I’m sorry that we haven’t kept up with the blog but it feels like the last month or two have quite a whirlwind. Thirty-seven Elizabethtown College students and adults arrived on May 19th. We started out the first day with a joint meeting of the students from my Vietnam University and the Etown students. The Vietnamese entertained the group with songs and dancing and then the students shared details about current social problems within their own countries. I enjoyed having my two worlds being connected.
The group this year was just outstanding. All of the students and adults were a good mix – flexible and able to jump in when needed. The group got to spend time at numerous orphanages and community settings and saw firsthand the work of Brittany’s Hope. Our students built relationships with the children and gave from their hearts. I know it was a life changing experience for everyone.
Within the group we had many firsts – our own volunteer nurse, a brother and sister combo, a professional guitarist, a young couple, a Vietnamese couple who are sponsor parents, an adopted Vietnamese women returning to her home country for the first time, an OT professor conducted an on-site evaluation, a new mother (Hong), and a student on crutches.
During the final days of the trip, our daughter Huyen was able to join us for Ha Long Bay and Sapa. This was our graduation gift for Huyen since she will be graduating in July from Nha Trang University. Most of the group went home but Anna, Nancy, Bob, Huyen, and I continued on the Sapa. I think Sapa is one of the most beautiful sites in Vietnam.
For those that are local to the area, we will be holding a presentation to share details of our trip sometime in October. We will keep you posted.