Our concept

Building sustainability through community service is at the heart of our mission.

Our Community Service Projects are easily completed in a short amount of time so that both the volunteer and the community feel the immediate impact. We are involved in a range of basic community improvement activities that will help sustain a family or a village for years to come. We focus on activities that help children avoid danger and disease, support the economic development of a village, build harmony between the fortunate and less fortunate, and to create new opportunities for people to survive very challenging living situations.

Our focus is to expose students to a variety of community service and social action projects, workshops and placements. We enable students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development through a powerful experience in an unfamiliar land. A good Community Service program is both challenging and enjoyable. It provides the opportunity for a personal journey of self-discovery in a safe yet completely distinctive environment. We understand that each student has a different starting point, and that what they get out of our program will be different as well. But all of our students leave their Vietnamese experience changed for the better, and with a profound understanding that they can make a difference.

Our Community Projects aim to develop students who are:

  • Reflective thinkers. Students will gain a better understanding of their strengths and limitations, identify goals and devise strategies for personal growth.
  • Willing to accept new challenges and roles.
  • Aware of themselves as valuable members of a global community that has a responsibility for each other and the environment.
  • Balanced. Students will enjoy and find significance in a range of activities involving intellectual, physical, creative and emotional experiences.
  • Open to change. Students will be presented with a unique opportunity to explore how their place on the planet can be defined by their actions, and how these actions can lead to change within themselves and within a community that lasts well beyond the few weeks they spend in Vietnam.

The projects we sponsor center around building bridges among diverse groups of people both physically and interpersonally. We foster learning through community work, creating value for local communities long after students leave for home. We pride ourselves that both the giver and the given are profoundly changed for the better, which sustains our spirit of sustainability.

 

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