Students Without Borders is a WUSC and CECI program that enables Canadian university and college students to participate in exciting, volunteer learning opportunities in South America, Africa, and Asia.

First Impressions

November 26, 2013

When I landed in Vietnam it was late at night, the 24 hour flight had been exhausting. The lack of sleep and jetlag did nothing to prepare me for the incoming sensory bombardment that is the Hanoi, Old Quarter. Getting up the next morning and meeting some of the other long term interns and having breakfast at the hotel everything seemed quiet and calm, until I stepped outside.

The minute I stepped outside I saw the noise and the chaos that is the Old Quarter. What seemed like a million motorbikes where zooming around in every direction on these tiny narrow streets. There was a commotion and buzz that I had never witnessed or experienced before. The first few days my surroundings were completely overwhelming, coming from the relative quiet and orderliness of Canada. With time and some serious internal struggle I managed to embrace my surroundings and even fell into a morning routine of longboarding around Huan Kiem Lake.

Having met all of the WUSC staff here in Vietnam, I have come to understand and appreciate the amount of hard work that goes into coordinating with and preparing 10 interns all at the same time. The WUSC staff have been wonderful in making sure that everything works to the benefit of all parties involved. The meeting with my host organization and my WUSC supervisor was very well conducted and addressed my needs and interests as well as the interests of Hua Sua School and unitera.

I look forwarding to carrying out my mandate and learning about this wonderful place.