Know One Teach One (KOTO)

Know One Teach One (KOTO)

KOTO stands for “Know One, Teach One" and this ethos permeates KOTO's work towards ending the cycle of poverty by empowering at-risk and disadvantaged youth to create better futures for themselves and their communities primarily through the transformative power of social enterprise.

KOTO believes disadvantaged youth thrive when they have access to holistic and vocational skill development opportunities. Supported in a nurturing environment, where each participant builds self confidence and is empowered to live a life of dignity, independence and happiness.

Find out more on the KOTO website or view the New Colombo Plan video about students working at KOTO.

Session 3 2019

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam

Dates: 4 January- 15 February 2020

Activity cost: Approx $2321 (note: subject to change)

Cost includes: Accommodation, airport transfers, in-country orientation, KOTO shuttle bus to Training Centre, daily lunches at the KOTO canteen, insurance for activity duration

Cost excludes: International flights, meals, laundry, visa. Optional cultural trip to Halong Bay 2 days/1 night *$257

PACE Travel Grants available (subject to eligibility): $3000 New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant or $1100 PACE Travel Grant

Number of students: Approx 6-8

Students will get to experience Tết (Vietnamese Lunar New Year) whilst in Vietnam, their most important celebration and holiday on the Vietnamese calendar. The holiday typically goes for 3-4 days but many organisations allow their staff the full working week off. During this time students will have the option to participate and observe Tet festivities in Hanoi, continue with placement tasks at their hotel or enjoy a cultural few days away in Halong Bay (costs not included in Student Activity Cost).

Current opportunities

*Please note that the unit availability, timing and activities are always subject to change

PACE unitUnit timingPrevious activity examples
PACE360 or equivalentSession 3 (same time as activity) Students will be working with the Trainee & Alumni Services Department at KOTO designing and facilitating a range of after-school activities. Students will be able to creatively develop stimulating and active activities for the trainees.
INTS305 or equivalentSession 1 (after activity)Students will be able to assist with marketing, customer service support, product promotions and content development for the KOTO restaurant. Students may design and deliver a series of training workshops & assist with growing the social enterprise to achieve greater impact.
TEP401 or equivalent (This PACE activity will satisfy 10% of your total practicum hours)Check with facultyStudents will be working as teachers/tutors/teachers assistants within the KOTO Training Department. Students will work alongside local staff to provide native English support in the classroom.
Using the KOTO curriculum, students may be required to teach a lesson/tutor a class, either alone or with a partner. Support will be provided by local KOTO staff as required.

Before I apply

  1. Receive academic advice to see how a PACE International activity will fit into your degree
  2. Check you meet the eligibility requirements
  3. View the PACE International information session online or visit one of our drop-in sessions
  4. Refer to the PACE International essential resources for application tips, example application form and information on ethical volunteering

Meet our alumni

Russel Alivio, KOTO, Winter Vacation 2018


What do you study and where did you go on your PACE International activity?

I was in my final year of Commerce (Accounting) and Laws when I commenced my Pace International Activity in Vietnam.

What was your role or project at your host organisation?

I was assigned as an Alumni Relations Intern working on various projects within the Training and Alumni Services Department. For a few days I would be working on presentations, liaising with key sponsors or creating some team-building activities and then I’d be working on something completely different like designing shirts for our teams or learning the language and culture of the host country.

What attracted you to the PACE International program?

PACE International not only gave me the opportunity to travel, but as a history and exploration enthusiast, I was most attracted to its fundamental purpose of nurturing the students to learn, engage and appreciate the culture and history of Australia’s neighbouring countries like Vietnam.

What advice would you give a student who is thinking of applying for a PACE International activity?

I was away for four weeks to a place I hadn’t been before, which spoke a language I was unfamiliar with and that approached each day different to what I was accustomed to at home. You’ll be working as a team with members of different opinions, strengths and weaknesses. My advice would be to remain flexible and proactive — so avoid stressing if things don’t go as planned. In fact, you’ll find that a ‘go with the flow’ mentality is deeply rooted in the culture of many developing nations. That said however, you’re still representing Macquarie University as well as Australia. To me, this meant that maintaining composure was of paramount importance in those off days where I’d be tired or if plans took a different turn.

What was the best part of your PACE International experience?

Aside from the travelling and exploring I got to do on the weekends, what I really valued most from my PACE International experience was the engagement in work and the people. I worked on more than just one project over the month and even when I finished, there’d always be something to do. Throughout the month volunteering, I also took pride in the little things that seemed to put a smile on faces of people from the host country. Just conversing in English or sharing ideas or meals goes a long way. You discover the untold stories of people that have lived in small towns and cities their whole lives. Listening to peoples dreams and aspirations in a volunteer capacity has that human touch that you can’t buy or plan for when you visit a country as a tourist.

Unit info

*Please note that the unit availability, timing and activities are always subject to change

PACE unitUnit timingOverseas activity timingPrevious activity examples
PACE360 or equivalentWinter Vacation/
Session 3 (same time as activity) 
Winter Vacation/
Session 3
Improve and implement processes for KOTO's alumni program
INTS305 or equivalentSession 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Planning and preparing sponsorship marketing material
TEP401 or equivalent (This PACE activity will satisfy 10% of your total practicum hours)Check with facultyWinter VacationWorking as tutors/teachers assistants within the KOTO Training Department supporting local staff to provide native English support in the classroom using the KOTO cirriculum.
PSY399 or equivalentSession 2 (after activity)Winter VacationStudents will support marketing and customer service support to KOTO staff and trainees by assisting with product promotions and content development for the KOTO restaurant. Students will design and deliver a series of training workshops to the trainees and staff.
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