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Environment Project Intern at Biodiversity Conservation NGO

NGO

Passionate about protecting biodiversity and endangered species? Then this internship is perfect for you! Working in a leading NPO in Vietnam, you will learn about how conservation work happens from grass-root level in one of the world’ most biologically diverse countries.

About the Host

This is a not-for-profit research organization that was certified by the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA). It is home to dedicated nature scientists, innovative technologies, conservation practitioners and policy makers who pursue harmony between human’s needs and nature conservation.

The NGO projects focus on conducting baseline scientific researches, with strong emphasis on ecology of endangered species, conservation paradigms and practical approaches. Their works help enhance capacities of conservation practitioners and policy-makers working in conservation and strengthen local communities' sustainable livelihoods.


Internship Highlights

  • Gain field-work experiences, marine mammal spotting skills, data analysis skills with special focus on GPS
  • Immerse with local stakeholders in snorkeling and scuba diving, seagrass census
  • Manage projects and analyze data
  • Accommodation and food during fieldwork time are covered, training on dugong and seagrass survey
  • Receive certification upon successful completion


Program Highlights - All in one!

  • Immerse in local culture through Vietnamese lessons, cooking class, city tour and trip to World's top destination (Halong Bay/ Mekong Delta) – All included in the program
  • Ample supports from our onsite team and lovely “Local Buddies” – Vietnamese university students who can show you around their city and its hidden gems
  • Experience life abroad authentically - More than travelling, get to know the city with the locals!
  • Travel Vietnam or hop around Southeast Asia on the weekend (Bangkok or Bali is just 2 hours flight away)
  • Join our networks of international students to discover Vietnam together 

    Intern tasks will be project based. Responsibilities include:

    • Join vantage point surveys (on land), conduct seagrass survey
    • Participate in campaign on to raise environmental awareness of the local communities in conservation sites
    • Participate in projects related to marine mammal ecology and marine plastic pollution issues
    • Conduct data analysis and write field survey report
    • Other tasks as assigned

    Requirements:

    • Background in conservation, environment or related field
    • Be critical and responsible at work
    • Be physically fit, able to perform manual tasks and work outside
    • Be flexible, willing to learn
    • Great communication skills and willingness to overcome language and culture barriers (you will need to work with local co-workers)


    *Job Description is for reference only. Your actual responsibilities are subject to change based on your capacities, interests and the host's requirements at a certain time.

    Tip: Check with our Advisor for more specific details and before you make any travel arrangements.

    Program Fee

    Duration (weeks)04*06*081012162024
    Full Service $2,695 $3,052 $3,410 $3,767 $4,125 $4,840 $5,555 $6,270
    No Housing $2,195 $2,302 $2,410 $2,517 $2,625 $2,840 $3,055 $3,270

    Note:

    • Placement-only option: If you only need program placement, program fee is set at $700 USD/ placement for all durations.
    • 4-6 weeks option are only open for medical and education internships. For other majors, most host organizations prefer minimum 8 weeks and availability of 4-6 week options are not guaranteed.
    • Medical internship entails an extra fee of $100 – 300 USD per month depending on host hospitals. This will be sent directly to the hosts to cover training fee, administration and training tools.


    What is included

    Our full-package program guarantees fully-supported, locally-immersive experiences and includes:

    • Internship placement
    • Visa application
    • Accommodation (homestay/ studio/ shared apartment)
    • Pre-departure guide
    • Airport transfer (pick-up & see-off at designated time)
    • On-site orientations
    • Local SIM card
    • City tour & Social and cultural activities with onsite staff
    • Excursion to top destinations in Vietnam (Ha Long Bay or Mekong Delta)
    • Local volunteer support
    • Onsite supports from ABROADER staff with 24/7 hotline
    • On-going & Final program evaluation
    • Welcome & Farewell dinners
    • Public Liability Insurance
    • Certification upon completion of the program

    *Accommodation

    Standard option is studio room. Basic facilities will be provided, including air-conditioner, bathroom with water heater, Wi-Fi, bedding, mini fridge, kitchen. Electricity is not included. Electricity bill is typically $100 – 150 USD per month depending on your usage. Electricity bill will be charged directly to students at the end of month and when check out.

    *Visa

    Visa application fee is included in our program fee. The quoted fee is for standard passport holders, including those from the US, Canada, the EU, Australia, Singapore. For other citizenships, visa fee may change depending on home country and duration. 

    What is NOT included

    • Flights
    • Insurance
    • Visa stamping fee (to be paid to the custom upon arrival)
    • Meals and other personal expenses

    Dates

    Our programs are all year round. Application deadline is minimum 2 months prior to intended start date.

    For smooth preparations, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, preferable 3 – 4 months in advance.

    Late application is subject to late submission fee of $200.

    Procedure

    Our entire process is an easy 5-step journey – from application to after you return home.

    how it works 5 steps

    • Application

    Browse and choose! Check out the wide range of programs we offer by major, industry or location. Select the program you want (you can choose up to 5) and click Apply! For this step, you will need to fill in personal information and upload a resume.

    Can’t decide? Contact us for individualized recommendations. No fee is required at this stage and you can still change your selection later after an interview with our Placement Advisors.

    • Online Interview

    After your application is submitted, our Placement Advisor team will review your application and get in touch for a FREE online consultation on available opportunities. We will also answer all your questions about the location and guide you through the next steps.

    No rush to commitment! After the interview, you’ll receive a Conditional Offer with details of your chosen program. You’ll have time to review the offer and when ready, submit a deposit to secure your place. This deposit is fully refundable if you are not placed in a program.

    • Enrollment

    Welcome onboard! Our onsite team will work with you to ensure we secure a suitable placement. You will get to learn more about the role/ program you’re applying for through detailed description or interview with potential host companies/ universities so that both sides know whether it’s a good fit.  

    If all goes well, congratulations! You'll receive a placement offer. Time to prepare for your departure!

    • Onsite Experience

    It’s getting real! Once you’ve landed, our staff will be ready to welcome and pick you up to your accommodation.  You’ll get oriented with the city before starting work/ study next Monday.

    • Departure

    You did it! In one way or another, you’ve broadened your horizons! Time for final evaluation and reflection. Our onsite team will arrange for your departure and welcome you to our alumni network.

    For more details, visit our How it works. If you have any questions, contact us. Our staff will guide you through the entire process.

    Tentative Schedule

    Date Activity
    Thursday Arrival & Airport Pick-up
    Friday Orientation & Welcome Meal
    Saturday City tour
    Monday Company Induction & First working day
    Last working week Evaluation & Farewell
    Saturday Airport see-off

    Your selected programs

    (Select up to 5 opportunities. No fee is required)

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    Zareen Fazleabas

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    Joining this internship in Vietnam with SEND, I made a very important realization that is I can’t do everything on my own. The challenges presented during this internship got me to talk to other people, hear their ideas and craft up a conclusion. I learnt to cooperate with friends instead of struggling with any probem alone and we were able to find a solution to almost any problem that we encountered.

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    Words cannot describe how much I gain from this internship. The time here has been productive, meaningful and of course an unforgettable one! When I first came to Ho Chi Minh City for the internship, I was overwhelmed by the culture difference. To the roads packed with motorcycles to the food, everything was different for me. Honestly, I thought it would be very hard for me to adapt to the culture in Vietnam, however, ABROADER provided us with a lot of support! They have local buddies that bought us around Ho Chi Minh City, teach us their culture and are very open and happy going! They even brought us to grocery shopping which we needed desperately! What’s more, they gave me an internship in one of Vietnam’s top IT outsourcing companies! The team was professional, always looking for ways to improve and welcoming! They always try their best that I am doing great! Thank You ABROADER!

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    Alanna Mouland

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