>>The New Colombo Plan is a really interesting innovation that has been introduced by the current Foreign Minister and it really is reflecting on how successful the Colombo Plan of the 50’s and 60’s was, in establishing really good informal connections between university students and the country of the placement.>>Curtin University offered the opportunity at the beginning of last year, to start applying for the opportunity to go overseas with my prac. The experience that was available for me, as a pre-service primary school teacher, was to go overseas to Vietnam and teach at Ho Chi Minh City for one month.>>What really enriched my experience overseas was making friends. Not just with the people at the school, not just with my students, but with locals who live there, locals who live and breathe, who have been in Vietnam their whole lives.>>At a professional level it is a really important experience in how to deal with diversity. At a personal level it’s about being out of their comfort zone, but having a really exhilarating experience in a different place. The benefits students get are many, actually. They have this experience of teaching in a different context.>>Being involved in the New Colombo Program definitely enhanced my education at Curtin, namely by being able to teach more than one curriculum. So I got to understand the different aspects of how curriculums work especially differentiating ones. So being able to appeal to the learner, not necessarily the people that are giving out the curriculum but the person who is receiving it.>>All of my study and all of my theory has been very specific to WA. But being given the opportunity to go overseas by Curtin, I’m not just stuck in one place doing one thing. I’ve taken my degree and my experience, my capabilities and broaden them and in an international sense. It is an incredible opportunity that we’re so lucky to have Curtin offer us. It has been life-changing because I would say it’s changed my thoughts and my views about what it’s like to take my degree and my theory and apply it not in Australia, but internationally and in real life and expand my horizons.