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Vietnamese Orphanages [May. 21st, 2007|08:44 am]


[Current Location |Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam]

I am a member of this community through my normal journal (smasharash), but have just joined with this journal (which is my travel journal) as well because I am about to start voluntary community work in Vietnam with orphans. If any of you would like to find out more about the lives of orphans, my journal is public and I will be writing about my experiences and posting photos over the 6weeks I am here. I will also do my best to find out about the adoption process from Vietnam, though this may be difficult as spoken English is often limited.

A little of what I know already... The kids are looked after by Buddhist nuns and monks who have set up the orphanages. The places I am working are the places that really need the extra help, and their resources are very limited. Many other orphanages are better equipped. The orphans are looked after until they are 18, or if they go to university, 25. My role will involve teaching some English to older children, as well as playing, organising activities, games, crafts, and with the younger children helping to feed them and wash them. Lets just hope I don't become too attatched because I am only 18!

I will know more later on after my first day!

From: mary_goodnight
2007-05-21 02:15 am (UTC)
Very cool I look forward to reading about your adventures.
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[User Picture]From: seosaimhthin
2007-05-24 02:35 pm (UTC)
Can I ask how you organised the trip or via which agency? I have been looking to volunteer myself but I haven't been able to find any suitable programs ^^
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[User Picture]From: goodbye_england
2007-05-25 10:02 am (UTC)
It's through a company called i-to-i (http://www.i-to-i.com/)
It's a lot of money so it may be worth shopping around a bit. The title of my project is Community Work with Orphans in Vietnam - so I am teaching English, but also playing etc. I'd be happy to answer any questions if I can :)
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[User Picture]From: sistersunshine
2007-05-30 09:20 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I'll for sure be checking out your journal! :)
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[User Picture]From: smasharash
2007-12-20 01:48 pm (UTC)

Re: Thank You

All the kids are lucky enough to be able to also go to school, so that is where they learn maths etc. Most of them also learn a bit of English at school too, but not much. I also questioned the importance of teaching them english. But, it being the international language of buisness, opens up many doors, and it is not an equivalent to native english speakers learning a second language (does that make sense?). The classes I taught were very small, and I think a lot of it was about giving kids some special attention that they may not otherwise get. I'd be happy to answer more questions if you'd like.

The experience has really confirmed to me that I do want to adopt, and that I don't need to grow and make a child to love it. I think it is likely that you will find it easier to adopt as a single woman, and then have your partner officially become a parent later. Many countries (such as Vietnam) are very traditional and not exactly accepting of homosexuality, yet.

Good luck!
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