English School of Mui Ne

Student Stories

Mai Uyen, 15 years old

How many members are there in your family?
There are two members in my family, I and my mother.

What does your mother do for a living?
My mother works as a cook at a restaurant in Ham tien.

How many years have you been a student at ES?
I have been at ES for four years.

What have you learnt at ES?
I have learnt a lot of things at ES, English, social knowledge, the importance of friendship and confidence.

How will you use your English skills in the future?
I will use English at my job and I will use it to communicate with foreigners and to introduce them to my country.

What are your plans for the future?
I want to continue to study and if I get the opportunity I would like to study abroad in order to learn about the world.

What are your dreams?
I want to build a lot of resorts around the World, I am very interested in tourism, English will be very important for my future job.

When you grow old, what will you remember the most about ES?
Most of all I will remember my friends and my teachers and how they taught me about friendship. If I get the chance I will come back to Mui Ne to help ES develop.

Nhi Huyen, 15 years old

How many members are there in your family?
There are four members in my family, my mother, younger sister, younger brother and me.

What does your mother do for a living?
She is 50 years old and she is working at a small company.

How many years have you been a student at ES?
I have studied at ES for two years.

What have you learnt at ES?
I have learnt a lot of English, computer and the principle of helping my friends and how to share my emotions.

How will you use your English skills in the future?
I will use my English skills to find a good job; English is a very interesting language.

What are your plans for the future?
I will study hard in order to pass my examination so that I can study in Phan Tiet.

What are your dreams?
My dream for the future is to become a teacher because I want to help the children of Mui Ne.

When you grow old, what will you remember the most about ES?
I will remember all of my teachers, Ms. Vy, Ms. Thinh and all of my friends!

Phung, 17 years old

How many members are there in your family?
In my family we are eight people. My parents, my older brothers and sisters and me, I am the youngest.

What does your parents do for a living?
My father cannot work anymore so my sisters take care of me and all the members of my family.

How many years have you been a student at ES?
1,5 years at ES.

What have you learnt at ES?
I have learnt English, how to use the computer, social knowledge and also literature.

How will you use your English skills in the future?
I will use my English skills in order to communicate with people from outside of Vietnam and I will use my English in my part-time job.

What are your plans for the future?
I will begin high school in Phan Tiet in June.

What are your dreams?
I want to be a doctor.

When you grow old, what will you remember the most about ES?
I had a nice time at ES with my friends and my teachers and I learnt a lot which makes me very happy!

Hau, 18 years old

How many members are there in your family?
There are six members of my family, my parents, three sisters and me.

What do your parents do for a living?
My father is a fisherman and my mother does not have a fulltime job so she helps out here and there.

How many years have you been a student at ES?
This is my third year at ES and I really like it!

What have you learnt at ES?
Oh you know, I have learnt many things at ES! English, computer, history, geography and how the be a good person, the most important being how to help my friends and how to be a good person.

How will you use your English skills in the future?
In the future I will use my English to find a job while I am at university. I will also use it to apply for scholarships. There are many scholarships to apply for in Vietnam!

What are your plans for the future?
My plan is to study at university in the future, especially in Ho Chi Minh City!

What are your dreams?
My dream is to become a computer-programmer, if I have the chance I would like to work outside Vietnam to open my mind.

When you grow old, what will you remember the most about ES?
It is very hard to say but all the time I have been at ES has been the best time for me! Our picnics, our dancing & singing contests like ES-Idol have been very meaningful!

Suong, 15 years old

How many members are there in your family?
There are seven people in my family, three brothers, one sister, my parents and me.

What do your parents do for a living?
Father is working as a fisher man but it is not a stable job. And mother works in a small local fish factory

How many years have you been a student at ES?
I have been at ES for 1,5 years.

What have you learnt at ES?
All the teachers of ES have thought me a lot of good things such as English, computer, how to become a good person and so on. I am most proud of my English.

How will you use your English skills in the future?
In the future I will use my English skill to find a job and to apply for scholarships.

What are your plans for the future?
In the future I hope that I can study at the university, I hope that I can study in another country outside Vietnam.

What are your dreams?
I hope that I become a rich woman so that I can help my family and to help poor people!

When you grow old, what will you remember the most about ES?
I will remember my friends, teachers and the festivals, especially the picnic since it was my first picnic ever!

Toan, 17 years old

How many members are there in your family?
There are five members in my family, my parents, younger sister, grandmother and me.

What do your parents do for a living?
My mother is a housewife and my father works as a fisherman, sometimes he works very long days.

How many years have you been a student at ES?
Three years at ES.

What have you learnt at ES?
I have learnt English and how to speak and sing in front of people! It has helped my confidence.

How will you use your English skills in the future?
I will use it to find a good job; If you know English you will get many opportunities.

What are your plans for the future?
I will study at Ho Chi Minh City University next year. I want to be a good leader.

What are your dreams?
I want be a good leader to help the community

When you grow old, what will you remember the most about ES?
I remember a Sunday when a lot of students gathered at ES to donate books and after that we all sang together!

Dao, Tan Linh and Vi

For many of our students ES provides a unique opportunity to get out of poverty and is a chance to make their dreams come true. We are so happy to see our students start their careers or go on to higher education.

Dao and Tan Linh

Dao and Tan Linh are two seventeen year old boys in class 1E. Before ES, Dao and Tan Linh were forced to quit public school and work to help support their families.

For young boys in Mui Ne the job-market can be very tough, many work as brick layers doing construction, or get up early in the morning and help their fathers on the fishing boats. This income is insecure and the labour is very strenuous on the body.

At ES Dao and Tan Linh receive English and computer lessons and take part in hospitality class specially suited for students who aim to work in the tourism sector. The boys are also able to attend Vietnamese lessons through ES so that they can go on to receive a secondary school degree. They are both very good students and their English skills developed quickly.

Through contacts made by the school Dao and Tan Linh recently got the chance to start working at Sailing Club, one of the high profile resorts. At Sailing Club they are appreciated by the other members of the staff for their good pronunciation skills and their positive attitude. The resort is a great working environment for them with a caring management and lots of opportunities for them to grow in the future. The school keeps in regular contact with the management to see that the boys can continue their classes at ES to further develop their English and keep going with their Vietnamese education.

Vi

Vi was the first ES-student to get the opportunity to work at a resort. Before he started working Vi attended public school and was a very good student. However, he had to quit in order to work to support his younger sister’s education. At the time, the only available jobs were in Ho Chi Minh City, and Vi would have to live 250 km away from his family.

ES was able to help him to get a job at nearby Sunshine Beach instead, where he now has been working for a little more than a year. At Sunshine he works as a waiter in the beach side restaurant, where he is able to practice his English. He has received very good feedback form his employer.