Doing business in Thailand & Vietnam
This month-long program allows students the opportunity to learn in-depth about Thai and Vietnamese cultures, their ways of life and most importantly what’s like to do business in two of the world’s hottest destinations in recent years.
“Doing business in Thailand and Vietnam” is a platform for students to:
- Learn about Thai and Vietnamese cultural, economic, and political contexts. What do they mean in terms of doing business? How do they influence the way people do business in the two countries?
- Gain initial/deeper insights into different models of business, including but not limited to: locally-owned businesses with/without a global presence, FDI companies & local social enterprises
- Gain more understanding of Thai and Vietnamese cultures through close contact with local students, staff, professionals from diverse backgrounds as well as numerous guest lectures and visits to local destinations, including ancient towns, national parks, temples and pagodas, floating markets, mountainous areas, world’s natural heritages, etc
Tentative locations: Bangkok & Chiang Mai (Thailand) and Hanoi (Vietnam)
Duration: 4 weeks
Tentative Program Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival in Bangkok, Hotel check-in
Day 2: Orientation & Welcome dinner
Day 3: Bangkok City Tour
Day 4: Guest lectures on doing business in Thailand
Day 5: Company visits
Day 6: Thai cooking class
Day 7: Cultural Exchange Day with local families or local students
Day 8: Floating Markets Tour
Day 9: Free day & Farewell dinner
Day 10: Departure for Chiang Mai
Noon: Welcome lunch
Afternoon: Orientation & Welcome session with Chiang Mai University (CMU), Chiang Mai City Tour
Evening: Cultural Exchange with CMU students
Day 11: Guest lecture on tourism in Thailand and Site visit
Day 12: Guest lectures on Thai economy and trade relations with other countries and Company visit
Day 13: Excursion to learn more about the Thai elephants, no elephant shows
Day 14: Company visit and cultural exchange with local students
Day 15: Excursion to learn more about the natural beauty of Chiang Mai and farewell dinner with CMU
Day 16: Departure for Hanoi
Noon/afternoon: Arrival in Hanoi, check into hotel
Evening: Welcome dinner
Day 17: Orientation & City Tour
Day 18: Guest lecture on Vietnam’s politics and economic index and Company visit
Day 19: Company visits & evening reflection session
Day 20: Company visits and evening reflection session
Day 21: Company visits and evening reflection session
Day 22: Guest lecture on how culture affects the way people do business in Vietnam & free exploration
Day 23: Excursion to Ha Long Bay
Day 24: Guest lecture on Vietnam’s investment law and labor law and Company visit
Day 25 & 26: Trekking tour in Sapa
Day 27: Back in Hanoi & afternoon reflection session
Day 28: Final presentation, closing ceremony, farewell lunch & departure from Vietnam
All activities listed above are subject to change in case of unexpected circumstances or companies/organizations' unavailability.
We customize the itinerary to best meet your needs and objectives; thus there will be no programs at the same price.
What's usually included in our price?
- Airport transfer
- Accommodation: 3-star hotel, twin room, same-gender/room, single room for university faculty, free Wi-Fi and room service
- Meals: Breakfast at hotel; welcome and farewell dinners; other meals as listed in the itinerary
- Program development
- Program coordinator accompanies the group in every activity for the whole program;
- Local buddies arrangement (if requested)
- On-site orientation;
- Company visits arrangement;
- Guide and entrance fees for all excursions as listed in the itinerary
- Transportation as described in the program itinerary
- 24/7 emergency contact number (SOS card);
- All gratuities to bus drivers, tour guides and/ or similar;
- Fee for at least 1 faculty or employee from the university to join in program activities with students in Vietnam.
Step 1: Please take some minutes to fill out this online questionnaire. Our Program Manager will then contact you for a free consultation meeting to discuss your customized program in more detail.
Step 2: We finalize and send you the program proposal(s) for your institution’s approval.
Step 3: Partnership agreement/Program Contract signed
Step 4: Implementation
Things to do on your end:
- Market your program on campus & process students’ applications
- Approve and finalize academic content for the program
- Work closely with ABROADER's Program Manager to finalize all activities and logistics needed for your program (airfare, housing, airport pickup, classroom, excursions, etc.)
- Collect students’ program fees
- Hold pre-departure meeting and orientation
*If you feel overwhelmed, please rest assured that we are always here to support any of the things you are supposed to do at this step.
Things we do on our end:
- Finalize the overall program schedule
- Produce or support the production of marketing materials for your program
- Arrange all necessary logistics, and cultural excursions for your program
- Provide support for the pre-departure meeting and orientation
Step 5: Your program starts - you and your students arrive in Vietnam or another program location in Southeast Asia.
Step 6: While in the program location, you teach the course, we take care of all the other activities and logistics for your program.
Step 7: Your program ends – the group departs from the program location. After you return home, there will be an evaluation meeting for us to review your program for future improvements and planning.
We endeavour to guarantee that through every stage of our process, issues like power and privilege, diversity and inclusion, community voice and reciprocity are taken into full consideration to make sure that every stakeholder is heard and included.
My internship has been a very fruitful journey, and I have learnt many things from my colleagues at NashTech Hanoi. Many of my skills have improved considerably, especially my communication skills. The working environment in Hanoi is very different from my experience in Singapore, and it has been a breath of fresh air for me. The staff and local buddies at ABROADER have also been immensely helpful! They always go the extra mile for us, and my time in Hanoi would have been very different if not for them, thank you very much!
Ho Hao Keet (Max)
IT Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore
I think my experience is different from others. I think many people who joined the internship say something like ‘I find what I wanna do in the future’ or ‘I find discover myself.’ But for me, I cannot find my future job. I cannot say working at hotel is my future job. Before I go to Vietnam, I really wanted to work at hotel or be something it cherishes the hospitality such as a flight attendant. I thought I’m really open minded and it is best job for me. After finishing the internship, I thought the job at hotel is really nice job, to do best for the people all the time like I thought once but now I cannot say I wanna work at hotel in the future with 100% sure. It’s because I feel stressful when I receive the bad service as a customer. More and more I polish my service, I’m really dissatisfied with the service of others. So now I wanna put a distance from the service job. So now, I’m looking for what I wanna do in the future in Japan and challenges many things. But this is what I can say with 100% sure It was best decision to take the internship in Vietnam. It is because thanks to the challenge of internship in Vietnam, I became to love challenges much more than the time before going to Vietnam. Before going to Vietnam, I had a fear to challenge. But now, I challenge many things and I realize my life is really full one! And I wanna recommend this internship to other Japanese students of course. You may be able to find your future job and yourself or not, no matter how different you feel about internship after finishing it, I can say with 100% sure it will be worthwhile to your life in some way.
Hospitality Internship ,Tokyo Woman`s Christian University, Japan
With the services provided by ABROADER, I felt it was really helpful how they picked me up from the airport and took me to get my accommodations and phone figured out. It would’ve been extremely difficult to try and figure that entire process out on my own. I don’t think there is anything that ABROADER could’ve done better. They gave me all the support I need to get through my Social Work Internship in Vietnam. My Internship in Vietnam was with the Center for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender – Family – Women and Adolescent (CSAGA), a non-governmental, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the rights of women and children who are vulnerable to violence and discrimination in Vietnam. It was pretty unclear at the beginning what was expected of me, however, I gradually figured out what was needed as the days went on. It was no problem at all. My supervisor was very sweet and so nice to me. She always asked me what I was doing on the weekends, and with my free time, and has offered me advice on different things about Vietnam. I felt that I was given everything I needed to perform my job here at CSAGA. My work seemed to be important to the agency since I did a lot of research for important proposals CSAGA was writing. The host organization had been very helpful and accommodating to anything I needed while here. They always asked if everything was going ok and if there was anything I needed to help make my time here more successful. I don’t think there was anything they could’ve done better.
Heather Joann Sheffield
Social Work Internship ,Oregon State University, USA
For starters, having gone into this with the full expectation of entering a foreign country for the sole purpose of working, I am thoroughly surprised by the amount of affection and care given through each and every step in more aspects than just work. When people hear the term agency they expect a common, lackadaisical, professional agency that only assists you for queries and links you to your job, but otherwise expresses a rather hands-off approach when it comes to the external factors, such as the things to do on your free time or the places to visit, etc. Maybe I am alone in this thought but through my 5 months internship, ABROADER has given me the opposite of my expectations during the process. Anything wrong with the experience and they're there, anytime you have inquiries they're right at your doorstep, anytime you need a recommendation for a place to cut your hair you got it. They've given me more care, more concern and more assistance in this trip than I can ever ask for, and also an opportunity, not just in a work aspect but in other ways like the opportunity to make friends, an opportunity to explore Vietnam not for what it seems but for what it is, together. Sure, while it is like this it is still a professional establishment, but, what makes them unique and above the rest is that they remember to also keep it personal. It's been a privilege to experience Vietnam with ABROADER and I extend my gratitude. I think the only advice I can give to people coming on this trip is to have an open-mind and to enjoy the process because time passes way too fast if you don't take the time to enjoy the moment.
Adriel Peng Guo Jun
Biology & Environment Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore
Electrical Engineering & Computing Study Tour ,University of Newcastle, Australia
Marketing Internship ,Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Nguyen Chau Bao
Climate Change Internship ,The College of Wooster, USA
I had such an incredible experience as a Public Health Remote Intern in Hanoi, Vietnam. From the support I received to the work I did with my team, I could not have asked for a more positive internship experience. Despite the fact that I was not able to travel to Vietnam, I felt so connected to the people and culture. The relationships I have built and the lessons I have learned are so priceless and humbling. I truly commend this program for the wonderful work they do and I am so incredibly grateful What is your advice to future travelers on this program? The advice I would give as a former intern is to always keep an opened mind and be willing to adapt to unfamiliar circumstances. Flexibility is very important and makes the experience considerably more enjoyable.
Public Health Remote Internship ,Central Michigan University
Electrical Engineering and Computing Study Tour ,University of Newcastle, Australia
Sandra Gomez Vega
Nursing Internship ,University of Texas Austin, USA