We are Ben and Desirée from The Netherlands. Ben is 62 and social worker. Desirée is 53 and a French teacher (+Dutch teacher for foreigners). Apart from our profession jobs, we always did a lot of voluntary work in the social educational area in our home country The Netherlands.
Our hobbies are: being at the sea, travelling different cultures, languages, teaching, reading, writing, singing etc.
At a certain moment we took the decision to stop with our jobs in the Netherlands because we wanted to realize our dream: working as volunteers in a developing country!
In our preparation we spent 3 months in West Africa (Nigeria/ Ghana); 2 months in South – East Asia (India/ Flores/ Indonesia) and 1 month in Central America (Nicaragua). This with the aim of acquiring experience with the tropics is to visit projects and to be “immerses”. In a nutshell: see, be moved and get into motion.
After our preparation we have worked and lived for almost 7 years in the English speaking country Ghana (5 years in the North and 2 years in the South – West). We were involved in many projects: street girls (education – internship – building a training center and realizing the own wooden shop by micro finance for these needy sewing, weaving and hairdressing girls): teaching at private and governmental schools; teaching needy children in the community; organizing workshops; giving supervision; being contact people for young Dutch and Belgian volunteers; youth and women development in rural area etc.
After 7 unforgettable Ghana – years, we felt that it was time for a change and we decided t do volunteering work by work away (worldwide).
Our first work away experience was here in Viet Nam in the Everest English center and it was a great experience! We worked here for 2 and a half month (beginning of October till mid December 2014).
We enjoyed the English teaching to the children as well as to the adults. The staff members are very kind and they pamper their volunteers a lot! They are all doing a great job by teaching English to their own people. The organization so far is still very young (2 years). So you as an international teacher volunteer can help them perhaps also by giving advice for the future in all areas (organization, management, promotion ect). And of course the staff members are always eager to improve their own English! Good luck!
To end two slogans proverbs:
◦ The elevator to success is out of order. You will have to use the stairs, one step at a time!
◦ You can not change the wind but you can adjust your sails to reach your destination!
We wish you all the best!
Warm greetings from Ben and Desirée!
November 25th 2014
To whom this may concern,