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Resident on assignment in foreign country

Resident on assignment in foreign country

Hello Everyone,

Last weekend we were taken to the “War Remnants” Museum and the Cu Chi Tunnels (where the Vietcong hid from the Americans during the “American War.”) Although we recognized the political propaganda, it was quite sobering to contemplate. We also went up a mountain by cable car to a Buddhist Temple where we could pray before we took a “slider” (Alpine slide) down the mountain! I was scared at first but ended up having fun.

We have had a very successful experience teaching here! The most exciting was to introduce the students to the Internet as a resource for information! Although there are many Internet cafes here, most of the information is in English, so it is difficult for them to read. Their nursing library is pretty sparse only three bookshelves!

Today, groups of students presented teaching projects in different settings. My group went to a small neighborhood community health clinic and talked to 14 mothers about treating diarrhea with oral replacement solution provided by UNICEF. They did a great job and I got some good pictures. Other groups taught nursing students about HIV prevention and hospital staff about infection control. Tomorrow they will present a summary of their projects, with an evaluation, to their classmates. Friday (Aug. 16) will be our last day. We will have a closing ceremony and then have a special lunch together. Then it will be time to pack up and fly out on Saturday. Because we cross the international date line, we will gain a day. This means that we actually arrive in Los Angeles 3 hours before we departed from Bangkok!

I am so glad I came and will remember these students always, but I will also be very glad to return home on Monday!

Marilyn Bouldin

Craig


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