The Learning Never Stops
By Julian Wong
Every year, Barré’s volunteers take at least three trips up to Kontum, Vietnam to spend valuable time teaching and getting to know the Vietnamese friends we work with.
Barré constantly looks forward to these opportunities as they allow volunteers, both new and seasoned ones alike, first hand experience with what happens on the ground. Real life interaction of this sort is invaluable in many ways. At the same time, the work of Barre does not stop between the times that these mission trips take place.
In our coming e-newsletters, we want to spend a little more time with the individuals behind the Education team, who craft and execute the weekly English lessons. These lessons take place throughout the year over Skype, which is not ideal, but effective nonetheless. After all, these are the lessons that help our student-teachers to improve their English, all while concurrently learning new tools and knowledge to pass on to everyone else in Kontum.
To create a more in-depth perspective of what the Education team actually does, we will cover topics from how to take the first steps towards teaching English to those who don’t speak it to the hilarious misunderstandings that happen over sketchy internet connections.
Communication without words: How does it happen?
Barre’s teachers and missioners can truly attest to the finding that only 7% of communication is expressed through words, that most of it is in fact expressed through body language and tone of voice.
During our visits in Kontum, we interact not only with our students (who are capable of communicating in English, even if often haltingly) but also with the other members of the local community whose grasp of the language is even weaker. With the latter, simple gestures go a long way. A smile, a pat on the shoulder, simple acts of service, hand gestures—all of these communicate openness and offer friendship.
- 1.Spotlight Feature: Rachel Nadia
- 2.Spotlight Feature: Damien
- 3.Spotlight Feature: Trini
- 4.Spotlight Feature: Juliana
- 5.Spotlight Feature: Simon
- 6.Spotlight Feature: Stephanie
- 7.Spotlight Feature: Dionne
- 8.Spotlight Feature: Nathaniel
- 9.Spotlight Feature: Fionna
- 10.In the Spotlight: Our Education Team, Part 1
- 11.In the Spotlight: Our Education Team, Part 2