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A Day in the Life of a Vietnam Global Volunteer

What’s life like as a Global Volunteer in Vietnam? Laura Merriam, committed encore volunteer, embarked on her first adventure to Vietnam as a Global Volunteer this past Spring with her husband, Peter Armstrong, alongside her. Laura explains beautifully and in detail what it is like to explore and volunteer in Vietnam. Enjoy! Highlights from Laura’s Journal Entry on […]

Grateful for the Gift of Service!

After the first week of teaching, I have familiarized myself with the living environment and working rhythm. A typical day would consist of the following: getting up at 6:30,  go for a short jog around the lake to kickstart the day; washing up and get dressed; have breakfast with fellow volunteers; cram into a taxi […]

“Thank You For Your Help!”

Miss Ha Dao, Deputy Head at Foreign Trade University recently sent a very heartfelt thank you showing her appreciation for the recent volunteers efforts.

Hanoi, Vietnam – First Impressions

The Global Volunteers program was kicked off by a name game during breakfast in the hotel. I got to know all my team members:  Steve, John, Roger, Keith, Tom, Liz, Kay and Janice. To my surprise, some of them had served on over 10 Global Volunteers programs. Team Leader Pam is so experienced and efficient in organizing […]

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Teaching English to Vietnamese Students is an Act of Love for Vietnam Vet

teaching English to Vietnamese students

Jim, a Vietnam Veteran and Volunteer,  describes how teaching English to Vietnamese students has enabled him to “pay a debt” to the country’s people. Foreign Trade University in Hanoi, where I taught English, clearly does not have the resources of the average American university. The classrooms are bare, the technology is hit and miss, (or just […]

Our Blind-Link Connection

Global Volunteers Ha Noi Monday, 11 March 2014 The day started with the usual welcoming greetings from the staff and local volunteers at Omamori Spa. Tom, Keith and I, joined by our respective volunteer interpreters/helpers, took our stations with our normally assigned “students.” I could overhear Keith and Tom engaging their charges with ever more […]

Vietnam Service – March 2014

With a mixture of excitement and trepidation, our Nguyen Binh Khiem high school team of Robert, Barbara and Marilyn lurched our way by taxi through the rainy, chaotic traffic of Hanoi trying to breathe calmly as the cars and motorbikes competed with us for space measured in millimeters. The whole scene was an Asian fusion […]

Meet Pam Cromer, Vietnam Team Leader

Pam Cromer, long-standing volunteer team leader and former member of the Global Volunteers Board of Directors, was instrumental in establishing our relationship with Huong Nguyen, founder of Blind-Link – our newest host partner in Hanoi.  In this interview, she describes what motivated her to spend many extra hours collaborating with Huong in preparing the November, […]

TET, CELEBRATING THE VIETNAMESE NEW YEAR

From Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%E1%BA%BFt Tết or Vietnamese New Year, is the most important celebration of Vietnamese culture. The word is a shortened form of Tết Nguyên Đán “Feast of the First Morning of the First Day”. The current new year beginning January 31 is the year of the Horse. It celebrates the arrival of spring based […]

Our Wonderful New Host Partner in Hanoi

The volunteers love working with Blind-Link students at the Omamori Spa and teaching English in a small-group setting.  While the project is challenging, we can see how beneficial our efforts are.  The students are attentive, gentle and so appreciative of our assistance. We work with three to five students on basic English language skills – […]