Ipshita has travelled to Vietnam for her bucket list on volunteering teaching English to kids abroad. She has travelled there on international summer internship that lasted for seven weeks, with six weeks of teaching.
While in search of opportunities for an internship as a part of her curriculum, Ipshita came across an opportunity with AIESEC.
Ipshita has worked with the ECHO (English Creates Hopes and Opportunities) Project in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam teaching English to young schoolchildren.
Ho Chi Minh City is a vibrant city where there are lots to explore. For the period of six weeks, Ipshita worked with a team of local employees. She would be found in the office during daytime and busy teaching English at classrooms in the evening.
Ipshita with her team conducted numerous workshops and Culture Days for both the children and the general public. Towards the end of her term, they organized a Science fair that the kids enjoyed immensely. It was sort of a field trip for them.
“I definitely feel that I’ve learned a lot from these children and hope to visit them all again someday.”
She describes the whole internship process to have worked out pretty easily.
The bucket lister gracefully qualified the selection process for the position. She had no pre-determined expectations in place because she knew things on this internship would be completely different.
‘’I was a beginner. Yes, there was a predominant language barrier. But once you get to know how to interact with children of that age group, it’s all the same, be it in any country.”
Ipshita’s internship to Vietnam has been a learning experience both ways, for her as well as her students. She made the most out of her time there exploring the city of Ho Chi Minh.
For aspiring youngsters waiting to take up a challenge, Ipshita has some words for you.
“There is no such thing as too young or too experienced. Just go for it. There is not much to lose but if things work out, there’s a lot to gain. What matters is taking that first step and eventually you will find yourself doing whatever you like.”
People often misinterpret bucket lists with something that would necessarily require sacrificing one’s life and career always for a passion. It is not so. Ipshita is a glaring example of the same. Her summer internship has given her the experience to remember of accomplishing her bucket list of volunteering with kids abroad.