E-town Ventures to Vietnam
Halfway across the world the sun is setting just outside Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The oppressive heat has begun to subside. Children of all ages, shapes and sizes hold onto each other. A hand on the shoulder of their trusted guide. They file along, quietly leading each other. They are blind.
Two weeks later and hundreds of miles north, the sun is rising and the heat is building in Vinh. Children giggle and shriek with joy. Up to their knees in mud, they drain a pond and harvest fish to feed their new-found friends. They are orphans.
Days later, elderly residents line up to accept their “funny money,”a traditional token gift that allows them the opportunity to purchase a rare, small luxury. They too are “orphans”—with no known family.
Every two years students, faculty and staff members and friends of the College venture across the globe to Vietnam. These are the stories that make cross-cultural experiences so significant for our students—future occupational therapists, teachers and social workers. The stories that impact the lives of both young and old and present opportunities for learning that can’t take place in the classroom.