Long-term ‘staffer’ leads but relies on volunteers
VTT is 100% volunteer. No one gets paid or draws personal expenses.
Ken Hyde Director & Head of English
Our 'full-time' volunteers are led by Ken Hyde
(photo above), a qualified teacher who has very wide experience in teaching in Britain
"I came here after the tsunami expecting to be digging trenches and putting up buildings
but they saw that I was a teacher and said there was a pressing need for English
teachers in local schools.
"When I realised just how much of a need, I went home, took early retirement and
came back here permanently."
That was in 2005. Now, in 2011, he known along nearly 200km of Andaman coastline
and invariably called, as a sign of respect, Loong Ken – Uncle Ken.
Ken worked as the Head of English Teaching for the Tsunami Volunteer Centre ... organising
and teaching across the spectrum of requests for help. As TVC's main work, rebuilding
after the tsunami, came to an end and its founders, The Mirror Foundation of Bangkok,
decided to close it, the English teaching was handed over to Ken - he founded Volunteer
‘However good the organisation and the methods, it all comes down to the volunteers
in the classroom. If they are keen, bright and ready to give to the students, then