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 expenses.  

Anyone interested in helping with the efforts in Vietnam can contact Bye at 477-1672 or via e-mail at