Day 1 (4 Dec 2018):
After a journey full of excitement and anticipation, we arrived at the Sand Dunes Resort, and enjoyed a delicious Vietnamese lunch. Students then checked into their rooms before we started our afternoon of fun activities.
In their forms groups, students took part in a variety of activities, including Archery, Orienteering, beach races, and team-building mind teasers. It was great to see all of our students getting involved and learning new skills. After a few fruit and water breaks, students were then given time to shower before meeting for their evening meal. We then ended the evening with a fun quiz, which the students thoroughly enjoyed. A brilliant first day, and we're all looking forward to what day 2 has waiting for us.
Day 2 (05/12/2018)
On this day we split the students and staff into two groups 7B & 7V and 7I & 7S.
7B and 7S spent the morning visiting an organic farm, learning about how vegetables and salad are grown organically and got involved in seeding, picking tomatoes and eventually making a delicious salad. The students also played some fun team-building games and soon realised the importance of good communication. The students then stopped for lunch at a local restaurant before enjoying an afternoon of mini golf and swimming pool games. Another enjoyable day for these tutor groups.
7I & 7S spent the morning travelling to Ta Cu Mountain, where they were able to appreciate the stunning views both during the cable-car journey, and once at the top. Students walked to the very top of the mountain, visiting the pagoda temples and a giant buddha statue. They were also able to pick up a few souvenirs at the local stalls. Students then enjoyed a delicious Vietnamese lunch on top of the mountain before another visually stunning journey back down the mountain via cable-cars.
These form groups then visited a local sand art factory run by local disabled people. The students were taught the art of making sand pictures within bottles and then had a chance to make and take home their creations.
Back at the hotel students enjoyed another fantastic dinner, culminating in the singing of happy birthday to the birthday girl (Hai An), which was followed by a much-needed relaxing movie night. The students have been very active for the past few days and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Tomorrow these two groups will switch activities so that everyone gets to try all of them. Good night from Mui Ne.
Day 3 (06/12/2018)
Today it was the turn of 7B and 7V to visit Ta Cu Mountain and enjoy the cable-car journey and fantastic views from the top. Students also learned more about the local area and were given the chance to purchase souvenirs from the local stalls. After lunch we then visited the sand art factory, which is run by disabled people, and both students and staff had a go at refining sand chunks, colouring sand and finally creating beautiful sand art bottles, which the students then kept as souvenirs.
7I & 7S visited the organic farm, and got involved with seeding, picking vegetables and making a fresh salad dish. The students also played some fun team-building games, before eating lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, the students played mini golf followed by various swimming pool games back at the resort.
In the evening, we enjoyed a wonderful outdoor BBQ dinner, whilst reminiscing about the last few days. Following this, students either danced the night away at the ‘just dance’ activity, or watched the Vietnamese national football team progress to the final of the AFF Suzuki cup. The students had a wonderful evening, made even more special by their footballing heroes getting to the final. We’ll all be very sad to leave Mui Ne tomorrow, but the student are looking forward to seeing family and friends back in Saigon. It’s been a brilliant, independence building trip, that will live long in the memory.