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13-26 Dec 2010

Students from DDM and Thu Duc College of Technology taking a group photo before the photography field trip.

Last December, a team of 22 students from the Diploma in Digital Media (DDM) and 2 staff ended the year 2010 with an unforgettable fruitful trip to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam doing their overseas community service learning project. The project entitled ‘MELT - ‘Moments That Last a Life Time’’ is made possible by the National Youth Council’s Youth Expedition Project.

The team collaborated with the Department of Training and Education to  share  digital media and software skills with Vietnamese students from 2 local schools, Thu Duc College of Technology and Phu Lam Technical Economics College.

This project aims to upgrade the beneficiaries’ personal skills, thereby providing alternative to their living hood e.g through better job opportunities such as freelance photography or editing of images.

The team also presented 16 laptops donated by Singapore Polytechnic to the schools to help them set up resource centres to facilitate their students’ learning.

Presenting of the labtops to Phu Lam College

For many in the team doing an overseas community work for the first time, they were excited and eager to share what they’ve learnt in their diploma course with their counterparts. They spent a week in each school teaching local Vietnamese students basic photography, features of the DSRL cameras, image editing software skills and basic understanding of photo-journalism. A total of about 72 Vietnamese students and 10 teachers participated the workshops.

Learning also extended beyond the boundaries of the classroom where they visited photo galleries at the War Museum to learn from the photos on display – the compositions, the shots, lightings, expressions, lanscape etc.

They team also shared with them on outdoor photography techniques and conducted field trips to places such as the rural villages, paddy field and market places to capture the beautiful landscapes and the rich cultures and lifestyles of the local community. With rich depository of images captured, groups of DDM and the Vietnamese students worked together to co-create photo-journals with themes on related  issues   challenging their own beliefs, values, mindset and implications to society & the world.  These were excellent vehicles of learning and interaction with each other.

There were also friendly sports and games organised and the DDM students got a first hand experience of some of the traditional local games and activities. There were great opportunities for cultural exchange and learning from each other.

The workshops ended with a mini competition where the winning groups walked away with trophies for the best photography and photo-journal.

Student Su XiangTing, DDM Year 3 added, “It was an eye-opening and meaningful experience. Indeed it has created a unique and enriching learning experience for us and extended our friendships beyond the borders of Singapore.”

Paddy field – Farmers harvesting the crop

A photo session with the villagers

Students sending an old lady from the village to her home

DDM students facilitating on the use of DSLR

A friendly bonding between two countries

The team that won the Best Photo Journal Award




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