Last month, a group of 17 students from TP’s Diploma in Applied Food Science & Nutrition (FSN) travelled to the UNESCO-listed town of Luang Prabang, Laos. These second-year students were participating in FSN’s Service-Learning in Nutrition Programme, and are the 6th group to do so.
Over 7 days from 18th Dec to 25th Dec, the group visited the College of Health Sciences to host a nutrition talk and presented nutrition books for its library. They also went to a morning market, where they had to overcome the language barrier to purchase the local produce, which they used to prepare two Singapore dishes, Chicken curry and stir-fried brinjal with dried shrimp sambal, for their new friends to enjoy. In addition, our students conducted a Knowledge, Attitude and Practices (KAP) survey to find out the level of nutritional knowledge among the local students.
They also supported the training of Lao MOH officials on maternal and child nutrition. An experience that surely will last a lifetime!