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.
There are few words that could describe my time here this summer. The time I have spent here has been priceless and life changing, even more than I thought it could be. I learned so much from my nursing internship in Vietnam that will help me very much in my future. However, the life experience I’ve learned, through adapting to another culture, traveling alone to beautiful places and having a sense of home here is something I’ll never forget. The people here have touched my heart, and I’ll have these memories forever. This country, these places and people are beautiful, and I am so happy I came here. It’s inspired me to always follow my dreams, no matter how big they are, and that I can do anything.
Elisa Wynne Durkin
Nursing Internship ,Colorado State University, USA
Harris Bin Hazri
Technical Sales in Engineering Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore
I just wanted to say a Warm Thanks to the ABROADER team for creating an amazing experience for Zach. Kasia and your team went above and beyond and should be so proud of bringing the amazing experience of living in Vietnam to my son. Your buddy program was amazing and we met his Buddy several times. He even came to the airport at 7 AM this past Saturday as Zach left Vietnam. Zach learned so much about Vietnam this summer - about its amazing culture, food, how people live and of course Grab, and the crazy life of the traffic. This family has fallen in love with Vietnam.
Business Development Internship ,Zachary Vlessing's Father
Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan
IT Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore
Electrical Engineering & Computing Study Tour ,University of Newcastle, Australia
I was very appreciated and valued at the host school, they were extremely welcoming and friendly. The teachers provided me with plenty of opportunities to interact with different year levels and observe classes. In addition, even though it is not their responsibility to, they were also very keen on showing me Vietnam and making me comfortable, I got to go on a trip to pagodas in Ho Chi Minh where I got to wear ao dai and get to know more about another aspect of Vietnamese life. One inconvenience I had would be that my accommodation was quite far from the school and I was by myself. But overall, this can be improved on and I would recommend the internship program to anyone interested.
Education Internship ,Monash University, Australia
Special thanks to ABROADER and my intern company, MCD for making this experience once in a life-time. Huge thank you for everyone who made this dream into a reality. I made new friends and was immersed into the beautiful culture of Vietnam and was able to apply and adapt techniques I learnt in school at work.
Marine Conservation Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore
I would highly recommend this internship with ABROADER for my friends or anyone who is interested in doing an IT internship in Vietnam. My IT Internship was done at Global Cybersoft in Ho Chi Minh City, Global CyberSoft (GCS) is a leading global IT solutions provider founded in California. With extensive experiences and rich expertise, GCS poses as a major IT pioneer and trusted partner in Vietnam. The first team I was with (Business Analysis Team) went out of their way to give me responsibilities that challenged me to learn, and provided help for me to learn how to do these tasks, I felt my work on the Business Analysis team was important, and I made a significant contribution as an intern. Next, I was moved to programming team which I felt I did not have as much training compared to the first one. Given that the company was not used to having an intern like me, they did a good job giving me responsibilities that would help me learn. My supervisor was the local team manager and he helped me a lot during work and cared about my well-being. Among many concerns one has when deciding to do an internship, for me, the most important part was having as much help as possible getting into contact with prospective companies, and further set up with a bank account, etc. and felt very satisfied with the services provided by ABROADER concerning these procedures. The most helpful improvement would have been a more timely completion of all the steps so that there is the largest choice of companies to choose from, and one can prepare as soon as possible.
David Mechael Duplantier
IT Internship ,University of California, San Diego, USA
Overall the people have exceeded my expectations, and they are really what’s going to help make my experience in Vietnam a great one. I’ve always loved leaving my country (the US) and having new experience, so I wanted to do an internship abroad. Having already spent a semester in Europe, I wanted something really different. My mom was born in Saigon and lived there before coming to the United States with her family. So I felt like a good way to get in touch with my culture and my roots would be to spend three months living and working in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In my internship in Vietnam, I have helped with various marketing efforts by giving ideas or designing things. I have learned that, of course, there is a different way of doing business here compared to the United States. Things are run differently, there’s a different office culture, there are just always many cultural differences to keep in mind when doing business in a different country, and Vietnam has not been an exception. The people ABROADER have set me up with have been beyond wonderful. Coming to Vietnam on my own seemed very daunting and intimidating, but ABROADER has helped make the transition smooth and seamless. They helped take care of everything I would need during my time here and have gone above and beyond to assure that things continue to go smoothly. I am very appreciative of their support, and it makes the whole thing a little less scary. My local buddies have been so helpful for everything, and I really feel like they are becoming genuine friends. I am generally pretty shy, so it was nice to have friends before even arriving to help introduce me to more people and get me out there. Overall the people have exceeded my expectations, and they are really what’s going to help make my experience in Vietnam a great one.
Natasha Nguyen Mohney
Marketing Internship ,Indiana University, Bloomington, USA