Gain Teaching Experience in Vietnam! Volunteering to gain genuine teaching experience, exploring different culture and contributing for a better life of disadvantage women in beautiful Vietnam.
Gain Teaching Experience in Vietnam – Quick Checks
Hours & Roster: Approx. 24 hours/week
What’s included? Home stay accommodation & full board
Selection process: Message me about your relevant experience, why you’d like to volunteer & the dates you would be available
Tasks & Roles
Our operation is currently small, but expanding. We are looking for volunteers to:
- Teach English at our clubs, support single mothers who are coordinating clubs with income and their kids with change to learn English. This project is operating in Hanoi, Nghe An and Ho Chi Minh city. We usually get students coming around from 5:00 – 9:00 PM on the week days and from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM on the weekends. Each Class is 1 hour and a half and you will need to take maximum 3 classes a day (on weekends) and having at least 2 days off a week. As mentioned above, the English clubs will not operate under a traditional classroom setting. The aim here is simply to give people the opportunity for cultural exchange and to open mind for kids, provide disadvantage kids with a great opportunity to learn and grow up with beautiful memories about volunteers coming around the world. At each of the English class sites, C4C has a coordinator and a Teacher’s Assistant to help our volunteer/s with technical and English/Vietnamese translation where it is required.
- Teach and Assist other fulltime English teachers at our member schoolsof the “Female led English Centres Network”. Help us improve English teaching qualification in rural Vietnam and inspire our single mothers about success. This project is currently operating in Thai Binh, Bac Giang and Tuyen Quang province. Moreover, in these schools, you can: – Organizing cultural exchange activities – Supporting Vietnamese teachers to improve their English speaking ability – Teach other subject such as Art, Music, Dance, Math, Geography, Chemistry…depending on your skills. – Teach other living skills for students at charity schools or for Ethnic minority students – Conducting environment conservation activities – Supporting famer with farming and husbandry in surrounding villages…
About ‘Coins for Change’ Vietnam
The organization started with a simple idea – empower disadvantaged single mothers in Vietnam. Since 2014, the team behind this award-winning social enterprise, led by chief executive Tang Thi Duyen Hong, has transformed the lives of 37 single mothers with plans to transform the lives of many more. Using her experience from the commercial and tourism sections, Hong is championing the social enterprise sector, social responsibility and the cause of single mothers in Vietnam.
Always striving to innovate, Coins for Change (C4C) provides single mothers with vocational training in clothing design and manufacture, hair dressing, coordinating English classes, F&B along with life skills training to help them better their lives. Coins for Change aims to provide employment to 70% of the single mothers it trains and empower its staff to continue to develop its business brands and spread the reach of the organization. As a result of the business, C4C wants to make the market more aware of single mothers’ living conditions and hardships.
The organization management have firsthand experience with single motherhood, with many of the female management staff being single mothers or domestic violence victim themselves. Our founder and CEO Hong, was 26 when she unexpectedly became pregnant to her boyfriend. In Vietnam women should be married prior to falling pregnant and her boyfriend and parents both told her to either get an abortion or end the relationship. Despite cultural pressure to not have the baby, Hong decided to keep the baby and as a result became a single mother.
Because of her experiences Hong has decided to help other single mothers and women who do not fit the traditional expectations of Vietnamese society. In Vietnam these women, including disabled women, are subject to great stigma and are often ostracized from their families, communities and wider society. C4C aims to change this by providing single mothers with real world skills that can be applied in the workforce and enable them to prosper.
C4C enables women to be self-sufficient and provides a strong safety net combined with support to move single mothers and their families out of poverty and onto a path of long-term economic stability. C4C understand that by helping single mothers and giving them tools for employment and life skills, the entire family benefits, including the children. C4C creates opportunities for single mothers to strengthen their skills in these areas removing barriers to financial security and acceptance by society.
C4C aims to create the greatest possible impact in Vietnam and to raise awareness of the plight of single mothers worldwide through this powerful story and the strength and vigor of these women as they overcome numerous challenges.
Single mothers, who require support, contact the C4C online forum and the Manager communicates with them all. From these discussions, the women needing urgent support, are unemployed and have nowhere to turn, are offered one of a limited placement at the C4C house. Whilst at the house they become a part of a family that cares for them and they are asked to help out in the house where they can until after the birth of the baby.
Vietnam is amongst the fastest economies in Asia, yet it literacy rate is 94,5% however, it unemployment rate among university/master graduated are at alarming rate. Since its inception, the system of public education has been a source of hope to millions, yet today it is in need of urgent attention. Vietnamese parents in general pay a lot of attention to education for their children. Standards in state schools are not high and many children receive additional tuition outside of school. Wrong orientation and understanding of higher education’s purposes. Most students went to collages/univ. did not need the knowledge taught there.
In a new market economy of Vietnam with the growth of international businesses and trades, and the increasing number of foreign tourists, the ability to communicate in English has become a passport to a better job not only in the tourism and hospitality industries but in many other enterprises as well. English is taught in schools, in universities and in evening foreign language centres across the country. There are now more teachers and students of English than of any other subjects. However, English learning and teaching have been a bone of contention for years in Vietnam as teacher qualifications and assessment methodologies are blamed for students’ failure to use the language in real life.
Single mothers who require support, contact the our online forum and the Manager (herself a single mother) communicates with them all. From these discussions, the women needing urgent support, are unemployed and have nowhere to turn, are offered one of a limited placement at the our house. Whilst at the house they become a part of a family that cares for them and they are asked to help out in the house where they can until after the birth of the baby.
Once a mother has recovered she can assist with coordinating English lessons in her own house and facilitated by international volunteers; or, assist in other ways at the organisation. Single mothers are paid for the job if they choose to coordinate English classes and their children may attend the classes for no charge. We make a small profit from our customers who pay for a package of English lessons. The money is then returned to the organisation to continue to support and grow the organisation.
Along with network of single mothers organizing English class, August 2016, we started establishing a Network of Female leading English centers in Northern provinces of Vietnam in order to inspire our single mothers to become success female leaders. Volunteers are expecting to come, support our English club that coordinating by single mothers in Hanoi and assisting our Female leading English center’s full time English & other subject teachers with teaching, lesson plan, cultural exchange activities.
C4C offers international volunteers an experience of a lifetime. C4C provide people from all over the world with a comfortable ‘home-stay’ in a lovely area of different provinces in Vietnam. Volunteers are fully supported and live within a ‘family’ situation at the house with other volunteers or/and single mothers and their babies and staff from the organisation. Volunteers have the opportunity to learn to cook or observe Vietnamese food preparation and cooking; explore the city and region on days off; learn Vietnamese; and be immersed in the Vietnamese culture.
International volunteers live for free at the C4C house in return for a commitment to facilitating English classes (and other activities suite their expertise). Volunteers are asked to prepare for a commitment to facilitating English classes 4 x classes = 12 working hours per week. English teaching books and lesson plan on starlight dropbox will be your resource and you will be able to prepare for your lessons with your coordinator during the day.
When volunteering with us, you can expect to:
- Take part in a humanitarian action to help single mothers in Vietnam.
- Work in a dynamic team.
- Meet young people from all over the world.
- Learn and exchange information from different countries, cultures, backgrounds.
- Have a lot of fun!
Our expectation of our volunteers:
- Participate actively within the program. Enjoy yourself by being a team player.
- Show interest and responsibility during program.
- Understand that a lot of time will be spent with local people who do not speak English very well.
- Speak slowly to English beginners.
- Cooperate and work closely with the volunteer coordinators and staff – if there is a problem please talk to the Manager about it with a proposed solution.
- Realize that the living conditions are not the same as at home – there is sometimes no air-conditioning, no easy access to international phone or internet except at all cafes, transportation is by motor-bike, bus or taxi and there may only be limited hot water for showers.