Christine Gordon

From living in a small city in New Zealand's north island to volunteering at an orphanage in the Ba Vi district in Vietnam......this is going to be three weeks I will never forget.

My First Week

 Posted by Christine Gordon at 11:39 pm  Vietnam  Comments Off on My First Week
Nov 032016

Greetings from Ba Vi

I can not believe that I have just finished my first week at the centre! Time really does fly when you are having fun.

If you have ever had thoughts¬†about volunteering……do it!! It is the most rewarding thing you will ever do. Yes there have been a few times this week that have been shall we say ‘trying’ but when the kids look at you and give you the biggest smile your heart just melts.

I have been assigned to Room 5 at the centre which has 22 children with ages varying from 7 to 21 and each of them has either a mental or physical disability and of varying degrees. But looking past all that they each have their own beautiful personalities.

I’ve spent this first week getting to know my kids and their little quirks. Some of the kids love being outside playing with the ball and this really helps with their coordination and the smiles on their faces when they are playing is wonderful. Some love to just take walks in the sunshine and having a little explore on the way or its being inside playing on the mat with the toys. In amongst all of that there is always time for a cuddle.

Our work day starts at 8.30am and finishes around 3.30pm though we are able to go to other areas and help out until 5pm if we wish. The nursery unit is one place I like to visit once my Room 5 is settled for the day.

Then there is the bike ride home (about 5kms) which is always entertaining. The locals are so welcoming. I had a local man stop me yesterday on the way home – he wanted to say hello and shake my hand….how gorgeous. There is always fruit of some sort being sold at the roadside too, fresh pineapple which is amazing – the lady will peel and cut it up for you while you wait. There is sugar cane juice made right in front of you – cant get any fresher than that!

So….that’s about it for this week. It has been an amazing, enriching and wonderful week and I look forward to next week.

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