The UK’s Benedict Sacarello Joins the Team Tasked with Revamping the REACH Bikeshare Program


Ben Sacarello from the UK has joined the team at REACH Hanoi for a one month stint facilitated by Projects Abroad. 

Ben is an undergraduate student studying Geography at the University of Liverpool but his goals are far greater than just an undergraduate degree. 

“I would like to enter the economic planning industry, but also have a keen interest in environmental sustainability, micro-economics and town planning,” he says.

Ben was born and raised in London but his family originally migrated from Gibraltar.

“As a British territory in southern Europe [Gibraltar] is very unique, culturally and socially. This means that almost everything you find in day to day life from the food to the language is a unique blend of a mix of British, Spanish, Arabic and Italian influences.”

Ben came to Vietnam for the challenge after spending last summer at a summer camp.

“Last year I worked in the United States, life-guarding and teaching sailing to children aged 6-16. This year I wanted to challenge myself in a more professional environment and immersive myself in a culture that I had never experienced before.”

However that was not the only reason he came to REACH.

“Since I started my studies in Geography, and especially economic planning, work surrounding charities has become more and more attractive to me.”

Ben has been assigned the task of finding a sustainable way to improve the REACH bike share program.

Each batch of students has access to several bikes to get them to and from school, however, REACH currently has one of its biggest batches yet. This means that due to the current size of the program, bike access is limited.

Sustainability, however, is an important part of the REACH philosophy which is why revamping and improving the program has become an utmost priority. 

Ben will be at REACH for the month of August and we look forward to seeing the results of his hard work.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering at REACH or would like to be involved in helping to rejuvenate our bike share program, please send an email to: 

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