ms.Trang and Ms.Vy) for your advice and always being with me during the project.
The time in Travinh enabled me to meet great and kind-hearted people, such as Ms. Ly, who often cooks me specialities and delicacies; Ms. Dinh, who encouraged me a great deal when she knew that this was the first time I was a MC; other teenagers in Taekwondo class and locals who always warmly welcome me; and some friends from NTU.
In addition, teaching work was fulfilling and rewarding. I love the pupils’ learning attitude and the way they are curious and ask questions about the lessons. My pupils gave me a lot of hand-made presents some cards, my name banner, some watches and rings made from coconut leaves,…. to express their affection. I was moved and touched by their affection.
Location: Hoa An commune, Tra Vinh province, Vietnam
Participants: 18 students from Nanyang Technological University –Hall 3 along with 4 Vietnamese volunteers (including 2 EVG members)
Teaching English for local students
GREEN ON IT is a community project in Hoa An, with the participation of 18 students of the Nanyang Technological University, 4 volunteers Vietnam including the support of two members of ECO Vietnam Group.
Project main task is to install a complete Biogas 6 bags for the local population; teaching English to children in primary schools as well as night Hoa An A cultural exchange and in Hoa An campfire.
At afternoon 23.05.2016, the group of volunteers in 1609 Yen (CEO EVG) is present at Tan Son Nhat airport to welcome groups of volunteers from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Despite initial difficulties the volunteers Singapore trouble during check out, everyone was trying to calm each other and when you move off the lobby everyone together photography, marking the first moments the first project.
Everyone then depart to the Nam Giao restaurant for dinner. Two groups of volunteers from the two countries have made the first exchange group dinner then move on Dinh Phat hotel so that you can rest and tomorrow morning early departure to Tra Vinh.
On 05.24.2016, all depart to Hoa An commune. When we arrived, everyone got together helped make the living supplies, shelter and work together to clean up the bed as well as living areas. Although very tired after a long move, but people are still very active and aggressive and complete the job. During the welcoming ceremony the delegation, despite heavy rain caused many difficulties, but finally took place smoothly.
Followed by bonding gaming activities exchanges between the volunteers EVG intimate and Singapore, we show you how to sing children’s songs Vietnam and then you just leave us a country song about the you. In addition to the cultural exchanges between the two countries, we are still together, playing some games.
Working days in Hoa An Commune:
Construction work seems to be the most feared people but also the most exciting part. Afraid of having to face the new ones that all ever where we live without, fear of doing wrong techniques in the installation of biogas systems and making it inoperable, afraid to face unexpected situations and cannot be resolved because the installation is located quite far households committee. But in the end our worries were easing by Mr. Thanh (construction expert), pay attention because skilled workers in installing the bag Biogas- who always travel with us throughout the project. Thanks to note that initial fear we have gradually replaced with excitement, excited to start work. We have learned many new things from a dig, tighten the screw, mixing cement to observing the surrounding terrain to ensure the safety of the whole team when under construction. But during construction, you can see injuries as well as depressed because bad weather caused many disadvantages during the construction, but in the hearts of each person will have to promote ourselves we must try to overcome, completion the job. During the first half of the project, we have encountered many difficulties and problems very embarrassing, should only be installed 2 bags for household biogas, but after the sit down between the two teams, find out solutions, we have successfully completed their projects and the results exceeded our expectations. I believe that building work is left in the hearts of each of us an imprint and most profound lessons.
Besides that, teaching jobs are also very interesting. The timing of our projects are in the summer so most children will go out with family and others will support the family did not have time to go to school. So we get stuck in the number of children going to school too little leads to the spirit of the other children are no longer enthusiastic anymore. But not as such that we neglect, we still try our best to convey good lessons for the children, organized activities, games in the classroom to encourage and promote the eager school more collective. The volunteers teach them simple things, appropriate to their age and need for life lessons such as communication, colors, cars or body parts …
Besides students are taught lessons kids fun singing combined with cheerful games create excitement and harmony between the volunteers and the students. Though not much teaching time but the volunteers have worked hard to convey the importance of learning English for the children as well as help them experience and enjoy learning more English. Besides, the volunteers also learned from them how to pronounce some words Vietnamese and childish creativity, cute in the hearts of children. Last projects and student volunteers split in nostalgia and look forward to a longer learning together.
Besides teaching and construction team, who do housework are also important. The volunteers her to meet her two- kitchen, jointly assist her in the cooking for the whole group but we are not much but people are becoming more and more intimate. Despite the language barrier between her two huge but S-team and you can understand each other and work very intimate and fun. Besides the volunteers NTU also tasted the dishes only in Vietnam.
In addition, we also visited the Khmer temples, the monks were dedicated to introduce to us the marks left from hundreds of years ago and from that time the story is recalled
An Hoa people have enthusiastically organized activities and sports exchanges between the local union and, despite having to walk very far to the playground and in bad weather, but both groups are very excited and have an online meeting football was fun.
Besides the fun activities, our delegation also deeply impressed with the operations visited poor households. But the gift of giving union households not great but it’s a take heart our desire that they would be happier knowing other social concerns and always encouraged them to rise to the occasion can live better.
Night Culture Night took place with many unique features of culture between Vietnam and Singapore. The two teamed with local students brought impressive performances, playful and contributed to the success of the night.
15 days of the project, while not long but not short, a new environment, new job and new friends have left us within your heart a lot of memories and profound lesson. The volunteers become attached EVG closer through reflection sessions for volunteers and Singapore too, we have to understand each other speak ki sat back to think and feel about our current issues that delegations are met. thereby fix and repair to complete the project better.
III. Feedbacks from volunteers: (Thao)
After participating in the project, I have learned and experienced many things that previously you never had the chance to face it. Although for myself I have not changed all that much, but my outlook towards life is now different. Kids learn teamwork, how to express thoughts, his feelings with people to solve difficult tasks or better. So after a meeting with the whole team EVG confession bags they were able to improve and continue his work better together as well as his experience and closer than before. Also during labor go, I also see in the sing you always have enthusiasm, learning. Whether you have been injured or tired, you still try to complete the work is unfinished. Moreover when you know the difficulty of EVG team is always ready to help you, but it seems that right from the start 2 team remained somewhat distance should not share with each other naturally. But after that project, everyone has to sit down and decide to share now is no longer a separate two teams, but only one team of volunteers are trying to complete the project with the highest possible effort. Have you tried to support each other in checking the logistic, courting each other in the set on time so as not to delay the work and encourage each other when trouble tired and sat down together to share the lesson or that you receive. To achieve 1609 results today, team bags they are also very grateful for the help from the organization, who have repeatedly supported the local down the bags they make these meetings to find a solution to solve the problem project that we are facing and thanks you so then we were able to understand each other better and work together to overcome difficulties and achieve before the results today. Also, thank you also helped me pay attention Thanh, job analysis in detail, as well as broader observations further to ensure the safety and still get the job done well. Besides the members of the team EVG you, I’m grateful to everyone for their help and always with you until the end of the project completed. Again, thank you so ECO Vietnam Group has created a very good environment for the young people like us are experiencing, is served as well as learn more from this community.