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Code of Practice

Updated October 26, 2023

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When deciding to join ABROADER’s programs, all members of ABROADER agree to abide by the Code of Practice set out in this document. This Code of Practice is in place to ensure the safety and well-being of the intern, Host Organizations, the local communities, and ABROADER. Overall, we would like to ensure a meaningful and rewarding internship experience for all stakeholders. 

ABROADER is an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate on any basis—race, color, creed, gender or sexuality, ideology, religion, economic status, age, or ethnic background. With the aim of being distinguished by the hallmarks of integrity, idealism, and commitment to the common good, ABROADER expects that the members conduct themselves in a manner that is responsible, professional, respectful, and supportive of the rights of others.

Members within ABROADER should be committed to continual thought and periodic evaluation of the extent to which ABROADER meets and fulfills the ethical standards outlined in this Code of Practice as part of their commitment to ABROADER’s mission.

Violation of any of the following policies can lead to termination at ABROADER.

1. Participant’s safety FIRST

We at ABROADER want to make sure that our program is a safe trip for participants. Our top priorities are the health, well-being, and safety of the participants. An individual’s interests take a back seat to the participant’s safety.

In the event of an emergency, we would handle events calmly and professionally, going above and beyond our regular office hours to provide great customer care to participants in our programs. If the student’s life is in danger and needs to be rushed to the hospital, program coordinators have the right to act without the agreement of ABROADER’s Director. She/he can help deposit the student’s hospital charge in advance using ABROADER’s emergency credit card. 

At ABROADER, we take care of health and safety as much as our families do. Each member is provided health insurance to make sure that we can work and experience fully and, at the same time stay healthy. All members must adhere to the Health and Safety rules set forth by the local government in which they reside. All ABROADER staff are required to take First Aid training.

Members of ABROADER are not allowed to consume alcohol, use drugs, or break any other laws in Vietnam. Irresponsible drinking, gambling, fighting, swearing, and similar unprofessional activities are strictly prohibited during the program, such as during working hours, and whenever going out with participants during the program.

2. Abide and respect the local law

Overall, ABROADER members are also expected to always comply with all applicable laws and regulations in place during the program. Individuals must ensure that our actions cannot be interpreted as being, in any way, in contravention of local laws and regulations.

  • Remain drug and alcohol-free, and avoid the use of controlled substances
  • Be transparent, timely, responsible, and effective when working with all the stakeholders involved
  • Members of ABROADER acknowledge, have read, and will comply with the Preventing Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH) Policy, Child Protection Policy and Exploitation Modern Slavery Policy.

3. Confidentiality

As staff at ABROADER, individuals commit to the privacy and confidentiality of the participants and stakeholders, including host organizations, host families, and local buddies. Sharing any personal information, not for work purposes and/or without the permission of the person is prohibited.

4. Respect the difference

ABROADER members are required to always conduct herself/himself in a professional and ethical manner. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Respect the participants and stakeholders’ culture and differences.
  • Be fair, considerate, honest, trustworthy, and cooperative when dealing with all parties
  • Familiarize with and adhere to relevant organizational arrangements and procedures
  • Dress appropriately for the work setting
  • Make efforts to understand the cultural differences and learn to adapt accordingly
  • Listen and ask questions for the stakeholders if they need help or clarification; avoid jumping to conclusion.

5. Value all the stakeholders

At ABROADER, we commit to contributing to the local community. Staff are required to act with the attitude of valuing all the stakeholders, including host organizations, host families, and local buddies, and treat them fairly in a professional manner.

  • Promptly, enthusiastically, and politely when working with all stakeholders
  • Paying close attention to the demands and concerns and giving them complete consideration
  • Honest, respectful, and knowledgeable communication
  • Following up with all stakeholders in a timely, responsible, and efficient manner
  • Working with pride, dedication, and high ethical standards
  • Respecting every individual and encouraging participation without any force

In every program, before sending any applications or documents to the host organization, ABROADER staff needs to check carefully that they meet their requirements and do not hurt the host organization or host families.
Any applications or paperwork involving local buddies must be thoroughly scrutinized to ensure that they pose no risk to any stakeholders in our programs.

ABROADER’s Approval

Date ApprovedSeptember 29, 2023
Effective DateSeptember 29, 2023
Review DateSeptember 29, 2024
Target StakeholdersABROADER Staff, Partners, Participants, Local Buddies, Prospective Participants, and their families