Students Build Homes for Families in Vietnam

THIRTY St Laurence’s College students, Old Boys and staff have recently returned from a 14 day tour, building houses for two families, delivering laptops to school students and immersing themselves in the Vietnamese culture.

House Captain and current Year 12 student, Dominic Quinlog, said the immersion and tour to Vietnam was one he would never forget.

“Being born and raised in the Philippines, I was surrounded by poverty but never had the power or resources to make a difference,” he said.

“This trip gave me the chance to make a small difference in the world – it’s an experience I will never forget.”

Staff member and Vietnam Immersion manager, Ms Heather Batchelor, said while the tour isn’t one solely for sightseeing,  it gives boys an unforgettable experience to families and a country less fortunate than our own.

“It is a lot of hard work, as we brick and render walls for the families but in the end the impact and experience is incredible,” she said.

“This year we were able to donate 3 laptops, to Sister Elizabeth, Principal of the Nhan Ai School for the Hearing Impaired run by the Sister of St Paul de Chartre and thank Board Member, Father and Old Boy Michael Drew for his generous donation.  We visited the Cu Chi Tunnels and spent a day touring the Mekong visiting Temples and local factories, rode in sampans and experiencing local traditions and food.”

The College conducts a number of tours and immersions each year to enhance the Curriculum and Co-Curricular programs offered.

Tours are organised to provide a unique educational experience, something that students would not normally get from a trip away with family or friends, or with other tour groups.

Students and staff who have attended tours in previous years thoroughly enjoyed the experience and have brought back memories that will stay with them forever.