Vietnam

Touring Saigon’s China Town

Statia Elliot on Leave for Change - August 7th, 2017 12:04 AM

Lucky me! I was the practice tourist for students from the tour guiding program. Motor bike to Cholon, Saigon China Town, banh beo for breakfast then the flower market, fabric market, Tien Hau Temple (goddess of the sea), palm salad and more for lunch. So fun! And helps me to better understand the curriculum to have seen it in action. Tomorrow I present my findings to faculty and staff.


All in a day!

Statia Elliot on Leave for Change - August 3rd, 2017 1:30 AM

Beyond their hospitality classes, the College students here also learn English, exercise every day to music, oh… and juggle!


Week 1 Work & Play

Statia Elliot on Leave for Change - July 28th, 2017 5:50 PM

It really is an interesting experience to review a tourism program while being a tourist! The College has programs in culinary arts, hotel management, and tour guiding. My review is based on the Vietnamese Tourism Occupational Standards, aligning the current tourism curriculum against the standards, but influenced by own travel experiences I must admit. So, here I am pictured with students, and also with performers at the Saigon Opera House show Teh Dar, depicting Vietnamese tribal life, amazing!


Leave for Change Training Session

Statia Elliot on Leave for Change - May 19th, 2017 4:43 PM

Our University of Guelph group of volunteers are now trained and ready for our adventures. Malawi, Nepal, Bolivia, Peru, and me… Vietnam!IMG_4339


First Weekend in Rach Gia

Mario Deschamps's blog - December 6th, 2015 5:16 AM

My Driver Dung

Dung's family. Niece, sister, niece, and son.

Bridge leading across the river adjacent his home.

My driver insisted that I visit his stomping grounds and therefore took me out to his childhood village.

A little street food

Mario Deschamps's blog - December 6th, 2015 5:05 AM

Enjoying a little dinner with my Driver Dung and long term volunteer John.

English Program Teacher Workshop

Mario Deschamps's blog - December 6th, 2015 5:02 AM

I was asked to participate in a two hour English class Workshop with the English Teachers.

 

 

Second Weekend

Mario Deschamps's blog - December 6th, 2015 2:57 AM

After a solid day of presentations with the group from the Hotel and Tourism Management and the Leadership group in the afternoon, I played some volleyball with staff members and then headed off for a great dinner with the teachers and Dean from the Hotel and Tourism Management. I later enjoyed a little karaoke with some staff and friends. Saturday brought a relaxing day and a great dinner and motor bike ride along the beach before enjoying some frozen yogurt. A well deserved sleep started off my Sunday. Did some work and tried to work out this blog system on my phone. Had a little swim and caught up on some emails. Will be having dinner with my driver and his family this evening as this is the only available night before I leave this Friday. Know for inserting photos.

Newly added program information to syllabus for Hotel and Tourism Management

Mario Deschamps's blog - December 6th, 2015 2:47 AM

New syllabus workshop on safety and security at hotels and resorts for hotel and tourism delivered to all the teachers today. New ideas and exercises to also be implemented for students in th classroom. Well received and engaging. Will post interaction video o photos later today.

The week continues with a few activities

Mario Deschamps's blog - December 6th, 2015 2:45 AM

Yet another great day with the students at College. Last night, they invited m to their ESL opening ceremony where there was some singing, dancing, English speaking, and a entire fun evening. These two students dance a beautiful to a beautiful song and made it th highlight of the evening. Before leaving, I also took part in son singing in thanks to my welcome. Also today, I received a beautiful t-shirt from a class for helping them learn some extra English. My t-shirt had a class photo of the entire class on its front. What a memorable gift. Thanks to everyone. I will wear it at he next class and will post it.

The Leadership at the college

Mario Deschamps's blog - December 6th, 2015 2:43 AM

My first day and introductory meeting with Leadership at Kien Giang Technology and Economics College (KGTEC) in Rach Gia. I was also invited to attend an English class with Teacher Tho and Long term Volunteer John.

first weekend

Mario Deschamps's blog - December 6th, 2015 2:42 AM

My fist weekend led to a little touring o the town and a visit to Mr. Dang family in a nearby town. Oh, an I can't forget an evening out with our fellow teammate. Take note, Mr. Dang and his son are supporting UofG. An everlasting partnership through WUSC.

Class time with English students

Mario Deschamps's blog - December 6th, 2015 2:41 AM

Just to add a little classroom time aside from my assigned mandate.

First arrival

Mario Deschamps's blog - December 6th, 2015 2:39 AM

Can't go without saying that I had a great visit with Kim Chi in Ho Chi Minh at the start of my mandate. She arrange a city tour with local students where they got to practice their English. Two great students. They even gave me an opportunity to take a few photos. Also thanks to Trevor (another volunteer) for the great afternoon.

celebration

Mario Deschamps's blog - December 6th, 2015 2:32 AM

What a great week at Kien Giang College in Rach Cia. I've been treated so well and have been working with the group in setting up their syllabus in preparation to expanded their Tourism program. After work this evening, I had th privilege of celebrating Mr. Dung's (driver and head of site security) birthday with his family. They have invited me into their home and lives. Awesome family.

First Day on site.

Mario Deschamps's blog - November 29th, 2015 9:49 AM

My first day and introductory meeting with Leadership at Kien Giang Technology and Economics College (KGTEC) in Rach Gia. I was also invited to attend an English class with Teacher Tho and Long term Volunteer John.

Off to a great start

Mario Deschamps's blog - November 29th, 2015 9:39 AM

After a flight from Toronto to Hong and then to Ho Chi Minh city, I finally with some sleep. The plane ride wa great and I was able to get a half decent sleep believe it or not. After getting through customs and security, I exited the airport to find my taxi driver. He turned around and made me wait as we were also picking two other volunteers from Canada. Trevor and Kelly soon arrived and we were off to the airport. We had time to relax for a bit before meeting up with Kim Chi for the start of my mandate. We had dinner and then we planned for our initial mandate training. She arrange a city tour with local students where they got to practice their English. Two great students. They even gave me an opportunity to take a few photos. Also thanks to Trevor (another volunteer) for the great afternoon.