[Please note that we completed our Southeast Asia English Camp Trip. We held 2 English Camp sessions with a total of 105 students. The original budget was $650 and the actual was $650 covered by our 'Where Most Needed' Donations. Please see the Related Documents section for our complete Trip Report. Thank you for your support!]
Southeast Asia is made up of ten independent countries. The population is unevenly distributed, with the highest density in lowland areas. Most of the people live in small agrarian villages, but the cities are growing rapidly. There is a great diversity in culture, history, religion, and ethnic composition. Many different languages are spoken in the region.
As an example, Bangladesh, has a population of more than 160 million people, but it is one of the poorer countries in the world with most people living as subsistence farmers and half of all Bangladeshis living on less than $1 a day. However, it is also growing at a rate of 6-7% per annum the past few years. Exports of textiles and garments are now the largest source of earnings and export related areas are growing. English is a second language in the nation as the language of business and government, but it's rarely spoken in common settings. English fluency is becoming more important for workers in the increasingly inter-connected world even as it is all throughout the world. However, learning conversational English is difficult.
As part of WCF's long-term sustainability initiative, the organization will sponsor an Five-day English camp as a way to help the community learn conversational and business related English to add to their skillset. WCF volunteers will teach beginner and intermediate ESL skills to young adults including existing native teachers.