As we have travelled we have given advise to local people we met on using TripAdvisor and websites. As a computer programmer and development manager, Donald has really enjoyed using his expertise to help others get online and attract customers.
We’ve helped a Taxi Driver in Jaipur, India 🇮🇳, a hotel owner in Cat ba, Vietnam 🇻🇳 and a room full of restaurant owners in Nuang Shwee, Myanmar 🇲🇲.
We have also helped out in english classes with both adults and children in exchange for accommodation through the website Couchsurfing.org.
We are currently at the Elephant Conservation Center (ECC) near Sayaboury in Laos 🇱🇦. where we are volunteering for a few weeks. I am teaching very basic vocabulary to the local Laos staff here and Leo is helping other volunteers prepare the enrichment area for the elephants daily. I am also assisting the Spanish Biologist, Anabel, by ‘polishing’ the English in a couple of her formal reports and planning a CrowdFunding marketing campaign for the ECC..
I have recently achieved a TEFL qualification for this role and although I have been a trainer for almost 20 years this is the first time I have formally led English language learning independently.
The work is rewarding and progress is being made however engagement varies and at times it is difficult for the team to make time around their work load.