Can Tho University, Can Tho, Vietnam
Education: Stetson University, B.A., Global Development Studies
Reason for Joining VIA: I joined VIA to spend a year delving into full-time service to others, doing something I love to do: sharing my passion for the English language. As I want to pursue a career in international affairs, I wanted to get started by immersing myself in a new culture and learning a new language!
Previous Experience: Taught English to immigrant farmworkers, tutored at Stetson's Writing Center
Goals For The Year: I'm looking forward to experiencing a different way of life: new sights, new people, and new food! I'm also excited to build relationships with my students and hear their stories.
Education: UCLA, B.A., International Relations
Reason for Joining VIA: When I read VIA's mission statement and learned about what their volunteers do abroad, I felt a strong desire to participate. I was looking for an established program where I can put my college degree towards helping others. VIA was also extremely attractive to me because of the variety of tracks I can pursue in researching or participating in.
Future Career Goals: My professional career goal is to become a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. government working in the Public Diplomacy track
The volunteers teach at the Center for Foreign Languages (CFL). The students are young professionals throughout the Mekong Delta identified as future leaders in their fields. Their goal is to improve their English and academic skills in preparation for pursuing graduate studies abroad supported by scholarships. Classes may include English pronunciation, presentation skills, current events, essay writing, or cross-cultural communication.
Established in 1966, Can Tho University is the top university in the Mekong region serving students from 13 provinces of the Delta.
Can Tho is the largest city in the Delta and the fifth largest city in Vietnam. It is modern and bustling but offers many cultural experiences unique to the Delta due to its central location. Can Tho is poised to become one of the most rapidly developing cities in Vietnam.