Welfare & Training
Over time, KOTO has established strategic, reciprocal partnerships that help uphold the work we do. Macquarie University, one of Australia’s leading universities, has an enduring partnership with KOTO: the PACE Volunteer Programme.
Every six months a new set of volunteers visits KOTO in Vietnam. In July 2015, eight volunteers from the university traveled to KOTO in Hanoi to do volunteer work across various departments. Below, are some short stories of their experience at KOTO.
Vanessa and Dharshini
Vanessa and Dharshini worked in the Welfare and Training departments. They both taught life skills classes, developed guidelines for a trainee committee and collected statistical data for use in the support of monitoring and evaluating the mental health of the trainees.
Rosa-Clare and Corey
Rosa-Clare and Corey supported the KOTO Marketing departments in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
They teamed up to develop new marketing collateral, and t-shirt designs for the KOTO 2015 Dream Trip. Rosa-Clare and Corey also generated engaging marketing materials to help push both the Enterprise and Foundation aspects of the KOTO social enterprise.
Sharon and Charlotte
Sharon and Charlotte used their skills to provide English instruction for the KOTO Training Department, to further advance the trainees conversational skills, in preparing them for the future job market.
As native speakers of English, the ability to hold conversational lessons is a benefit to trainees, who would otherwise not be able to have as much practice. This was applied through full classes, and intense, one on one trainee tutoring.
Shibhon and Thorunn
Shibhon and Thorunn worked with the People and Performance department.
The team worked tirelessly to ensure the smooth running of the 2015 KOTO Dream Trip, on both administrative and logistic preparations for the trip.
Both also worked on improving the KOTO Future Leaders Programme, giving the group of twelve trainees in the programme the opportunity to pursue their aspirations.
The help provided by Macquarie University PACE Volunteer Programme is greatly appreciated, and such enthusiasm will always have it's place in the KOTO community!