Vietnamese parents now can spend thousands of dollars to buy the tours abroad for their children or send them to foreign summer camps, which they believe can help the children improve foreign language skills and become more dynamic.
Bui Hong Chuyen in Dong Da district said that she would go to bank today to withdraw money and pay 32 million dong to book a trip abroad for her daughter. The destination would be a summer camp in Singapore in late June.
Chuyen said that the summer camp gathers the students aged 12-17. Joining the program, the girl would be able to experience a practice period at a state owned school in Singapore with two learning subjects of math and English. Besides, the girl would also attend the lessons which help improve the skills of working in team and have the sightseeing tours.
“I believe that after returning from the one week camp, her English would be better and she would behave boldly in speech,” Chuyen said, adding that she could see the considerable improvement in the English skills of a neighboring boy, who also attended a foreign camp last year.
Meanwhile, the sum of money Do Ngoc Tuan in Cau Giay district has to spend to send his son to a summer camp in the US is double. 66.6 million dong is the package fee for the attendance at the camp which lasts from July 15 to August 4.
“I have never been to the US, but I really want my son to go there, where he can learn something useful from a developed country,” Tuan said.
“The most important goal of the trip is the opportunity to practice English. Besides, he can also see with his eyes the way of working and thinking of the US people,” he continued.
Sending children abroad to practice English and become dynamic has been in fashion in Vietnam. High income earners would not regret thousands of dollars to spend on the trips which they believe are useful for the children.
Nearly all children in big cities now attend foreign language courses, because their parents believe that they need to be prepared soon for their future jobs. A lot of parents organize private tutoring classes for their children, run by American and British teachers. In general, such courses are much more costly than the courses with Vietnamese teachers.
Vietnamese parents now understand that it would be better to have native speakers as the teachers for their children. Especially, going abroad to practice English has become the choice of many well-off families.
Having realized the high demand for going abroad to attend summer activities plans, a lot of institutions have been set up which specialize in designing and organizing outbound tours for students.
In HCM City, the Hoan My Tourism Company has launched specific outbound tours for families (parents and children). The tours have been designed in the way that can entertain children and students. The small tourists would have the opportunity to visit the famous destinations in the US, where they can entertain themselves.
The HCM City Youth Union has announced the summer camps “Sky 2012” with the two destinations in Vietnam and Singapore, reserved for the students aged 14-25. The summer camps aim to help practice English and other social practice skills, which encourage children’s creativeness.
A trip to the summer camp in Phan Thiet, Vietnam would cost 2.9 million dong, while a trip to Singapore on July 27-August 1 would cost 750 dollars, or 15 million dong.
Children also have another choice of participating in the 27th Songdowon international children summer camp in Wonsan and Pyongyang, which costs 1980 Euro.
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