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Show and Tell

March 02, 2018

In January, a group of 10 students joined Professors Margo Lemieux and Anh Le Tran on the college's fourth Shoulder to Shoulder trip to Vietnam, where they spent two weeks working with adolescents at the SOS Children's Village in Da Nang.  

At the children's village, Lasell students were paired with young residents to help them with English pronunciation. The organization provides permanent housing for children who have been orphaned and helps prepare them for future education and employment.

Undergraduate participants prepared in advance of the trip with both Lemieux and Tran, who provided economic, geographic, and historical context of the country's culture. In addition, local artist and former Lasell Board of Overseers member David Thomas, who served in the Vietnam War, shared his experience on how he has used art as a way to repair the relationship between Vietnam and the United States. Thomas, founder of the grassroots diplomacy organization Indochina Arts Partnership, provided the initial connection for Lasell to pursue this Shoulder to Shoulder trip.

Students were tasked with creating photo journals of their time in the country as a reflection of their service work and cultural immersion. Lemeiux emphasized that the "visual language is universal," and encouraged students to use photos, drawings, and written reflections to compile a narrative of their journey.

"We hope that in reflecting back, they have a sense of accomplishment and appreciation in knowing that they helped to break the cycle of poverty," said Lemieux. "The experience helps the students develop confidence as they are exposed to new areas of the world."

Students interested in applying for the 2019 trip to Vietnam can do so here

Vietnam Shoulder to Shoulder Photo Journal 2018

Vietnam Shoulder to Shoulder Photo Journal 2018

Vietnam Shoulder to Shoulder Photo Journal 2018

Vietnam Shoulder to Shoulder Photo Journal 2018

Photos by Michael Bueno '18