As I sit, now at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, I wonder what awaits me 24 hours into the future. I am excited to venture into the unknown. I really have no idea what to expect. While I have lived abroad (and in south east Asia as well) I have never made my way to Vietnam and I haven’t been able to volunteer like I am about to. What I do know is that I will do my best to be sure I have a positive impact on a global level.
I look around the waiting area at gate C30 and wonder where everyone is going, what are they doing? Summer has begun and it seems families are on route to wonderful adventures. Others appear to be headed home, for vacation or from a trip to Canada – who knows? An airport is really an amazing place full of excitement and wanderlust!
So, in about 24 hours from now I will be touching down in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. I will be greeted by WUSC and I will begin my three week stint working at the Saigon Hospitality Tourism College. My mandate is to develop (or assist in developing) an alumni relations plan. While this is something I have never done before, I have done research. I am bringing with me ideas and examples of formalized Alumni Relations Plans from Canadian colleges and universities. This research I hope will help me to leave a positive impact on the school, the students (past, present and future) and eventually the country. While this may be a big dream, I’m ok with that! As John Lennon said “you may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one!” I hope you join me on my adventure over the next three weeks, I look forward to sharing!