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July 2011

WUSC seminar in Vietnam

NSCC Business Student Erin Manning's blog on her experiences in Vietnam

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My name is Erin Manning and I am a student at NSCC, studying Business Administration at the Waterfront Campus, and I am writing to you from Vietnam.

Each summer, the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) – UNITERRA International Seminar offers about 20 Canadian postsecondary students an initial experience in a developing country. Under the supervision of internship coordinators, the participants collaborate with about 20 students from the host country on a common research project covering a predetermined development issue. This year fellow NSCC student Erin Delorey and I were fortunate enough to be two of those 20 students – and we are the first College student participants in the Seminar. This year's seminar is being held in Binh Thuan and Tra Vinh provinces of Vietnam. Its focus is on the partnership between colleges and the community.

There are 18 days remaining on this trip. I am very excited for what the future holds. When we landed in Ho Chi Minh, June 15 / 11, we hit the ground running. It has been extremely busy and a lot of hard work but the rewards vastly outweigh the tasks.

Since I have been here we have developed close relationships with our Vietnamese counterparts, their families, the community and our interviewees. We have Celebrated Canada Day; toured rice fields; tried our hand at Khmer dancing; and Vietnamese karaoke. I have even managed to pick up enough Vietnamese language to order a meal. That is quite an accomplishment.

Last week we had the opportunity to visit several local businesses. Perhaps the most notable was the MyLan Group. The facilities had gorgeous landscaped grounds. The inside of the buildings were equally impressive and the working conditions were pristine. The company is one of the most successful in the province and is owned by a Canadian-Vietnamese man who really prides himself on the workplace environment he created. He splits his time between Tra Vinh and Montreal.

During the tour we ran into some very typical Vietnamese situations that often frustrate the Canadian students. As an introduction to the Electrical Engineering department we were told, with some laughter, that only handsome men worked here. When asked if women could work there we were told that this was an area better suited for males.

Many people we have interviewed have said that there is not a lot of gender discrimination here but Canadians are still struggling with this concept. In Canada this type of gender streaming and career expectations would meet our definition of discrimination. We have been told, for example, that now women can go into IT and engineering due to an increased number of office jobs in these areas. Through interviews, I have also learned that women are expected to stay closer to home after graduation more so than their male counterparts. So while this is disconcerting, we keep trying to look at it through the lens of cultural relativism. Could this be a result of women being forced into these roles or is it based on the cultural environment? Is this merely a reflection of the collective choices of all Vietnamese women? It is very difficult to parse these two ideas, but it is interesting to think about and discuss the realities of the Vietnamese experience.

I can state, with certainty, that the Vietnamese people are as warm as their climate. It will be with great sadness that I depart Vietnam. I am forever grateful for being selected for this amazing opportunity to grow. I am truly appreciative of the support from NSCC International’s Kellie McMullin and Dr. Pat Sherlock and numerous other faculty members. Their unwavering enthusiasm for learning and appreciation of the cultural dynamic has served as an intellectual catalyst for me. My one hope is that I have had as much of an impact on the students here as they have on me.

Erin Manning
Business Administration student
NSCC Waterfront Campus

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Khalid Kalimangasi's blog

Tanzanian faculty from VETA Mikumi reflect on their time in Canada at NSCC

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Since i came here i learnt many things

First of all i did the orientation with mr Brian at truro campas showed many areas and different Faculty .Then Mr Paul taught me how to use the computer. After that Maria also came and taught about the rules and the regulations of the NovaScotia.

Actualy I found that my visiting was good The people are very hospitality, Coperatives, Helpful. This I discovered after I started the course called CCEDP During that course actualy I enjoyed very much

The FOOD was execellent The different is canadian people like to eat cold food.

On25.june.2011.we shifted to pictou campas Before reached Pictou we passed the place called SUGAR MOON FARM.
The place where Mapple sugar is produced.

On.28.june.2011 .we went to PEI with mary actualy we saw many thinks concerning tourism and historical sites.

On 29.june.2011 We leaned the superhost. That course was very good.

On30.june.2011.we learned about tourism with mr ADAM.

- Khalid
Faculty member
VETA Mikumi

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Pasiens Nyoni's Blog

Tanzanian faculty from VETA Mikumi reflect on their time in Canada at NSCC

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i would like to inform you about our visit. we were oriented by Mr. Brayan and with the asistance of Mr. Paul and Marie we were ready to attand classes with Audrey. in class we people were also helpfull to make our understanding of the content. we have similarities like in ethecs for teachers and students, also in faced dilemma for both sides. we defer in a ways of handleling them e.g you have student apeal form which we dont have. And in solving disciplenary problems we focus on one side of punishing student while you look also on the other side of creating an invironment of avoiding student to enter into disciplinary problems which is good.

What i have learned as teacher you need to take a stock of what kind of teacher you are, know what kind of student you have so as to deside how and when to aply a certain type of teaching, and most important respect tostudent because are people just like every body else you say here "people matter than the programe".

Again the use of technology like power point and how to connect u tube clips which march the subject or examples iliked it. Visit study showed us mapple trees and how to tap maple juice which is boiled to get sugar. At PEI we so Markopolo Land camp site we can do some thing like that in our campus.

There is nothing realy i can say has caused me to complain that i dislike although i know you will say it is not posible but i have nothing to hide.

- Pasiens
Faculty member
VETA Mikumi

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Patrick Kipinga's Blog

Tanzanian faculty from VETA Mikumi reflect on their experiences in Canada NSCC

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I do hope you are doing just fine. On my side really I am doing quite fine and I am happy being here in Canada.
Sincerely from the first time, first day I arrived here in Canada after the long journey from Tanzania to Canada I have been well and warm welcomed by the both NSCC staffs as well as all Citizens. Thank you all for that.
Off course there are many things I do like which I can’t be able to mention all of them but among of them are:
-I like and love too the way you are treating us, really it is amazing and respective. Thank you all.
-I like the awareness of the NSCC staff that we are here and we need their assistance wherever we be either in classes, halls,shops,tours or anywhere else.
-Food no problem. Am getting in used to them and good enough they are good no matter most of them are cold.
-lastly respectively I like the hospitality and lovely heart of the Canadian people which make me feel as if I have been here for a long time.
DISLIKE: nothing I can say may be it’s a big issue to me up to now. Nothing
SIMILIAITIE: really most of the things are somehow similar, it depends which life styles people have been used too and their economic status.
DIFFERENT: mostly in advancement of technology, really you are well organized and advanced in most sectors compare to my country Tanzania. Also your houses are different from ours.
LEARNING: Up to now I learned a lot in classes (Dynamic Instructor by Audrey, Super host/Customer services by Randy White) and other more out of the classes.
All in all from my heart I would like to express my great thanks to you Katie, Adam Rasmsy,Brian,Paul,Audrey,Jim,Mary where we do live right now, Kelly, my previous class mates and all who I have forgotten their lovely names in one way or another they are doing wahoooo to make us feel Canada as our mother Country Tanzania.
Be blessed all

- Patrick
Faculty Member
VETA Mikumi

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Salvatory Ngakuka's blog

Tanzania faculty from VETA Mikumi reflect on their time in Canada at NSCC

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Since I came to Nova scotia I have got quiet a good chain of experience of many things according to my studies and visits at nscc Truro and Pictou campus. The visit is very impressive to me. I'm enjoying it be cause it's quite a good chance for me that I'm experiencing many good things which I didn't before.

I like good weather, the ever green vegitation,arrangement of streets,good teaching, good cooperation of the people and students of Nova scotia, their way of respect to traffic rules, the lovely existing peace which makes me enjoy my free walkings, good delicious meals
(salmon, sandwiches, milk, maple sugar, rice, chicken) and many other.

I dont like when the weather becomes cold,endless raining,when it happens that people look at me much,cold meals,when I'm ignored, when I don catch my teacher when he speaks fast or uses terms whish are new to me,when I make small mistakes to my hosts.

But still there are some of the things similar to my home like sunny days,good beaches in PEI, shaking hands, opening doors for others, good smiling of the Nova scotians, type of food ( chicken, meat, eggs, juice, rice bananas,milk).

Main diferrences are their way of preparing meals,menus, speaking and culture.

Concerning my learning: I learned how to be a dynamic Instructor. While at Pictou I took Super Host , tourism and hospitality.
Those courses will help me alot in my teachings when I go back to my college. They are of a good answer to my problems in teaching. The social interraction has widened my understanding to share experience not only with my students but family and staff members at large.

- Salvatory
Faculty member
VETA Mikumi

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