Kindergarten Teaching Phan Thiet

Volunteer with IVI in Vietnam at a local kindergarten in Phan Thiet. Play games, sing songs and teach basic English to these cute kids! You will need to bring your energy along to interact with these 3-6 year olds, as well as creating fun, educational and creative activities for them to enjoy.

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Program Description

You will be working at a kindergarten in Phan Thiet, providing assistance and skills to the local staff. The children are aged 3 to 6 years old and you will be teaching them through songs, games and various fun, educational activities. You will work alongside local teachers who are committed to prepare the children for the structure of a school setting. You can teach the children simple English words and phrases and may even learn a bit of Vietnamese whilst doing so! Bring your creativity and enthusiasm as these kids have a lot of energy!

Program Duration & Availability

Min duration (weeks):1

Aims & Objectives

  • Gain valuable experience in teaching kindergarten aged children
  • Gain insight into Vietnamese work ethic and culture, through interactions with local staff
  • Assist in supervising the children, providing an extra pair of hands

Schedule

Monday to Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Morning session: Interact with the children through creative learning activities
  • Prepare the lunch area and help feed the kids
  • Clean up after lunch and put children down for a nap.
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon session: Continue the fun and educational play and activities
  • Dinner

Additional Equipment

There are no further requirements for this project.

Required

  • Modest clothing (no short clothing or sheer fabrics). Trousers/ long skirts are recommended, and shirts must cover shoulders.

Optional

Please bring along any teaching materials/resources you think may be helpful, such as:

  • Balls for games
  • Stimulating board games
  • Books/Comics
  • Musical instruments
  • Worksheets
  • Interesting objects from your home country
  • And anything else you think will help!

Location

Located in the Binh Thuan region, along the Southeast coast of Vietnam, Phan Thiet is a relatively undisturbed fishing town and is also the capital of the province. You will find all sorts of cultural sites, local markets, beaches and natural scenery in the local area.

Accommodation & Food

About the Accommodation

The accommodation is very comfortable and will be in a dorm on the campus of Phan Thiet University. Rooms have up to 6 volunteers (all single gender), and are well equipped with air conditioning, fans, hot water and private bathrooms in each.

Wifi is available in specific locations throughout the campus. Please note that the quality of internet access will depend on local weather conditions. Since we are in Southeast Asia, we might have poor internet accessibility at times due to heavy rain.

Available Room Types

Standard Room
All meals included Yes *
Free beverages Yes **
Persons per room 4-6
Wifi in public areas Yes
Laundry facilities No ***
Safety box No
Lockable rooms Yes
Hot shower Yes
Private bathroom Yes
Western toilet Yes
Bed linen Yes
Towels No
Air conditioning Yes
Heating No
Fan Yes
Mosquito protection No

* 3 meals on weekdays, 2 on weekends
** Drinking water
*** Hand wash, or launder at extra cost

Food Arrangements

You will be provided with three meals a day during the week (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and two meals on the weekends (brunch and dinner). These will be served at the accommodation. The food will be mostly be Vietnamese, cooked by locals and using local ingredients. Western dishes may also be served occasionally. If necessary, lunch will be provided close to the project location, if its’s situated a distance from your accommodation.

Facilities

Conveniently, there is a bus stop right in front of Phan Thiet University. There is a bus that takes you to the beach (about 5 minutes away) and the tourist area (around 15 minutes away). Here you can find restaurants, bars, banks, supermarkets, shopping centres, pharmacies, and the hospital.

Mandatory Orientation Day

On your first Monday of your project, you will join our orientation day. This is important to familiarise yourself with the surroundings, your project, as well as the local culture and customs. Your project then continues as usual from Tuesday onwards.

Schedule

  • Welcome & introduction meeting, house rules, setting expectations, advice on health and safety and sorting out important documents (visas, passports, etc)
  • Vietnamese do’s and don’ts, lesson on Vietnamese culture and a Vietnamese language class
  • Tour around your accommodation and local area; where to find local shops, and to arrange a sim-card if required
  • Lunch
  • Introduction to the project, project site and start volunteering on the project.

Sights & Surroundings

During your off time you may want to explore some of the natural and historic sites in the area. Here are some sights near to Phan Thiet:

Red &White Sand Dunes, Mui Ne

Situated very close to where you will be staying, these huge sand dunes are seriously impressive- you can even go quad biking, sandboarding or hot air ballooning over them. Or just sit and watch the beautiful sunset. The white dunes are the biggest and most popular and look as those they belong in the Middle East rather than Vietnam! The red dunes are smaller but look amazing at sunset when the red colour is really heighted.

Mui Ne beach & Harbour

Very close to your accommodation in Phan Thiet, this is a long sandy beach, lined with palm trees. There are many restaurants, shopping venues and luxurious resorts along the seafront, as well as a fishing village and harbour (great for photographers). It’s also a popular place to kitesurf.

Ta Cu Mountain Trail (to Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda)

This gorgeous mountain trail takes you through lush jungle, limestone caves, Buddhist statues, eventually reaching the Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda (you can also go up by cable car!). This stunning temple overlooks the mountains below and even has a 160 ft long reclining Buddha.

Fairy Stream – Suoi Tien

Situated 18 km from Phan Thiet, unusual attraction sits at the base of the Ham Ninh mountain range. Here you will find a stream with red water- well it’s actually that colour due to the red sand below but its quite an extraordinary sight!

Po Sah Inu Towers

Only 6 km outside of Phan Thiet, this ancient site is home to ruins from the ancient Champa Kingdom and the towers were built around 1200 years ago. The impressive ruins are situated overlooking the surrounding countryside and ocean.

Other Sights in Vietnam

Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta River consists of swamps, islands, Khmer temples and the local floating markets. There are many small villages situated along the river front. It takes 2-4 hours by bus from Ho Chi Minh. Float on a traditional boat, through the jungle, swamps and floating markets to get a real feel for the way of life here.

Vung Tau beach

If you fancy a beach trip, only a couple of hours from the city is Vung Tau beach. There are 4 beaches in this town but try Pineapple beach for calm waters, which are great for swimming and getting away from the more crowded Front beach. There is also a culture and ecotourism park here which has rides and other outdoor activities to have a go at.

Da Lat

Located high in the mountains, Da Lat is pleasantly much cooler and is surrounded by hills, pine forests, lakes and waterfalls. Close to the town is Datanla Falls, where you can walk to see a pretty waterfall (for the adventurous you can try water abseiling). You can also visit Elephant Falls, go tobogganing or just enjoy the beautiful jungle scenery.

Nha Trang

Nha Trang is a busy beach resort with a great nightlife, located along the South-central coast of Vietnam. There is a long stretch of white sand and palm tree lined beach, as well as many island hopping tours to gorgeous islands. This is a great place to go and enjoy some nightlife.

Hoi An

Hoi An, along the Centre of Vietnam’s coastline, is a very pretty town, known for its lanterns and its Japanese covered bridge. Although popular with tourists, the town still feels very authentic. There are many French architectural buildings, markets, nearby beaches and colourful lantern stalls to explore. This lively town also has a very relaxed and romantic vibe.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

A UNESCO Heritage Site in central Vietnam, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park hosts the largest cave in the world (Son Doong). There are also many other stunning caves to explore, on top of lush jungle, mountains, lakes and native wildlife. This is an adventure lover’s paradise, with the views you can get here being absolutely stunning.

Hue Ancient city

There are plenty of things to do in beautiful Hue, central Vietnam. This is a great place to explore temples, as there are many around. A Visit to the Tombs of the Ancient Emperors will take you around 19th and 20th century tombs, statues and carvings, with stunning backdrops of the countryside. Other popular places to visit are the Citadel, the Imperial City and the To Mieu Temple complex, all colourful and intricate temples.

Hanoi (Capital City)

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, has a rich culture and is known for its Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influence, as well as it’s antient architecture. Located in the North of Vietnam, you can explore the old quarter, watch a traditional water puppet show, wander through the maze of streets or visit some of the many museums.

Halong bay

Easily done as a day trip from Hanoi, Halong Bay is known for its emerald green waters and giant limestone imposing cliffs. Hire out a traditional junk boat and cruise through the beautiful scenery. Or hire a kayak and explore the many different and colourful caves as you go!

Sapa

Sapa is a stunningly beautiful part of Vietnam, popular with trekkers. For miles you will see green rolling hills, mountains and rice paddies. Explore this beautiful area, stopping in the small villages as you go for an authentic experience. You can reach Sapa by an overnight train from Hanoi, taking 8 hours (or 6 hours by direct bus).

Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh’s surrounding countryside is absolutely stunning and a great place for those who love the outdoors. Take a trip to Tam Coc, which is similar to Halong Bay. Drift through big limestone cliffs and bright yellow and green rice paddies. There are many things to do in this area from the Mua Cave, Bich Dong Pagoda, Bai Dinh Temple, a nature reserve and boat trips.

Monkey Island

A couple of hours out from the city is ‘Monkey Island’, also known as Can Gio Island. This huge 80,000 hectare nature reserve contains mangrove trees, water coconut forests, and yes- monkeys! Hundreds of them live wild here and they will be sure to say hello to you- just be sure not to bring food with you, they are pesky little creatures!

Ba Den mountain (The black virgin mountain)

The Ba Den Mountain trail takes you through lush jungle, mountain streams and caves, before reaching its rugged top. You can also take a cable car up to the top to see some wonderful views from above, sometimes from above the clouds!

Ho Chi Minh City

As Vietnam’s largest and most modern city, Ho Chi Minh has a lot to offer from shops to Vietnamese water puppet shows. Ho Chi Minh was formerly known as Saigon and is known for its French colonial buildings, skyscrapers and motorbikes!

Transportation

From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Ho Chi Minh
  • Mekong Delta

 

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