Above all, we are passionate about bringing students into contact with the real Vietnam to gain an understanding of the country and its beauty, the wide variety of different communities and in particular making connections with people in their own age groups to build relationships and share experiences. With members of staff who have worked in both development and education sectors in Vietnam over the past 13 years, we have travelled extensively and made strong connections with people doing great work in communities around the country. Service and community can be combined with other elements on Vietnam field trips or can be the entire focus of the trip.
“We built the play ground learned a lot from it for example designing, working together, physical work. We did something else other than just studying or playing with technologies and instead we helped a community that is quite poor. We also helped the kids in a school about cleaning their hands probably. After all, this trip is meaningful”
We run projects in coordination with Swiss NGO Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation bringing students to the small remote Muong communes of Nam Son and Luong Van in Hoa Binh province where they can live with and learn about rural life in this ethnic minority community by working alongside local farmers and sharing the stories of their lives and work. Students can learn about rice cultivation, corn cultivation or various other agricultural processes depending on the season that they visit.
Our trips to Sapa involve spending time with the students at Sapa O’Chau school who act as tour guides and practice their language skills at the same time. Students visiting Sapa can work with and learn crafts from older members of the H’mong communities in the Valley’s villages and take part in our Treasure Hunt activity that brings O’Chau student and your students together to design and run!
Partnering with Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, we bring student groups to some of the most remote and disadvantaged communities in the country to spend time meeting locals, learning about their culture, their lives and the challenges that they face. Students participate in building projects that are identified by Blue Dragon to improve the lives of children in these communities, by designing and building playgrounds to encourage learning and provide safe play areas in these communities. A donation to Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation is required to assist Blue Dragon with administrative costs related to working in remote areas. Fund raising activities can be undertaken by the students in the lead up to the trip to raise money for the costs of building materials. Fund-raising packs and other assistance can be made available to aid this process. A limited number of these trips are available each year.
Through our longstanding relationships with Thai minority communities in Mai Chau and Pu Luong, we work with local teachers to identify schools in need in their area and bring student groups to assist with projects to improve others’ lives.