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Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
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Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students

GVI Laos continues to work with awesome local teachers to deliver quality English lessons to our students. Always striving to build strong local relationships and make the Teaching English projects in Luang Prabang sustainable for the long term, it seems our teachers are doing quite well on their own too!

Peng Khamkong, a teacher who has partnered with GVI now for about 2 years, most recently at Xayadeth College and Wat Na Luang temple, is currently awaiting his Bachelor Degree from the Teacher Training College (as reported in this blog post). However, in the interim Peng has received an award from his college as the best student in the class! The accolade comes with an award which was quickly laminated and displayed with pride alongside his GVI certificates for professional development, and the soon to be received Bachelor!

Good work Peng! You’re terrific :) Laos needs more teachers just like you!



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Can’t believe it’s July already – well, except that it’s really hot, humid and the river levels are creeping higher up the banks daily!

We’ve had a big, dynamic first half of 2012 with continued growth, success and always new changes on the Laos programs. The rest of the year looks set to have loads of exciting new things too:

• Field Staff departing after approximately 15 months in-country and new staff coming on-board with their ideas
• A Construction Project to commence mid-August
• Our Charitable Trust alms-giving Challenge will run from 20th – 24th August to raise much needed funds for the newly expanded aims of the Charitable Trust in Laos
• An expanding range of temple schools – we’re continuing on at Wat Pasaviet (a staple fave of past volunteers!), the novice primary school Wat Mano, our village temple Wat Na Xang, along with an exciting new partnership with a brand new novice school at Wat Pak Ou. Keep an eye on the blog for updates as we kick off the next academic year there in July.
• New partnerships with Lao teachers, along with extra training and professional development opportunities
• The new 6 month Internship on the Teaching Children program will kick off in the third quarter!
• A new combination volunteering option, partnering projects in Thailand and Laos along with some awesome side trips....Laos is looking at a cooking course and an off-the-beaten path waterfalls and villages trip. Keep an eye out for the start of that one late in 2012.

A BIG 6 months indeed! GVI Laos continues to be a success with volunteers, students and our Lao community partners, and we’re proud to say our achievements and developments keep mounting.

Watch the blog for exciting updates over the coming months to learn all about GVI Laos in 2012.

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The Laos academic year runs from August/September through to June.  Summer programs for English are frequently offered by many schools, whilst other students, including trainee teachers, happily graduate from their courses with diploma or bachelor in hand!  GVI works with the community to offer English tuition year-round and to support both students and teachers over the vacation period.  This year looks set to be a big summer!   

Endings came in the form of examination periods at several schools.  GVI had a significant role at several partner schools, including Xayadeth College (3 year diploma course), Wat Mano (temple primary school for novice monks) and Kok Gniew (primary village school).  GVI assisted over 300 students to take their assessments, writing and marking test papers and moderating the exams.  Year 5 students at Kok Gniew achieved excellent results considering their short time in an English program, achieving an average of 61% with a top score of 80%!  Well done to all the kids from kindergarten to year 5.      

GVI was honoured at Kok Gniew Primary School with a traditional blessing ceremony, known as a basi, accompanied by traditional Lao dancing performances, singing and a hosted lunch.  It was a wonderful day for volunteers, staff, students and Kok Gniew teachers alike.  Even the Village Headman dropped by to pass on his sincere thanks for GVI’s work, and welcome us back in the new academic year in September.

It was also graduation time!  Five of GVI’s Lao teaching partners celebrated their graduation with a Bachelor degree from the Teacher Training College.  Laden with gifts they had some serious celebrating to do before the task of finding permanent teaching roles either in Luang Prabang or in their home villages.

Finally, we commenced the summer period with the start up of short term English programs across three partner locations.  Volunteers will be kept very busy with the fun teaching program of new beginners!  GVI Laos wish our dozens of graduating students well, and aim to continue supporting the graduating teachers through further professional development opportunities, such as the all day session upcoming in July!

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An important objective of the projects in Laos is our ongoing partnership with the local community, particularly the education sector – schools, teachers, and students - with whom we work. We aim to provide local Lao English teachers with professional development opportunities to gain additional English skills and upskill with new teaching techniques and activities.  

In pursuit of this important project goal, our second training program for Lao teachers this month, is focusing on the effective use of text in English lessons, and were delighted with a strong turn-out of 12 teachers representing five of our partner schools. The two hour session was run out of school hours as an optional opportunity, so we were thrilled with the positive response of our enthusiastic participants. The session covered the selection of appropriate text, processes for both listening and reading-based lessons, activity suggestions, practice tasks, planning considerations, and rounded off with a pop quiz. Participants received a full complement of resources to support them in their post-training reflection. The training was conducted in English, the teachers’ second or even third language, and their commendable effort was recognised with certificates of accomplishment.    

Participants were asked to complete a Training Feedback Survey in order to assess the value and effectiveness of the training. 100% of participants liked the techniques/tips and most rated the training between 8 and 10/10.  Everyone stated they wish to do more training , and interestingly, all teachers found the training too short, and in response an all-day training is planned in the coming months to reach out further to our teaching partners, keen on improving their classroom skills, techniques and teaching methods. 

As a nation highly reliant on foreign aid, and with an education system struggling to modernise, burdened by inadequate funding and resources, our involvement offers opportunities for English tuition with native and fluent English speakers with a wide cross-section of students, thus enhancing their long term employment prospects in a country increasingly moving towards tourism and export as major economic drivers. Teachers receive low pay and have little or no access to professional development, hindered by both financial factors and a general lack of opportunity. We are pleased to offer this free service to the community, and are overwhelmed by the positive response of the participants, with comments such as “This course is brilliant” and “I am very proud to join”.  

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The school has an enrollment of 120 children and is situated on a hill overlooking the mountains. It is in the village of Kok Gniew, the Pineapple Village as this fruit is the crop that is principally grown here. GVI staff and volunteers travel 45 minutes by tuktuk one morning a week, to deliver English lessons from Kindergarten to Year 5. Reaching every student in the school. These children previously have had no access to English lessons. 

Greetings of Saibaidee, the children so proud of themselves for knowing the letters of the English alphabet, are some of the delights of working at this school. It is an amazing experience to offer these children the opportunity of learning English. 

The initial assessment of the students’ level of English acquisition is that all grades have started at the same entry point - Early beginner level.  It is intended that our main teaching focus will be on developing the skill of reading. To become a confident and competent reader of English. Which is a life long valuable skill that will stand to these children. 

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Exeter, Devin United Kingdom

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