VietAID Announces its 2016 Summer Camp!

VSPY Summer


We are currently recruiting for summer camp students, teachers and youth staff! For more information, please see the applications below and/or email Mr. Thanh Nguyen at regarding students and teachers and Ms. Carro Hua at regarding youth staff opportunities.   


Student Applications 

Teacher Applications

Youth Staff – Teaching Assistants and Assistant Counselors Applications


Hiring Teachers for the 2014 VSPY Summer Program

va nguyenmh01If you love working with children and have or want to gain experience teaching, then working with Viet-AID’s Scholarly Program for Youth may be the perfect summer opportunity for you!
We are thrilled to announce that we are hiring for the fifth year of our summer camp for youth ages 6-14! This year we will serve over ninety children from the Field’s Corner community and Boston’s greater Vietnamese community. We provide academic instruction every morning followed by daily clubs, field trips, and outdoor activities during the six weeks of camp. We are seeking enthusiastic and motivated individuals to join our team for a memorable and exciting summer.

Staff Training: June 30th – July 5th (except July 4th)
Program Dates: July 7th – August 15th
Hours: M-F; 8:00am – 5:00pm, plus 5 additional hours per week for lesson planning and staff meetings, as well as one overnight camping trip
Payment: Stipend of $3,500 for 7 week summer commitment
Location: 42 Charles St., Dorchester MA, 02122

Teacher Requirements & Job Description

General Overview:

All VSPY Teachers will be responsible for leading a group of 13 children from a particular grade-level throughout the summer. Teachers will provide instructions in the mornings on a specific subject (ELA and math are taught every day and other subjects such as science and humanities are taught on a rotating schedule) then take their group to field trips, clubs, and outdoor activities in the afternoon. Teachers will prepare clubs and afternoon activities on topics s/he chooses. Past examples include Cooking Club, Dancing Club, Poetry Club, Detective Club, and Japanese Club, but teachers are encouraged to share any hobby, talent or interest in which they wish to engage our youth. Every group will also have two assistants: one in the morning classroom, and the other in the afternoon activities. These are high school students who Teachers will work very closely with and must provide them with supervision and meaningful opportunities. Teachers are responsible for ensuring a safe, nurturing, positive and FUN experience for all youth in the program. There will be pre-camp training, lesson planning time, weekly meetings, and staff events in addition to on-going support throughout the summer to guarantee a positive experience not just for our students but for our Teachers as well.
See details on following pages for more expectations and responsibilities as a VSPY Teacher.

I. Providing a safe, positive and nurturing environment
a. VSPY implements a Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports system that must be followed by all staff.
b. Teachers must maintain the VSPY Classroom Philosophy that encourages curiosity and freedom to explore topics in which the students are interested.
c. Teachers must uphold the highest safety precautions at all times, including but not limited to, providing students with direct instruction on safety procedures, re-teaching as necessary, and holding groups back from activities if they are not safe.

II. Morning Teaching
a. Teachers will design and implement curriculum with the support of Viet-AID staff that aligns with Common Core standards.
b. Each morning Teachers will lead three 45 minute classes on an academic subject.
c. Teachers will support their class in designing an educational group project.

III. Afternoon Teaching/ Counselor
a. Each afternoon, Teachers will assigned to one group of students and will oversee their activities
b. Three days a week, teachers will lead the group on field trips across the city, ensuring the safety of the children and ensuring that experiences are fun and educational
c. Two afternoons per week, teachers will lead the group in clubs (soccer, art, chess, music, dance etc). Teachers will be responsible for designing activities for clubs.
d. Four days per week, teachers will be responsible for supervising recreational activities in and around the community center including trips to the public library, gym, and swimming pool.

IV. Supporting teen counselors
a. Teen counselors will be employed by the program to assist teachers in both the morning and afternoon components of the program
b. Teachers will help the teen counselors fulfill job duties and will act as supportive mentors to them.
c. Teachers will allow the teen counselors to have a role in shaping the quality of the program.

V. Training
a. Teachers will be expected to participate in approximately ten hours of pre-training activities after they are hired but before the end of the school year (May-June)
b. All teachers will participate in a week of intensive training prior to starting camp.
c. During this training week, teachers are expected to plan out their summer curriculum and to work closely with Viet-AID staff.
d. Continuing staff meetings and trainings will be held throughout the summer to address the changing needs of Teachers.

VI. Additional Commitments
a. Teachers will oversee breakfast meal time with their group of children.
b. Teachers will assist in operating the pick-up and drop-off process.
c. Teachers are expected to attend certain events outside of camp time including, but not limited to, parent orientation, staff meetings, final show, check-ins with Viet-AID staff, etc.
d. Teacher are required to attend an overnight camping trip.
e. Teachers will generally assist the program director in the administration of the program and will be expected to perform duties outside of their direct classroom commitments.

VII. Experience
a. Applicant MUST love working with youth.
b. Formal teaching experience is not a requirement for this position
c. Must meet one of the following EEC requirements for a group leader:
i. Bachelor’s or associate’s degree and three months of experience working with school-age children.
ii. High school diploma or equivalent, and have six months of experience working with school age children
d. Applicants are not expected to have knowledge of Vietnamese language or cultures, but are expected to be interested in learning more and will be expected to act in a culturally appropriate manner. Vietnamese and Cape Verdean language skills are considered favorably.
e. Once hired, staff must submit all required paperwork and documentation to youth coordinator in a timely manner, including documentation of a physical exam, immunization records and documentation of work experience.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Marisa Imôn at

A Important Message to VietAID’s Friends

year end December_head1Dear VietAID’s Friend,

Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Viet-AID) is a non-for-profit organization providing bilingual early education, afterschool program, and summer campaign, and housing assistance for children and families in Field Corner neighborhood of Boston. With the holidays just around the corner, I’d like to share you a story…

Sarah, 14, a middle school student who moved to the states a couple years ago with her family. Previously, she was failing all of her classes, and never did homework. When she first came to our afterschool program, Viet-AID Scholarly Program for Youth (VSPY), she was lack of confidence and dejected. We work with Sarah, her parents and school teachers together. After attending our afterschool program one month, we received an email from Sarah’s teacher. The teacher was very excited to tell us that Sarah is now passing every single subject. Sarah now not only always gets her homework done, but also helps other kids with schoolwork. She has higher self-esteem; she becomes confident, caring for herself and others.

Sarah’s achievement may sound small, but it can be a big change impact on her future. There are many immigrant families like Sarah, who are not familiar with the local school system and facing language barrier, these factors challenge the children’s education.

Three years ago, our summer camp hired a 16 years-old mother and enrolled her three years-old daughter in our Au-Co Preschool. Today, the mother is a proud owner of a GED and studying to be a Medical Assistant; her daughter after having graduated from the preschool, is now a good student at a local elementary school.

year end December_pic1With the belief that parent involvement plays a significant role in a child’s success, we work closely with parents and coordinate with school to develop individualize education and behavior plans for students identified as needing extra support. Additionally, VSPY sees the importance of building a sense of civic engagement and cultural identification within student through a variety of activities. We care not just about our children’s academic achievement; instead, we value their diversified development.

Last year we have achieved…
100% of parents would recommend VSPY to other families
93% of parents say that VSPY helps them better understand their child’s education
97% of students say the VSPY makes them excited about learning
89% of students completed their homework all or most of the time
94% of students made equal or greater progress in writing than their peers during the school year

We believe every child has equal education opportunity despite family income, therefore, we provide scholarships to needy families. The fees of VSPY are determined by families’ ability to pay. Now, 75% of the families we serve pay less than 18% of the full price tuition. For our preschool program, we also provide subsidies to low income families. On average, they pay only 67% of the childcare fees.

We hope to assist more children like Sarah in our community, but we cannot not do it alone without your support. We need your assistance to strive to create an affordable and fair learning environment.

Your donation will allow students to learn and growth at a safe environment, and prevent them from unhealthy activities after school hours. Your donation will allow young children receive high quality early child-care and education. Your generosity will also provide academic materials, field trip, snacks, and supplies for Friday Clubs activities, such cooking & baking, science, magic clubs for the students. Please join us to build a stronger future for our children!

You can send your check or visit our website at to make a secure donation. You can even make your contribution on behalf of family or friends and we acknowledge your gift on their behalf, and your donation to Viet-AID tax deductable. Please feel free to contact me if you have any question or want to learn more about our services.

We and the children we serve wish you Happy Holidays 🙂


Nam Pham
Executive Director
617-822-3717 X 13