English teaching at Hanoi University of Industry (VNM-130)

Type: Education: Teaching languages - Country: Vietnam

Brief description and main aims

The university's mission is to provide students with education and training on many fields, levels and high quality science. With the hope to create opportunities for students to improve their English skills, the university sets up different curricula for both English-majored and non-English-majored ones.

Main Activities

The fact is that lots of students can not communicate well in English, even though they have spent 6-7 years learning it at school. Their motivation of learning English might be to pass regular tests or examinations; meanwhile they can barely use it in a real conversation. Regconizing this fact, the university arranges the constant courses named “Conversation Class” to help students on one hand know how to use English naturally, on the other hand be confident on their speaking skill. Each course starts and maintains upon the timetable of international volunteers. The number of classes depends on the quantity of students who register to join. There are around from 15 to 25 students per class.

Volunteer tasks

Volunteers are expected to be the main teachers in the classes with the support of Vietnamese teaching assistants. The possible tasks of the volunteers may include (upon volunteer’s request):
  • Prepare lesson plans with teaching assistants
  • Teach the students
  • Organize and participate in side activities for students 
Working time will be from 8.00 am to 4:30 pm but it is changeable, depending on the schedule of specific classes. Volunteers work maximum 30 hours per week including in-class activities, weekly meetings with the team and other outdoor/extra activities.
Travel to work from volunteer accommodation: about 50 minutes by local buses.

Volunteer requirements / Skills

Volunteers should like to work with students, maturity and initiative spirit. Volunteers should be able to work independently in the classroom.
  • Fluent English
  • Age: 20 or 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.


Hanoi University of Industry (HUI) is located to the North West of Hanoi, which is approximate 12 kms far away from city center. Students here have very little chance to interact with foreigners to improve their foreign language skills.

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

Volunteers needed: 2.

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