Community development is GROUND Asia’s first priority and we take care to ensure all of our university placements and educational travel programs are both sustainable and responsible. Which is why we carefully match healthcare placement groups with an appropriate hospital or clinic, that will benefit from the extra set of hands helping to give basic check-ups and distribute medicine.
Here is what the local Vietnam program coordinator had to say about our recent previous group:
I had a lovely time working as the coordinator for the recent Australian healthcare students group. In this placement, they were all so friendly, enthusiastic, and professional while working.
Some of them have been to Vietnam before, while it was the first time for others. Everyone was jovial and adjusted themselves to the Vietnam hustle and bustle rather quickly. The most difficult thing that the group struggled with was crossing the road. The streets were always full of motorbikes and other vehicles. Vietnamese pedestrians always cross from the right side, which is opposite of Australian roads.
During their healthcare placement, the group also received a lot of compliments from people and staff there. The students always greeted them with a warm “hello” or “xin chào” in Vietnamese. They were eager to learn, exchange, and practice exercises with patients. They also tried to learn and interact with the staff here in Vietnamese. Sometimes it turned out to be a very funny and heartwarming interaction. As a result, the staff and group got acquainted with each other very quickly. Everyone in the group was very flexible and engaged when working at the center. They knew how to utilize all the equipment at the placement, so they passed their service learning with flying colors. At the end of program, the group had a presentation to report what they did at placement. In the beginning, they are quite worried whether they could smoothly transition into the center; but in the end they all delivered. Their presentation successfully showed all that they achieved and received a lot of praise from the head placement supervisor.
The therapists at the placement knew that there was a supervisor accompanying the group, and also asked her to check the patients and exchange her knowledge with the staff. We wholeheartedly appreciate the supervisor for her dedication, knowledge, and enthusiastic spirit when working with the group and local-therapists.
After the program, I realized that the groups learnt and improved tremendously at placement. It was sad to say goodbye to the kids there, but we all had a memorable time together. It would be a joy to have the group return again in the future.
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GROUND Asia partners with communities across Asia to assist in their sustainable development. The communities we work with are our clients. To meet their expectations, we empower them through mutually beneficial programs to ensure their development needs come first.