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ABROADER was founded to help the local youth gain international exposure by bringing international students to Vietnam through internships, customized faculty-led, semester exchange, and service learning. Since 2014, we have been hosting students from more than 20 countries in the world and supported thousands of Vietnamese students in joining free seminars and international education programs. When partaking in our programs, you have the opportunity to boost your career prospects and contribute to the local community development.

The ABROADER’s Story

ABROADER is one of the first local-led companies in the field of international education in Vietnam, and probably the only woman-led one. Through all programs provided, we – the local founder and staff, hope you can experience the country with care, love and friendliness from people you’ve never met before. Have you ever wondered what truly connects you with a country? Is it simply just because of good accommodation, a convenient transportation system, or fine cuisine? Probably not. We believe it is first and foremost the local people who bring you the feeling of being home though you are thousands of miles away from your homeland. That is how we create stories for you to bring home.

“I started up ABROADER simply in favor of the local community”

Going international is a dream of many young hearts in Vietnam, Mo included. Having grown up in a mountainous area where access to a quality education is limited, she knows how hard it is for many young Vietnamese college students to make their dreams of going abroad come true. That brought her to establish Student Exchange Vietnam (the former name of ABROADER from 2014 to 2018) to support the local students. With the advent of globalization, student must gain more exposure to the international environment. That is why Mo designed ABROADER’s unique local buddy program, where every Vietnamese student is paired with an international student to offer friendship and support throughout their stay in Vietnam.

Through this special program, Vietnamese students make new international friends without having to go abroad, enjoy the opportunities to broaden their minds about new cultures , and improve their soft skills by participating in activities designed to connect international students with their local peers.

The sense of “local community” also lies in the benefits of other stakeholders that collaborate with us to organize successful study abroad programs for you and hundreds of other international students. These stakeholders include local companies, host families, and service providers. In the long run, Mo believes that Vietnam education and the local business environment will be more internationalized thanks to the kind of work ABROADER and other similar organizations have been doing in the country. This is what she envisioned how the company’s social contribution would be on the very first days of our establishment. Join us, we need your help in our community development work.

“Just do it!”

Back when Mo was still the Director of International Cooperation at a leading private university in Vietnam, she had a visit to the top 8 universities in Thailand. The idea of doing something helpful for Vietnam’s education hit her after the visit as she kept questioning “Why can’t Vietnam attract as many international students as Thailand despite all the similarities that the two countries have?” The key answer lies in building the country’s brand name which Vietnam did not have back at the time. This, however, did not give Mo 100% clarity of what exactly to do next as more and more questions kept coming to her, including “How to let people know and trust Vietnam education?”, “What program to start with?”, and more importantly, “How much does it cost to start a business?”. There goes a saying where there is a will, there’s a way. Her strong passion and spirit of devotion to the community sparked the idea of providing International Internship programs, which she believed are needed for young people everywhere, especially for college undergraduates. If she only had the idea and waited until she felt Vietnam and our education system were ready, then there might not be the existence of ABROADER. Her messages to the young people who have a bunch of brilliant ideas that the community needs are: don’t wait until you think you are perfect because you never know when it’s a good time for it. Start broadening your horizons today, and don’t let your inner fear stop you from doing what you are passionate about. It is a journey in that you learn and explore yourself at every single step to reach your destination!

Start-up is never an easy path, what helped Mo go through the obstacles she faced?

“Resilience is what the youth need”

No funding. No proper office. No budget for a business trip. No customers for the first six months of operation back in 2014. When there are so many “No”s at the start, many may choose to step back but it wasn’t what Mo and her team of 4 did. They worked hard and stayed determined with their goals. What they did for the first six months was to send emails to seek partners. Many emails were sent without response back, or received a polite turndown. Imagine one of the four people was not resilient enough, then there would be no today’s ABROADER. The hard work pays off later if you never quit. At the end of the year, ABROADER welcomed Hajime Kimura, the very first program participant, and guess what? His name in Japanese means “the start”.

After a dozen years in the professional world, Mo observed that nowadays, many young people are getting used to a more and more comfortable and convenient life that they seem to lack resilience if any difficulties arise. Through study abroad programs at ABROADER, Mo hopes to help both domestic and international students like you build up resilience in their personalities. You will learn how to cope with many types of issues arising at work and in your daily life, with different people you may come across and more importantly, learn how to resolve those issues in harmony and humility. All the challenges while living abroad are set to make you grow stronger.

Our Core Values

The spirits of ABROADER are truthfully depicted through the long story you just read. To cut a long story short, we have wrapped up our core values into these 3 most important ones: Local Community, Education, and International

We take the local community as a motivation to drive our work

As mentioned previously by Mo in her story, local community development was the key force in driving her to establish ABROADER. She has been doing all she can to inspire this value to all of us who work with her as a team and are proud to be called her colleagues, and make sure that it is incorporated in our work ethics. Here at ABROADER, many young dedicated hearts are connected to live and work under the same roof and we are all committed to putting the local community first. For the last 6 years, we have been honored to be able to serve not only that bigger community but also the smaller community that is our team. It is truly an honor to be able to serve.

At ABROADER, education is always in the spotlight

It is not an exaggeration to say education is the key factor in the upliftment of society. That’s why all of ABROADER’s programs are designed to focus on the educational experiences of our program participants, both professionally and socially. We aim to develop educational programs that best prepare you and the local students for building a global career and enrich your knowledge of cultural diversity. The educational benefits are derived from numerous activities in our programs, ranging from city tours, and cultural excursions, to onsite orientation, industry visits and any conversations that you have with locals. Through our programs, you are both academically and socially immersed. It is how ABROADER makes our education abroad experience different.

ABROADER shapes its own definition of International

You come a long way from your motherland to Vietnam, meaning you go International. From an ABROADER standpoint, you, yourself, create an international environment for Vietnamese people. Therefore, the “international experience” is established for both you and the Vietnamese students even when they haven’t stepped outside of the country. You helped make their “international experience” possible. We hope the international value we are chasing will broaden the horizons of many young people all over the world.

Our Achievements

More than six years of development, we are proud of what we have achieved so far, and we will make greater efforts to go further…

Meet Our Team

Updated August 9, 2022

MO (LUCY) NGUYEN

Founder / Director

Having several years of experience working for NGOs, multinational companies, and universities in Vietnam, I’m passionate about Human Resources training and international education. That interest grows out of my study-abroad experiences under Japanese and US government scholarship programs. 
Having several years of experience working for NGOs, multinational companies, and universities in Vietnam, I’m passionate about Human Resources training and international education. That interest grows out of my study-abroad experiences under Japanese and US government scholarship programs. 

VINH NGUYEN

Vice Director

Recently, global citizens become more familiar “terms” with all of us. Universities and students are taking advantage of programs such as Student exchange, study tour and internship in foreign countries to understand more about cross culture, differences and job opportunities after students’ graduation. Vietnam has become an increasingly attractive destination for foreign investors, so Vinh strongly believes Vietnam is also a good destination for foreign students.
Recently, global citizens become more familiar “terms” with all of us. Universities and students are taking advantage of programs such as Student exchange, study tour and internship in foreign countries to understand more about cross culture, differences and job opportunities after students’ graduation. Vietnam has become an increasingly attractive destination for foreign investors, so Vinh strongly believes Vietnam is also a good destination for foreign students.

LIEN LE (MOON)

Program Manager

Everyone has their own quest to learn more about the world and themselves. ABROADER and I adore the opportunity to be there with you as you develop your skills and give back to the local community.
“Big goals can seem unachievable at first, as well as scary, so a good plan is to take small steps initially rather than a giant leap.” Get out of your comfort zones and seize the chance to grow together. 
Everyone has their own quest to learn more about the world and themselves. ABROADER and I adore the opportunity to be there with you as you develop your skills and give back to the local community.
“Big goals can seem unachievable at first, as well as scary, so a good plan is to take small steps initially rather than a giant leap.” Get out of your comfort zones and seize the chance to grow together.

NHUNG LE (JULIE)

Program / Marketing Manager

Being apart of ABROADER family, I find myself lucky to grow in such an inspiring community. More than a casual workplace, ABROADER to me, is like HOME where I find the meaning of an adult’s life: “do as much as I can for the betterment of the society”. My journey at ABROADER has been exciting with a ton of exposures to diverse cultures and backgrounds and opportunities to meet great people in a cross-cultural environment. I summarize my whole time spent with ABROADER so far in a sentence: “The more I go, the more I see”. Be a part of ABROADER to unfold your myth!
Being apart of ABROADER family, I find myself lucky to grow in such an inspiring community. More than a casual workplace, ABROADER to me, is like HOME where I find the meaning of an adult’s life: “do as much as I can for the betterment of the society”. My journey at ABROADER has been exciting with a ton of exposures to diverse cultures and backgrounds and opportunities to meet great people in a cross-cultural environment. I summarize my whole time spent with ABROADER so far in a sentence: “The more I go, the more I see”. Be a part of ABROADER to unfold your myth!

NHUNG LE (YUU)

Administrative Officer

With 6 years of working experience in the overseas study field, being in charge of processing visa applications for Vietnamese students and as an administrative officer at ABROADER opens a new chapter for gaining experience. While making sure that all logistics related to accommodation, transportation, etc. will match and be close to their expectations, I always remind myself do non-stop trying my best. In my mind, ABROADER is an ideal working environment for you to discover your all strong points. Let’s come with us and prove my saying.
With 6 years of working experience in the overseas study field, being in charge of processing visa applications for Vietnamese students and as an administrative officer at ABROADER opens a new chapter for gaining experience. While making sure that all logistics related to accommodation, transportation, etc. will match and be close to their expectations, I always remind myself do non-stop trying my best. In my mind, ABROADER is an ideal working environment for you to discover your all strong points. Let’s come with us and prove my saying.

DUY LE

Digital Marketing / UX Designer Executive

Being a creative person and a perfectionist, what strikes me the most is finding an environment where I can simply shine the best, and that was how I found ABROADER. Although my first and foremost purpose when I joined the team was just to look for new challenges in marketing in the international education field, I was both shocked and happy when I was able to conduct a proper research project that ended up in the entire re-branding of ABROADER thanks to the great people who work there or my great mentors and awesome mentees.
Being a creative person and a perfectionist, what strikes me the most is finding an environment where I can simply shine the best, and that was how I found ABROADER. Although my first and foremost purpose when I joined the team was just to look for new challenges in marketing in the international education field, I was both shocked and happy when I was able to conduct a proper research project that ended up in the entire re-branding of ABROADER thanks to the great people who work there or my great mentors and awesome mentees.

KAZUE (NHI) TRAN

Marketing Intern (Content Writer) / Program Assistant

Starting from being a student of Japanese, I came to ABROADER as a local buddy in summer 2021, and became a marketing team member just months ago. I’ve never gone abroad and just have a bit of background in content writing, but working here with friendly, supportive leaders and colleagues makes me feel like home. ABROADER grants me the chance to meet with people from different backgrounds/cultures, learn from them, and deepens my knowledge of the very Vietnamese culture as well.
Starting from being a student of Japanese, I came to ABROADER as a local buddy in summer 2021, and became a marketing team member just months ago. I’ve never gone abroad and just have a bit of background in content writing, but working here with friendly, supportive leaders and colleagues makes me feel like home. ABROADER grants me the chance to meet with people from different backgrounds/cultures, learn from them, and deepens my knowledge of the very Vietnamese culture as well.

MINH NHU (SUIKA)

Marketing Intern (Video Editor) / Program Assistant

Being a third-year university student majoring in Japanese studies, besides languages I have a passion for making videos. Video editing is all about telling a story to me. The ABROADER story I want to covey is about passion, education, and connection. ABROADER taught me to have the courage to dream big and to believe in the power of cooperation. “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” As a result, I’m ready to embark on my adventure and tell my own story with ABROADER!
Being a third-year university student majoring in Japanese studies, besides languages I have a passion for making videos. Video editing is all about telling a story to me. The ABROADER story I want to covey is about passion, education, and connection. ABROADER taught me to have the courage to dream big and to believe in the power of cooperation. “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” As a result, I’m ready to embark on my adventure and tell my own story with ABROADER!

TRANG NGUYEN (PHIL)

Volunteer (Former Marketing Intern & Local buddy)

The one-year journey with ABROADER unfolds a better version of me learning to be open, creative, and expect the unexpected. I’m encouraged to share my thoughts, new ideas, and even my feelings to connect more with people here. I’m given much autonomy in my own tasks and learned to be responsible. It’s a lucky start for me when entering the workforce lately.
The one-year journey with ABROADER unfolds a better version of me learning to be open, creative, and expect the unexpected. I’m encouraged to share my thoughts, new ideas, and even my feelings to connect more with people here. I’m given much autonomy in my own tasks and learned to be responsible. It’s a lucky start for me when entering the workforce lately.

PHONG HO (TNU)

Marketing Intern (Graphic Design)

If I can describe my internship in ABROADER in one word, “Positive” is what I would use. And what else would be better than experiencing a glimpse of stability before entering the workforce for the rest fifty years of your life, if you know what kind of stability I am talking about.
Yours truly (until 6 PM)./.
If I can describe my internship in ABROADER in one word, “Positive” is what I would use. And what else would be better than experiencing a glimpse of stability before entering the workforce for the rest fifty years of your life, if you know what kind of stability I am talking about.
Yours truly (until 6 PM)./.

NGAN GIANG TRAN (BAMBOO)

Marketing Intern (Video Editor)

Thanks to the experience of Local Buddy in ABROADER, I had a chance to not only enhance my video editing skills but also learn more from my brilliant Marketing leaders and teammates. I was so amazed by the mission of ABROADER and that actually inspires me to join hands. Moreover, I would like to show my great gratitude to ABROADER family because of the meaningful and practical experience here. They will definitely become one of my best experiences in university life.
Thanks to the experience of Local Buddy in ABROADER, I had a chance to not only enhance my video editing skills but also learn more from my brilliant Marketing leaders and teammates. I was so amazed by the mission of ABROADER and that actually inspires me to join hands. Moreover, I would like to show my great gratitude to ABROADER family because of the meaningful and practical experience here. They will definitely become one of my best experiences in university life.

MINH LE (LEMON)

Marketing Intern (Content Writer)

Standing a chance to become a member of ABROADER family, I have been given the opportunity to try, to make it different, and to contribute to meaningful work, in an open sharing workspace. Hope that together we can create more and more values for the community, and also deliver the mission of ABROADER – Broaden your horizons.
Standing a chance to become a member of ABROADER family, I have been given the opportunity to try, to make it different, and to contribute to meaningful work, in an open sharing workspace. Hope that together we can create more and more values for the community, and also deliver the mission of ABROADER – Broaden your horizons.

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