With your generous support, Dylan surpassed his goal! Thank you!
See below for a recap of his experiences, a link to his blog, and photos from the project.
Dylan Bellavance Volunteers
with Project Vietnam 2012
Vietnam is an incredible place filled with incredible, kind, and generous people. Volunteering for two weeks at the "Center for Disabilities" in Saigon was a very empowering experience. Witnessing the transformations in increased confidence, enthusiasm, and happiness of the 18-people we worked with for two weeks was very evident. As we worked to create a performance encompassing movements, songs, and dance the relationships built between everyone was amazing. After just 10 days we had produced an hour and a half long performance to share with the local Vietnamese public to increase awareness about living with disabilities in Vietnam.
The performance was a hit! In a live discussion with the audience after the show, many people were impressed with how moving and powerful each scene was. Traditional vietnamese performances are very cut and dry, whereas our performance was more abstract and open for many areas of interpretation. It seemed as if the audience liked the subtle differences and the ability to shed new light on such an important topic in Vietnamese society. For all of those who could not make it to the actual showing of the performance the Saigon news was there filming, as well as interviewing after the show. This was yet another great way to publicize all of our hard work. Leaving the Center for Disabilities for the last time was hard to do. Many great relationships were formed and all of our friends at the center were just as sad to see us go, as we were to part ways with them. This was surely an experience I will never forget. If I am fortunate enough to return to Vietnam I most definitely will stop into the Center for Disabilities to reconnect with the great people of the area!
Thank you to everyone who contributed to my project and helped me with participating in such as life changing experience. It could not have happened with out all of the support and I deeply appreciate it!
Coverage in Vietnamese Press (can be translated via Google -- includes photos)
Photos of Dylan's experience
Coverage on Vietnamese TV News (3:20 min - 5:08 min)