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May 5, 2011

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May 5, 2011

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 :)

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English skills, I can talk with foreigner fluently. Knowing that many people out there are have nothing to eat, living a tough life... so I have to try more, be with ETA4 to help those people have a better life!

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It's possible that ETA4 have a local branch such as in Vietnam, the volunteers here may help ETA4 to find orphanages is really need to help, provide information or some things can help... It's my ideal!

May 3, 2011

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May 3, 2011

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.

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Da Lat, Viet Nam in the Summer of 2011

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the program to include different locations.

April 27, 2011

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April 27, 2011

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.

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The students I taught initially had confidence issues. They were not comfortable with their ability to speak English. It was difficult to get them to answer in-class questions voluntarily. Using interactive activities such as dance and music the students gained confidence while learning English. At the end of just one month of teaching the students had the confidence to stand up to speak their mind.

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The organization is quite new. Additional help is needed financially. If we were able to get more funding the teachers would have more resources to do more exciting and creative projects for the students.

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

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.

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organizing fundraising events, teaching ideas as well as spreading the mission.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more people know about this wonderful group and give access to more people.

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

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.

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This is be my first time participating in this program, but I am very eager to begin. I know there will be so much to teach as well as to learn from a whole knew culture. It will be a great and rewarding experience.

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If I had to make a change, it would be to extend the length of the program instead of packing many activities into each day.

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

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.

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the summer of 2010. I saw how ETA4 had affected the lives of students living in Hue. They were so excited to see past teachers and I was amazed with how well they could speak English. They genuinely wanted to learn from us, not only the English language but, about American culture as well as our own lives that we led back in the states.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more training seminars and educational tools for the teachers to implement if financial resources permit.

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

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.

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the summer of 2009. I saw first hand all the lives ETA4 touched. They provided a no cost education for under served students with the desire to learn English instruction from native English speakers in their summer months. The students learned academic English, sports, and explored various artistic endeavors.

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not do much. ETA4 has a lot of amazing support in the United States, but I think they need even more. All non-profits need financial help, but with this program being so far from home, ETA4 really needs as much financial aid as possible. If there was one thing I might do, is provide the teachers more training before they go over. They are given a good amount of freedom in lesson planning which is fantastic, but maybe provide teachers seminars on pedagogy, assessments, and curriculum design.

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

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.

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Getting students excited about learning English in a fun way that truly enhances their interest in the subject. This in turn encourages the students to continue to pursue their English education even after we volunteers have left.

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ETA4 already has avenues through which it helps volunteers pay for their volunteer experience, but it would never hurt to continue making it cheaper for volunteers to volunteer.

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

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.

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college. I've been watching this organization off an on for the past 3 years. watching their successes and their organization grow from a program based only in vietnam to 2 locations in vietnam and taiwan.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

apply for grants and/or get a large sponsor

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

I couldn't be more excited to be a part of this organization! I can't think of a better way to spend my summer than teaching English to underprivileged children to help expand their options for the future.

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Watching videos and reading blogs on the ETA 4 website.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand ETA4 to more countries

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