Đoàn Thị Điểm
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Trang chủ Thursday, 24/08/2017 Email
TAKE 1-DAY JOURNEY
Writen by the teacher Nguyen Ngoc Loan. Translated by Dang Hai

Doan Thi Diem Primary School is a trustable destination for parents not only for its educational quality but also because of its outstanding international education and exchange programs organized every year. As one of the teachers who have been involved in most of the students' trips abroad, I understand very well that each trip is a valuable experience for both teachers and students.

 

First experience: Integration
After the study tour of students and teachers to Singapore and Japan in 2001, our 3-week trip to Australia (2005) marked the return of international exchanges. It was the first time the teachers and students of Doan Thi Diem School traveled so long and so far.

 

Before the trip, everything was prepared very carefully: from instructing the students on how to communicate with the teachers, friends as well as the hosts in countries where the students would stay in the home stay program ... to preparing food, brochures about Vietnam, and introduction materials about our school where we have are learning and teaching…

 


After a flight lasting more than 8 hours, early next morning we reached Melbourne airport in the warm welcome of Ms. Frances and many teachers from the Footscray school. So, from that day, our students and teachers were going to have more than two weeks to experience, learn and interact with the Australian friends. After visiting the school, our children were picked up by some local families. Every day during the exchange period, our children participated in class lessons as true members of the school. Besides having chances to apply the English language knowledge learnt from school in communication and learning, our students were very proud to introduce to local teachers and friends about the country of Vietnam.

 

After more than two weeks, thanks to the good care of teachers and friends in the Footscray school and local families, our children had become more confident, discovered many new things and felt really comfortable to participate in the program activities. Some of our students prepared Vietnamese food for the members of the host family, some helped local families with shopping, some played with and took care of the small children of host families, and some played music and sang Vietnamese and English songs with host family members after dinner…

 

The proactive, confident and fast integration into the new environment of our children had left a good impression in the hearts of local teachers, parents and students.

 

Second experience: Making friends
While the trip to Australia has left many memories of integration, the first trip to Korea has brought us a lot of friends, so for now summer camp exchanges among students of four Asian countries Japan - Korea - Vietnam - Nepal have become an annual school activity. Nearly 100 students and teachers from four countries with four different cultures and languages ​​stayed together in harmony during a two-week period. Games and team activities had connected us. During free time between team activities, we visited each other’s rooms to teach one another Korean traditional dances, Doraemon songs in Japanese, how to say hello in Nepalese or how to play a Vietnamese traditional game...
And many, many activities going on throughout the camping time had bonded us. Though coming from different countries and speaking different languages, everyone was so happy with the great”achievement”:  Friendship.  On the closing day, we exchanged email addresses, phone numbers, addresses, and did not forget to take a lot of pictures. We shared smiles and also farewell tears.

 

Third experience: cultural and gastronomic exchange
Cultural and gastronomic exchange is one of the most important activities in each trip. The activity of introducing typical cultural products of each country through activities such as painting, cultural performances and cuisine fairs have brought students the knowledge and appreciation of the cultural quintessence of each country, and thus our students have come to love, respect and become more closed to one another.

 

Coming to the land of kangaroos, our children got to know the culture of the Australian aborigines and tasted western dishes. In Japan and South Korea, our children had a chance to try Korean Ghimbap, the Japanese Shushi, Nepal chicken Cari. And of course, every one enjoyed Vietnamese Nem (spring rolls).

 

Fourth experience: Sightseeing and Learning

 

Unlike cultural exchanges, the annual summer trips to Singapore bear different meanings. In Singapore, our children experienced sightseeing-cum-learning activities. In the morning, they learned English with native speakers. Afternoon tours combined sightseeing and learning at Singapore's famous sights such as Singapore Science Centre, Discovery Centre, National Library, Jurong Bird Park, Sentosa Island and Universal Studio... In each place, our children did not just watch scenes as tourists but also collected relevant information to complete their small workbook as part of the program. This workbook is the “fruit” produced by each student after the trip.

 

Not only discovering and exploring places, the children also enjoyed the diversified and abundant cuisine of Singapore. As a country that has many ethnic groups such as Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Western, each meal here gave the children pleasure and different tastes.

 

Most special in the trip to Singapore was the week of exchanging and learning in Hougang Primary School. There, the children lived and studied like true Singaporean students. The children participated in lessons, recesses and queue to buy food in the school canteen - which they have not yet had the opportunity to experience in Vietnam. More importantly, it will be a valuable experience as they study abroad in the future.

 

Becoming mature after each trip
There will be much more memories and experiences because our school will continue to organize such meaningful trips. After each trip, our students and teachers found ourselves “grown up", as a parent put it: "The trip was a great opportunity for kids to improve self-confidence, independence as well as adaptation to communal life.  The international learning exchanges themselves are the lovely gift that parents and teachers offer to their lovely children on their journey of growing up.”
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