To many students, summer is the time for their relaxation after a year of intense study. This year, 190 students from 05 junior-high schools in Nha Be district have spent memorable summer days as they experienced interesting subjects taught by 39 volunteers coming from Saigon South International School; Lawrence S. Ting School and from abroad.
2019 Saigon South English Camp was organized in 10 days, from 21st to 30th, June 2010, providing an interesting environment for students to improve their English communication skills and spreading the spirit of community sharing. This is the 5th Camp held by Lawrence S. Ting Foundation in partnership with Saigon South International School. This year, the Camp welcomed 190 poor students from 05 junior-high schools in Nha Be district (including Hai Ba Trung, Nguyen Thi Huong, Hiep Phuoc, Nguyen Van Quy and Le Thanh Cong junior-high schools) and 39 volunteers from Saigon South International School; Lawrence S. Ting School, and from abroad.
During the 10-day Camp, 6 subjects of English, Hello World, Science/Activities, Art, Music and Physical Education were designed lively and communicated completely in English to the students by volunteers. In addition, all students’ daily activities were also subjected to the Camp’s English-only rules. Through learning, playing, communicating directly to volunteers from schools with a good English training background, international schools and foreigner volunteers, students are trained and will improve their English speaking and communication skills.
The selecting criteria for English Camp’s volunteers are English proficiency, teamwork ability, and especially a sense of community service. After applying, volunteers have to go through rounds of interview, selection, and depending on their strengths, they will be assigned to be in charge of specific subjects. Furthermore, before the Camp opening, volunteers will test students’ English speaking and listening skills so they can divide them into classes of their English level.
"What I like most is Volunteers are the main people in charge of organizing, managing and running Saigon South English Camp. Lawrence S. Ting Foundation supports us in logistic and advisory work. We developed our own plan; prepared our answers and worked together to implement them. That makes us more aware of our responsibilities, as well as improving our teamwork skills." Tong Le Han – Volunteer from Saigon South International School (SSIS) said.
I learned a lot from other volunteer friends about the spirit in serving the community and from student campers about their determination to overcome difficulties; and I also understand my teachers’ hardship after being “one” in the Camp.