REI-Vietnam News

Cultural Exchange 2016: Building Bridges

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US and Vietnamese Students Building Together

The fireworks and celebration taking place as REI’s summer exchange students landed in Hanoi on May 19 were extremely gratifying! Of course, the celebration was for the birthday of Ho Chi Minh, founder of the present republic of Vietnam, not for us, but no matter. There were also some who were equally excited about the arrival of our students and the launch of this year’s Summer Cultural Exchange program! Read more...

A Presidential Visit

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(or, who is that man with Madame Lien?)

If you follow the news, you already know that President Barack Obama visited Vietnam in May in order to continue strengthening U.S. - Vietnam relations. During a reception on May 24 he gave a speech on that topic to a number of specially invited guests. Among those guests was Madame Lien, our REI Representative in Hanoi.

The Heart of the Matter

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Developing Pediatric Cardiology in Vietnam

Congenital heart defects affect 8 out of 1000 newborns, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Even 15 years ago, many of these newborns would simply die in Vietnam. Today, with the advances made in pediatric cardiology, most of these infants can be successfully treated and go on to live healthy, normal lives. Long-time REI volunteer Dr. Austin Raunikar is seeking to help raise the standard of children’s heart care in Vietnam.

Investing in Tomorrow’s Business Leaders

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Fall 2015 and Spring 2016

How do you fit a size 12 foot into a size 9 shoe? Sometimes we here at REI have so much going on that we can’t quite communicate everything that has been happening! The work of our Business Education Teams (or Business Teams, if you prefer) is an example. It has been nearly a year since we wrote about this work, but since then we have had 2 teams of skilled and experienced business practitioners serve in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, in November 2015 and again in March 2016. Why did they come? To help build up the future business leaders of Vietnam.

The Synergy of English Training and Social Work

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Presley McFadden at Tea Talk English

Presley McFadden, REI’s resident staff team leader in Hanoi, has taught English at three prominent universities in Hanoi (Hanoi University, Academy of Finance, and National Economic University) over the past 6 years. Last year he decided it was time for a change. Presley was already working closely with Michael Ong at Tea Talk through volunteering at a number of workshops and English clubs. Could Tea Talk become a place for full-up English courses? The answer: YES!

New Year’s Resolutions

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Clarifying REI's Direction in 2016

A new year! A time of celebration, and also a time of reflection and renewal, when people think about the past year, reviewing their direction, recommitting to doing that which is good and right and helpful, and often making resolutions to change, to improve, to make a fresh start. This is a good time for us here at REI to consider what we are doing well, where we can improve—indeed, to consider why we exist at all.

A Story of Giving

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Sharing Healing, Sharing Hearts

For many of us Westerners, this is the season of giving. We here at REI would like to share with you a story of giving—a story of kindness, of generosity, of devotion, of hope. It involves many people, though we will focus on only a few. May your heart be encouraged and inspired!

Teamwork in Patient Safety

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Clarifying Priorities, Transfering Skills

What should be the emphasis in health care? This question could receive a variety of responses. Better health outcomes? Patient satisfaction? A good bottom line for shareholders? Dr. Elaine Goehner, our team leader for our Nurses/Mixed Medical Team, believes that the emphasis must be on patient safety, achieved through better teamwork among the different health care professionals.

Community Health – Empowering Healthy Communities

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Training Workers in Community Health

For REI, community health means more than a community having access to medical care. It means having a healthy community on every level. A community that functions well in determining its own resources, its own needs, its own priorities, and its own solutions to self-development, be it in the area of education, health care, sanitation, economic development, care for the elderly, care for the marginalized, whatever it may be—we visualize communities taking stock of their own situation and taking the initiative to improve. For the past several months REI has been training Vietnamese in how to help encourage communities to do just that.

Building a Nation through Training in English

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REI at Hung Yen University

Why train Vietnamese students in English? Because English, although not the most commonly spoken language in the world (that honor goes to Mandarin) is nevertheless our era’s lingua franca of business and academia. In most countries it is the primary second language taught in schools and can be understood to some extent by 1/3 of the world’s population. English is crucial for anyone who wants to thrive on the global stage. For the past year REI’s Zonia Go (third from left above) has been investing her life in training both students and instructors of other subjects at the Hung Yen University of Technology and Education.

Underwriting REI

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Investing in the Future

REI, including its subset, REI-Vietnam, is a non-profit organization. There is an old joke about a businessman who said that his business, too, was a non-profit organization. “Although,” he said wistfully, “it wasn’t intended to be.” In our case, from our origins, our intent has been to give, to share, to train, to exchange, to build, without expectation of payment. But it does take money to do what we do. Where does that money come from?

Cultural Exchange: Building Bridges

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US and Vietnamese Students Building Together
Here at REI we take the Exchange element of our mandate seriously. From May 21 to June 16 thirteen American students lived in Hanoi, making friends, eating savory street food, and learning about Vietnamese language and culture as well as sharing their own. By all accounts all the students involved, Vietnamese and American alike, had a great time!

Building in Business

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Spring 2015 Business Team Impacts Future Business Leaders

Building a nation includes building its economy. As the economy grows, individuals, communities, and the country as a whole enjoy a higher quality of life. REI seeks to help train business students in sound business principles, that they might succeed in their own career paths, and in so doing help build their nation.

Something Old, Something New

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ENT and Urology Training

In April our Mixed Medical Team brought further training in one of the earliest medical specialties where REI has made a contribution, ENT (Ears, Nose, and Throat). We also brought training in our newest specialty: Urology. This last makes the 20th medical specialty that we have been able to offer! Longtime volunteer Dr. Craig Hedges and his friend and first-timer to Vietnam, Dr. Darlys Hofer (above), invested two weeks in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to build people to build their nation.

Spring Update: Dental Specialty Team and More

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Building Vietnam's Dental Capacity

In the springtime, as migratory birds fly northward and young men’s fancies turn to love, our REI volunteers make their way to Vietnam. This month we are highlighting the contribution made by our Dental Specialty Team, as part of our Mixed Medical Team. (We also had an ENT Team and a Business Team serve, but space constraints, alas, only allow us to focus on one part of a greater whole!)

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