Leaders For Life & Youth Cultural Exchange
Leaders For Life is a leadership program providing the resources necessary to empower students from around the world to play an active role in supporting positive change in Vietnam. Students enhance their role as global citizens by relating and working personally with Vietnamese students for a sustainable educational cause.
The Leaders for Life program consists of:
- Fundraising Support – Tools and resources to help students effectively raise funds in their schools and broader local communities
- Raising Awareness – Information to help young leaders raise community awareness about educational issues in Vietnam, whilst advocating for positive change
- Youth Cultural Exchange – A one-day experience hosted by Lifestart Foundation in Vietnam. The program includes an opportunity for students to learn about philanthropy and social enterprise, meet the organisation’s core beneficiaries, and a chance to participate in traditional Vietnamese painting and lantern making classes. Longer, curriculum-based itineraries can also be arranged through Vietnamese Experience, a well-established company based in Hoi An that specialises in school group tours
Youth Cultural Exchange Sample Schedule
10:00 am – Information Video
10:45 am – Lantern Making Class. Each student will have the opportunity to make their own mini-lantern which they can take home as a souvenir or gift.
12:00 pm – Lunch at Streets International. Streets International a project with a big vision: replicable, scalable, and self-sustaining. “Good Food Helping Good Kids.” The trainees in the internationally credentialed training program receive classroom and practical experience in culinary arts, hospitality service and management, as well as life skills and “hospitality English.”
1:30 pm – Students take part in a Traditional Painting Class. Each student will make their own card which they can take back home with them as a souvenir from the day. The teacher is a previous Lifestart Foundation recipient, Sinh, who now has his own art gallery.
2:45 pm – A tour of the Lifestart Foundation Workshop and an opportunity to learn about some of the disabled people and disadvantaged people we are helping. The non-profit Lifestart Foundation Workshop focuses on creating unique handmade arts/crafts to help support those living in challenging situations in and around Hoi An. Each item is individually made by members of the workshop and the entire proceeds from the sale of the products after workshop expenses go directly to the workshop members to provide a sustainable income and sense of independence.
4:00 pm – End of Lifestart Foundation day
Costs and Bookings
A minimum donation level of $33 USD per student is requested. All proceeds will help fund Lifestart Foundation philanthropic projects in Vietnam. There is an additional charge for lunch payable directly to Streets International if you choose this option. If you are on a shorter timescale we would be happy to offer a free one hour tour of the Lifestart Foundation Workshop and an introduction to our work. Note: The minimum age for students on the school groups tour is ten.
“If I could change anything with this day I would simply have made it longer.” – Loren Pugh, Lowther Hall Student, 2011
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Our hope is that this type of educational visit fosters a greater understanding of the plight of those living in developing countries and the daily challenges that they face. We also hope to empower students from abroad who visit our projects by giving them the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful and significant way which in turn will have a life changing impact on a young persons future in Vietnam. What an amazing gift, to give a bright and intelligent young girl who previously was at risk of not being able to complete her education the guarantee of her education through to Year 12. .. Read Full Story >