At Inspire Educamps we recognize that children today will need to succeed in a very different world than the one we have grown up in – a world that is completely outside the reach of traditional schooling.
We are a specialized education provider of experiential learning summer and winter camps working exclusively with top International schools in Ho Chi Minh City. We focus on educating essential life skills to young learners 5 to 13 years old. Applying a mindful holistic approach to activity-based learning, we use relevant educational concepts to prepare children with necessary life skills which can be practically applied in their future.
Our programme design team comprises of educational specialist from a variety of diverse backgrounds and leading international schools. Our team have expertise in IB Education (PYP | MYP | IB), STEM, Life Skills, Sports, Cooking and a number of other specialized areas connected to our programmes.
Children today are faced with a very complex and fast changing world of information and technology in addition to the challenging journey of growing up and identifying who they are and making sense of the world they live in.
Inspire Educamps, through summer and winter camps is dedicated to assisting students on this journey by providing opportunities designed to empower children to be independent, self-reliant and happy individuals.
Through a holistic activity-based approach our focus is on life-skills learning which encourages creativity, collaboration, innovation and compassion with the vision to enable children to acquire the necessary skills to achieve their own personal goals and contribute to positive change.
Steve has over fourteen years’ experience in designing and running summer camps in Ho Chi Minh City for international and private schools. As a former teacher and senior administrator of one of the top IB Schools in Ho Chi Minh City, Steve understands how quality life-skills education programmes can greatly enhance children’s confidence and wellbeing.
Prior to being in education, Steve served in both the UK and Australian military and has traveled extensively. After the military Steve was involved in operating businesses both in the UK and Australia. These life experiences have contributed to a broader understanding of many aspects of life as a global citizen and from these combined experiences he has acquired a practical skill-set that can translate to the holistic life-skills education of children.
Karen has been involved in International Early Childhood Education as a teacher and administrator for over 35 years, in Canada, USA, Mexico and the Middle East developing and implementing language, art and music programmess. Karen is the recipient of regional and national awards in Canada for her innovative approach to second language learning in Early Childhood.
Inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, Karen believes that children are infinitely creative, inquisitive, confident, imaginative thinkers and capable of making connections between ideas, feelings and relationships.
“Childhood is not a race to see who can read, write and count but a small window of time to imagine, to experience, to explore, to create, to play, to have fun and to learn. Reggio inspired classrooms create wonder and find joy at every turn”.
Rodney is a Chartered Accountant and a former International school Business Manager at one of the top international schools in Vietnam where he has gained a wealth of understanding and experience in the effective management of school education-based operations and programmes.
With a focus on attaining standards of learning and achievement within a school, Rodney is well-positioned to lead the regional growth of Inspire Educamps programmes provided to children in international schools in 2021.
Community Outreach (Thanh Loc Project)
Founded by Rodney in 2008, the Thanh Loc Project is a non-profit organization with the vision to alleviate poverty in an area in South West Vietnam by developing long term, sustainable solutions that provide practical support for children and families.
Through Rodney’s passion and ongoing dedication, he has achieved outstanding results in providing much needed housing and school scholarships for local families. Inspire Educamps is proud to support Rodney’s work with the local children and families in Vietnam.
Inspire Educamps employs passionate and professional staff who are trained and supervised by our staff training specialist.
All staff are selected and placed based on their individual specialized areas relative to a particular summer or winter camp programme. Our minimum requirement is that our expat staff have a Degree, an ESL qualification (CELTA or equivalent) and police background clearance meeting the requirements of our partner schools. All Inspire Educamps staff are carefully interviewed to establish that they are passionate about working with children and have the desired skills and good character.
Our Holistic Education Advisors (content design team) are a team of specialist from a variety of backgrounds that are dedicated and passionate about what they do. Our team focuses on taking each of our programme themes & concepts and developing fun age-appropriate activities that achieve the desired outcome.
Our team members are experienced professionals in working with children of particular age groups. This enables our team to take concepts and themes and bring them alive in the minds of the children by connecting to their world!
We design learning experiences that connect with young minds in a way that inspires their interest to engage in learning new things through activity and play!”
Collectively our advisors believe in empowering children through holistic education values where the child will discover their own passions resulting in an energetic and positive approach to everything they do.
Daniel’s passion lies within the ‘Arts’ where his creative and fun approach to learning sets the perfect environment for any young learner to be inspired! Daniel has been motivating children in our summer camps for the past 6 years where his sensitivity and compassion results in his great popularity with our students each year.
Daniel majored in Digital Studies and has 8 years’ experience working closely with primary students in Vietnam in the area of second language acquisition.
There is no good or bad performance in Art. It is the most intimate and personal way of expression and, we all learn how to respect each other’s vision of life through it.
E-RYT500, YACEP, RCYT
Suzanne is the mother of 2 and since 2003, has taught hundreds of children the practices of yoga, self-development, mindfulness and pranayama (breathing). She was the first person and first yoga studio to offer kids yoga in Vietnam over 13 years ago at her first studio, Saigon Yoga. Suzanne has had the privilege of training teachers at a United Nations School, was the in-house yoga instructor for one of Vietnam’s top international schools (Australian International School), and she set up the foundational Mindfulness Programme at the International School of Ho Chi Minh City. Suzanne has run over 20 Kids Yoga Alliance teacher trainings and develops tailored mindfulness programmes and staff trainings for schools wanting to bring more peace, focus and harmony into their student body and onto their campuses.
Emily has over 30 years’ experience as a professional educator of young children. She is an explorer who likes to try everything at least once! She has an innate ability to spark imagination and increase your energy. She has used theatre in the classroom for many years and is passionate about its importance for developing confident, receptive and fun people. Emily is now a Professional Development Consultant, sharing her skills and knowledge on sparking creativity in young children with both parents and teachers in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Art of Improvisation is the process of creating something from nothing.
Using a variety of exercises, games and theatrical practices, the students will be encouraged to wipe away their brain cobwebs, work collaboratively, enhance their communication skills and have a lot of fun discovering new aspects of ‘self’.
There is no make-up, costumes, set, lights, or even script in this type of theatre training. There is only the actor using the three main ingredients: Communication (listening, reacting, speaking….), Creativity (adding more to what is given, thinking outside the box…) and Self Awareness (body movement, gestures, voice…).
Born in Italy, Chiara is passionate about Reggio Emilia education philosophy and has applied these learning principles in her teaching over the past 7 years in Venice, London and Ho Chi Minh City.
Chiara is an insatiable learner and a strong supporter of a constructivist approach to teaching which sees the child as the protagonist of their own growth. She does not consider herself as a teacher, but rather as a ‘facilitator of learning’.
Loris Malaguzzi – the founder of the Reggio Emilia approach – defines Teachers as ‘Professionals of Wonder’: an impeccable description of who she is daily!
Chiara believes that education for young learners is celebrating the process of learning and nurturing curiosity, creativity, problem solving, lateral thinking, empathy and respect for the world around.
Chiara is an Early Childhood and Primary School dedicated professional holding a bachelor’s Degree in Cultural and Linguistic Mediation and a master’s Degree in teaching English to Young Learners. She is also a Qualified Kindergarten and Primary School Teacher in the UK and have attended an Educator Training Course in Reggio Emilia, Italy.