VIA Programs Updates
Issue #5 - November 2016
Healthcare Workshop in Tokyo
Christy's Recruitment Trip Updates
Christy, VIA's Cross-cultural & Leadership Programs Director, shares updates on her recruitment trip to Asia.
It has been an exciting time reconnecting with ALC, GLE, ESI & DSI alums during this recruitment season. However, staff were not the only ones recruiting! This year, we made available resources for alums to hold their own information sessions at their university and share their personal program experiences.
Yocky Luan from GLE SVP Summer 2015 held a session at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and said "it felt great to share my experience."
Sau Ching Choi from GLE SVP Summer 2016 held a session at Lingnan University. We also had two members from GLE Bangkok Summer 2016, Vu & Ngoc, hold a session at Tra Vinh University.
Leading Gay Rights Activist to Join January Program in Indonesia
Check out a recent New York Times profile on Dede below.
Thanksgiving in Myanmar
Their comments on the day: We're thankful for the eye-opening and heart-warming experiences we've had in Myanmar and the community of support we have with each other.
The Next Revolution in Teacher Training
Patrick shares an inspiring story from a long-term friend of VIA.
Hla Hla Win took me on a long walk across NASA’s Mountain View campus on a blustery afternoon a few weeks ago. VIA has been connected to Hla Hla through our work at the Pre-collegiate Program (PCP) In Yangon, Myanmar. VIA has been sending teachers since 2006 to this groundbreaking program whose mission is to, “create a society of educated innovators, leaders, and change-makers who solve important challenges in Myanmar and beyond.”
After Hla Hla finished at PCP she did her undergraduate work in the US and then returned to Myanmar to work for a number of schools and NGOs. Fresh off of another degree in the US, this time at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, she’s diving straight into the next big challenge.
Hla Hla is the co-founder of Teachers’ Learning Lab which aims to use virtual reality as a tool to train teachers across the world on best practices. In particular, she aims to help teachers make their classrooms more student-centered and supportive of critical thinking. Her organization is a part of Singularity University’s Global Solutions Program which aims to develop programs and organizations which will impact a billion people within 10 years.