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 summer and winter camps and experiential learning working exclusively with top International schools. 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 thirteen 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.
After 13 years in Hospitality and finding it challenging to combine her drive for healthy living, her care for the environment, and her career, Pascale embarked on a new direction in life which realized her natural ability towards coaching individuals and teams. Pascale is a natural troubleshooter and passionate about team dynamics and helping people achieve their goals by using her Executive and Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner (NPL) coaching skills.
Pascale loves wildlife and views children’s education as the only way to bridge the gap between humans and animals and to reconnect people with nature. She supports an international wolf non-profit organization by facilitating videoconferences in Ho Chi Minh City international schools with the mission to teach students about trophic cascades – the importance of big predators on their ecosystem.
Pascale has been a plant-based eater since 2012 and is a partner of La Holista where her extensive skill-set, experience and passion have contributed greatly to its success to date.
Pascale is always looking for ways to further reduce her carbon footprint and live a more compassionate lifestyle.
Chiara is passionate about preparing delicious foods that are convenient to eat, using both her natural Italian cooking senses and her knowledge of holistic health. She uses her health coaching skills and functional medicine studies to create recipes, cook with young students and adults, and during one-on-one nutrition consultation for sport, gut, chronic disease, low energy, and other long-term issues.
Chiara is very passionate about creating a positive and healthy environment around active and healthy living which she believes should be an integral component of holistic education for children.
Chiara, originally from Italy, founded La Holista, a Holistic Health & Wellness company. She is a dedicated Health Coach, Yoga Teacher, and Functional Medicine Student.
Our Eco Partners are passionate, driven entrepreneurs that recognize there are ways to use their creativity and innovation to turn ideas into reality. Through this process they are inspiring others with their practical solutions that address real life problems.
Our Eco Partners share the belief that through each small action in the best interest of all, positive change can occur resulting in a better way forward for the future.
“Children will shape the world of tomorrow. We have a responsibility to ignite their interest and passion in areas that will encourage them to make choices that lead to living the happiest life possible with compassion for all living creatures and the environment. Our world, Our home!”
“My personal view on education is strongly influenced by my experience as an entrepreneur. The best way to learn is to do. Failure is simply a lesson learned”.
Thomas is from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2009 with a double major in Marketing and Human Resources Development. He worked in education for 3 years in South Korea during which he received his first real taste for entrepreneurship while running an eCommerce business in Vietnam and the US. In 2013 he moved to Beijing, China to pursue a career in advertising. After co-founding AQblue in 2015, Thomas moved to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to help set up its manufacturing operations and oversee AQblue’s environmental initiatives.
AQblue (Malta -EU) was founded in 2015 by American entrepreneurs, Jeff Bauer and Thomas Druk, while living at ground zero for air pollution, Beijing, China. Unsatisfied with wearing standard work safety masks for protection, they set out to design a longer lasting, high efficiency air pollution mask that was also comfortable and colorful. AQblue was founded on the idea of creating a modern pollution mask. Not only modern in the sense of the mask technology itself, but also in its goals related to social and environmental responsibility. AQblue strives to make masks affordable through our sponsored masks program, increase are pollution awareness and education, and to reduce our mask’s environmental impact through our factory recycling initiatives.
Malou, born and raised under the clean and blue skies of Holland, witnessed severe pollution for the first time whilst living in Beijing. As a runner and outdoor enthusiast, the pollution affected her firsthand, but it also made her consider what she could do to make a difference. The questions lingered for a long time, and the urge to act became even stronger when snorkeling; looking at the wonders of the underwater world, shocked and amazed to find the bottom of the sea lined with plastic waste.
Malou believes that there are small things in our daily life, so obvious and easy, that we often overlook. She tries to act according to her beliefs in daily life, and is convinced that if we all try a little harder, we can make a big impact; riding your bicycle to work, taking your own shopping bag to the supermarket, trying to reduce the purchases of produce packed in plastic.
Realizing it is hard to avoid plastic entirely, Roberto and Malou came up with the idea of replacing plastic bags by a 100% eco-friendly solution; WAVE products. So simple, so clean, so green!
Together with Malou, Roberto is a key member in this project. He is passionate about discovering the world and especially nature. As he has lived in Asia for over 10 years, and has travelled back and forth to Mexico frequently, witnessing the global problem of plastic waste firsthand. He has seen the natural splendor and beauty in the many paradises that he has visited; rivers, forests, oceans, but unfortunately most places are polluted by plastic bags you take away from supermarkets. Seeing the serious environmental problem we are facing and the lack of social action, motivated him to find a solution; while at the same time raise awareness among others so that together we can tackle this problem.
Roberto, like you, has not given up and he expects you to join and support more similar projects, products and campaigns. As he says, “the solution is there, it’s time to stop talking and start acting!”
“At WAVE, we are driven by a genuine commitment to change the environment for the better!”
“Being environmentally friendly is not only a concern, it is also a way of life that requires us to be mindful of every day’s small activities.” “Being environmentally friendly is not just a concern. , it is also a way of life that requires us to pay attention to every little everyday activity. ”
Quyen is very enthusiastic about “Organic Lifestyle”, a method for her to show her love for animals and the environment. She believes that her personal role in minimizing negative impacts on the environment is not enough, because there must also be the response of the community to build the necessary influence and create the impact. positive change for the environment.
Thanks to her initiative, creativity and innovation, Quyen has developed “plastic substitutes” to try to limit the amount of plastic waste by spreading her products to the people. Ho Chi Minh City in particular and Vietnam in general.
Quyen is also the co-owner of Organik House Vegetarian Restaurant in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
AquaGrowGreens was founded with the mission of providing a simple and convenient way for everyone to grow and enjoy clean, green plants themselves.
Our mission is:
“Applying unique, innovative designs and environmentally friendly materials to help everyone have access to delicious, clean, nutritious herbal food, preschool, fruits, and vegetables anywhere. ”
AquaGrowGreens is the gold standard for personal hydroponic systems on mayors. From simplicity, comfort to scale and complexity, all of our systems are carefully designed, tested and manufactured. We use food safety ingredients, so you can be assured that our products will help improve your nutrition, health and quality of life. Our goal is one day our products will be cultivated in space … and more. But for now, the main goal is still to grow more greens together!
Founded in 2016 and legalized in 2017, with its headquarters in Vietnam, AquaGrowGreens uses Dutch and Japanese technology, overseen by a team of Vietnamese and Dutch engineers. We design and manufacture personalized hydroponic growing powders for customers who need to grow fresh, healthy vegetables, green vegetables, and do not use pesticides at home or in the office.