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.

A Change of Place and a Change of Pace

May 8, 2015

Hi! My name is Hannah Bayoumi and I am a 4th year student at the University of Ottawa studying Conflict Studies and Human Rights. I am about a week away from starting a new adventure in Vietnam as the last chapter of my university career. My unfailing excitement has been paired with a sense of fear. Yes, a fear of the unknown, but mostly, a fear that I won’t get the most out of the experience. To solve this problem, I have been doing a lot of research in order to have a good general understanding of the opportunities and learning experiences that will open up to me during my time in Vietnam. I have heard nothing but good things about the country and the people, and I feel overwhelmingly blessed to be able to engage in not only an amazing travelling experience but to be apart of a bigger initiative that aims at improving the quality of life through empowering people to find what works for them.

I have always been interested in other cultures and ways of living. I was born in London, England but grew up in Ontario, Canada. I have lived in England, France, and Canada, soon to add Vietnam to the list! My dad’s side of the family is from Egypt, and I have been fortunate enough to visit them there and see a new side of the world. One of the best things about travelling is how much you can learn from small yet rich interactions with people. I enjoy cooking, singing, synchronized swimming, and spending my time in the company of friends. I believe that everything happens for a reason and I very much enjoy comedy.

Time has crept up on me this semester and I leave so soon! I am already enjoying the experience of not knowing all the details of my mandate. It makes it that much more magical because I am going somewhere for a quarter of a year and have no clue what it’s going to be like. Not knowing has allowed me to have no expectations for what it will be like. All I know is that I can’t wait to find out what awaits me in the enchanting South-East Asia!