SEALNET Project Vietnam 2019
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Mentor Application is Closed.
From 8 to 21 July 2019, Project Vietnam 2019 (hereby referred to as PV19), supported by Southeast Asian Service Leadership Network (SEALNet), will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Are you interested in enhancing your leadership skills and committing to community service? If your answer is YES, we would love to invite you to participate in our project as Project Mentor.
Eligibilities and Responsibilities
Be at least 18 years of international age (at the time of the project).
Be committed and enthusiastic about the goals of the project.
Having expertise in plastic pollution and environmental issues is NOT a must, but will add strong points to the application.
Be an outstanding youth leader with a strong co-curricular involvement as well as the ability to solve social and environmental problems. (Those without prior experience are also welcome to join the team.)
Be able to stay in a designated venue in Hanoi, Vietnam from 8 - 21 July, 2019, even if you have your own accommodation in Hanoi.
Can dedicate 5-6 hours/week into the planning process from now until the project date and proactively participate during the project. Be willing to play a strong part in the sustainability planning of the project.
Be able to operate in English, the primary working language of the project.
Be able to fundraise 300 USD toward the cause of the project.
Be willing to form a close relationship with a mentee (SEA high school student) through the mentorship program; be open-minded and willing to communicate with people from different backgrounds and cultures.
A love for working with children.
Willing to take initiative and have fun!
All on-site expenses from 8-21 July will be covered.
- Full board and lodging
- Local transportation (airport pick-up support, to/ from
community service sites, etc.)
- Travel insurance
- Other expenses that are related to the project.
This does not include:
- Your personal expenditure
- Travel expenses (flight tickets, bus tickets, etc.) to and from
After you are officially accepted as a Project Mentor, you will also be required to fundraise 300 USD. Please note that the fundraising contribution is NOT a participation fee. We encourage you to take it as a challenge to showcase your commitment to the cause of the project. Detailed fundraising guidelines will be provided.
The application deadline is 11:59 pm (GMT+7, Vietnam time) on Sunday, March 31th, 2019.
PV19 is inaugurally designed for a maximum of 14 mentors all over the world. A Selection Committee including Project Professional Mentors, Project Leaders and Core Team Members will select the mentors.
Applicants are expected to complete every section in the application form: bitly.com/PV19MentorApp.
The application form requires you to finish these sections:
Personal Information (requirement to upload your .pdf file resume)
Team Selection: During the pre-project stage, project members are to be divided into 6 functional teams:
Media and Design (Applicants for the Design Team have to submit an art portfolio.)
Finance and Partnership.
What does servant leadership mean to you? Please give an example of someone you know or read about who represents qualities you deem worthy of a servant leader. (max. 150 words)
As you are applying to Project Vietnam 2019, you are most likely going through your college degree program or other educational programs and appreciate the importance of a fine education. However, the children in Bai Giua generally drop out of school from an early age to do odd jobs and support their family. Imagine you are about to give a speech on the importance of education to the parents and children from this community, what would you share? (max. 200 words)
Why do you want to join SEALNet Project Vietnam 2019? (max. 50 words)
We will provide lessons to 6-to-15-year-old children and teenagers from Bai Giua. The community is virtually unaware of the environmental issues around them: excessive use of plastic items, improper waste management, waste dumping in the river and lack of clean water. Can you suggest a possible detailed lesson plan or a community engagement activity whose main goal is to help the children develop an ecological and social consciousness, and together with them to seek viable solutions? (max. 200 words)
Project Vietnam 2019 highly values the sustainability element of our impact on the beneficiaries. What can you do to extend the influence of this 2-week initiative? (max. 100 words)
All applicants (whether shortlisted for the interview, waitlisted or rejected) will be notified through email.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview with the Selection Committee through Google Hangouts so that we can learn more about your commitment to the project and for you to learn more about us.
In roughly a week after the interview, we will send you an offer through email, you will be given only two-three days to accept it. Unfortunately, if we are unable to contact you, we may have to reject you and give your place to another applicant on the waitlist.
All applicants (whether selected, rejected or on the waitlist) will be notified through email. Please kindly note that we might be unable to respond to individual queries regarding the result.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Q: Where can I get more information about the project?
Q: What does SEALNet do?
A: Please visit SEALNet's website: sealnetonline.org for more information.
Q: Do I need to have Southeast Asian citizenship to join SEALNet Project Vietnam 2019?
A: No. We welcome all nationalities and ethnicities.
Q: I cannot speak Vietnamese. Will that be a problem?
A: This will not be an issue. Project Vietnam 2019 will have enough people who know how to speak the native language to facilitate any language issues.
Q: Is there an age limit for mentor application?
A: All applicants born before than July 22, 2001, are eligible to apply for our project. There is no maximum age limit.
Q: I do not have any related knowledge or experience relating to plastic pollution education and single-use plastic. Am I still eligible to apply?
A: Yes, you are still eligible to apply. However, you should at least show your willingness or ability to do research on the topic. It will be a plus for you if you have previous experience or knowledge in the field.
Q: Can I apply for PV19 if I have never joined a SEALNet project before?
A: Yes. You can.
Q: What kind of applicants are you looking for?
A: We have explicitly expressed our selection criteria in the Eligibilities and Responsibilities section. Overall, we are looking for young people who value commitment, passion, and diversity. Even though it will add a strong point to your application, you do not need to have had extensive service experience. For mentors, we expect you to showcase a certain level of maturity to be able to coach a mentee.
Q: What do you expect of me as a PV19's participant?
To Be Proactive: Each participant plays an integral part in the project. You should be fully present and attentive and to participate full-heartedly in the project, before and after the project.
To Learn and To Grow: Remember, even Professional Mentors and Project Leaders are growing in this journey. SEALNet takes the learning and growth of our participants very seriously. Be open to the new experiences you will encounter and share your reflections with your teammates.
We look forward to learning, sharing and growing with you over the project!
Q: How many people are you accepting?
A: Our rough estimation: PV19 will accept about 13-14 mentors and 13-14 mentees.
Q: Can I apply for both Project Brunei 2019 and Project Vietnam 2019?
A: No. You can only apply to one SEALNet Summer Project only.
Q: What are the differences between mentors and mentees? When is PV19’s mentee application open?
A: Mentors will fundraise for the project while working in different departments during the planning process. During the project, all mentors will continue the work in their existing teams and assist LP and OP teams to design the program curriculum based on the two important pillars: Leadership and Service. Each mentor will be paired with a mentee and is responsible for providing guidance for the mentee. Mentees will assist the teams and receive leadership training from the mentors. PV19 is expected to open its mentee application in May 2019.
Q: Is this program fully-funded?
A: This program is partially funded. All on-site expenses from 8-21 July will be covered.
- Full board and lodging
- Local transportation to community service sites
- Other expenses that relate to the project.
This does not include:
- Your personal expenditure
- Travel expenses (flight tickets, bus tickets, etc.) to and from Hanoi, Vietnam.
Q: Why do I need to fundraise 300 USD?
A: Please note that the fundraising contribution is NOT a participation fee. The fund is the contribution to the cause of the project. It shows your commitment as a member of the project and it is also a challenge for you to build your skill as a servant leader by fundraising among your peers and network. Tools and tips on how to pitch and fund-raise will be provided to you. The number might decrease if we are able to raise funds as a team.
Q: What if I cannot manage to fundraise 300 USD?
A: For over 15 years of SEALNet’s operation, thousands of SEALNutters have taken on the same challenge you are taking. Please know that you are not alone; be courageous and keep in mind SEALNet’s mantra: "Say Yes Before Knowing How". We will take your best result.
Q: What if I cannot pay for the airfare to/from Hanoi, Vietnam?
A: We encourage you to seek other sources of funding to fundraise extra out of the 300 USD to cover for your airfare. We will be able to provide some financial aid on a case-by-case basis, you can let us know about your situation at the interview.
Q: I’ve been accepted! What’s next?
A: Congratulations! Prepare for an amazing summer experience! The project leaders will contact you for administrative details. This is what you should expect from us:
1. Confirm your attendance, or unfortunately, we will have to give your position to another applicant on the waitlist.
2. Sign the waiver form sent to you
3. Buy your plane tickets as soon as possible and send the itinerary to us. Tickets get very expensive as we approach the date of departure, don't you agree? Alternatively, submit a $200 deposit to SEALNet PV19 and it will be refunded at the beginning of the project.
Q: Is the trip safe?
A: SEALNet takes the safety of the trip participants very seriously. Our planning teams include Hanoian natives who know the local conditions very well. Together with established local partners in the area, we have taken the utmost care to ensure the safety of the trip. All of our participants will be covered by a group travel insurance policy which provides an added level of security and peace of mind for participants. Finally, there are professional mentors assigned to each project who will be on the ground with each of the teams in order to assist the project leaders in any extreme cases and to provide another level of oversight for the projects. Our professional mentors work with the project leaders throughout the project planning stages and give ideas and feedback as well as to ensure that the project leaders have a risk management plan.
Q: Do I need a Passport or a Visa to go to Hanoi, Vietnam?
A: You may or may not need a Visa according to your citizenship. Generally, SEA citizens can enter Vietnam for 30 days without a Visa. Please inquire about this through your embassy and visit the National Web Portal on Immigration for further information: evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/en_US/web/guest/trang-chu-ttdt
Q: I have a summer internship/school/program. Can I come late/ leave early from the project or attend only part of the project?
A: No, the project is designed to be experienced in its entirety from 8 - 21 July, not in parts.
Q: I want to go on a holiday in Southeast Asia!
A: Southeast Asia is indeed a great place to holiday in. Nevertheless, we do expect to accomplish a lot for our beneficiaries, which is the prime reason all of us decide to start this journey. There will not be time to do sightseeing for the duration of PV19. To make it up for your hard work, half-way through the project, PV19 will open a Cultural Exchange Show and a Treasure Hunt for everybody to explore Hanoi. Not to mention the Music Show with all the fun and singing and dancing in the end! If you still want to see more of the country, set some time aside before or after the project to explore the region.
Q: Can I extend my stay in Vietnam before and/or after the project?
A: It is of your personal choice. Project Vietnam 2019 is not responsible for the expenditures for your extended trip.
Q: Do you offer certificates after the project?
A: Yes, we offer a certificate and a letter of recommendation upon request at the end of the project.