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Local Buddy

YOUR LOCAL BUDDIES

ABROADER's must-have

What makes ABROADER’s programs stand out in service quality is our Local Buddy Program,  designed to help make it easier for you to integrate with locals and find your way around in a whole new living environment. Specifically, the program is built to give you the opportunity to make friends with your local peers while giving them the exposure to your  cultures. It is a must-have in all of our programs, for we would love to make your time in Vietnam full of memorable experiences. Hear from some of our past students on what they have to say about the local buddies below:

"During the trip I always felt safe thanks to the local buddies and our program coordinator. Provided you use a little bit of travelling smarts I cannot see any problems that should arise on your trip. Each and every one of the local buddies, (our coordinator included), were so kind and caring. You should really give it your best effort to open up and engage with each of them. They are all such great and unique people and provide the best way to truly immerse yourself in the adventure. Furthermore, they are so selfless and are always able to provide advice or help you out with literally anything. You have a golden opportunity to make some truly long-lasting friendships."

Calen, University of Newcastle, Australia

Vietnam & Singapore Study tour

"I am really thankful to have the support from the local buddies. Even though their service is voluntary, I am very happy that they took their time to support us throughout our internship here."

Kelvin On Zhi Xiang, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

Biology & Environment Internship

Who are they?

Oftentimes, your local buddies would be university students currently residing in your program location. They are among the most active and energetic students who are eager to  befriend with peers from different parts of the world to learn about diverse cultures. Having a great interest in studying and working abroad in the future, these Vietnamese youngsters seize the chance of meeting you to gain exposure to international cross-cultural communication and develop their skill sets. Ultimately, they are more eager than anyone to show you the best of Vietnam with a hope that you could fall in love with Vietnam as they do. 

Your local buddies are carefully selected and  trained by ABROADER’s program coordinator before they could take the job. While you are in the country, they will help organize several exciting activities for you to participate in, for example orientation day, city tour, and Vietnamese cooking class. Besides regular communication on various online channels like email, Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger, weekly/monthly offline meetings are held between them and our program coordinator to ensure every aspect of your program is going on the right track.

What do they do?

The role of the local buddies will vary slightly depending on the type of program you are enrolled in, be it an internship, study abroad, service-learning or faculty-led program. Basically, they will provide you with tremendous support in your daily life, helping you immerse as quickly as possible into the Vietnamese lifestyle. They will show you how to get to different spots in the city, where to get tasty local food and drinks, how to behave properly in Vietnam, and all other matters arising during your time here. They are delighted to spend time with you, share with you about the people and the cultures, and listen to you  on your blue days.

Do our local buddies enjoy their jobs!

YEP! Because they…

  • Are trained with working skills in an international community through our programs

  • Can improve their language communication (English, Japanese, Chinese, etc.) via daily conversation with you, the students

  • Participate in cultural exchange and excursion activities with international students like you for  zero cost

  • Become a member of ABROADER’s international network and get updated information on scholarships and opportunities to go abroad

  • Are awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by ABROADER.

Hear from our local buddies and students about their experience:

"We shared stories with each other and had many treasured memories. Interestingly, we have still texted each other after the trip and promised for one day that we will meet again. To me, they are all priceless, these friends and these memories. In every process of making the program work, there are always hardships, however, they are just very small sacrifices made for the bigger, better the things that I have achieved during the program. And I know for sure that in the future if I want to be a local buddy/volunteer again, I would put ABROADER as my number 1 option."
Giang Huong Nguyen, ABROADER's Past Local Buddy 

How can you best benefit from the program?

When applying for one of ABROADER’s programs, you probably have this thought of challenging yourself in another country. Since your local buddies are ready to open up, there is no reason for you to hesitate and stay in your comfort zone. Step out and explore a new you. Let it all out: your questions, your curiosity, and your feelings. Be yourself with an open heart, then you will see how easy it is to connect with your local buddies since they will always do the same.

Sign up for an internship, study abroad or service-learning program with ABROADER today as the first exciting step to get matched to your amazing local buddies!

Interested in learning more about what our past students had to say about their local buddies? Click here.

During my environmental engineering internship at my host company, I have learned a great deal of practical knowledge and skills that I hadn’t been taught in schools before, in particular my design skills have been improved a lot. My supervisor and coworkers gave me very helpful support and guidance which is what I expected to have in an internship, although I wish I was more freedom to explore and do independent work. Adding to the experience, I got to go on a field trip to Hai Duong in 2 weeks while I was an intern. It was a valuable experience for me because I was able to travel and see the different practices in a smaller city of Hai Duong compared to Hanoi, I of course made new friends and had a little peak into the local life of people outside the busy capital.

Geogre Wilson

Environmental Engineering Internship ,Durham University, England

Everything so far, from preparation before departure to the whole internship execution has been good. But what I am most satisfied with must be the helpfullness from the local buddy and coordinators through the whole process. Eventhough I am a more independent individual and have no problem exploring new places alone, I felt that their presence made me feel more safe and that I have friends in this new environment. All in all a great experience that I would not have gone without. One of the best experiences I have had. For my internship, however, there was a big part of the different tasks I could not be involved in because of the language barrier. They have given me a great experience and done at great deal to show me the process from how everything works in the different departments/shops to taken me out to see the farm where the organic products grow. They have kept me well informed and all in all been a great place to work. If there is anything I would suggest for improvement it would be better if there were more tasks that could be done in English. I am really happy with my experience and definitely will recommend it to anyone friends who are interested.

Trine Hansen

Marketing Internship ,Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

I did a 4-month internship in the National Children Hospital in Vietnam. The entire organization for me went really well, all you need is time and patience but when you reach the point where all is settled it went really smooth and if you have problems you will get help asap and they will find a solution for you. I gained a lot of new experience and was surprised by the high practical skills of the Nurses and Doctors. Even though not everybody could speak proper English and sometimes communication was hard, there were ways to communicate with the colleagues (Google Translate, Body language). All in all I just can say I would do it again, and I wouldn't be the person I am today with out going on this adventure. The way I see things definitely changed and I go home with new knowledge and some wonderful memories. A big thanks to ABROADER Vietnam and especially Miss Ha who made this all possible.

Japheth Uruejoma

Nursing Internship ,FH Campus Wien, Austria

Having an Internship program away from home is not an easy decision because you have to think of so many aspects like entering a new culture, encountering language differences, living in a new environment and so many other things. At first, I was very nervous because it was my first time in Vietnam, but ABROADER made me feel that I made a right decision to come for an internship here. They will not let you feel away from your home as they will treat you not just like a student intern but as a part of the ABROADER family. I never felt alone as they are always there to guide and support me during my internship despite of the culture differences. The very good news is I am starting to learn and immerse myself into the Vietnamese life with the help of not only my on-site program coordinator but also my lovely Vietnamese co-workers in Ha Long Bay. My program started with an orientation on my internship in Vietnam at ABROADER’s office, during which they also taught me some basic Vietnamese language that is very helpful while I am here. Afterwards, we had a welcome dinner where I tried different Vietnamese dishes which I immediately fell in love with. They were all very “ngon” which means delicious in Vietnamese :) . The next day we had a day of city tour with my local buddy – Ngan where she showed me around tourists spots in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and French Quarter. During the tour, Ngan also brought me to local restaurants to enjoy traditional Vietnamese foods and drinks like Egg coffee which I like best. To make it even better, she took me to a place near Hoan Kiem Lake where I got to discover the most delicious ice cream I have ever tasted in my life.

Marvin M. Napi

Hospitality - Cruise Management Internship ,Mariners' Polytechnic Colleges Foundation, Philippines

I have found myself such wonderful friends who share the same interest. What is more precious to explore an unfamiliar place, do what you love and make friends with such awesome people? The damp and blistering air on the first day of June still hasn’t slipped my mind. A summer internship at the Center for Sustainable Rural Development, under the scorching sun of Ha Noi, is filled with salutary experiences. A unique task I am responsible for was to compile “Planting life, Planting tree”, a photo book that describes changes in farmers’ behavior after seeing the benefits of living harmoniously with Mother Nature. It is not simply putting captions under images. Rather, it is a whole process of doing research, understanding the project and cultural background, working closely with the program officers, local agencies, and villagers to complete the book. Thus, climate change, for me, is no longer only about ice being melted in Antarctica. The rising temperature effects have to be seen right in the field where farmers’ livelihood is being taken away by deforestation, natural disasters, and water shortage. The knowledge and skills I have gained from the internship surpass the classroom environment and definitely will set a firm base for me in my future career plan. Apart from my Climate Change Internship in Vietnam, I came to Ha Noi without any expectation for long-lasting relationships rather than professional ones. Yet, ABROADER staff and local buddies have completely changed my mind. Their support and welcoming outshine my worries and loneliness. Also, during my internship time, living in the apartment for ABROADER's interns, I have found myself such wonderful friends who share the same interest. What is more precious to explore an unfamiliar place, do what you love and make friends with such awesome people?

Nguyen Chau Bao

Climate Change Internship ,The College of Wooster, USA

The 5 months spent in Vietnam was not only enjoyable but also felt enriching. I have become many times more independent than before and thoroughly enjoyed working at Vinmec General International Hospital- A conducive and enjoyable workplace for those interested in a career in Healthcare.

Skye Lee

Healthcare & Pharmacy Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

The three weeks that I spent in Vietnam gave me a unique insight and greater appreciation into the world around me. Going to Vietnam has made me value the things I take for granted in Australia, such as just being able to drink clean water from the tap. I discovered that the people of Vietnam are so generous and forgiving. I made many new friends during the study tour and learned a course all whilst touring a great country. The study tour was very enjoyable and I had lots of fun along the way with the activities planned by the local buddies. The course itself was interesting and I genuinely enjoyed the content, despite it being so condensed into a few weeks. My advice for students wanting to go on ABROADER study tour would be to just enjoy the trip while it lasts and take as many photos as possible, because the time goes so quick. A huge thank you to all the organisers of the trip and to the local buddies for making this trip possible and the best it could have been.

Dante Staneke

Electrical Engineering & Computing Study Tour ,University of Newcastle, Australia

No words can represent how much experience I have gained throughout my internship in Vietnam. Working at my host company as a research assistant, I have gained many technical and soft skills, such as participating in lab undergraduate training courses, doing lab testing services and also learning the culture of Vietnam with the Vietnamese people. After this internship, I realized that I could adapt myself to a different and foreign environment. This enables me to be able to work with a more diverse environment, even with colleagues with different background and knowledge. This pushes me as an employee to learn and work even harder to cope and manage with different people and adapt accordingly to the needs of the company. All in all, I feel that it was a breathtaking experience for me to have this opportunity to immerse myself with the Vietnam culture with the Vietnamese people, and I am really thankful to have taken up this internship experience with ABROADER for letting me experience such a new life. The funniest moment I had during my internship experience was that I had to CHASE down a bus when I was on the way to work. It was a really funny one as I have this mindset that the buses in Vietnam would wait for you to board before it starts to drive again. However, the bus did not even stop moving and kept on driving, and left me behind the bus stop. Since that day onwards, I ensure myself not to miss the bus by chasing the bus down before the driver closes its door on me. Thank you ABROADER for this memorable experience!

Kelvin On

Biology & Environment Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

A Positive International Internship Experience !

I am so appreciative of the ABROADER team for all of their efforts throughout this unprecedented remote internship experience; I felt constantly supported and engaged in the country of Vietnam, even while in a remote setting. While working for an international organization while working from home was inherently difficult/challenging, ABROADER and the Local Buddies made this the best possible experience for all of the interns! I cannot even imagine how wonderful this experience will be for future interns who get to travel in-country with ABROADER for their internships and get to meet all of the wonderful, supportive, and KIND team members.


Abby Poisson

Public Health Remote Internship ,Saint Michael’s College

I am grateful to everyone who has helped organize my internship in Vietnam this summer. I am grateful to ABROADER for finding me the best placement that I could ever hope for and for being so caring, accountable and responsive during my whole internship duration. I am grateful to my supervisor and all the coworkers at my host organization for being so hard-working, responsible, encouraging and supportive. Without their kindness and support, my holistic learning experience while in Vietnam would not be that worthwhile. I would definitely recommend this internship in Vietnam program to anyone that is interested in doing an internship abroad.

Bryant Chu

Culinary Internship ,Master’s Degree at Stanford University, USA