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.

Two Months till Hanoi~

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Hello SWB! My name is Rebecca Damiani and I have been accepted as the Content and Digital Marketing Assistant with the Hoa Sua School for Disadvantaged Youth in Hanoi, Vietnam. Currently, I am finishing my 4th year of Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University in Toronto. Throughout my studies I have gained a wide range of knowledge and skills surrounding production, writing, marketing, public relations, etc. I am passionate about creative writing and screenwriting, and also enjoy reading comedy on my spare time.

My second, and last semester of university, requires students to partake in an internship. I decided to apply to the SWB program because I am looking for an experience unlike anything I’ve ever done. I have recently looked into abroad volunteering and humanitarian aid trips, however I was never able to attend these ventures due to school interference’s. After meeting with my internship coordinator, I told her what kind of experience I was looking for and she immediately recommended the Student Without Borders internships. After applying, I narrowed down the destination I would like to do my placement at. I have always wanted to visit Vietnam, as my brother has traveled there on multiple occasions and his stories and photographs always appealed to me.

For my internship, I have many goals I wish to accomplish. I want to be able to adapt to the culture and keep an open mind to new ideas and experiences. I would like to gain relationships with students, volunteers and workers in order to create a harmonious work environment. I want to rely my previous knowledge of marketing and digital content, and utilize my abilities to assist others. I am hoping to grow as a person and make connections with locals. As of now, I am unsure what exactly to expect. I am going into this placement openly and will be ready for any obstacles. I hope to have an amazing journey and learn from my travels. I am nervous to experience ‘culture shock’, as I have never traveled to this side of the world. As well, I am curious to try the Vietnamese cuisine as many of my peers have told me stories of what kind of food I will be eating.

When I arrive, I believe my first task is to settle down. I am hoping to meet everyone I will be working closely with and spend some time with them to get comfortable to my new surroundings. I am so excited that I was fortunate enough to be accepted for this position. I am anxious and excited for what awaits me on the other side of the world.