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