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Moyer ’83 Volunteered in a ‘New Vietnam’

Terri Moyer '83 experienced her own version of “Good Morning, Vietnam” this summer. She was in Vietnam as part of an 11-member Global Volunteers team that spent three weeks in July assisting English teachers in Vietnam with their conversational skills. The group worked in the Mekong Delta community of Cao Lanh. Global Volunteers is a nonprofit organization that offers short-term service opportunities in countries around the world.

Below is the full press release from Global Volunteers:

Alumna Volunteers in a 'New Vietnam'

Hobart and William Smith Colleges alumna Terri Moyer (Class of 1983) experienced her own version of “Good Morning, Vietnam” this summer.

Dewy moist air arose from the rice paddies and the pungent smells of ginger and orchids filled the air as Moyer arose each morning for her 5:30 a.m. run through the Meking Delta town of Cao Lanh. “I'll never forget the sights and smells and all the friendly 'hellos' and 'good mornings,'” said Moyer, who teaches at Derryfield School in Manchester, N.H. Noyer resides in Portsmouth, N.H.

Moyer was in Vietnam as part of an 11-member Global Volunteers team that spend three weeks in July assisting English teachers in Vietnam with their conversational skills. Moyer and the other volunteers worked in the Mekong Delta community of Cao Lanh. (Global Volunteers is a nonprofit organization that offers short-term service opportunities in countries around the world.)

By immersing themselves in the day-to-day rhythms of this bustling community, the volunteers gained new insights into the people and culture of Vietnam. And the Vietnamese go to know “real” Americans, untainted by the lenses of Hollywood or Madison Avenue.

“The people were wonderful, warm and giving. I felt fortunate to interact with teachers and to learn that we have much more in common when talking about or profession than we have differences.”

“Our countries' similarities outweigh the differences. There are wonderful Vietnamese teachers who inspire students even though they may not have updated books and materials.”

In particular, she recalls an “amazing teacher who kept 40 middle school students actively engaged for an entire 2 ½ hour class!”

During free time, the volunteers took in the sights of Cao Lanh, visiting its markets, the famous Mekong River, Buddhist temples and war memorials, among other sites.

Each year, Global Volunteers sends more than 150 teams of volunteers to sites around the world, at the invitation of local host organizations. By working one-on-one with local people, bridges of understanding and tolerance are built between cultures around the world and world peace is furthered.

Two- and three-week Global Volunteers programs also are offered throughout the year in China, India, Indonesia, the Cook Islands, Ghana, Tanzania, Ireland, Poland, Romania, Spain, Italy, Greece, Ukraine, Costa Rica, Mexico, Jamaica and Ecuador, with one-week programs offered in the United States.

Volunteers pay their own costs for participation. Fees range from $500 to $2,595, excluding airfare. All expenses, including airfare, are tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers. The fee covers meals, lodging, ground transportation at the site, orientation materials, project expenses and the services of an experienced team leader. Contact: Global Volunteers at 1-800-487-1074, 375 E. Little Canada Rd., St. Paul, MN, 55117 or email@globalvolunteers.org. The Web site is www.globalvolunteers.org.