REI-Vietnam News

CHALLENGES BUILD STRENGTH, UNITY

by Lily Lauer |

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Summer Cultural Exchange Team Thrives

From its humble beginnings in 2011 as “plan B” for a group of students whose trip to Mongolia was canceled, the REI-VN summer cultural exchange program has developed into a much-anticipated opportunity for college students to experience the culture, language and people of Vietnam. Students value the chance to apply the skills and knowledge they have acquired in college, and to make a profound contribution to lives of emerging leaders in Vietnam. The University of Languages and International Studies (ULIS) in Hanoi partners with REI-VN, and has been instrumental to the success of this program. This summer’s cultural exchange trip was definitely an adventure. The challenging experiences our 2013 team faced stretched and knit them closer together in unexpected ways. Team members returned home better people than when they left, having matured in skill, cross-cultural understanding, and character.