United States & International Team
The entire United States and International Global Community Service Foundation team plus Hoa Nguyen of Global Spectrum Travel enjoyed time working together at GCSF’s headquarters in Fairfax, VA following the successful 20th anniversary event on September 18. Pictured left to right: Hoa Nguyen, Tam Nguyen, Winnie Merritt, Kayti Aung and Dung Chu.
Nguyen Bac Ngoc Primary School Visit
Volunteer Ray Wilkinson and GCSF Advisor Mike Gormalley visited Nguyen Bac Ngoc Primary School on Thursday, September 11, 2014. They visited with the principal, head English teacher and the students. “The students were very polite, interested in learning and enjoyed being with foreigners.” said Mr. Gormalley.
Dong Ha English Club Celebrates 3rd Anniversary. Dong Ha English club was officially established in July 2011 with more than 20 members. The goal of the Club is to promote English learning and skill sharing among young people in Dong Ha city. The Club members are mostly from local secondary and high schools. The group made friends all over the world via the Club and has become a channel of cultural exchange via interactions with foreigners visiting in Dong Ha. Nearly 40 Club members, GCSF’s representative and volunteers celebrated the 3rd anniversary together on June 28 at Tam’s Cafe.
Dedication of the Khe Sanh School Library. The dedication ceremony for the Khe Sanh School Library in Quang Tri was held on February 21. Many people attended the event including: GCSF Board member Col. Al Bergstrom and his family; GCSF staff members Nguyen Xuan Tam and Olivia Fernandes; Mr. Luong Duc Cong, Chairman of People’s Council of Huong Hoa District; Mr. Tran Van Bach, Khe Sanh’s People’s Committee Vice Chairman; Ms. Huong, School Principal; ten teachers; and 20 children. Everyone is very happy with the new Library.
Bergstroms deliver bikes and library materials. Thank you to the Bergstrom family for attending the Khe Sanh School Library dedication in Quang Tri and visiting the Tran Hung Dao Secondary School in Cam Lo District and the Dong Ha Street Children Center. They also delivered 15 bicycles to 15 children over the course of the trip. The family enjoyed time with the local students at the English Club meeting at Tam’s Café.
Opening of the Ban Pyin School and Library. A well-attended and lovely opening celebration was held in September. The school was made possible through the generosity of the University of Virginia and the library by Sylvia Fraser-Lu. On behalf of the children and community, thank you!
House Building on Inle Lake with the Beamish and Lund Families. “The opportunity to be a part of this very special moment for this family – getting their very first home – was absolutely wonderful.” ~ Heather Beamish. Read and see more of the families’ experience, which occurred in March 2014.
Pilot Expansion of Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies Program From January 18 through 22, 2014, Global Community Service Foundation and special advisors were in the Inle Lake region delivering maternal and child healthcare. Services included: training for local health care providers, health education for mothers, check-ups and monitoring of expectant mothers and unborn children, distribution of pre-natal vitamins and nutritional supplements, and more.
GCSF has partnered again with Butterfield & Robinson to construct homes in Inle Lake for families in need. Thirty-six homes have been built over several years because of this partnership between GCSF and Butterfield & Robinson. Thank you to them and to the many voluntourists and donors for providing safe, new homes to hundreds of individuals since 2011. Photo: Ko Sain Family of five.
Learn about the families who have benefited from this partnership.
VolunTourism: Community Service on an International Level
Volunteering in Viet Nam in July
From July 19 to 26, Wahidah Aziz volunteered with GCSF in Viet Nam. She worked with Nguyet, the blind teacher from Quang Tri Handicapped School, on conversational English. She took part in the weekly outdoor exchange activities between kids from the Dong Ha Street Children Center and the EIS English Center. Though her time in Viet Nam has ended, she continues to design a curriculum with detailed lesson plans for the Dong Ha Street Children Center. Thank you Wahidah!