This is a two-week project for one or two experienced volunteers. Volunteers must have expertise in environmental education and familiarity with water stewardship principles. Working closely with local environmental educators and experts in service learning, the volunteer will design and deliver a “train-the-trainers” program in water stewardship for local school teachers, and then support the teachers as they provide lessons to their students.
Our host organisation, Hue Help, runs an active swim school with a drowning prevention program currently in place. This project will supplement existing programs by providing capacity building for Hue Help teachers in the area of environmental education.
Experience working with adult learners and children, and familiarity with Vietnamese culture will be a plus. Vietnamese language skills are not required, as on-site interpreters will be available. Volunteers will work closely with the staff of Hue Help, local educators, university researchers and community leaders.
Additional costs to consider:
The location of Hue is in central Vietnam. It was home to the Nguyen dynasty and the capital city of Vietnam from 1802-1945. Consequently, Hue is full of history and culture and is often cited as one of Vietnam’s most traditional cities.
The province of Thua Thien Hue is home to South-East Asia’s largest lagoon, an extensive coastline and significant lakes and rivers. Bach Ma, a national park located in the province, is known as the wettest place in Vietnam. Hue experiences annual flooding.
Hue is accessible by train from Hanoi, HCMC and Da Nang. It is well connected to HCMC and Hanoi via regular flights from Phu Bai Airport. Da Nang city and Hoi An are a short journey to the South, while to the North the province is bordered by Quang Tri, known as the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) during the American / Vietnam war.
Our local partner, Hue Help, trains school teachers to be swimming teachers in Hue and the surrounding rural areas, using open water sites in rivers and lakes for lessons. To date, Hue Help has trained over 300 swimming teachers, reaching over 9,000 children to provide necessary swimming skills, rescue skills and water safety awareness.
In 2018 for the first time, Hue Help will incorporate environmental education in water stewardship into its swimming curriculum. SwimTayka enjoys the honour of an invitation to our volunteers to train Hue Help educators in environmental education and water stewardship, rounding out the Hue Help program at the intersection of swimming and water stewardship.
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If you have previously volunteered with SwimTayka, please follow the same application procedure and include an updated resume. We will use your recommendation letters already on file. Please add a note telling us why you would like to participate in this project and what you hope to achieve during the program.
On acceptance into the program, you will receive an orientation packet and guidance on how SwimTayka can support your fundraising efforts.
As you prepare for the program, please keep in mind a few rules of thumb for international travel. Be patient, be flexible, be alert, and keep an open mind. Have fun!