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Social Entrepreneurship Project in Vietnam – I came to Vietnam to expand my comfort zone. Having never traveled outside of Canada before, I was looking to grow and broaden my worldview. In the best way possible, Vietnam has certainly delivered. I arrived in Tra Vinh City a little over a week ago. Since then, I have eaten snake, ridden on the back of a motorbike, been in a tiny paddle boat on the Mekong Delta, and have shared a meal with new friends on the floor of my university room during a thunderstorm. Vietnam has expanded my comfort zone and then some, and I have been loving every minute of it. It’s exciting to see how much can change about you, even over such a short time.

In addition to personal growth, Vietnam has helped me develop skills I know I’ll be taking forward with me in my career. With the amazing help of Tra Vinh University students, I have learned just what it takes to translate interviews into English and caption them. With the number of different languages spoken back home in Canada, this knowledge will be an asset to my journalism career in the years to come. It’s been fascinating to practice journalism in a different country, and doing so has developed my perspective on what it really means to be a journalist. On the whole, the Social Entrepreneurship program in Vietnam has been good for my career, good for my own personal growth, and good for my stomach too. Vietnamese food is like nothing else I’ve ever eaten, and it’s delicious!

Elyse Whitman

Radio & Television Journalism Student

NSCC Ivany Campus

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