Food & Tourism Industry in Vietnam
This unique 10-day program will give your students an opportunity to learn the secrets behind the famous Vietnamese cuisine, understand tourism as an element of Vietnam's economy and what it's like to do business in Vietnam
- A highly locally-engaged and historically rich study tour in Vietnam
- An ALL-LOCAL-FOODS program
- Tradition and modernity experienced at the same time
- Excursion to the Mekong Delta, water exploration of villages and boat excursion to the Cai Be or Cai Rang floating markets and opportunity for a walking exploration of little workshops for the production of rice paper, rice crispy, and honey and coconut candy
Tentative location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Duration: 10 days
Tentative Program Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival in HCMC & Welcome Dinner
Morning/Afternoon: airport pick up, hotel check-in
Official check-in time is 14:00
Evening: Welcome Dinner
Day 2: Orientation - Cooking Class
Morning: Free to rest
Afternoon: Onsite Orientation
Students will have an orientation with the site team. Background on Vietnam, Program itinerary, safety, and survival tips and a basic Vietnamese language lesson will be covered.
Evening: Cooking Class
Day 3: Industry visit 1 - Cooking Class - Guest Lecture
Morning: Industry visit
Afternoon: Guest lecture: “Doing Business in Vietnam”
Evening: Cooking class
Day 4: HCM City & Markets Tour
Morning: Markets (including both traditional wet markets and supermarkets) tour to learn about ingredient sourcing
Afternoon: City tour
Day 5: Day trip to the Mekong Delta
Theme of tour: Sustainable tourism
A trip for students to see the biggest “rice bowl” of Vietnam, the main drive behind Vietnam being the 3rd rice exporter in the world at the same time experience life in a water world where boats, houses and markets float upon innumerable rivers, canals and streams. The Mekong Delta is also home to many of Vietnam’s most delicious dishes.
Day 6: Free Morning - Cooking Class - Guest Lecture
Noon & Afternoon: Guest lecture: “Social entrepreneurship in Vietnam”
Evening: Cooking class
Day 7: Industry visit 2 - Cooking Class - Guest Lecture
Morning: Industry visit
Afternoon: Guest lecture - “Tourism as an element of Vietnam’s economy"
Evening: Cooking class
Day 8: Industry visit 3 - Cooking Class - Guest Lecture
Morning: Industry visit 3
Afternoon: Guest lecture - “Food Policy & Nutrition”
Evening: Cooking Class
Day 9: Expat district Tour - Farewell Dinner
Morning: District 2 (also known as Expat District) tour to learn about the life of international communities in Ho Chi Minh City
Evening: Farewell Dinner
Day 10: Departure from Vietnam
Morning/Noon: Check out of hotel
Afternoon/Evening: Departure from Ho Chi Minh City, End of program
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 with 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 and 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, site visits, 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.
Thing 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, site visits 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.
I realize that the key to develop yourself is to improve your competence in a whole new environment, and coming to Vietnam for an internship accomplished what I came for. I came here because I wanted to have more confidence to speak up my mind in front of other people and it is hard to accomplish these when you are still in your comfort zone.
Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan
Culinary Internship ,City College of San Francisco, USA
For the past 5 months, ABROADER has helped ensure that everything is smooth-sailing for the duration of my internship. From landing in Vietnam till my return trip to Singapore. My transport pick-up from the airport and accommodation were already well-planned and I settled down comfortably. However, a problem I encountered was language barrier. Only a small portion of Vietnamese is able to converse in English or Chinese. Fortunately, basic Vietnamese lessons were provided to us by ABROADERs before we ventured alone. Beside the above mentioned, a booklet filled with contacts, places to go and common Viet phrases were also provided. The agents were really passionate and tried their best to meet my needs and hear my concerns. I would like to specially mention Mia and Kasia for going the extra miles.
Scrum Master Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore
Marketing Internship ,Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Great internship in Vietnam! I recommend Westerners to go there at least one time to see things differently. ABROADER is very helpful (even if there is only women here haha) and found me a very decent internship. Time flies very fast, so you know what to do if you like the heat and cheep beers. À bientôt Vietnam!
Environment Internship ,Polytech Montpellier, France
When people ask me how I changed this summer, I tell them I aged eight years. Because the best way I know how to encompass all that I learned and how I matured is to change my ‘real’ age from 20 to someone much older. I feel wise in the least pretentious way and armed with enough life knowledge to take on the world. I know I could not have gained this much independence in Corvallis and I doubt I could have achieved it anywhere else in the world. Still, Vietnam taught me that simplicity does not repel complexity, that I can do anything, and, most importantly, that there is a big world out there to explore. “My first internship placement, at Bac Lung Secondary School, was excellent. I love living and teaching there, and I wish I could have stayed the entire time. I felt like I was making an important contribution in the community in allowing the students to learn English from a foreigner when they might not get that chance otherwise. Obviously, having to move and change everything halfway through my internship was not ideal. Since I came to Vietnam expecting to live in the countryside and teach English the entire time, the move to the city, where I could no longer teach, was frustrating. That being said, my experience in Hanoi ended up much better than I could have expected, and I am grateful for the opportunity to go outside my comfort zone living in the city. One of the best parts of my experience was the local buddy system. […] it was invaluable for me to have him (the local buddy) as a support and confidant. My experience would not have been the same without him.
Education 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
Culinary Internship ,Master’s Degree at Stanford University, USA
Education Internship ,Monica Anderson’s mother, USA
Electrical Engineering and Computing Study Tour ,University of Newcastle, Australia