Our family will be serving with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Vietnam for a 3-year term, starting in the fall of 2016.

We will be based in Hanoi, a city of 7.7 million people in the northern part of Vietnam, and will be joining a team of other MCCers based out of the office there. Our role will be “Connecting Peoples Coordinators,” and we will help to make meaningful connections between Vietnam, North America, and other parts of the world for participants and the communities that send and host them.

Part of our job will be walking alongside young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 during their year of cross-cultural service with the SALT, YAMEN, and IVEP programs. The young adults come from all over the world, and live with host families or in communal settings. Our job will be to work with them as they apply to the program, orient them as they arrive, and support them as they adapt to a new culture, adjust to their service placement, and encounter challenges along the way.

The second half of our role will be facilitating learning tours, helping tour participants to understand the ongoing impact of the U.S. war in Vietnam, particularly around the use of Agent Orange.

We are so grateful for your support for our family as we serve with MCC! We invite you to follow our adventures online at http://blog.elisabethkvernen.com.