vietnam house building project

Vietnam House Building Project – Bricks and Snakes

Making progression

It has been 7 days since the first day our students arrived My Tho in the Vietnam house building project.

The house has begun to take on form and is nearing completion thanks to 6 non-stop working days.

Today we finished painting the front doors, the walls inside the rooms and made a start rendering all the walls. Initial thoughts of rendering are that it is an easy job.

However, only skillful individuals are capable of doing this building job

We must pay close attention, in order to learn how to render perfectly.

While working, the music suddenly appears.

Everybody suddenly becomes fully awake after hard-working hours and started to dance and sing along.

“I love you babe, I love you babe…”

The first person who caught the lyric was Lian, and then Dom, and then the others. They began to sing louder and louder.

Dom took a break from work from the job and began to dance to the sound of the music. It seems the working atmosphere became more energetic after this occurrence, which made the progress more efficient.

The atmosphere became that of a gym studio, where building works is as fun as an exciting work-out.

As usual, morning break was well-prepared by the host family with guava, orange and ice tea. The local orange is not orange anyway and it had dark green skin and yellow flesh. However, it was very sweet.

From building job to snake farm

This afternoon, we visited Dong Tam snake farm, which is home to over one hundred different types of cobras and snakes.

Starting the trip in the movie room, the documentary gave a full set of background information about the farm and what is inside it.

We were able to take photos with a giant python and some tree snakes. After this, the next stop is the first snake museum in Vietnam where we able to see firsthand a variety of different samples of poison snakes and such.

We no longer found reptile creature as terrified as when we entered the Farm, as we learned that their fear of human was even bigger than our (fear of them).

For some of us, holding the python was still one of the most challenging experiences throughout our Vietnam house building project, though.

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    Howdy! This is my first visit to your blog!
    We are a group of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us valuable information to work on. You have done a wonderful job!

    1. Hi Antony

      Thanks for your comment, perhaps we would love to hear about your project if you don’t mind to share 🙂

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