University: Columbia University
PhD Candidate for Applied Linguistics
With the notion that teachers touch eternity through their students and having had the privilege to engage with so many kinds of learners over the years, I feel extending my teaching practice to a classroom in Vietnam will be a rewarding and memorable experience for both myself and those I teach. Ultimately, it is the communicative and interactive exchange with my students that would be invaluable to me as an educator and will help me to promote a sense of cultural understanding and empathy to both students and faculty when I return to my classroom in the States. Teaching literacy in Vietnam would support my personal goal of promoting cultural and ideological understanding within my community.
Nguyen Thi Hiếu Xuân
University: Tay Nguyen University
Major: Pedagogy of English
After participating in in this program, I would share all my experiences to my friends and the society as largely as possible. Doing that I would take a role as helping the people not taking part in this program to get the total view of it. I also want to apply the knowledge that I get from the training to contribute to volunteer activities in our area. There is no meaning to keep what I know just for myself. Moreover, through this interesting experience, I am sure that I would be more mature and knowledgeable, so that I can become a good teacher as well as have a strong base to take any role in society in the future.
Kha Thi My Trang
Major: English Teacher Education
It’s hard to explain but I had a love for teaching when I was just a little girl in elementary school. However, it was not until I met my form teacher in grade 7 did I realize I wanted to serve the community as an educator in the future. Back then, I was really inspired by the dedication and energy she put into every lesson and thus, decided to be such an inspirational teacher. Being born in a small town where children don’t have many good learning opportunities, especially English, I have a strong sense of responsibility and commitment to educational equality; that is to give educational support to underprivileged children. I’m so grateful that I’ve got the priceless chance to do that in the very first program of Vietnam Education Project. I cannot wait to meet up with the adorable children in Quynh Thanh, the excellent teachers and the dynamic fellow. Hopefully, by working together, we will be able to bring more smiles to the children’s faces and make positive changes to their lives. I’m also looking forward to gaining valuable teaching experience and being exposed to a cross-cultural environment. This summer with VNEP is going to be one of the most incredible and unforgettable ones in my life.