Funds needed for service project in Vietnam
Twelve Shippensburg University students, alumni and others will again
travel to Vietnam at the end of this year with the goal to build a school for
the community of Ben Tre Provence, south of Saigon.
Since 2002, the university’s United Campus Ministry has organized five
service-learning trips to Vietnam, involving about 70 students and alumni. Over
the course of those years, according to the Rev. Jan Bye, United Campus
minister, the visits focused on three objectives: service, community development
and relationships. The visits have resulted in the building of homes, a clinic
and three two-room schools.
According to Bye, “There’s something powerful about old enemies, new
friends—moving beyond war to work for a better world. It’s an amazing thing to
be a part of.”
The next trip is planned for the break between the end of the Fall 2013
semester and the start of the Spring 2014 semester. The trip costs about $3,500
per person. To offset the costs, the students are
willing to assist community members with household chores, including yard work
(e.g., raking leaves), cleaning, grocery shopping, household maintenance, or
other household tasks in return for any donation to assist with their
Anyone interested in helping with the efforts in Vietnam can contact Bye
at 477-1672 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.