Roshan taught in HK this summer with 4 other UK students and 10 HK undergraduates

SPICE 2018 – Hong Kong

It is safe to say that these past couple of months in Hong Kong will never be forgotten. Upon arriving, I was greeted by the other UK volunteers who arrived a couple of days before me and we walked back to our accommodation at the Wu Kai Sha YMCA Youth Village. The accommodation which was provided for us was surprisingly nice, we have to share a room with one other UK volunteer which was not a problem and on site there’s a swimming pool, games room and many other activities. The Youth Village is very near to the pier, a beach as well as two shopping malls and a market. All of the aforementioned points along with the staff who were always friendly made the stay very enjoyable.

 

A couple of months before flying to Hong Kong, the UK volunteers and Hong Kong interns did a personality test to divide us into groups for each of the classes which represented different countries (The Philippines, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Brazil). Once these groups were set, we were able to get in contact over WhatsApp and share ideas for the programme. The first time we met with the Hong Kong interns and our two team leaders, Kylie and Brian, was at the welcoming dinner. We all got along so well in our individual teams and as a whole group which made this experience even better. The difference between the welcoming dinner and the farewell dinner was clear to see, we were one unit. The farewell dinner was an emotional goodbye with many tears shed.

 

In order to best prepared for the upcoming weeks, we had two weeks of training with the interns during which we created activities suitable for the children.After deciding what we were going to be teaching, we tested out the activities to make sure that the children would understand and enjoy that which we had planned.

 

 

The layout of each of the three programmes was as follows: two outings and five days teaching. Spread across the teaching days were activities such as science activities, making food from the country and sports.

 

 

 

One of the outings was to Epic Land which is a large indoor centre for children, there were many activities which the students had not tried before such as Air Trek and trampolining. Some of the other activities were Ballistics, Black Hole, Rainbow slides, Kids Zone.

For our other outing we had the chance to visit the Hong Kong Country Club where they offered bowling, table tennis, air hockey and much more. Despite these varied activities, the children’s (and the teachers) favourite time of the day was the buffet and assortment of desserts.

 

 

 

The final teaching day was International Day where each class had the chance to visit the countries of the other classes. The day was led by the students (little teachers) who taught the visiting students about their country and taught them to play their games.

 

Overall, the whole experience was something I highly recommend. It was great to be able to help children improve their confidence as well as their English level. The choice to deliver these lessons through fun activities was a good choice as they already have English classes at school so through SPICE they were able to know that learning English can be fun. This programme also allowed us UK volunteers to have a unique way to experience Hong Kong as we were here with a purpose but also had free time to explore all that Hong Kong has to offer. We also spent some of our time exploring with the Hong Kong interns so we saw Hong Kong from a local perspective as well as making very good friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Melanie Reflects on a Summer Teaching in Hong Kong

 

Looking back on SPICE 2018

 

After spending two months in Hong Kong I have now returned to the United Kingdom. Being back home, I reflect on my time with SPICE and I wish to share personal thoughts about the programme as well as what I have learnt and gained from volunteering abroad.

I have always had a passion for travelling and for a few years now I have been wanting to make good use of the long summer holidays I am lucky to have whilst being at university. I had worked with children before SPICE but never in a classroom environment, therefore the programme was the perfect opportunity for me to find out if teaching was a suitable carrier path for me. My experience in Hong Kong and the gratification I felt at the end of each of the three programmes we taught in different schools when some of my students came up to me and said, in English, a language they barely trusted themselves to speak in seven days ago, that they loved SPICE and did not want to go home, has convinced me that I want to become a teacher after I graduate.

I remember getting on my plane to Hong Kong as if it were yesterday. A lot of thoughts were racing through my mind but mostly I felt excited to discover a new culture, meet new people, do something I had never done before and make sure that my students would have the best possible SPICE experience ever. My first impression when I stepped out of the airport and into the new city that was going be my home for the next two months? ‘Everything is so different!’ Mountains and sky-scrappers everywhere, bushy wild and vibrant green vegetation sprouting on top of every hill and a very humid climate that you ultimately end up getting used to. I could not wait to explore the city during every single minute of free time I had and I now I feel I can say that I am leaving Hong Kong with the certitude that I have seen almost everything that there is to see.

(Melanie)

My time in Hong Kong has raced by and it does not feel like I have been away from the UK for almost two months now. I believe that shows how enjoyable this experience has been. I shared a flat in the Chinese YMCA Wu Kwai Sha Youth South Village with the other four UK volunteers that had been selected for the programme and other exchange students on placement in Hong Kong for a month or taking part in other volunteer programmes.  The YMCA is located slightly far away from the city centre but on the other hand we live right next to the pier and the world heritage site Sai Kung which I really recommend visiting.

I started the first two weeks of SPICE prepping for the next five teaching weeks to come. Tasks included coming up with activities and games suitable for children whose native tongue is not English: we needed to make sure that the rules were simple enough for the children to understand whilst making sure that the activities remained fun and challenging enough to boost their sense of confidence and English speaking abilities. We also prepared special activities such as outings to the Hong Kong Country Club for example or International Day. International Day always took place on the seventh and last day of each of the three respective programmes. The students of each class (there were five classes per programme) represented a country and invited the students from other countries to come to their classroom to teach them something they have learnt about the country they represent. My class (class 4) represented Thailand so my students taught their peers how to play a traditional Thai game called one-legged rabbit.

 

During the next five weeks, I taught three different sets of children, usually from age 10 to 11. I was in the classroom with two other teachers, both born and raised in Hong Kong and I find myself lucky enough to say that we have become very close friends after all the challenges and good times we have been through together. The whole of the SPICE team (there were 16 of us working alongside each other every day) have grown very close and the fact that I was able to share this wonderful experience with amazing people is definitely one of the main reasons that have made this trip unforgettable for me.

Teaching was not always easy. Some children were not necessarily always very cooperative and did not want to speak English with us or the language barrier was too great for them to understand what we were saying to them. Others did not want to engage in the activities we had prepared for them because they found them ‘boring’. However, we often only encountered these challenges at the start of a new programme and by the end of the seven days the children had warmed to their teachers, were having fun and left saying they had made a lot of good memories thanks to SPICE.

SPICE has been a great human experience for me, I have bounded with people from a completely different culture from mine and I feel like I have learnt a lot from it. I have also learnt how to become a better teacher, the value of team work and this experience has reinforced my desire to further travel and discover more about Asia.

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Mongolia…Volunteer in One of the World’s Most Exotic Countries this Summer!

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The Ultimate Big Sky Country!

The Lotus Children’s Centre is looking for volunteers to help run activities with the children this summer at the home in Mongolia, one of the world’s least known and most under-populated countries.

This is an exciting opportunity for those who are adaptable, love adventure, are not frightened of a very different physical and cultural environment and, of course, enjoy working with children!

Volunteers stay in Mongolian yurts (‘gers’) with other volunteers (of the same sex) but have access to showers. The gers are in the grounds of the children’s home in the heart of the Central Asian Steppe and about 45 minutes from the capital,  Ulaanbaatar.

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A Traditional Ger at Night

Volunteers help to arrange and teach summer activities from music to sports. The kids, aged between 8 and 18 are enthusiastic and mostly keen to take part in the activities but it is up to the volunteers to make it fun and to engage the children. Each volunteer will have the chance to develop activities based on their own skills and interests.

Lotus welcomes volunteers to come for periods of 2 weeks to 2 months. (In fact this is the ONLY Just Volunteers! project which accepts volunteers for just two weeks!)

They charge US$20 per day for accommodation and all food. However, those staying for 4 weeks (or more) will be charged just US$15 per day.

Volunteers are welcome to apply in pairs or slightly larger groups.

(Look at Sam’s Blog from last summer to discover what he loved – and what he found tough…)

If you are interested, please get in touch (Go to Contact Us)  and we will provide a full brochure on volunteering at Lotus along with an application form. We require your CV and a Disclosure and Barring Check (or equivalent).

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Down by the River

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Elena gets ready to leave Kuala Lumpur

Elena has been working with the Myanmar refugee school in KL for the past 3 months and is getting ready to say her good byes.

 

I’m now coming to the end of my time volunteering at [Myanmar refugee school in KL]. I’ve been here almost three months now but the time has gone incredibly fast.

I graduated from university last year and after a few months of working back in the UK I was itching to get away from home and experience something totally different, and that’s certainly what I’ve done.

The first few weeks were quite difficult in having to settle in to living in a completely different place and getting to know the way things worked at the school, and in Malaysia generally. But once I settled in and got the hang of lesson planning and the kinds of activities that worked for the kids, I was thoroughly enjoying myself and time began to go very quickly.

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Boys practising for a performance

For the first 8 weeks of my time here I was with another volunteer [volunteers are not generally accepted for 8 weeks, there was a specific issue in this case – Ed] so we divided up subjects between us, and both taught D (age 9-12) and E (age 12-14) classes. Unfortunately during the holidays prior to our arrival many of the older children had left the school to find work, so our class sizes were small with only around 5 per class. However, this meant we were able to give individual students more focussed attention which had perhaps been lacking when the class sizes were bigger. I was teaching Geography, Science and English Writing. The students particularly loved the studying about space in Science. My co-volunteer has now left so I am teaching D and E classes combined, and all subjects – involving a lot more lesson planning.

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Reading to the Class

For the older children, being at [this school]  is their last chance for any kind of education before they inevitably leave school at around 14 to find work. So I have aimed to teach them as much as possible in the short time I have been there and have tried to give them the structure that was needed through regular assessments and feedback on their work. We’ve balanced that out with a lot of educational games, and a Friday film club where we watch a movie together and then the children produce a long writing piece about it. This has been a great way to see the improvement in the English writing skills of the students whilst I’ve been there. Also, trips to the local playground have been a treat which we’ve all really enjoyed.

One skill I perhaps wasn’t expecting to acquire here was how to play every Bruno Mars song under the sun on guitar – there are a few old guitars at the school which need daily retuning and are missing strings. But almost every day the students ask me to learn another pop song so we can play and sing together. Also most of the boys share my passion for football and never fail to keep up with all the Premier League and Champions League action – I love it but have to be prepared for the banter when my team lose!

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Our Football Matches!

The energy these children have considering their difficult pasts and current circumstances is truly incredible. I’ve tried hard to get to know all of their individual stories – how long they’ve been living in Malaysia, whether some of their family are still in Myanmar or living elsewhere, what their hopes are for the future. Some of their stories are heartbreaking but it doesn’t stop them from coming to class every day with a smile on their face. Its each individual student at the school who has made this experience truly unique for me. Their strength has inspired me through difficult times here and will continue to do so throughout my life.

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A Moment of Reflection in the Playground

I would really recommend volunteering at [the school] to anyone who has some time to spare and the energy to inspire and educate a really fantastic group of kids. It won’t be an easy ride all of the time but it will be a highly rewarding and unforgettable experience.

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A Volunteer in Beijing and Hong Kong

Edie is from New Zealand and before starting University in her home country she volunteered at New Hope in Beijing and was asked to spend time in HK as well…..

I spent the last two months of 2017 volunteering at the New Hope Foster Home in Beijing, and it was undoubtedly one of the best, most challenging and life changing experiences of my life so far. My time there was divided in two – I spent the first month at the orphanage helping out and running the preschool with other volunteers, and I spent most of the second month in Hong Kong with a sick baby, accompanying him while he had surgery there. These two months were amazing in very different ways, and despite the tough bits I don’t think I would change a thing.

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November was a lovely month of getting to know the incredible kids and babies at New Hope. They’re all such happy and open souls that you forget the challenges they’ve been through in the short time they’ve been alive. Preschool ran from Monday to Friday and we would take around five classes a day, singing songs and doing crafts and just giving the kids something a bit different to do during the days. They absolutely loved coming to “class”; one of the wee boys there couldn’t really say a lot of words and would generally just say “abababa”, but one of the few things he could say was “SHANG KE” – “GO TO CLASS.” I felt so lucky to be able to spend time with all these fantastic kids and make a little difference in their lives. They won’t remember me but I’m so fortunate that I have all these lovely memories of them, and I so hope I’ll be able to connect with some of them in the future. New Hope is a really special place, all the staff are just as amazing as the kids and I loved being part of the crew there, even if it ended up being just for a few weeks.

 

At the end of November, I volunteered to take Nigel to Hong Kong for an important surgery. At the time he was only nine months old and very, very weak and unwell. I felt pretty unprepared for this task; I hadn’t ever changed a nappy before, let alone been entirely responsible for a little person’s safety and health. We made it to the hospital in HK after an extremely challenging flight and were then to learn that Nigel had a whole lot of other medical issues plaguing him. He would need weeks to recover and get back to full health before the planned surgery could go ahead. In this time, he and I bonded a lot and I fell in love with the little dude. I was amazed to see how fast he learned and developed and grew, and it didn’t take long at all until I was extremely attached. His resilience and strong spirit are incredible, and we had so many happy moments together.

 

On the other hand though, living 24/7 in a hospital room was really tough. The culture with volunteers and workers in Hong Kong is not like in New Zealand at all, and I was quite shocked at the expectations that were had of me by local staff (not New Hope but the group that they work with in HK). I was expected to stay in the room with him all day every day, without even popping out for just a ten-minute-long breather, and I was given just one day off a week. I was all about making sure Nigel was well looked after, but part of keeping him happy is keeping yourself happy too, and I felt completely drained, not being able to get a change of scene at least once a day. Perhaps if he had slept through the nights, things would have been better, but my sleep was extremely broken and I was so exhausted all the time.

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I was lucky though that Just Volunteers had someone in HK who came to relieve me once a day for the first week or so, but when she could not come and tried to send replacements someone at the HK organization put the foot down on that and I was completely confined to this room until the high-up people said I could go out. (It seemed that neither Just Volunteers nor New Hope could control this situation.) I found this extremely difficult and for lack of a better word, inhumane. As I voiced my concerns I accidentally offended the high-ups in HK more than intended, and I was sent back to Beijing early, before Nigel had even had his surgery. Part of me jumped for joy at this, that I would finally get my freedom back, but the other part felt like it was being broken into a million pieces and I felt so sad and guilty that I would have to leave Nigel without any familiar faces. I’m appreciative though that there was a nurse there who sent me updates on how he was getting on, videos and photos and info on his surgeries, because I missed him intensely and still do even now. It was such a shame about the situation there; had things been easier on me, it would have been a lot different and easier to cope with the pressure of looking after a baby. I learnt a lot there though and he made it worth all the bad bits.

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Working with the kids at New Hope is an experience I don’t think you could match anywhere else. I loved my short time there and it opened up my mind to so much, and the relationships and bonds made with these small people are so, so special. Leaving both HK and Beijing was really hard for me, but it really does change your life and I just feel so lucky to have been given the chance to be there. A massive thank you to Josephine at Just Volunteers for the ongoing support and advice.

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Edie

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HK Volunteering opportunity closed for this Summer!

Every summer Just Volunteers! works with the Chinese YMCA of HK and Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation to provide three 7-day English summer camps for a total of 240 disadvantaged local HK children. Each  group is hosted by the Hong Kong Country Club.

The programme is run with the support of 5 undergraduates or recent graduates from British universities and 10 undergraduates from the English Department of the City University of Hong Kong.

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This year we advertized publicly for the first time and would like to thank all those who applied.

We have now filled all the positions for 2018 but if you would be interested in volunteering in 2019 please remember to contact us towards the end of this year to get more details.

Thank you!

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Roberto’s 10 weeks in Malaysia

 Roberto is originally from Spain and is studying at Warwick University from where he applied to the Building Bridges Beyond Borders  Programme .  He spent 10 weeks last summer based at the Pure Life Society in Kuala Lumpur, a home for children run on an interdenominational basis, where he helped lead a number of extra curricular activities for the older boys. 

I spent my summer at the Pure Life Society, in Kuala Lumpur. The PLS is a well-established home for underprivileged children, which houses around 60 mainly racially Indian kids. I had a room near where the senior boys stayed (aged 13-17) and spent my evenings with them. The food at PLS is vegetarian and very nice. Over time, I felt like PLS was a big family in which I became very well integrated.

The first tasks that were given to me were to produce the PLS bulletin and to train the children for a spelling competition where we would compete against other homes. When the day came, we won the competition in all three age categories! Also, I requested to teach maths to a small group and after a few weeks, I started giving maths lessons every Thursday.

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After winning the spelling competition!

 

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Maths class in progress

I got hold of an old guitar they have in PLS and tuned it, and the kids became really keen to learn some chords. There was also a drum kit that hadn’t been used for years. I taught a few rhythms to one of the kids who was extremely good at it. Later in a PLS talent show, we performed ‘Let It Be’ together: while I sang and played the keyboard, he played the drum set – he was so proud of himself!

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Guitar lesson!

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The Talent Show

Generally, my role there was to be a big brother to the kids. I acted as an example to them, I hanged out with them, helped them with homework, told them interesting facts about me and about Spain, Europe and the world, always answered their never-ending curious questions, and sometimes even played football despite my lack of skill (they love football – they ended up teaching me about Spanish football, faced with my lack of knowledge of it).

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Making a National Day Poster

Also, I became a good friend of [-, one of the staff members at PLS], and had long conversations about the home and the children, giving my point of view, which she always found valuable.

It is true that, often, especially in the mornings and afternoons while the kids were in school, I found there was little to do, and I often killed time by learning the Malay language (although at PLS, Tamil is the native language) or doing other things, and during weekends I went on trips around Malaysia and visited friends. That is why I recommend to other volunteers who come to PLS that they combine their stay here with another project in Kuala Lumpur, and that they have a certain degree of initiative which sometimes becomes crucial.

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Roberto with PLS Staff Summer 2017

Submitted January 2018

 

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‘Twelve Weeks of Joy’ Monica and Magnus finish their time in KL

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Monica and Magnus did a great job of volunteering under the Building Bridges Beyond Borders programme in Malaysia in 2017…..

We quit our jobs at the beginning of this year to go travelling and volunteering in South East Asia. After a few months of travelling in five countries, we began our volunteering placement at [the Myanmar refugee school in Kuala Lumpur].

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Magnus and Monica heading to school on Day 1

Out of the many months we spent in Asia, the three months we had with the kids were the most amazing of them all. It’s easy to understand why the moment you step into the school…

The kids are relentless, so eager to play and learn and chat, and of course snuggle!

It’s impossible to be a stranger here. As soon as you walk through the door, dozens of little ones start jumping up and down and all over you, yelling out their names at the top of their lungs. “Teacher!!! Me, S-A-R-A, you?” In their world, there are no awkward introductions or much debate before they invite you to play.

And so we started our first day, telling them about us and where we come from, not knowing what to say when asked why we are so incredibly tall, and asking them about their secret ability (most are stars at football, singing, and drawing).

Both of us taught to C (age 8-11), D (age 12-13) and E (age 13-16) groups. I taught English Grammar and Language and IT, and Magnus covered Maths and Science. We took turns teaching Geography, which was a subject all kids really loved.

Although being perceived as the fun teacher was very tempting, we both focused on teaching the children as much as possible in the time we were there. We made up competitions, educational games, we gave them exams, and really tried to offer them the structure and discipline they need.

The following three months with them just flew by, doing a lot of teaching, playing, being naughty, winning and losing in competitions, and burning LOTS of calories. Although the days were super hot, the A/C barely worked and the carpet was smelly (rat pee), teaching these kids was the most amazing experience of our lives.

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These are kids that don’t have much, but their love of life is infectious, and certainly puts things into perspective. Meeting them has been life-changing for us both and has made us realise how many things we take for granted, in life, in Europe, in general.

These kids are so uncomplicated and happy with the little they have. They have a deep sense of camaraderie and if they own an extra piece of candy, they will offer it to their friend or teacher. Stuff like that makes you love them so much and makes you feel so privileged to have met such kind people.

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Constance Returns from Teaching in Kuala Lumpur

This summer Constance came to teach at a Myanmar refugee school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia through our Building Bridges Beyond Borders programme. Constance is French and is studying in the UK.  She is now back at University in the UK and sent us this post.
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The summer I spent at the [Myanmar Refugee] school has been the most intense experience I have ever had in my life. Being a volunteer teacher was not easy everyday but it was most definitely a rewarding, worthwhile, and fulfilling experience.

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I am so glad I had the chance to come teach at the school. Doing a volunteering mission has always been something I wanted to do, and being able to travel to the other of the world to do so made the BBBB project even more appealing.
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It has been challenging on every level, personal as professional. But in the end, I got a lot out of it and hopefully came out a better person.
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Having the opportunity to learn about another culture, discovering an unknown region, teaching children and encouraging them to study hard and dream big, all these have not only shaped and enriched my life but it has also enabled me to reflect in-depth on my future and my desire to take on new adventures. It made this summer unforgettable.
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Edie Teaches English in Vietnam

Just Volunteers has no approved projects in Vietnam but we are in touch with an impressive young woman who runs an English Club for local young people in her Hmong community in north east Vietnam. We introduced Edie and she became the first foreign volunteer to spend time in the village helping with the club. Here are her thoughts.

We are happy to introduce interested volunteers although we cannot vouch for the project directly. 

 

My time volunteering in NH (Northeast Vietnam)

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Edie with friends/students from the village

 

The Wake Up  …. English Club is a small club in the north of Vietnam, helping local ethnic minority children to learn English. It is not one of Just Volunteers’ projects, but after being put in contact with the club’s founder, SG, by Josephine, I decided to give it a go and spend a month there, despite no other foreign volunteers having been in the past! Now my placement there is over, I’m able to look back and realise that although there were a lot of challenging points, all in all it was an incredible, unique experience that I’m grateful to have had.

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English class for the little ones 

 

NH is a six hour bus trip north of Hanoi. It’s a very small town – I’m not sure of the population, but there is no supermarket, if that’s a reliable indicator of size! Being so isolated, there are very few people who know any English, and most of them have little to no experience with foreigners. So, as you can imagine, I was quite the celebrity. I don’t remember one instance that I went out without being stared at, waved at or spoken to. People were generally friendly though, despite my very low level of Vietnamese meaning I couldn’t really communicate with anyone. I enjoyed the local food, and there was heaps of fruit available as well, and it was all so cheap! I would normally buy noodles or soup for breakfast, for just 10, 000 Vietnamese dong, which is about 44 US cents.

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The classroom doubles as the volunteers’ bedroom in the evenings

The English club has about 40 students, and this number is growing. At the local schools, children do get taught English but their teachers can’t actually speak good English themselves, and so when S opened the club last year, she had to start with the very basics, even for secondary students who had been learning the language for years. Nothing deters S though – she is the most passionate and motivated woman I’ve ever met. She is so committed to helping her students improve their English because she knows what a powerful tool it will be for their futures. Most of the kids I talked to were very sheltered and were happy to find a job in NH after they finish school, but a few of them talked about wanting to travel, wanting to go to university, one secondary student shyly told me she wants to study in Australia. Although the English club is just a small community set-up, it’s really going to help the students a lot, and it’s an opportunity they would never find elsewhere in NH.

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S and her daughter take Edie out for the day

Similarly, S inviting volunteers to the club also helps students expand their horizons and learn about what life is like outside of NH. While I was there, I tried to help as much as I could with improving the children’s confidence levels and pretty much just getting them speaking English as much as possible. There would be a class of little kids every evening, and they loved singing and playing games so we did a lot of that, as well as working on their pronunciation. They were all so keen to learn, despite their limited attention spans, and I’m going to miss them belting out “HEADS SHOULDERS KNEES AND TOES” every night! The older students were also very keen to learn but a lot more shy, and any question I asked resulted in a lengthy consultation with the other students in Vietnamese about the best way to answer.

I had a lot of down time in NH during the week while the students were at school, and that was a bit tedious as there wasn’t much for me to do in the town, and there weren’t many people I could make friends with because of the language barrier. Despite this, I loved the English teaching and the time somehow flew. Before I knew it, it was time to catch the bus back to Hanoi. Staying in NH was incredibly eye-opening, and I know how lucky I am to have been able to experience a place so exceedingly different from my own country. I hope S’s English club will continue to grow and expand, because it is truly a life-changer for the community.

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Local scenery

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