Hi! I'm Thanh Thanh, Vietnamese
Actually, I'm a student joined ETA4 2 years in Hue, but I'd to be called a volunteer too, I was with ETA4 after 4 or 5 weeks teaching and studying, we did some volunteer works. I do really appreciate what ETA4 have done here.. They bring us not only knowledge about many things such as English skills ( of course ), culture across the world, etc but also the awareness about social problems, the connection among people... and even more!
I am so happy and lucky to be a student, a volunteer and especially a friend of them, ETA4's members. They did such a great work, bring across the world many things and the most important is their motivation, their love to help people here, most importantly are the children, the young!
I wish ETA4 would be growing better and better all the time to help people not only in Vietnam but all over the world. And wish each of EAT4's member a happy and successful life!
Love you all :)
What I love most about ETA4 is its ability to integrate volunteering with its mission to provide free English instruction. This combination allows students to be active participants in their community and illustrates to them the importance of giving back. Also, it allows them to see firsthand the countless benefits that come from volunteering. ETA4's unique program makes it a great nonprofit and distinctive from other organizations that teach English.
I was a volunteer in Dong Nai City for the summer of 2010. Throughout the program we visited multiple schools, youth centers, and orphanages. This program allows the teacher to become immersed in their student's learning experience. The teachers are allowed a great deal of flexibility to be creative in their approach to teach English. At the end of the program I noticed improvement at every level for all the students I taught. They became more confident in their abilities and were not afraid to share what they know with the class.
I am going to be a volunteer this summer in Taiwan to teach little kids English. When I first encountered ETA4, i know that this program is very meaningful. It takes a lot for an organization to go this far, all the way around the world to help out. This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunities both for the volunteers and the students to get to know one another culture/language across the globe.
I think this is a great organization that really does makes an effort to extend its benefits to others and to provide others with opportunities they never imagined having. Many of us in the US take knowing English for granted, and it is an essential language to know in today's world. Being able to bring our knowledge to under privileged children in rural Taiwan will be very rewarding. Through intensive lesson plans, various activities, and interactions, we will hopefully expand their opportunities and inspire them to continue to strive for more knowledge.
The summer I spent in Vietnam with ETA4 has been the most rewarding summer I have ever had. What I appreciated most about this program was the way they completely trusted me. Being a student with very little credentials, they gave me an opportunity to teach and impact children in ways I would never had been able to with other programs. They supported me with resources and made sure I was always comfortable and fully equipped to lead a class. I was also given the freedom to tailor my own curriculum and work with other volunteers in creating effective teaching strategies.
ETA4 is an amazing non-profit providing a wonderful no-cost education for under served Vietnamese children of all ages and abilities. I had the amazing experience of working with ETA4 as an upper level English teacher in the summer of '09 in Hue, Vietnam. The myriad ways that ETA4 makes a difference in students and families' lives is truly unbelievable. ETA4 gives English language instruction through academics, athletics and the arts. Whether it was learning English language idioms, swinging baseball bats in the school yard, performing a song at the talent show, or giving back to their own communities by providing relief for local orphanages, the students of the ETA4 summer program are provided an amazing experience free of charge. ETA4 does a fantastic job of making the world feel a little smaller for caring people all over the earth.
I think ETA4 does a good job of getting its volunteers excited about the cause for which it stands. As volunteers, we are pushed to be engaged in our community, which extends into the communities that the programs serve. As a result, you can really see the positive effects ETA4 has in the communities in which we are teaching English.
this program is like a study abroad program, but rather than studying for yourself, you're helping others study. I enjoy all the small projects and events that this organization does prior to actually leaving for the designated country. it helps build relationships before you have to spend 5 weeks with these people in some other country. the people that I've met have all been enthusiastic about being apart of the organization. traveling and living in another country and helping other people is just something that everyone should do at one point in their life and it helps keeps us human.
the curriculum each year changes since it's constantly being changing with new ideas and refinement. the funds for the organization are not always consistent from year to year so we're constantly doing fundraisers and seeking donations. I hope ETA4 does find a stable funder in the future. that's the only way a program will ever last in the long run.
victor and anna, the program directors are energetic and open minded individuals. they also have a high sense of initiative so if you don't get anything out of the program itself (unlikely), you'll at least be inspired by these two individuals.