March 2014 Monthly Achievement Report
For March 2014, GVI Laos celebrates the achievement of having 2 long term volunteers on our Internship Program. GVI Laos has received the benefit of these 2 committed volunteers simultaneously. Also celebratory, is the fact that one of our Interns is a returning volunteer.
As participants of the GVI leadership course, they have been kept busy with the everyday work of teaching English, and have also completed specialised training in the area of leadership, attended meetings and debriefs with their staff mentor and completed a wide range of tasks and assessments to build their skills in team leading.
In the past three busy months of their Internship, they have been introduced to the theoretical concepts of leadership, gained knowledge about the processes, responsibilities and difficulties of leading a team. However, one of the most valuable marks of the GVI Internship programme is its practical approach and the many possibilities it offers its participants to employ their newly acquired leadership skills.
A highlight of the Interns’ past three months was the village trip they each organised. Not only was it an occasion for them to demonstrate their organisational skills by establishing contact with a Lao teacher in a village outside Luang Prabang, arranging the transportation, a visit of the village and an English lesson at the local school, but it was also an opportunity to prove themselves competent team-leaders. As such, their preparatory tasks for the day comprised writing a comprehensive risk assessment, delegating the tasks to their team members and leading team meetings.
Both the preliminary tasks as well as managing the field trip itself offered invaluable opportunities to develop and expand communicational, organisational and leading skills, all on top of spending a memorable day with a their fellow volunteers in an astounding Lao village.
Read more about the Laos Internship Program on: http://www.gvi.co.uk/programs/teaching-internship-laos
Written by Esthi Waldemeir, GVI Intern and Tricia Feeney, GVI Laos Project Manager.
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