English/ French teaching at Nghia Tan Primary School (VNM-35)

Type: Education: Primary school - Country: Vietnam

Brief description and main aims

Nghia Tan Primary School is one of many public primary schools in Hanoi. There are about 3000 children aging from 6-11 years old who start learning English and French at grade 1 (6 years old). Teachers and children had not had many chances to meet and talk with foreigners until VPV/ICYE Vietnam sent its volunteers to help there.

Main Activities

The aim of the program is to provide English/French language speaking environment for children to practice and improve their confidence in using a foreign language in communication.

Volunteer tasks

Volunteers will be expected to help with the following:
  • Improving listening/speaking skills for children
  • Improving pronunciation for children
  • Organizing games and other activities in classrooms
  • Assisting local teachers in managing the classes.
Normally volunteers will teach about 20 hours a week. No placements in summer (June – July - August). Volunteers will always work with a local teacher. Travel to work from volunteer accommodation: about 30 minutes walking.

Volunteer requirements / Skills

Volunteers should:
  • Like to work with children, maturity and initiative spirit. 
  • Fluent English/French
  • Age: 18 and over
  • Minimum stay preferred 4 weeks
  • Be open-minded and sociable
  • Be willing to learn more about the country and adapt to different and working style in Vietnam


Nghia Tan Primary School is located in Cau Giay district, Hanoi, which is about 8km from the Old Quarters. There is very little chance for the children and teachers to meet foreigners to practice English/French and exchange communication skills even though they have received great support of the government in infrastructure.

Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)

Volunteers will stay in a dormitory with rooms shared with other volunteers. Living conditions will be Vietnamese standard with shared bathroom, shared room with bunk-beds. Mattress, blanket, pillow and mosquito net are provided. Food will be provided at accommodation. Meals will be mostly local food, which vary from the daily cooking schedule. Volunteers, especially those who are vegetarian may be required to do some cooking by themselves. During working-days food is provided by the host placement.

More Information

Number of volunteers: 2 for English teaching and 2 for French teaching.

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