[OSL project 1711] V-team’s Reflection

Project Overview

Project: Dream High – Project code: 1711

Time: Oct 10 – Oct 8, 2017

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).

Achievements:

  • 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

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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!

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[OSL 1711] Cảm nhận của V-team

Sơ lược dự án

Dự án: Dream High – Mã dự án: 1711

Thời gian: 2/10 – 8/10/2017

Địa điểm: Xã Phong Thạnh, Huyện Cầu Kè, Tỉnh Trà Vinh

Thành phần tham gia: 15 Tình Nguyện Viên và 3 Thầy Cô từ Học Viện Sư Phạm Quốc Gia, Singapore (NIE) và 8 Tình Nguyện Viên Việt Nam (trong đó có 4 thành viên EVG).

Thành tích:

  • Thăm quan các địa điểm ở Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh như: Bưu điện Sài Gòn, Bảo tàng chứng tích chiến tranh, Đường sách, Diamond Plaza….
  • Dạy học cho các em học sinh ở 4 trường: Tiểu học Phong Thạnh A, Tiểu học Phong Thạnh B, Tiểu học Phong Thạnh C và trường Trung học Phong Thạnh.
  • Thăm 4 hộ nghèo ở xã Phong Thạnh.
  • Tham gia lễ Trung Thu ở Trường Tiểu học Phong Thạnh A và trao 120 chiếc lồng đèn cho các em nhỏ.
  • Tổ chức đêm giao lưu văn hóa văn nghệ và đốt lửa trại.

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Cảm nhận của tình nguyện viên

Đến với tổ chức ECO Vietnam Group cùng dự án 1711 là 1 điều ngẫu nhiên mà chính bản thân mình cũng chưa bao giờ nghĩ đến. Được trao cơ hội để được tham gia và trở thành một phần của dự án có lẽ chính là một trong những điều may mắn nhất trong cuộc đời mình, khi mà bản thân mình được học hỏi, trải nghiệm cùng trưởng thành hơn mỗi ngày.

Đến với buổi gặp mặt đầu tiên, mình thật sự đã bị choáng ngợp bởi những trách nhiệm mà 1 TNV phải nắm giữ, lúc ấy mình cảm thấy sợ hãi thật sự, bởi trước giờ khi đi tình nguyện ở những tổ chức khác thường thì họ đã chuẩn bị hết mọi thứ cho mình và việc duy nhất mình cần làm đó chính là “xách ba lô lên và đi tình nguyện”. Vì thế lúc ấy mình thấy rất hoang mang, cảm thấy có một áp lực nặng nề mà mình chỉ muốn bỏ chạy, nhưng rồi mình lại suy nghĩ “đã phóng lao thì phải theo lao” thôi thì cứ cố hết sức mình vậy. Và bây giờ mình có thể tự tin khẳng định rằng đó chính là quyết định đúng đắn nhất của bản thân mình.

Công việc chính của dự án 1711 chính là dạy học cho các em học sinh tại 3 trường tiểu học và 1 trường trung học ở xã Phong Thạnh, Tỉnh Trà Vinh. Công việc tưởng chừng như nhẹ nhàng nhưng thật ra khá là mệt mỏi khi nhiều em học sinh khá là hiếu động và đôi khi không nghe theo sự hướng dẫn của tụi mình. Tuy mệt mỏi là vậy nhưng qua đó mình lại học rất được nhiều điều mới đó chính là sự kiên nhẫn và lắng nghe các em học sinh. Bởi lẽ chúng vẫn còn là con nít, sự hiếu động và ham chơi là một điều hiển nhiên mà chính bản thân chúng mình khi còn bé cũng có, ta không thể mong chờ các bé luôn nghe theo và làm theo những gì mình nói, những gì mình làm vì lúc ấy chúng chẳng khác gì những con búp bê cả. Nhưng điều đó không có nghĩa là lúc nào mình cũng thông cảm và nhẹ nhàng với các em mà đôi khi bản thân mình cũng phải biết lúc nào phải cứng rắn và nghiêm khắc để lớp có thể đi vào trật tự. Qua những buổi giảng dạy cùng các bạn TNV Sing, mình mới biết được sự tâm huyết của các bạn thông qua những buổi tối thảo luận giáo án, chuẩn bị dụng cụ, những hoạt động mà các bạn sáng tạo ra cho các em học sinh. Dù bản thân các bạn biết rằng mình chỉ có thể dạy các em vỏn vẹn có 3 ngày và lượng kiến thức các bạn đem lại cũng không nhiều nhưng điều đó đã không là các bạn chùn bước, họ luôn cố gắng hết sức mình chỉ với một mong muốn nhỏ nhoi đó chính là đem lại sự đam mê thích thú học Tiếng Anh cho trẻ em nơi đây.

Về cuộc sống tại xã Phong Thạnh, mọi thứ quá khác xa với nhà của chúng mình. Điều kiện nơi đây còn khó khăn và thiếu thốn nhiều điều. Mỗi ngày mọi người phải ngủ chen chúc nhau trên những tấm lót cứng, trong những chiếc mùng giăng dọc giăng xéo, phải dậy sớm chuẩn bị bữa ăn và phải tắm trong một nhà vệ sinh công cộng chật hẹp đầy rong rêu. Hằng đêm là những buổi họp về lịch trình ngày mai, là những buổi tập dợt văn nghệ cho đêm văn hóa và hầu như không ai ngủ trước 11h đêm. Dù cuộc sống khó khăn, khổ cực như thế, nhưng chả ai than vãn một lời nào mà luôn vui vẻ, tràn đầy sức sống; tiếng cười luôn đầy ắp từ phòng ngủ, trên bàn cơm cho đến những lúc mọi người xếp hàng chuẩn bị tắm. Và nếu ai hỏi mình thích quãng thời gian nào nhất trong cả dự án thì mình sẽ không ngần ngại mà trả lời ngay đó chính là những buổi tối khi mà các bạn TNV EVG họp mặt chia sẻ về bản thân mình cũng như tập dợt văn nghệ cho đêm giao lưu văn hóa. Dù cho mọi người đều đã quá mệt mỏi trong cả một ngày dài dạy học nhưng vẫn cố gắng dành thời gian cho nhau, dành những lời chia sẻ, động viên cho nhau, những tiếng nói cười luôn làm cho mình cảm thấy thư giãn, ấm áp và cũng chính là 1 trong những kỉ niệm đáng nhớ nhất của bản thân mình.

Và mình muốn gửi lời cảm ơn đầu tiên đến các bạn TNV và thầy cô Học Viện Sư Phạm Quốc Gia, Singapore (NIE) đã không ngại khó khăn, xa xôi cùng điều kiện sống thiếu thốn để đến đây và thực hiện dự án dạy học, giúp đỡ các em nhỏ nơi đất nước mình. Đồng thời các bạn cũng dạy  mình luôn có niềm tin, sự kiên nhẫn và lòng nhiệt tình, luôn hết mình vì cộng đồng.

Lời cảm ơn thứ 2 mình muốn gửi đến các 7 cô gái TNV EVG xinh đẹp, năng động, nhiệt tình sẵn sàng lăn xả trong mọi khó khăn. Cảm ơn vì đã bên mình trong suốt thời gian qua, cảm ơn vì những lời động viên của mọi người dành cho mình khi mình cảm thấy mệt mỏi và cảm ơn vì những đêm mọi người thức khuya chạy đi từng phòng từ phòng ngủ, phòng bếp cho đến nhà vệ sinh chỉ để giúp mình đếm số lượng vật dụng sinh hoạt. Mình biết bản thân mình đôi lúc còn nhiều thiếu xót và đôi khi còn quá nóng nảy nhưng mọi người vẫn luôn bên mình, vẫn luôn xem mình như một thành viên không thể thiếu. Cảm ơn mọi người rất nhiều.

Và lời cảm ơn chân thành cuối cùng mình muốn gửi đến cho tổ chức ECO Vietnam Group. Cảm ơn vì đã tin tưởng và trao cho mình cơ hội để được tham gia dự án 1711. Cảm ơn vì đã cho mình cơ hội được trải nghiệm, được học hỏi và được sống đúng nghĩa. Đối với mình, đây chính là quãng thời gian quí báu nhất mà mình sẽ không thể nào quên được trong suốt cuộc đời còn lại. Dù bên cạnh những kỉ niệm hạnh phúc, những khoảng khắc vui đùa cùng mọi người cũng có những lúc mình thấy chán nản, thất vọng về bản thân và những điều khác nhưng mình chưa bao giờ cảm thấy hối hận, luyến tiếc khi tham gia dự án. Nhờ có EVG mà mình đã có thêm những người bạn tuyệt vời, học hỏi những bài học quí báu và cảm nhận sự trưởng thành của bản thân qua mỗi ngày. Cảm ơn EVG rất nhiều!

[ECO VIETNAM GROUP TUYỂN TÌNH NGUYỆN VIÊN CHUỖI DỰ ÁN SERVICE-LEARNING MÙA HÈ 2017]

 

“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.

III. Cách thức đăng kí

1.      Vòng 1: Hồ sơ

 Tải đơn tại: https://goo.gl/H1dXcJ

Điền đầy đủ thông tin và save file với cú pháp: [Mã số dự án][tên bạn][2017 EVG Volunteer Application Form] (Có thể điền tiếng Anh hoặc tiếng Việt).

Ví dụ: [1701][Nguyễn Văn A][2017 EVG Volunteer Application Form].

Nộp dự tuyển theo mẫu về địa chỉ hr.ecovietnamgroup@gmail.com. Thời gian nhận đơn: Từ ngày 19/3/2017 đến  trước 23:59 ngày 02/4/2017.

2. Vòng 2. Vòng Phỏng vấn.

 Ứng viên trúng tuyển ở vòng 1 sẽ được thông báo tham dự vòng phỏng vấn.

Thông tin liên hệ:

 ECO Vietnam Group (EVG)

 81E Cư Xá Cửu Long, đường Ngô Tất Tố, phường 22. quận Bình Thạnh, TP.HCM. Email: hr.ecovietnamgroup@gmail.com.

Website: http://ecovietnamgroup.com (tiếng Anh)

http://ecovietnamgroupsite.com (tiếng Việt).

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[ECO Vietnam Group] Annual Report 2016

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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.

“Raise up project” 1 – ECO Vietnam Group and HSBC Vietnam

 

  1. About the project:
  • Project: “BUILD UP”
  • Time : 22 September – 25 September,
  • 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.

  1. Activity process:

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!

 

 

 

 

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  1. About the project:
  • Project’s name: “RAISE UP”
  • Duration: 06/10/2016 – 09/10/2016.
  • 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 second project 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.      

  1. Activity process:

06/10/2016:

  • 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.

 

07/10/2016:

  • 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.
  • 08/10/2016:
  • 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.

09/10/2016:

  • 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”

 

 

Development of Community Volunteering Centre to Provide Long Term Support to the Underprivileged Youth and Woman in Phong Thanh commune, Cau Ke district, Tra Vinh province.

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, entreorenuers, fnancial 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 Indoor Sport Hall. There are zero place for youth and children to play. We want to develop indoor sport hall with volleyball and basketball for youth age (10 – 25). Through sport, we want to educate and promote healthy lifestyle, sportsmanship, team player and many more.

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 aslo 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

  1. Build up the reading habit to the students as well as providing support for their learning in School.
  2. 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.
  3. Provide the platform to educate youth in Vietnam about their role and responsibility in society
  4. Provide the convenient facilities for person, groups who want to come and support

How to achieve those purposes:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Entreprenuership, 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 Fiannce knowledge and Finance Literacy for villagers in rural areas. EVG also has parnter with local univesristy- 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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 gruelling 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%.