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Jeanette L.

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Review for ETA4, Oceanside, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I first heard about ETA4 in 2008 when the founders were still in the process of getting their non-profit status approved. They shared that they wanted to implement a more innovative way of teaching English to kids who pretty much had enough of English during the school year. How were they going to successfully teach it over the summer while making an impact? When they had gone to Vietnam, they had seen the textbooks and the homework but no passion within the students. To tackle this obstacle and show that there was much more to learning, English Through Academics, Athletics, and the Arts was created. While ETA4 may seem like an organization similar to any other teaching program, it defines itself through awareness of the universal affinity for arts and athletics and incorporates those interests into its everyday curriculum.

Back then, the website was nothing but a simple blue and white with segments of text here and there ... mostly "Under Construction". Today, just a little over 2 years, has evolved into a website colored with photos from trip after trip, media, sponsorships, and detailed proposals of its mission and day to day contributions. The website is a tremendous example and personification of the growth ETA4 has witnessed during these last few years. Over 30 volunteers have taught abroad and thousands of dollars raised by the effort of the community have brought smiles and an English education to over 1500 children across 4 cities in 2 countries. This summer, ETA4 still continues to uphold its new but standing tradition of spreading goodwill to thousands more in the rural areas of East Asia.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I had been involved with ETA4 since its inception in 2008 but did not get a chance to volunteer abroad myself until summer of 2010 in Taitung, Taiwan. Finally getting the chance to teach abroad was nothing remotely close to living vicariously through the pictures and stories previous volunteers had brought back with them. Seeing tears in the nearly 200 faces during our program's closing ceremony was an inexplicable feeling that no amount of donations or local community work could compensate.

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

Develop the organization further by creating solid foundations in areas outside of Southern California. ETA4 has received applications from all over the United States (and outside the country as well!) but only has a single base in San Diego. Expanding to multiple cities would allow ETA4 to connect more with its volunteers as well as open up new opportunities to run local community projects in various areas.

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Role:  Board Member & Planned the inaugural program to Taitung, Taiwan and served as a teacher volunteer.