New Zealand Embassy Ha Noi, Viet Nam

ELTO reunion a success

ELTO team and alumni reuniting at the New Zealand Ambassador's Residence

A visit to Ha Noi in late August by a team of teachers and administrators from New Zealand’s English Language Training for Officials (ELTO) Programme - Sokha Mey, Alastair Ker, Hilary Watson and Annie Marenghi - provided a good opportunity for an ELTO reunion party at the New Zealand Ambassador’s Residence. Nearly 70 ELTO graduates from many previous programme intakes came along to catch up with teachers and classmates, and reminisce about their kiwi experiences.

Guests included former Vietnamese Ambassador to New Zealand Mr Vuong Hai Nam, himself an ELTO graduate. Other guests travelled from as far away as Haiphong.

The reunion demonstrated again the warmth which ELTO graduates feel for New Zealand and their teachers, and the memories of their ‘second home’ that remain for many years after they return to Viet Nam. We were very impressed that some could still sing Maori songs learned during their time in New Zealand.

Nearly 400 Vietnamese officials have now participated in New Zealand’s English Language Training for Officials (ELTO) programme, which has been running for almost 20 years. New Zealand continues to offer two courses annually, as well as less frequent English Language Training for Senior Official (ELTSO) courses.

Are you an ELTO or ELTSO graduate? If so, we hope to hear from you!

The Embassy holds a large email database of ELTO graduates, but any former students who do not already receive the Embassy’s emails containing advice on upcoming events and other kiwi news are welcome to contact us (Ms Nga, ) to be added to the contact list.

Hilary Watson from Victoria University also reminded alumni about the ELTO alumni website, which contains Information on the programme and reports from former students.  While the site is public and open to all, alumni can contact ELTO administrators to register and post reports and messages to former classmates and teachers.

Upcoming events for ELTO include the opening of the Rugby World Cup in Ha Noi on 9 September, and a planned alumni party in Ho Chi Minh City before the end of the year. Further details will be updated shortly on our Embassy’s website and through email.



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