Sai Gon

Written: 12 August 2014 I write this from the couch of my parents house.  I am officially back in the United States, and it’s surreal.  Going to Viet Nam was surreal and being back is surreal.  I honestly, don’t want to be back. But, all those thoughts must be reserved for later. So, actually, I…

Pre-Production

Written: 1 August 2014 I just had my last day at CECAD, and I’m really sad.  But, before I talk about that, I want to share my thoughts about my final meeting with VECO. All the talk of the meeting reminds of a “pre-production” process of making a film.  We are carefully planning an intervention…

Presentations & Dialogues

Written: 29 July 2014 Okay, so I’m at an official “dialogue” in the rural district of Tân Lạc, Hòa Bình Province.  I have a few thoughts / observations. First, I would like to say, I basically understand nothing. I’m exaggerating.  Honestly, I could pick up some words and the PowerPoint presentations help, but the Vietnamese they speak—about…

Water Filters

A few weeks ago, I applied for a $5,000 USD grant with the Korea Green Foundation (KGF).  I am happy and proud to say that last week, I was told that we received the grant!  This is the first, actually second, tangible evidence that I have been doing something for my organization. The first proof…

VECO

In one of my previous posts, I mentioned that CECAD is in the process of partnering with VECO Vietnam (veco-ngo.org), an org under Vredeseilanden, a Belgian NGO.  Last week, I was able to sit in another meeting with them, and I think it was productive. Beforehand, I had to drink 2 cups of coffee because I…

A Little Bit Longer

In the VPV house, there are a lot international people that stay here, from the US, Canada, France, Iceland, Belgium, etc.  But, we are all placed at different projects / organizations.  Some of them teach English.  Others work with kids and some, like me, work with NGOs.  None of the people here works with me…

Can Tho

Not sure if this post will be really related to my practice experience, but I wanted to share. One of the greatest privileges that I have had while I have been in Vietnam is the ability to travel to different places around the country.  When I went to Quan Lan, I spent less than $50…

Quan Lan

This past weekend I went to Quan Lan, a nearby island to the east of Vietnam.  It was a three day, two night trip.  Originally, I was going to book a tour with some my friends, but it got too expensive, so we decided to show up at the bus station on Saturday morning and…