An unexpected accident…

During my last few days in Vietnam, I was riding a bicycle and while making a left, I was hit by a motorbike (she was texting). I hit the floor and was in shock, picking up my bike as she zoomed away. A couple days later, I woke up and couldn’t move my back. I…

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War Remnants Museum

“I knew this would be hard but I didn’t realize how hard…”        When project #1 finished in Hanoi, it was important for me to make it down south to Ho Chi Minh City to visit the War Remnants Museum. As you all know, I was working in a village with victims of…

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My final week…

November 20th was Teacher Day in Vietnam, a pretty big deal here where students usually buy teachers flowers in gratitude. The flower shops were loaded with beautiful arrangements and students flocked the shops. Considering the circumstances of the children here at the village and that many come from poor families, teachers don’t receive flowers from…

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Switching things up for week #2!

The state of shock started to subside as seeing some of the children during my first week broke my heart. I realized they were going about their days and that my internal reaction was doing nothing but upsetting and affecting me. Also, understanding the cultural differences and seeing things in classrooms that were shocking at…

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My first week!

**Regarding photographing the children, I have been very conscious of making them aware of my purpose here and that I am not just here for the day to snap a few photos to share with friends. I am here to plant seeds of hope into the hearts of all the children and to give and to…

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The Vietnam Friendship Village

**Note: I was having some serious technical difficulties with my web browser freezing which hindered my ability to post new updates. Thank you for your patience 🙂  It has been very important to me that I really “experience” it all first and take pictures later. My first week was spent absorbing it all (very overwhelming)…

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The Volunteer House

My goal for the next 6 months is to be as open-minded as possible and to go with the flow from project to project. Arriving with no expectations has allowed me to be pleasantly surprised. I had no idea what the house would be like, where it was located, how many volunteers were there, how far…

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Hello Vietnam!

After 21 hours, I arrive in Vietnam!!! It feels like I am dreaming. It still hasn’t registered that the “real” work is about to begin. This “purpose project” seemed like something so far in the future and the amount of work it took to create was beyond anything I have EVER done in my life…

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