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Learning Journey to Hanoi, Vietnam 20-24 Oct 2018

A group of 29 students and 4 teachers from Hougang Secondary School embarked on a journey to Hanoi, Vietnam from the 20th-24th of October. Through this trip, our Hougeans gained an insight into Vietnam’s cultural heritage and at the same time brought them to the remote district of Mai Chau where they experienced living in a homestay before interacting with students from a local primary school! 

 As they made their way through vibrant streets of Hanoi on Day 1, our Hougeans were given the opportunity to visit various well-known landmarks which included Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, St. Joseph’s Cathedral and Old Quarter. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum provided students with an opportunity to learn more about Vietnam’s history while the Old Quarter provided them with the opportunity to interact with locals as they bargained while shopping! All in all, Day 1 allowed the students to plunge into Vietnam’s rich and vibrant culture.

On Day 2, students made their way to Chuong My Village and later to Bat Trang Pottery Village. At these locations, students tried their hand at Bamboo Weaving and Pottery Making. Despite the challenging nature of the tasks, the students tried their best and the results were simply stunning examples of bamboo weaves and clay pots! These activities also served as platforms for the students to forge stronger friendships as they tried various techniques in their several attempts at perfecting their craft! Day 2 continued to provide students with the opportunity to further immerse themselves into Vietnam’s culture.

On Day 3 and 4, the students were given the opportunity to interact with the local students at Mai Hįch Primary School. This was a truly an eye-opening experience for our Hougeans as they witnessed the joy of learning from these primary school children. The children from Mai Hich Primary School were extremely excited and had the hunger to learn through the various activities planned for them. Upon reflection, our Hougeans felt that these children were very grateful for the little things in life and this propelled all of them to realise the importance of appreciating the smaller and simpler things in life.

All in all, the trip to Vietnam stood as an opportunity to grow our Hougeans' knowledge about the culture of a foreign land and grow as human beings through cultural immersion and service learning.