Korean volunteers help out in Viet Nam
22 August 2008
Ben Tre, Viet Nam: From 6-16 August 2008, Korean organization Volunteer21 participated in the Vietnam Green Summer Campaign, leading 17 students from the Greenbow youth volunteer group.
The purpose of the campaign was to reconstruct the Ben Tre area, a key battlefield during the Viet Nam War. Sponsored by SK Telecom, one of the largest IT business conglomerates in Korea, students from low-income families had a chance to go abroad and experience overseas volunteering.
Volunteer activities include paving the roads, reconstructing the village and teaching English to primary students. For a village feast on 11 August, over 1,000 residents gathered and enjoyed the party. Students also visited Peace Village in Ho Chi Minh City, to see how many children still suffered from the effects of defoliants.
As one of the Service Learning projects, several training courses for this project were provided to the youth participants, such as understanding about different cultures, the volunteer attitude etc. Considering the meaning and successful result of the volunteering, feedback was followed after each activity with hot discussion.
Major activities were: building houses and paving roads in the Ben Tre area; English teaching and playing games with kids in Ben Tre; visiting and delivering gifts to low income families; cultural exchanges; and visiting the Peace Village in Ho Chi Minh City and taking care of juvenile patients.