BFFs Joslyn and Nawirah enjoyed their first service-learning trip so much that they signed up for the second one three months later!
Joslyn and Nawirah demonstrating food portion sizes to Laotian MOH officials
In the first trip, both participated in a nutrition education program for primary school children.
Demonstrating a game to the schoolchildren
“The program made me realize that not everyone has access to proper nutrition and how nutrition education may be able to help the community improve their quality of life and allow them to lie healthily,” said Nawirah.
Interacting with the people up close changed Joslyn’s perspective. “I see them trying their best to improve their standard of living. Some hold two jobs to earn more income. The children were also eager to learn new things”, shared Joslyn.
Discussing program details
On their second service-learning trip, both of them were given the opportunity to assist in the training of Laotian MOH officials on maternal and child nutrition.
It was a not-to-be-missed opportunity! To train the key government officials who would incorporate nutrition policies in key areas with the potential to improve the nutritional status of the people of Lao.
This realization spurred them to give their best to ensure the success of the training.
Nawirah and Joslyn helping the officials with anthropometry measurements
Joslyn helped showcase a modified Laotian dish
The two BFFs had real life experience with Laotian culture and lifestyle. Like marketing at the local morning market. Or bargaining at the Mekong riverside night market. Or enjoying authentic Lao cuisine while cruising down the Nam Ngum in a riverboat restaurant.
They have become closer than ever after their two life-changing trips.
They discovered their own strengths and weaknesses and most importantly a passion to pursue a career in nutrition in the future.
At the Patuxay Victory Monument in Vientiane
Celebrating the end of the program