The YMCA Returned to Vietnam!
Engaging Globally, Welcoming Locally
In March of 2023, a delegation of YMCA board members, local leaders, and volunteers returned to support the YMCA in Vietnam. As part of the YMCA’s Diversity, Inclusion, and Global Engagement initiative, this type of experience allowed trip participants from the greater Arlington and Mansfield community to gain a better understanding of one segment of the populace that we seek to serve. This learning is crucial to our mission of being an organization, “FOR ALL.”
The unique experience also allowed those passionate about our work to see another YMCA serving critical community needs in an area of the country that struggles with financial resources. During this trip, volunteers helped in the construction of a new library at the Quang Thanh Primary School in the Yen Thanh District and led school activities with students. Time spent with two SOS Villages, which each work directly with orphans and special needs adults, was meaningful and inspirational.
Volunteers also participated in cultural immersion activities that focused on the rich history, natural attractions, and cuisine of an amazing country with remarkable people. This year, the trip featured several stops from North to South, including Hanoi, Vinh, and Da Nang.
We have returned from our adventure equipped to build even more meaningful bridges with the local Vietnamese population and amongst the larger newcomer community as well.
A special thank you to our partners at the YMCA of Greater Houston and the Vietnam YMCA for making this experience possible.
We look forward returning from our adventure equipped to build even more meaningful bridges with the local Vietnamese population and amongst the larger Asian community as well. If you would like to donate to support our efforts in Global Engagement, please click here.
To get involved or to learn more about our YMCA’s commitment to Diversity, Inclusion and Global Engagement in Vietnam, please read a feature article in Arlington Today Magazine.