[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.
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What is OSL?

I. What is OSL?

OSL stands for Overseas Service Learning.
It is a program from Foreigner’ schools and Universities, in which, a group of elected and trained students are send to developing countries to do community projects. This model is preferred as Service Learning. This is why OSL project is called Overseas Service Learning Projects.

OCIP is a not-unfamiliar phrase with oversea students.

OCIP is a not-unfamiliar phrase with oversea students.

ECO Vietnam Group is proud to be the host for these projects in Vietnam since we were first established in 2009. Together with our partners from Singapore, we have made more than 20 successful OSL projects in poor regions and ethnic minority communities around Vietnam to make a better life and education in these areas.

OSL projects also have another name such as Regional Community Involvement Project or Overseas Service Learning where overseas students to come to Vietnam for providing the support and at the same time to learn from the community. It strictly follow the model called Service Learning.

II. What we have done

In each OCIP, our partners and we have worked for months of research (includes reece trips), preparation and training to come up with the best plan and the best solution for our 2 weeks working in the chosen region.
Since each OCIP has different targets, each with different needs, therefore our projects serve various causes depend on the actual needs of these areas.
For more than 3 years, our Singaporean and Vietnamese volunteers (all are students) have done many jobs from painting classrooms, repairing houses to building roads, kitchens, houses, toilets, and teaching as well, etc.

Harvesting coffee bean in Youth Project.

Harvesting coffee bean in Youth Project.

III. Where have we been?

+  GiaBắc commune , Di Linh, LâmĐồng province , Vietnam

+  PhươngThịnh commune,Cao Lãnh, ĐồngTháp province, Vietnam

+  TânQuới commune , ThanhBình, ĐồngTháp province, Vietnam

+  An Hiệp commune, Ba Tri, Bến Tre provine, Vietnam

+  Lộc Khánh Commune, Lộc Ninh, Bình Phước province, Vietnam

Girls from Paya Lebar Methodist School were building road in Phuong Thinh Commune (Dong Thap province).

Girls from Paya Lebar Methodist School were building road in Phuong Thinh Commune (Dong Thap province).

IV.   Who have we worked with?

Universities:

+ Nanyang Technological University
+ National University of Singapore
+ Singapore Management University
+ National Institute of Education

High schools:

+ Hwa Chong Junior College
+ Saint Andrew Junior College
+ Dunman High School

Secondary schools:

+ PayaLebar Methodist School
+ Nanyang Girl High School

During our five years in action, 1,037 Singaporean students and 708 Vietnamese young people have participated in our projects, with a total spending of 286,739 USD for contributing to community service and education. We have received awards and merit certificates from the government for numerous projects. More than 700 Singaporean teachers and students, 200 Vietnamese volunteers, 30 ECO Vietnam Group members.

Teaching English for children.

Teaching English for children.

v. What have we got?

Through these projects, our young generation of Singaporean and Vietnamese students has had the opportunity to experience a new –different world, to adapt into a different life routine to make friends across countries, to understand, learn and grow together.

Thanks to all the life lessons they achieve from the people they served, from their teachers, EVG’s advisor, their friends and also their self’s criticism during the project, these volunteers have become more confident, responsible and extremely enthusiastic with community service.

They were working very hard like real briklayers!

They were working very hard like real briklayers! – Building the IT room for Gia Bac secondary school

AND ALSO

[Until 7/2012]

1 IT library room values more than 100 million VND for a Secondary School in Gia Bac commune.
+ 1 school-yard (800 meter square) for a secondary school in Tan Quoi Commune.
+  3.5km road.
+  5 kitchens.
+  3 ECO Love Houses for the poor in Phuong Thinh commune.
+ 500 trees.
+ 1000 kg rice for the poor.
+ 1,325,500,000VND
+ 3 Letters of Appreciation from Committee of Vietnam Fatherland Front – Cao Lanh District, the People Committee- Phuong Thinh Commune and Association of Vietnamese Youth League – Cao Lanh District.

OCIPs 2009 – 1/ 2013

OCIPs 2009 – 1/ 2013

 


 

[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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“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%.

ECO VIETNAM GROUP TUYỂN THÀNH VIÊN NÒNG CỐT THÁNG 3/2016

“ Tuổi trẻ ơi, chúng tôi muốn các bạn !”

Chúng tôi muốn một tuổi trẻ biết nghĩ suy cho đất nước mình, cho nhân dân mình, cho sự phát triển bền vững và thiết thực đến những cảnh sống khó khăn đang nỗ lực vươn lên từng ngày.

Chúng tôi muốn một tuổi trẻ có trách nhiệm, biết chủ động và đấu tranh, biết hành động và đứng lên vì những mục tiêu đẹp đẽ mà các bạn theo đuổi.

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..

  1. 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.

Thông tin chi tiết về ECO Vietnam Group: http://tinyurl.com/zfncxhx

  1. Mô tả công việc

–         Các phòng ban cần tuyển nhân sự : Project Department ( PD), Human Resources ( HR), Finance and Logistic.

–         Chuẩn bị cho các dự án Overseas Service Learning (OSL), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

–         Cùng ECO Vietnam Group phát triển mô hình Service Learning mạnh mẽ và phổ biến hơn nữa

–         Góp phần xây dựng EVG và đồng hành cùng EVG trong các chiến lược mới của năm 2016

–         Sẵn sàng công tác ở các tỉnh khi cần thiết

–         Giữ gìn và nâng cao hình ảnh chuyên nghiệp của EVG

–         Góp phần nâng cao vị thế của các tổ chức dân sự xã hội tại Việt Nam

  1. Tiêu chí ứng viên

–          Cam kết tham gia các hoạt động của EVG theo nhiệm kì 1 năm (từ tháng 3/2016-3/2017)

–         Có khả năng quản lý thời gian hiệu quả để hoàn thành tốt các công việc được giao

–         Có tinh thần sẵn sàng hỗ trợ các công việc phát sinh trong quá trình cộng tác của EVG

–         Sẵn sàng đi công tác tỉnh

–         Tôn trọng sự đa dạng và khác biệt của từng thành viên trong EVG và trong cộng đồng

–          Hiểu và thực hiên 5 giá trị cốt lõi của EVG: respect, integrity, spirit to win, empower, share success…

–         Có tính kiên nhẫn và khiêm tốn trong quá trình hoạt động

–         Không đang tham gia với cương vị là thành viên nồng cốt, đảm nhiệm các vị trí thiết yếu tại các tổ chức khác.

–           Đối với Project Department:

+  Có kinh nghiệm tham gia các hoạt động cộng đồng, thiện nguyện hoặc kinh nghiệm quản lí/ leader các dự án kể trên.

+ Không ngại và sẵn sàng đi công tác tỉnh

+ Điều phối thời khóa biểu cá nhân hợp lí và hiệu quả

+ Yêu thích, có nhiệt huyết thật sự với các hoạt động cộng đồng

  1. Quyền lợi khi trở thành thành viên nòng cốt

–         Tham dự các khóa tập huấn:  Critical thinking, Service learning, Project management, Leadership Training,..

–         Phát triển năng lực Tiếng Anh giao tiếp khi trực tiếp làm việc với các đối tác nước ngoài trong suốt dự án.

–         Tiếp cận mô hình giáo dục tiên tiến Service Learning đã được hình thành và phát triển tại Mỹ và đang được triển khai tại các quốc gia như Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan,..

–          Khả năng làm việc với cộng đồng và các đối tác quốc tế: Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, được đào tạo trở thành công dân toàn cầu

–         Khám phá các nền văn hóa khác nhau tại Việt Nam như văn hóa Tây Nguyên, văn hóa dân tộc Khơme.

–         Được đào tạo để nâng cao hiểu biết về những vấn đề trong xã hội và có cái nhìn toàn diện hơn các vấn đề.

–         Có cơ hội tham gia các chuyến đi học tập và trao đổi văn hóa ở Singapore và các trường đối tác.

–         Tham gia chuyến đi nghỉ dưỡng kết hợp sơ kết cuối năm

–         Làm việc trong môi trường năng động, sáng tạo , đoàn kết của những người trẻ đầy nhiệt huyết

–         Đóng góp vào sự phát triển và đa dạng hóa của mô hình giáo dục cho thanh niên Việt Nam cũng như nâng cao chất lương cuộc sống cho những cộng đồng dễ bị tổn thương trong xã hội

–         Nhận được sự tôn trọng, ủng hộ và quan tâm của cộng đồng

  1. Cách thức dự tuyển 

Vòng 1: Hồ sơ

–         Tải đơn tại: http://tinyurl.com/EVG-member-March2016

–         Điền đầy đủ thông tin và save file với cú pháp: [tên bạn][2015 EVG Application Form] (Có thể điền tiếng Anh hoặc tiếng Việt)

–         Nộp dự tuyển theo mẫu về địa chỉ hr.ecovietnamgroup@gmail.com

–         Thời gian nhận đơn: Từ ngày 30/01 đến trước 23:59 ngày 14/02/2016.

 

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.

–         Nếu có bất kỳ thắc mắc nào về quá trình tuyển quân, các bạn có thể liên hệ email: hr.ecovietnamgroup@gmail.com hoặc inbox trực tiếp tại https://www.facebook.com/ECOVietnamgroup

 

Thúy Vy :  0906517222

Phương Nhi :   01213289248

Minh Giao :       01269706417

Vậy nhé bạn, EVG đợi bạn !

“Together we will bring genuine benefits to our community”

Project 1612: “SPREAD THE CHANGES”

  1. Project overview

Name: SPREAD THE CHANGES

Time: 06/06/2016 – 20/06/2016

Location: Hoa An Commune, Cau Ke District, Tra Vinh Province

Participants: 26 students from Hall 13 of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore along with 5 Vietnamese volunteers and 1 EVG members (also the project manager).

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Achievements:

+ Finished 5 Biogas systems

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+ Taught English for local primary school’s kids.

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+ Visited and gave presents to 8 local deprived households.
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SPREAD THE CHANGES is a community project in Hoa An commune with the participation of 26 students from Hall 13 of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore along with 5 Vietnamese volunteers and the support of 1 ECO Vietnam Group’s members who is also the manager of Project 1612.

This project aims to finish the construction of 5 Biogas systems, attract as many Hoa An A primary school’s kids as possible to attend our English lessons, visit and give presents to 8 local deprived households, join in the Hand Over Ceremony held in Phong Thanh commune, visit a Khmer temple and also participate in the summing-up ceremony called Culture Night.

  1. Working Process

The First 2 days:

The morning of 06/06/2016, the Vietnamese volunteers along with Ms. Ngoc Phuong (manager of Project 1612) gathered at Tan Son Nhat International Airport to greet the Singaporean volunteers from Nanyang Technological University. Despite the unfamiliarity at first, everyone was quick and happy to mark the first moments of the project with group photos. Following the itinerary approved in advance, Singaporean volunteers were picked up to the hotel where each of them had some times to take a short rest then. At the end, the both team together spent initial interactive moments while going see Ben Thanh market.

The morning of 07/06/2016, the group departed for Hoa An commune. Arriving in Hoa An, everyone gave their hands in living orientation so proactively despite being tired from the long journey that we finished quickly. Thanks to the sincere assistance of the commune, the Welcome Ceremony was taken place in such a peaceful and warm harmony. Especially, we were very excited to get the attending of Mr. Van Anh- President of EVG and Ms. Vy- Operating Staff of EVG.

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Right after that, we were divided into groups and had our first visitation to 4 local households. We were not only touched because of the difficulties they have to experience during their daily days but also felt great admiration for their courage to overcome through all the challenges without losing hopes or dreams of the better life in the future. We finished the first day with complicated emotions, which brought us closer to the commune living customs. On the top of that, we were inspired to work hard and contribute to the improvement there.

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   The work days in Hoa An:

Following the first few days of settling down and getting accustomed to the life and people of Hoa An was the series of work days, where our hard works were to be placed.

Construction works seemed to be the one that interested everyone the most, despite the long distance from the living area and its demanding nature. Biogas construction, perhaps, was the most challenging and difficult experience. In spite of Uncle Thanh’s generous help, we all had to cope with harsh environment conditions at the first household, which took us longer to complete our goals than expected. However, we could finally keep up the pace and maintain a stable process after the second household. The only difficulty we had to deal with was the Southern erratic weather.

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Teaching was much better than our expectation, a lot of students attended classes though they were on their summer vacation. Singaporean and Vietnamese volunteers together made all lessons full of laughter and meaningful. In every night before the lessons, the both team gathered to have brief discussion on the ideals and together think out the solutions to make sure that what we were gonna teach would be transferred efficiently. We didn’t get how emotional and sensitive the kids are until the end of the project seeing they said goodbye to us with faces poured with tears.

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Along with teaching and construction works, housework was also an essential part of our time in Hoa An. The living area needed to be kept clean and meals were to be prepared before everyone got home after work. Having received the warm instructions of the cook – the woman we were used to called “Co Hai”, we experienced preparing local special dishes. During that time, we together spent moments full of laughers. Also, we enhanced our knowledge and interest in the differences between two nation’s culture and living customs. All of these pieces of small things, little by little, brought us closer silently.

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In addition to working hours, we also visited poor households, interacted with local officials and went to Khmer temple… Through practical activities, not only V-team but also S-team understood more about the Khmer lifestyle here, their difficulties and concerns as well as optimism about the lives and beautiful culture. There were tears in the afternoon at those old thatched houses where usually only the elderly and children stay in…

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Hand-over Ceremony at Phong Thanh Province:

Hand-over ceremony of EVG’s projects, which was implemented by Eco Vietnam Group and students of NTU, took place in Phong Thanh commune, Cau Ke district, Tra Vinh province. The aims of the ceremony are to summed up achievements the two sides together obtained, consisting of completing Biogas systems and finishing a playground; also to consider the joint marked results and to look backward the passing time since EVG and NTU had been officially partners in 2009. The ceremony was even more meaningful because of the presence of lectures from NTU and Mr. Raymond Chow – The Singapore Deputy Director General of Foreign Affairs.

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The volunteers were also served with Tra Vinh specialties. Then all together visited the community library and the playground constructed by a previous group of volunteers.

 Culture Night:

In Culture Night, we witnessed a lot of beautiful traditional performances with full of Vietnamese and Singaporean culture. The participation of local representatives, EVG volunteers, NTU students and local people has contributed to make an emotional night: excitement with local performances; enthusiasm with songs and dance from our Singaporean friends; gentleness and softness with the performances from Vietnam volunteers. We had to practice a lot to prepare for the performances but still worried that we would forget gesture. But when we came out in a long flowing Áo dài with enthusiastic encouragement from our beloved Singaporean friends, we eventually finished our performances, excellently. All the precious emotions transmitted into the flame when everyone gathered around the campfire. The flame reflected the days we had spent in Hoa An with happiness, sadness and lit up hope the next project.

 

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Last day, we returned to the city to pay a visit to Cu Chi Tunnel and War Remnants Museum which marked an end of our memorable project.

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III. Volunteers’ thoughts:

“Spread the changes” is the last project in the series of 6 projects with the main goal is to conduct Biogas systems for locals. This project, held by ECO Vietnam Group together with the help of Singaporean students from Nanyang Technological University, took place in Hoa An Commune, Cau Ke District, Tra Vinh Province. This project lasted for 14 days (from June 6 to June 20) in which we spent 12 days working and living together. On the very first day, we celebrated 25 students first landing in Vietnam; however, in the next 5 days, we welcomed one more Singaporean students to join us. From EVG’s side, there were 01 project manager and 05 volunteers living in HCM city that joined this project. After 02 weeks in commune, we completed 05 biogas systems for 05 households, taught English for 20 students as well as introduced Vietnam’s and Khmer’s traditional beauty for Singaporean friends through daily cooking, housekeeping, conducting biogas, visiting Khmer pagoda and sport exchanging with local youths….

During the 3-first days at Hoa An commune, most of us felt strange and unfamiliar with new working and living conditions. Consequently, we were in trouble with communication and understanding between each other. Biogas construction, perhaps, was the most challenging and difficult experience. In spite of Uncle Thanh’s generous help, we all had to cope with harsh environment conditions at the first household, which took us longer to complete our goals than expected. However, we could finally keep up the pace and maintain a stable process after the second household. The only difficulty we had to deal with was the Southern erratic weather. Teaching was much better than our expectation, a lot of students attended classes though they were on their summer vacation. Singaporean and Vietnamese volunteers together made all lessons full of laughter and meaningful.

After this project, we always wonder if we really could make a small change for locals. Instead of giving away, we are so lucky to receive more from this project. “Spread the changes” project officially ended but we believe that this is just a beginning of a new journey in our lives. Thank you for creating 1612 project and bringing us to Hoa An Commune. We are also thankful for hospitable local people who taught us how to serve others. Finally, thank you for giving us a chance to meet and become friends with many strangers. This project will always be a part of our college lives. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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