About the local hosting organizationICYE Vietnam
About the volunteer workGEL 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 students. GEL welcomes volunteer teachers of all levels of experience. The only pre-requisite is a good command of the English language (speaking, reading and writing), a passion to help people and unlimited energy. Volunteers are encouraged to involve themselves in many other community projects, such as teaching English at government schools (primary, secondary or high schools), workshops and lessons for Vietnamese English teachers, organizing activities and events at local schools, judging English competitions, taking students on field trips, updating and maintaining our website and so on. The children, parents and schools highly enjoy having international volunteers around. Due to their warm reception, volunteers generally become equally fond of the children and enjoy the program very much. Schools start at 7 am in the morning and finish at 11.30 am. There is a break for lunch (from 11.30a.m to 13.40) then start again at 1.45pm to 4.30pm. In GEL, volunteers normall y work in the afternoons, evenings and weekends so volunteers can have days off on weekly days. These can be negotiable and flexible.
Local accommodationThe school has rooms for volunteers in the campus. The rooms are equipped with cooking stuff so that volunteers can cook for themselves. Volunteers who prefer to have daily interaction with local people can stay with a local family, usually a teacher or a student's family. In this case, volunteers will eat with the family or they will cook themseves. They travel to work by bicycle or on foot. Volunteers can choose to stay with the family to experience Vietnamese life as long as they expect then they can move in the campus to stay in their own rooms. There are no students or any families on campus, just the guards so it's quiet but it's busy outside the gate. The GEL centre is housed in a modern building close to down town Lao Cai. Volunteers are provided with air- conditioned rooms in GEL too if the rooms are still available. Meals are provided and there are cooking and laundry facilities. GEL has bikes and motorbikes so volunteers can take turns to use for their travelling.
About the project locationG.E.L. (Globe Education Link) English Centre was opened in 2015 and is located in Lao Cai city in the north of Vietnam about 4 hours from the capital, Hanoi. Lao Cai is a modern city with good facilities such as restaurants, shops and fitness centres. It is serviced by rail and an excellent bus service and is close to the Sapa area, famous for its beautiful scenery, hiking and ethnic minorities.
Extra info about the projectParticipation : 4 semaines à 16 semaines. Frais supplémentaires : 400 € pour 4 semaines, 75 € pour chaque semaine additionnelle. Le projet est ouvert toute l'année, arrivée le lundi ou le mardi.