Norwich Team Prepares for Vietnam Trip
Student Led Group to Help Landmine Victims
A group of Norwich students, faculty and staff are spending several weeks in Vietnam during the summer break as part of a unique service-learning project. The group will meet with government officials and work in schools and orphanages in the city of Hue, which suffered considerable damage during the Vietnam War.
Unexploded ordnance from the war still lingers in Hue and other areas in the central region of the country, leaving a painful legacy. According to Martha Hathaway, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Clear Path International, a non-profit organization that assists victims of landmines and other unexploded ordnance, an accident involving unexploded ordnance happens every day in Southeast Asia.
The Norwich team's trip to Hue is part of the University's NU VISIONS Abroad program, which was designed to increase opportunities for Norwich students to get involved in meaningful service-learning opportunities abroad. The group is partnering with CPI, which has worked with local leaders in Hue to identify the needs of victims in the region and design programs to address those needs.
The trip was coordinated by Nicole DiDomenico, Director of Volunteer Programs at Norwich. DiDomenico is enthusiastic about the opportunity. "I think it's appropriate that we partner with Clear Path, due to the type of work they engage in. Exposing our students to the aftermath of a war will give them a perspective few students get to have," she said.
"I've been excited about this trip for a long time," said Cadet William Scullin, an Army ROTC student from Stoneham, Mass., who is part of the Norwich team. Scullin has two family members who served in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam. "I love to travel and I love to help people," he said, "and this is an opportunity to do both."
The group is scheduled to return to the U.S. on June 28 and will be sharing their experiences with the Norwich community at various events during the fall semester.
Visit Clear Path International on the Web to view pictures from Vietnam and to read updated blog postings from the NU VISIONS Abroad team.