School Brightening Up
Description: The workcamp named “School brightening up” is projected to take place at Lao Cai boarding school in Muong Khuong town, Lao Cai province. This workcamp is organized by VPV, in cooperation with the Center for Global Education Link (GEL).
Lao Cai boarding school was founded in 2009 in Muong Khuong town to provide educational environment and shelter for children in Lao Cai province to come to learn and stay. Currently, there are nearly 500 students attending this school, grouping in 14 classes from grade 6th to grade 12th. The students are from all 14 ethnic groups. The students speak their own languages at home; at school, they are taught and speak Vietnamese. They are taught English as well but due to the lack of practice and interaction with foreigners, their English is still poor.
Type of Work: The title of the workcamp, “school brightening up”, literally refers to the idea that we would carry out some activities to make the school look nicer and brighter such as painting wall murals, redecorating the playgrounds, planting flowers,… In a broader sense, it relates to our bigger goal: through these activities, we expect to create a nice, cozy and friendly atmosphere at this school, which would encourage the students to stay at school and enjoy studying. The main activities include: • Cleaning the playground • Planting flowers and small trees on the playground • Decorating the playground with flower pots and recyled materials • Painting wall murals • Creating English learning corners • Exchanging cultures with local students and people • Other related activities
Accommodation: Volunteers will stay at the school dormitory with basic living conditions. Volunteers should prepare for basic bathroom and toilet facilities. There will be bunk beds and mosquito nets. Volunteers should bring a sleeping bag. Electricity, internet, clean water is available but limited. There is no water heater, no air-conditioner, and no washing machine. Volunteers can eat at the school canteen or eat out at some restaurants nearby (1 or 2 km from the school). Food will mostly be locally sourced and cooked. Those who have special diet should inform VPV beforehand.
Approximate Location: Muong Khuong commune, Lao Cai province