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Author Archive: Rebecca Plumadore

Last blog, memories of Vietnam

Drafted Sept.20, 2010 My time in Vietnam proved to be highly rewarding, interesting and challenging. I think I learnt a lot about what it is like to live, work and adapt to a different country and culture. Vietnam is captivating country that has so much to offer. With its rich history, strong sense of culture…

Pagodas, My Placement and Reflections on Vietnam

Some placement updates… My time in Vietnam is far from boring. Work has been pretty hectic. Today was the last day of my English class and I am sad that it is over. Many of the students came up to me and expressed how thankful they were that I helped teach the class. They said…

Placement Update and Trip to Sapa

My placement here at the Centre for Women’s Training has progressed over the last few weeks. I was originally tasked with researching “gender issues” and “women’s movements” in Asia but soon concluded that this was way too broad. Now I’m researching human trafficking in Southeast Asia. I am in the process of compiling a bibliography…

My Visit to Halong Bay

  I have just returned from spending two remarkable days onboard a junk ship in Halong Bay. As our guide explained to us, Halong translates to Descending Dragon and undoubtedly the bay lives up to its name as it presents a very mythical and unique landscape to those that visit it. Spending the weekend in…

Learning to live in Vietnam

I have been in Hanoi for a couple of weeks now and I’m starting to learn my way around thís chaotic city. I am amazed by the constant activity that encompasses the city at all hours of the day. The streets are always teeming with people biking, walking and motorbiking. Parents and children squish onto…

First week in Hanoi

Xin Chào (hello) Just finished my orientation week in Hanoi, Vietnam and feel that I have already learnt so much! The WUSC staff here have been incredibly helpful and I am grateful that they have been here to help me get adjusted to life in Vietnam. Hanoi is a fascinating city that is a blur…

Going to Vietnam!

My name is Rebecca Plumadore and I am excited, nervous and incredibly curious to travel to Hanoi, Vietnam to intern with the Vietnamese Women’s Union (VWU). I am passionate about gender equality and women’s rights issues so I am sure this placement will prove to be an amazing learning experience. In addition, I believe that…