Vietnam | Restauratie en onderwijs

Samen met 9 andere vrijwilligers ga je voor 12 dagen naar een restauratie en onderwijsproject.
Het project duurt van 23 juli t/m 4 augustus.

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Let op: naast het inschrijfgeld betaal je ter plekke nog een lokale bijdrage van ₫ 5000000.  (Ca. € 189)
The workcamp named “School brightening up” is projected to take place at Lao Cai boarding school in Muong Khuong town, Lao Cai province. This workcamp is organized by VPV, in cooperation with the Center for Global Education Link (GEL). Muong Khuong town is 50km to the Northeast of Lao Cai city, with the border line of 86,5km with China to the Northwest. As a mountainous town, Muong Khuong has a lot of mountain ranges and narrow valeys. There are 14 ethnic groups living in the town, with H’Mong being the biggest group. Lao Cai boarding school was founded in 2009 in Muong Khuong town to provide educational environment and shelter for children in Lao Cai province to come to learn and stay. Currently, there are nearly 500 students attending this school, grouping in 14 classes from grade 6th to grade 12th. The students are from all 14 ethnic groups, with H’Mong and Nung students being the majority. If they don’t stay at school, they will have to travel between 20 and 40km every day to get to school. The students speak their own languages at home; at school, they are taught and speak Vietnamese. They are taught English as well but due to the lack of practice and interaction with foreigners, their English is not well developed yet. The title of the workcamp, “school brightening up”, literally refers to the idea that we would carry out some activities to make the school look nicer and brighter such as painting wall murals, redecorating the playgrounds, planting flowers,… In a broader sense, it relates to our bigger goal: through these activities, we expect to create a nice, cozy and friendly atmosphere at this school, which would encourage the students to stay at school and enjoy studying. The main activities include: • Cleaning the playground • Planting flowers and small trees on the playground • Decorating the playground with flower pots and recyled materials (old tyres, plastic bottles…) • Painting wall murals (around classrooms) • Creating English learning corners (painting wall murals with numbers or vocabulary in English; or creating an English bookshelf…) • Exchanging cultures with local students and people (with traditional games and performances) • Other activities based on volunteers’ ideas and the school’s needs.
Volunteers will stay at the school dormitory with basic living conditions. Volunteers should prepare for basic bathroom and toilet facilities. There will be bunk beds and mosquito nets. Volunteers should bring a sleeping bag. Electricity, internet, clean water is available but limited. Volunteers can eat at the school canteen or eat out at some restaurants nearby (1 or 2 km from the school). Food will mostly be locally sourced and cooked. Those who have special diet should inform VPV beforehand.
Free time In the evening, we will have some bonding activities like Vietnamese lessons for international volunteers or group games. Volunteers are encouraged to come to the workcamp with ideas for group activities of the camp. Weekend Volunteers will have 2 days off on Saturday and Sunday at the end of the 1st week of camp. Volunteers can stay in Muong Khuong area to discover the local village. There are a number of caves, mountains and water falls for those who like trekking. There are mandarin gardens, night market and Sunday market for those who want to discover local life. Muong Khuong is not a tourist attraction, which makes it a perfect place for those who want to learn about authentic life of local people. Alternatively, volunteers can travel to Sapa, one tourist attraction in Lao Cai province. Volunteers can travel to Sapa on Saturday morning and come back to the school on Sunday afternoon. Sapa has stunning lanscape and scenery but at the same time it is very touristic. Nevertheless, it can still be a place of interest for those who want to experience some lively night life or to have a pizza bite on the weekend. Volunteers can also leave the village on Friday afternoon and take the bus back to Ha Noi or other provinces to see other remarkable places in Vietnam. If volunteers stay at the village over the weekend, food and accommodation are still provided. Those who travel to Sapa or other provinces will need to take care of their own food and transportation.
Lao Cai is a province of the mountainous Northwest region of Vietnam bordering the province of Yunnan in China. The province covers an area of 6383.9 square kilometres and as of 2016 it had a population of 674,530 people . In the province, one can observe the large rich and poor gap. While there are big houses in some towns, expensive cars on the streets, most of the population, with ethnic Vietnamese being the majority, are still experiencing a difficult life. In fact, Lao Cai is currently one of the poorest provinces in the country, with more than 70% of the population living under the poverty line. Traditional economic activities such as agriculture and forestry remain important, but the province has also been attempting to develop foreign investment in the area. In order to attract and push foreign investment, it is important to have a capable workforce to work with them. Therefore, the province has also paid more attention to education and is trying to encourage children to go to school. However, in the mountainous areas, the drop-out rate from school is rather high due to many reasons. One of them is the lack of facilities and playgrounds that makes going to school is not applealing enough to the children. Therefore, VPV wishes to help improve the facilities at schools in Lao Cai, with the hope that it would attract more children to school. To carry out the volunteer programs in Lao Cai, VPV has received positive support from Lao Cai Department of Education and Training. VPV has developed partnership with some local schools and the Center for Global Education Link (GEL) in Lao Cai, who share the same objectives of improving the quality of English teaching and learning, particularly for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. GEL was founded as a social enterprise with the objective of providing first class English learning to students of all ages and to contribute to the growth and well being of the community. It is funded by tuition fees based on the student’s financial situation. Some pay full fees, others a reduced fee and some receive tuition at no cost. No one is turned away. GEL also provides scholarships to worthy and/or disadvantaged students. GEL has provided some free workshops which help English teachers in the whole province to teach better. There are also some training courses for staff who work in Orphanage to help them have better skills in taking care of children there.

School brightening up




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Aantal vrijwilligers

10 (5 mannen en 5 vrouwen)


18 t/m 60 jaar

Lokale bijdrage

₫ 5000000 (Vietnamese dong)


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