Study Abroad

Second Week

January 11, 2017

We are well into our second week now, getting to know the children and learning more about Da Nang. We can see the progress we are making with some of the children in their English pronunciation. We visited the Ba Na Hill Station west of Da Nang. It was sunny on the ground but when we went up the mountain, we disappeared into the clouds.

Todays' reporters are Krista DeJulio and Jonah Uribe.

Krista DeJulio writes:

My name is Krista DeJulio and I'm a senior communication student. I have never thought of myself as a person who was good with kids. Yes, I have about 10 cousins who are younger than me and used to babysit a group of children every Sunday for two years but that never constituted as someone who was good with kids to me. I applied to this trip to try something new. I never saw myself going to Asia, let alone Vietnam, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to step outside of my confines. Stepping outside of my confines also includes teaching English pronunciation to Vietnamese orphans at the SOS Children's Village, a global outreach program for orphaned children.  

Each child of various ages is so full of life and happiness even after the hardships they might have gone through. The children are eager to learn both the correct pronunciation and how to get on your nerves (in a good way). They taught me how to say "curly hair" (tóc xoăn) and some really cool dance moves I'll definitely be using back in Boston. With only three more days left with the kids, it will be hard to say goodbye. Our professor told us not to get too attached but it's too late for all of us - both us Lasell students and the students at the Village.     

Visit to Ba Na Hill Station in the clouds

Jonah Uribe writes:

Jonah here. I'm a finance major. Our lesson plan began with teaching the SOS students the proper pronunciation of TH which some of them struggled with because they typically just pronounced a T sound. By the end of the lesson, the students had done a great job of understanding the difference between the sounds. I was particularly impressed with one of the more shy children in my group who had seemed uninterested in our lessons the first few days, but he opened today (which was our third lesson) and did very well with his pronunciations.  

We were able to play some games with the children which was fun as well. One on the games involved capturing the flag with two teams on opposite sides and a flag in the middle, which was enjoyable. I became excited when we were able to play soccer with the children. I play soccer back home and it felt good because it became our language. We were able to connect and have fun even though we didn't speak the same language, and the children were amazing players.