November 9 - 23, 2019
To learn about and
Vietnamese culture
& food
To gain new
skills and
To make a
To better
history & economy
Resources Effective
Common Good
Taking Initiative
To make
new friends
From the fringes of the Red River Delta - where the ancient
origin of Vietnamese language, art, and culture was
nourished 5,000 years ago - to metropolitan hubs like Hanoi
where the results of a series of freemarket reforms are
evident, Vietnam is transforming rapidly and embracing its
heritage and future with many challenges.

With great enthusiasm, Global Volunteers welcomedTeam
86 to the vibrant city of Hanoi - to build mutual
understanding with the Vietnamese people and assist the
government with its ambitious educational and economic
goals to enable students to use English confidently in
academic and professional settings.

The lack of teaching staff and resources are two main
obstacles nationwide. Poverty is still evident, even in urban
cities, despite rapid modernizing. People with disabilities
are left with few opportunities for education and
employment, despite their efforts.Global Volunteers
directly addresses needs in those two high-priority areas.

Our time-tested and proven philosophy of service ensures
volunteers’ efforts help advance our Vietnamese partners’
development vision and goals. Team 86 applied their
combined energy and unique, individual skills to
contribute in a variety of ways to these sustained, long-
term projects:
As volunteersinstead oftourists, Team 86 got to know
and learn from the Vietnamese people - leaving behind
the gifts of hope, service and friendship.
Using Global Volunteer’s Conversational English
Teaching Guide and their personal creativity,
volunteers offer classes to primary and secondary
school students.
Sharing their knowledge in profession of business,
finance, law, and technology with university students.
Helping young adults with impaired visionlearn
practical conversational English to improvetheir
employability astrained massage therapists.
"Evening brought the new team together over dinner at the
hotel; getting acquainted; hearing travel and service stories.
This is an enthusiastic and well-traveled group. We bonded
well for a great experience together as we serve in Hanoi."
~ Barbara
"I’m going to be wondering how the couches get into
some of the apartments for the rest of my life. The
buildings are so skinny!"
~ Caitlin
"Woken up by our rooster pal early in the morning. Snoozed
off just in time to hear the alarm go off. Breakfast was
delicious: a blend of Vietnamese vegetables, salads and
other food along with western food to satisfy all palates.
Joined everyone for orientation in the "Penthouse Suite."
Introduced ourselves, set our team goals, and did our group
activity of flag identification."
~ Cathie
"Global Volunteers activities seem to be integrated well into
the Omamori Spa and BlindLink programming, with clear
objectives for our English work, and working with students
with a variety of English skills, vision and some with additional
disabilities. Ms. Huong has a clear vision for the organization
and I feel like we are making a real and significant
~ Susan
"After spending a week at BlindLink, Susan and I have been
impressed by the power of other senses and the ability of our
students to “see” the world differently."
~ Phil
"Margy and I believe we have been quite successful with
the kids from NBK and are enjoying the experience
immensely. We make everything a game, and are very
patient. But most importantly, we genuinely like the kids,
and they seem to like us."
~ Michael
"It was a very touching and heartwarming daywith hugs
all around by everyone and for everyone. I have never
seen such a mass outpouring of affection at any school In
my life. The memories will last forever!"
~ Michael
"I feel fortunate to have spent the full two weeks working with
mostly the same staff at Omamori - seeing definite progress in
English pronunciation and vocabulary, learning the
personalities of many individuals and feeling a part of the
rhythm and daily routine of Blind-Link and Omamori life. I am
convinced that this is a real and effective, sustainable example
of social entrepreneurship, providing a great service that
clients happily pay for, and creating meaningful jobs and
incomes for a disadvantaged demographic."
~ Susan
"We continue to try and find learning experiences for these
bright but rambunctious and occasionally inattentive students."
~ Margy
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