After finishing semester 1’s final exams and submitting successfully two universities’ online applications, I and my two friends decided to take a volunteer trip to a mountainous area so we could sightsee and contribute to our society at the same time.
Volunteer for Education (VEO) is an organization providing many volunteer programs to mountainous areas in Vietnam such as Ha Giang, Phu Tho, and Dien Bien. This is the first time we participated in this activity so we chose Lang Son – a province that is not far away from Hanoi and is home to some ethnic minorities like Hmong.
The next day, we went trekking to the tangerine garden. The trail was narrow and quite steep and the weather was hot so we went tiredly. However, nature was magnificent.
My friends and I in the tangerine garden
In the afternoon, we went kayaking at Nong Dung lake. Turquoise color water, calm lake surface, and breeze blow made us shout out loud due to its romantic scenery. We rowed to the middle of the lake and let the boat float by itself. I went kayaking with my best friend Duong . We had a very nice time together and this is really a valuable experience for me.
We came back to Hanoi at 6 pm, finished the memorable trip. To me, this trip is perfect. I learned many new things, tried many delicious foods and met many interesting and talented people. Through this experience, I saw a very beautiful Vietnam and love my country more. Thanks VEO, thanks my teammate for going with me.