Exmouth scout group’s jungle and and rice field trek to help a school in Vietnam

PUBLISHED: 09:49 30 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:49 30 July 2015

Members of Exmouth and Budleigh Explorer Scouts in Vietnam.

Members of Exmouth and Budleigh Explorer Scouts in Vietnam.


A group of youngsters from Exmouth and Budleigh are helping others during a trip to Vietnam.

Members of Exmouth and Budleigh Explorer Scouts are on a three-week trip to the country, and leader April Snow has sent the Journal the following update on their trip:

“On Saturday, July 11, Exmouth and Budleigh Explorer Scouts headed off to Vietnam for a three-week adventure of a lifetime.

“Our first visit stop was the diverse city of Hanoi, where we visited the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first University, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and went to a famous water puppet show.

“The group then headed north on the overnight sleeper train to the Sapa region, where we trekked though rice fields and jungle to reach the remote community of Ban Ho and the location of our project work.

“During our five days there, we stayed in a family home and worked at Ban Ho elementary school, where we built an accommodation block and painted classrooms.

“The education system is very different to the UK and the lack of facilities came as a shock to the Explorers, but they soon got stuck in and the results of their hard work will make a real difference.

“On leaving Ban Ho, the group enjoyed two days’ rest whilst sailing around the Unesco World Heritage site, the majestic Ha Long Bay.

“Our journey south has continued on the Reunification Express, stopping off to visit the DMZ and the Vihn Moc Tunnels. Then on to Hoi An, where we experienced the local food market and participated in a cookery lesson. The majority of the group took advantage of the local industry by purchasing a custom-made suit.

“As we publish this article, we are on a remote island in the Mekong Delta, enjoying our last couple of nights.

“We are grateful for all the donations, enabling our trip of a lifetime. These donations came from a wide range of benefactors, including charities, trusts and the public. Many thanks to all. The unit is continuing to fundraise and if you can help in any way, please visit the website, www.exbudexplorers.org.uk”

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