Health Volunteers Overseas in Hue, Vietnam -Gail

I never wanted to teach. My only real (paid) teaching job was on college breaks when I was a substitute teacher at my high school, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, in Annandale, Virginia. I learned that as a sub, teaching wasn’t important. But memorizing the names of a few students, and calling…

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Happy Khmer New Year -Gail

We were lucky enough to arrive in Cambodia during the Khmer New Year. Actually, the holiday is referred to as Happy Khmer New Year, as in “today is the first day of Happy New Year!”, and “Angkor Wat is very busy because of Happy New Year today”! And it is, truly, a happy celebration. Local…

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Hue, Vietnam -Lena

Hue, Vietnam. Certainly not the most popular tourist spot, but the small city in the central region (near the DMZ) has plenty of culture to offer. Aside from the beautiful Citadel and Imperial city (impressive to say the least), many of its other landmarks, from the Nyugen Dynasty, were partially destroyed by bombings during the…

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Everybody’s Watching -Gail

After two weeks of walking back and forth to work each day past the same local “minder”, lying down, bare feet on the handles of his motorbike, I was finally spoken to. “Moto?”, he asked, pointing to his bike. I figured he wondered where my moped was, given the heat (95 degrees in the shade)…

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The Children of Sapa -Lena

There is so much to love about the isolated mountainous town of Sapa, only a few miles from the Chinese border, in northern Vietnam. First, relief from the otherwise hot and humid climate in the low lands of Vietnam. Next, streets lined with North Fake and Funder Armour shops. And, last but not least, fresh…

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Children of Peace International -Andrew

We just finished 2 amazing weeks working with Children of Peace International (COPI) in Vietnam. Before I describe our experience, I want to share some history from www.childrenofpeace.org. COPI was founded by Binh Rybacki who left Vietnam with her family at the age of eighteen. The American government evacuated her family in the last days…

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Everything is Relative -Gail

Heading to the hill tribe villages of Thailand, squeezed into an old pickup truck with our new friend, Dr. David Mar Naw, we were all a little bit on edge. Although we had heard great things about Dr. David’s volunteer medical clinics, details about our living arrangements were hard to come by. We knew that…

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Where there are no Doctors -Andrew

Where there are no doctors (WWW.WTINAD.org) Burma, the predominantly Buddhist country famous for rubies, heroin, and fierce fighting during World War II, lies to the west of Thailand and to the south of China. A British colony until the end of WW II, Burma gained independence in 1948 but quickly fell under brutal military rule….

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Searching for General Tso -Lena and Mimi

This is a public service announcement directed at anyone who might know the whereabouts of General Tso or his (admittedly delicious) chicken. We have searched tirelessly along the crowded streets of Hong Kong and Kowloon, but try as we have, no luck. We were told that Americanized “Chinese” food was different from the real thing,…

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