Volunteer Teaching in Vietnam - Confidence Gained on this Gap Year

When I first arrived in Vietnam I was a very quiet, shy person. I was nervous about not having any experience teaching and not being confident speaking in front of people, but in the first week we had a course of things we could expect and were able to explore. I felt much more at ease after that.

Maddy on her gap year in Vietnam

I was not only able to learn about another country and culture, I also learnt a lot about my country and the English language, which is very complex but so interesting.

In my final few months I was able to teach classes by myself, which had shown how much I had grown in a short amount of time. I was also able to help write lesson plans. These have both helped with everyday life, to have the courage to talk in front of people and to be able to make a relevant plan and follow it. These are some of the priceless things that I brought back with me.

I'm so grateful for the experiences I had in Vietnam. I was able to grow as a person and also learn a lot about myself, I made many friends, memories and gained confidence. It was an experience of a lifetime that I was lucky enough to be a part of.

Teaching in Vietnam on my gap year

- Maddy Jurd, Teacher, Vietnam - 2014