Social Entrepreneurship Project in Vietnam - As I write this blog post, my three NSCC students are huddled in groups with the 15 Tra Vinh students, working on their final Social Entrepreneurship presentations. They’re working together as if they’ve been classmates for a year, not just a little over a week. In that short period of time, we’ve interviewed small business owners both on the Tra Vinh University Campus and in the countryside.
We interviewed the young owner of an organic farm that produces a beautiful blue flower called the Butterfly Pea which is dried and made into a delicious tea. We interviewed artisans who make traditional Khmer handicrafts and thanks to the faculty and staff here at Tra Vinh, we’ve learned a lot about the challenges and successes of entrepreneurship and start-up businesses here in Vietnam. As NSCC faculty, I always enjoy the challenge of cross-cultural teaching, particularly as the skills I learn help me back at home as my classroom becomes more diverse each year.