As mentioned earlier in another post, our Program Officier – Hien – attended an exciting 3 week training in Estonia, bringing back to Hanoi a lot of new experience. Below is her memory about this trip.
I had two amazing weeks attending a work camp with volunteers from a range of countries. Our team had nine people from six countries, including the UK, Mexico, Spain, Ukraine, Slovakia and Turkey, making it very interesting. Additionally, there were nearly 100 teenage participants from over ten countries neighbouring Estonia.
This was my first visit to Europe and everything was new to me so I felt quite nervous. At first I stayed awake almost 24 hours because the sun sets very late. However, it gave me more time to walk around and discover the area. Whenever I went to the Old Town I found new compelling things as though I was discovering it for the first time again. I got lost two or three times, but the Estonians are very amiable and speak good English, so there was nothing to worry about.
I was impressed by how creative and dynamic the teenagers were. Although we planned everything, the camp would not have been a success without their youthful enthusiasm. Apart from helping run activities, we made presentations about our countries; the volunteers worked very hard on them to ensure they were enjoyable and informative. We performed ridiculous dances and prepared traditional cuisine, some of which was totally new to me. Cooking the new dishes wasn’t easy, but it was a great experience for us to understand more about other cultures. I was really impressed by the “newspaper”, consisting of interviews with volunteers and participants. The gossip corner attracted the most attention with personal stories and interesting discoveries. The camp finished in the large, beautiful park on a sunny day. We shared our love and feelings with each other and lots of us cried, but we still keep in contact and I am motivated to visit more countries in the future.