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IIP-Nghia Tan Primary School
Hanoi, Vietnam; Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (Outgoing Program)
|Restrictions:||Princeton applicants only|
|Dept Offering Program:||International Internship Program (IIP)||Program Type:||Internship|
|Language Prerequisite:||No||Program Features:||Community Service, Field Work, Intensive Language, Lab Based Work, Research|
|Degree Level:||1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students||Time Away:||Summer|
|Housing options:||Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization||Program Group:||International Internship Program|
Nghia Tan Primary School
About: This IIP internship is offered in partnership with UBELONG. UBELONG is an international organization devoted to bringing people together across borders to take action for positive change. 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 sent its volunteers to help there.
Intern Responsibilities: Teaching English- Hanoi has one of the largest wage gaps in the country, which is mostly explained by differences in education between the rich and poor. In the last 20 years, the city has made significant improvements in expanding access to elementary and middle school education, but the playing field remains uneven. Many poor children drop out at an early age because their parents cannot afford school fees or need them to work and contribute to the family finances. Additionally, lack of skills among young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds excludes them from the benefits of economic growth. The job market in Hanoi is very competitive, and they must take low-paying unskilled work with little job security. This placement allows IIP interns to teach English to disadvantaged children (ages 5 to 12), as language skills are very valuable in Vietnam. IIP interns live in Hanoi and work in community centers and schools throughout the city. They will teach basic-to-advanced-level English for four to six hours a day, which includes time in the classroom and preparation time out of the classroom. IIP interns partake in all of the daily school activities, including lesson planning and classroom instruction. They will typically be paired with a local teacher, but in certain resource-poor schools, IIP interns may teach alone or with other IIP interns and prepare their lesson plans every day.
Qualifications: IIP candidates should have the creativity and initiative to lead classes with limited resources.
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