Tuy Hoa Travel Blog› entry 19 of 26 › view all entries
I love teaching these guys. Some are really beautiful. Some are really funny. Some are exceptionally smart and hard working. All of them are appreciative and respectful. I'm gonna miss them like crazy. Next month there's only 3 vollies, but in November there will be 5 and in December there will be 7! So I'm sure they'll be getting alot of love. Viet also mentioned getting the program to focus more on street kids and less on kindergarten, high school , or VTC. Everyone in Tuy Hoa could use the english lessons,but we can't be available to everyone. We need to prioritize and no-one needs us more than the street kids.
The street children get a meal Mon - Wed. the three nights a week that we teach. If we didn't give them the meals alot of them would need to go "home" to eat, which can be quite a distance away from town so it would be too late for them to come back to class.
Before we were here, they got classes in vietnamese and math 3 nights a week by Vietnamese employees of the govt. Our addition is English lessons, uniforms, sandals, text books, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, toothbrushes, vitamins and a meal 3 nights a week. It's good to remember that even if we did nothing at all, just being here is already a benefit for them. They can giggle when they see the strange foreigners with their beautiful pale skin and their pointy noses. They can smile when they get their pictures taken. They can get an encouraging hug or pat on the shoulder, one more than they would have gotten otherwise. You may not think it means much. But here it means the world to these children.