Education project in Lao Cai - North (VNM-134)

Type: Youth, Education, Children - Country: Vietnam

Brief description and main aims

Globe Eduaction Link (GEL) was founded as a social enterprise with the objective of providing first class English teaching to students of all ages and to contribute to the growth and well being of the community.

It is funded by tuition fees based on the student’s financial situation. Some pay full fees, others a reduced fee and some oay no tuition. No one is turned away. GEL also provides scholarships to  worthy students.

Main Activities

There are classes offered from kindergarten to adult at the centre and GEL is also contracted to provide lessons at a number of elementary and high schools in and around Lao Cai. There is also an ongoing program to provide English instruction at no cost at the newly constructed Lao Cai Orphanage.

GEL has provided some free workshops which help English teachers in the whole  province to teacher better. There are also some training courses for staff who work in the orphanage to help them develop and strengthen skills to care for the children properly. Some other free workshops offered are those regarding ABCD (asset based community development) for civil servants of different fields in the province.


Volunteer tasks

GEL welcomes volunteer teachers of all levels of experience. The only pre-requisite is a good command of the English language (speaking, reading and writing), a passion to help people and unlimited energy.

Volunteers are encouraged to get involved in many other community projects, such as teaching English at government schools (primary, secondary or high schools), workshops and lessons for Vietnamese English teachers, organizing activities and events at local schools, judging English competitions, taking students on field trips, updating and maintaining our website and so on.

The children, parents and schools highly enjoy having international volunteers around. Due to their warm reception, volunteers generally become equally fond of the children and enjoy the program very much. Schools start at 7 am in the morning and finish at 11.30 am. There is a break for lunch (from 11:30a.m to 13:40) then start again at 1:45pm to 4:30pm. In GEL, volunteers normally work in the afternoons, evenings and weekends so volunteers can have days off during the week, these can be negotiable and flexible.

Volunteer requirements / Skills

Volunteers should:
  • Like to work with children.
  • Be mature and take initiative.
  • Be able to work independently in a classroom.
  • Be fluent in English.
  • Be open-minded and sociable.
  • Be willing to learn more about the country and adapt to different and working style in Vietnam.
  • Be at least 18 years old


GEL English is located in Lao Cai city in the north of Vietnam about 4 hours from the capital, Hanoi. Lao Cai is a modern city with good facilities such as restaurants, shops and fitness centres. It is serviced by rail and an excellent bus service and is close to the Sapa area, famous for its beautiful scenery, hiking and ethnic minorities.


Minimum (weeks) : 12 weeks

Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)

The school has rooms for volunteers on campus. The rooms are equipped with cooking stuff so that volunteers can cook for themselves. Volunteers who prefer to have daily interaction with local people  can stay with a local family, usually a teacher or a student’s family. In this case, volunteers will eat with the family or they will cook themseves.

Volunteers travel to work by bicycle or on foot. Volunteers can choose to stay with the family to experience Vietnamese life as long as they wish then they can move in the campus to stay in their own rooms. There are no students or any families on campus, just the guards so it’s quiet but it’s busy outside the gate.

The GEL centre is housed in a modern building close to down town Lao Cai. Volunteers are provided with air- conditioned rooms in GEL too if the rooms are still available. Meals are provided and there are cooking and laundry facilities. GEL has bikes and motorbikes so volunteers can take turns to use for their travelling.

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