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Getting to Your Location

WE HELP YOU GET TO YOUR LOCATION SAFE AND SOUND

After knowing the placement for your program in Vietnam, you will be closely instructed by our Program Coordinator on what to do next in terms of pre-departure preparation. The first four things that we will need to get done are applying for a visa, purchasing travel insurance, booking your flights and budgeting for your stay in Vietnam. Further details on each of these four things can be found as below:


Getting a visa to go on your internship, study abroad or service-learning program in Vietnam can sometimes be  tricky and overwhelming if you do it all by yourself, but ABROADER is here to help you out in two ways:

1. If you choose the “full package” option for your program, ABROADER will take care of your whole visa application process and you will only need pick up the visa upon arrival in one of Vietnam’s three main international airports, which are Noi Bai International Airport in Ha Noi (HAN), Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) and Da Nang International Airport in Da Nang (DAD).

What do I need to do if I choose the “FULL PACKAGE” option?

Step 1: You will provide ABROADER with:

  • Your scanned passport copy 

  • Your home country information

  • Your university/ institute information (major/ year - semester/ current degree)

  • Your family’s contact information (in case of emergencies)

Step 2: Wait for ABROADER’s Letter of approval and Visa Application form (via Email) and prepare these documents:

  • Your passport

  • Completed and signed Visa Application Form (known as Entry and Exit form)

  • Visa approval letter with your name (printed in advance)

  • 2 personal photos (4x6cm). One photo to be glued to your Visa application form

  • Stamping fee in cash: USD $25 (for 1-month and 3-month Single entry Visa) or USD $50 (for 1-month and 3-month Multiple entry Visa).

Step 3: Upon arrival

  • Get off flight

  • Go to Immigration Checkpoint

  • Find the "Visa on arrival" counter, present the documents prepared in step 2 and ask for further instruction (if needed).

* Note: This process may take up to 2 hours

2. If you choose to only have us help you with getting a placement for your program, you will do the visa process on your own. ABROADER will instruct you with the procedures and documents needed for your visa application.

Important things to know if you take the second option:

Visa type

If you come on an internship or service-learning program, you will need to apply for a single-entry/multiple-entry business visa (DN) which allows you to enter Vietnam for interning or joining a service-learning program.  A multiple-entry DN visa usually costs more than a single-entry one.

If you come on a semester exchange program, you will need a single-entry/multiple-entry study visa (DH) which allows you to enter Vietnam for  study purposes. 

*Important Note: Sometimes international students interning or joining service-learning programs at NGOs in Vietnam may need to get a different type of visa with the support/sponsor from the NGOs.  

Visa documents

The visa application requirements and procedures will vary depending on your nationalities, purpose of entry into Vietnam. However, generally you will be asked to provide the following documents when applying for a visa at the Vietnamese embassies or general consulate(s) in your home country (click here for the directory of all Vietnamese Embassies and Consulates abroad):

  • Original passport valid for a minimum of 6 months at the date of entry and with at least one blank page available for the Vietnam Visa

  • Vietnamese Visa application form (click here for the online Visa form)

  • Passport photo(s) taken within the last 01 year and 4 x 6cm in size

  • An official letter of acceptance/invitation from the Vietnamese host school/company/NGO

  • A proof of tuition fees payment ( for study in Vietnam applicants)

Length of stay and Visa fee

Vietnamese visas are generally issued (single or multiple entries) with a validity of  3 months, 6 months or 1 year. It is likely that the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in your home country will decide the maximum length of your visa based on the length of the program you have signed up for through ABROADER.

You will also be asked to pay the visa fee upon the submission of your visa application at the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate. Check out the following table of reference on visa to Vietnam fees:

Types of VisaFee (estimated & varies by embassies/consulaté )
Single-entry (1 - 3 months) USD $25 - USD $45
Multiple entries (1 month) USD $70
Multiple entries (3 - 6 months) USD $95
6-month to 1-year Visa USD $135


Processing time

Visas to Vietnam are usually processed within 5 to 14 business days*. The process time varies  depending on the foreign embassies and consulates of Vietnam. It is also possible to opt for rush or emergency visa service with additional fees.

*Note: Business day = Mon - Fri

Picking up your visa

In case you cannot collect your visa at the Vietnamese embassy or consulate in your home country, it is possible to do it at the Immigration Checkpoint in one of Vietnam’s 3 main international airports in Hanoi, Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City upon your arrival and with a special approval letter.

Step 1: Before arrival

You should receive your Letter of approval via E-mail after your application is successfully processed. Print it out.

Prepare these documents with you:

  • Your passport

  • Completed and signed Visa Application Form (known as Entry and Exit form)

  • Visa approval letter with your name (printed in advance)

  • 2 personal photos (4x6cm). One photo to be glued to your Visa application form

  • Stamping fee in cash: USD $25 (for 1-month and 3-month Single entry Visa) or USD $50 (for 1-month and 3-month Multiple entry Visa).

Step 2: Upon arrival

  • Get off flight.

  • Go to Immigration Checkpoint.

  • Find the "Visa on arrival" counter, present the documents prepared in step 2 and ask for further instruction (if needed).

* Note: This process may take up to 2 hours.

Visa extension

In case you cannot get a  visa valid for your desired duration when applying in your home country, it is possible to get it extended after you come to Vietnam. This can be done by Vietnam Immigration Departments in Hanoi, Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City, and you are suggested to ask your host schools/companies/NGOs to support or sponsor your visa extension.

Visa exemption

Vietnamese residents overseas can get a visa exemption certificate to visit Vietnam as instructed in this page. For students with other nationalities, check out this link to know if you can visit Vietnam without a visa for a certain period of time.

Additional resources

Why is travel insurance a must-have when studying abroad?

Although it is true that Vietnam has been ranked one of the most peaceful (#57 - GPI, 2019) and safest places (#9, Asia Peace Index ranking, 2020) in the world, unexpected things can still happen. While we do everything we can to ensure your trip to Vietnam goes smoothly and safely it is imperative to ensure you have adequate travel insurance should you fall sick, your bags go missing, or something is stolen. Please note that travel insurance is mandatory for you to participate in any of ABRODER’s programs. However, we do not provide insurance in our standard programs. You will need to purchase this prior to your departure for Vietnam and be solely responsible for evaluating and determining the type, extent and levels of any insurance plan you need/ desire for your planned travel period.

The reason why we do NOT include travel insurance in our fees is because it is usually more convenient for students to purchase their insurance in their home country. In the case that you want us to purchase insurance for you, we can still provide the service.

Below are some tips when you are looking for a travel insurance:.

Time Issue

It is highly recommended that you purchase the travel insurance as soon as you make any payment for your trip (program fee, accommodations, etc). Please pay attention to the valid dates of the insurance and what it covers, to see whether you can claim the program’s irrecoverable fees in case of cancelling your trip, or whether your insurance is valid from the time you check out from your home country or check in the host country, etc.

Types of insurance

Typically, services depend on the insurance provider that you choose, but  there are three most popular types:

  • Single Trip insurance: is applied for one trip of up to 3 months. This will not cover your traveling to various countries

  • Annual Multi Trip insurance: covers multiple trips for one year, with a maximum duration of 45 days/trip

  • Backpacker insurance: covers up to 2 years, including 1 trip home for your study break and other trips within the covered geographical area

Wear a helmet, sit in the back and keep yourself safe!
(Photo credit: Sebastian Jonshoej)

Insurance Fee

The fee depends on the company you work with, but it mostly varies based on the specific policies attached, so please pay attention to the terms of contract. The common rate is USD $50/month.

What should be cover

  • Medical Emergencies: Illness, accidents which lead to medical treatments and even repatriation.

  • Personal Possessions: Lost and stolen luggage/belongings when abroad (phone, passport, laptop, etc.)

  • Sport Activities: Sports-related accidents,  except for adventurous sports

  • Cancellation: In case of unexpected events such as illness or family issues (which must be proven), students would have to cancel the trip. In that case, make sure that the insurance will cover the irrecoverable fees for you.

  • Emergency Assistance: The insurance company has staffs in charge to deal with your specific case when needed

What are (usually) not covered

  • Pre-Existing Medical Conditions: You must be transparent with your insurance company about your medical conditions, or else your purchased insurance would be fully invalid

  • Alcohol & Drug Abuse or other Law-breaking behaviors: Insurance is not valid for those who break the law. So make sure that you are not involved in using drug, alcohol, driving without license, etc

  • Driving motorcycles: In Vietnam, motorbike is the most popular means of transportation. However, even if you are an experienced rider in your country, that does not mean you could or should ride in in traffic like Vietnam’s.

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Timing

Once you got your visa figured out, you should proceed with booking your flights to and from Vietnam simultaneously with buying your travel insurance. Generally, our students will

  • Start booking flights immediately after receiving their Visa Approval Letter.

  • Book their flights at least 1 month in advance to get the best prices and to ensure availability.

  • Arrive in Vietnam on a Thursday to receive Orientation on Friday, go on a  City tour on Saturday and have a full Sunday resting before starting their program at their host organization on Monday

  • Depart from Vietnam on a Sunday after having their end-of-program evaluation with ABROADER and their host organization on Friday and bidding farewells to the special people who have been part of their journey abroad on Saturday.

* Important Note: Your dates of arrival and departure may be a little different depending on:

  • The length of your visa

  • Whether you want to be in Vietnam early or stay  a little longer for some personal exploration or just in time to start/finish your program

Recommended flights booking sites

Below are some sites to help you find airlines at a reasonable price to book flights for your upcoming internship, semester exchange or service-learning program in Vietnam through ABROADER:

Airports on arrival

Usually, our students will arrive in Vietnam at one of the following international airports:

  • North: Noi Bai International Airport in Ha Noi (HAN)

  • Center: Da Nang International Airport in Da Nang (DAD)

  • South: Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)

If you get a on-arrival visa, it is required that you arrive in Vietnam by flight and at one of the above  three airports.

* Fun facts: Noi Bai Airport is about 30km away from the city center, while TSN Airport is about 10km, and Da Nang Airport tops them all, being just 3km away from the city center.

Getting out of and to the airport

If you registered for the “full package” option

  • Airport pick-up: If you arrive between 8 AM and 8 PM local Vietnam time, our Program Coordinator/Program Assistant will pick you up at the airport and bring you to your accommodation. If your arrival time is outside of that time frame, our designated private driver will pick you up outside of the Arrival Hall of the airport. In both cases:

    • Look for Pick-up sign with Your Name

    • If you cannot find our program coordinator or designated driver, please try to reach us at our emergency contact. Please do not catch any taxi/bus by yourself without contacting us first.

  • Airport drop-off: our designated private driver will pick you up at your accommodation and drop you off outside the Departure Hall of the airport. Depending on your departure time, your Program Coordinator/Program Assistant, local buddies and sometimes host family (if applicable) will be able to accompany you to the airport as well.

If you go with the “Placement only” option

If you go with this option and do not register for airport pick-up and drop-off services, you are expected to arrange them on your own, if you need support, please follow our guidance below:

  • Taxi: as obvious as it is, getting a cab to and from where you will be staying is easy, or is it? There are about 20 taxi brands working in International Airports in Vietnam, some of them can be trusted but others might not have a very good reputation. Our recommended taxis are:

    • Hanoi:

      • Mai Linh: call 1055 or 024.38.333.333. Fare from the Airport back to Ha Noi is from VND 250.000 (USD $11) to VND 350.000 (USD $15) depending on where you are staying.

      • Taxi Nội Bài: call 0243.886.8888. Fare should be around VND 350.000 - 375.000 (~USD $16)

    • Danang:

      • Mai Linh: call 1055 or 0511.356.56.56. Fare is from VND 9.000 (~40 cents) to 14.000 (~50 cents) per kilometer.

      • Taxi Tiên Sa: call 0511.379.79.79. Fare is quite similar to Mai Linh’s.

    • Ho Chi Minh City:

      • Mai Linh: call 1055 or 028.38.38.38.38. Fare is from VND 15.000 (~60 cents) per kilometer.

      • Vinasun: call 028.38.27.27.27. Fare is from VND 14.500 (~60 cents) per kilometer.

* Important Note: Taxi drivers don’t normally speak English, so prepare your address in writing and hand it to them or call our Program Coordinator to help you with the taxi.
  • Ride hailing apps:
    Currently, the dominant ride hailing apps in Vietnam are Grab and Bee (equivalent to Uber and Lyft) with their Grab and Bee car options. Their fares are lower than traditional taxi brands of about 30%. However, in prime time (or rush hours - early morning, 7 am - 9 am, 5 pm - 7 pm, and late night), their fares are about the same or even 20% - 30% higher than regular taxi brands.u

  • Local bus:
    An inexpensive and comfortable option. Check the bus map of Ha Noi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City here. Fare can be as cheap as VND 5.000 (20 cents) up to VND 40.000  (USD $1,5) from the airport where you land to the closest bus stops to your designated accommodation. Sometimes you might need to get a car to drive you to/from the bus stop if it’s not within walking distance to/from where you stay.


Apart from our program fees that help you get settled in Vietnam, it is suggested that you always carry a certain amount of pocket money so as to survive here during the time of your program. Generally speaking, Vietnam is an inexpensive country to stay in, even when you are traveling for leisure. This means it can cost much less to be here as a student. Check out the following information on estimated cost of living to know how much to prepare in advance of your internship, semester exchange or service-learning program in Vietnam. Be advised that the prices down here are averaged to a normal foreign traveller (about twice the regular Vietnamese’s spending), and if you’re living in a more rural, non-tourist area, the cost of living can be much cheaper.

Exchange rates between Vietnamese Dong (VND) and major foreign currencies as of April 2020:

JPY 1 ~ VND 219 

CNY 1 ~ VND 3.300

AUD 1 ~ VND 15.000

SGD 1 ~ VND 17.000

CAD 1 ~ VND 17.000

USD  1 ~ VND 24.000 

EUR 1 ~ VND 26.000 

GBP 1 ~ VND 30.000

Daily cost of living

  • Meal: Street food/ inexpensive places: from VND 30.000/ meal (~ USD $1.2)

  • Transportation:

    • Taxis: VND 120.000/ day (USD $5)

    • Grab/Bee car: VND 100.000/ day (USD $4)

    • Grab/Bee bike: VND 50.000/ day (USD $2)

    • Local bus: VND 20.000/ day (~ USD $1)

  • Grocery: VND 100.000/ day (USD $4) (rice, pork, chicken, vegetable, hygiene…) 

  • Coffee & Refreshment:

    • Vietnamese coffee: from VND 20.000/ cup (~ USD $1)

    • Beer: from VND 10.000/ can (~50 cents)

    • Tea: from VND 30.000/ cup (USD $1.2)

    • Coke: VND 12.000/ bottle (50 cents)

    • Local desserts: starting from VND 10.000 depending on what type (~50 cents)

  • Communication:

    • Wifi: available for free at your accommodation (be it a serviced apartment or a homestay) and at almost every stores, shops, restaurants in major cities)

    • SIM Card: from VND 90.000/sim card (~USD $4), topping up with VND 100.000/ month (USD $4) for call/text credit, data plan starting from VND 70.000/month (USD $3)

Rent (only if  you choose the Placement only option)

Rent in Vietnam is comparatively  affordable for foreigners. You could find a 20m2 studio with rent as low as USD $350 a month to a more luxurious 45m2 serviced apartment with price starting from USD $550 a month. Below are what our past students who did not go with the full-package option paid for their accommodation in Vietnam:

  • Average 20m2 studio, 1 bed, serviced: from USD $350/ month

  • 25m2 studio, 1 bed, balcony, serviced: from USD $450/ month

  • 45m2 apartment, 1 bed, living room, balcony, serviced: from USD $550/ month
    * These prices are applicable for housing within central districts of Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh City or Da Nang and usually cover most utilities like running water, gas, TV, wifi, washing machine, kitchenware, etc but NOT electricity which costs more or less than USD $20/month depending on your power consumption.

It is not  difficult to find housing in major cities in Vietnam, though it could be tough sometimes because of the language barrier and the fact that you are not staying long-term. ABROADER’s ”full package” option provides you a hassle-free solution to many logistics needed for your trip to Vietnam, which include finding, leasing, and paying for your accommodation. Click here to learn more about associated fees

Sports and Leisure

  • Sports:

    • Swimming pool: from VND 50.000/ ticket (USD $2)

    • Gym: From VND 250.000/ month (USD $11) (regular) - VND 600.000/ month (USD $25) (chain)

  • Leisure:

    • Movie: from VND 40.000/ticket (USD $1.5)

    • Bar/pub: from VND 200.000/drink (USD $8)

    • Indoor rock climbing: from VND 250.000/2 hours (USD $11)

Traveling

  • Transportation:

    • Seat bus: from VND 100.000/ ride (USD $4) (within 90km) to VND 250.000/ ride (USD $11) (Less than 150km)

    • Sleep bus: from VND 150.000/ ride (USD $6) (within 150km) to VND 400.000/ ride (USD $17) (150km - 300km)

    • Train: varied depending on the distance to your destination, one-way ticket can be as cheap as VND 30.000 (USD $1.2)

    • Flight: varies depending on where you want to go. Return tickets can be as cheap as VND 1.500.000 (~USD $60) with taxes and fees both included. The most popular airlines in Vietnam are: VietJet (number 1 budget airline in Vietnam), Vietnam Airlines (state-owned, 4-star quality), JetStar Pacific (budget airline, joint venture), and Bamboo Airways (private-owned, 4-star quality, the newest joining the market). If you are lucky, you can “hunt” for VND 0 tickets (taxes and fees not included) on some special occasions.

  • Hotel:

    • Regular hotel and hostel: from VND 250.000/ night (USD $11)

    • Bunk: from VND 100.000/ night (USD $4)

    • 2-stars: from VND 600.000/ night (USD $25)

    • 3-stars: from VND 900.000/ night (USD $38)

  • Food: Regular meal from VND 50.000/ meal (USD $2)

In total, it is recommended that for a month of living in Vietnam you should prepare approximately:

  • USD $700 if you registered the “placement only” option

  • USD $350 if you registered the “full package” option


We hope that the information provided throughout this page will help your journey of getting to your program location be as simple as possible. Interested in knowing what life in your program location is like? Check out this article.

Should you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us or our Program Coordinator at apply@abroader.org.

I learn a lot about how to work in a fast pace environment, and how to organize competing priorities, as I am often given multiple tasks to work on. Working in a small office with young, motivated people is a great experience, because they know how to work really hard, while still having fun together. My internship is with an education service provider that connects Vietnamese students with opportunities to study abroad. It is a small office, and I work in both Marketing and Partner Relations. I write a lot of PR articles about studying in North America, school profiles and upcoming events. I am also working to expand their partnerships, particularly in my home country of Canada, and am connecting with universities and colleges there to discuss how we can work together. During education fairs I talk directly with students who are potential clients. I share my experiences and answer their questions about life abroad.

Alanna Mouland

Marketing Internship ,Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

A Positive International Internship Experience !

I am so appreciative of the ABROADER team for all of their efforts throughout this unprecedented remote internship experience; I felt constantly supported and engaged in the country of Vietnam, even while in a remote setting. While working for an international organization while working from home was inherently difficult/challenging, ABROADER and the Local Buddies made this the best possible experience for all of the interns! I cannot even imagine how wonderful this experience will be for future interns who get to travel in-country with ABROADER for their internships and get to meet all of the wonderful, supportive, and KIND team members.


Abby Poisson

Public Health Remote Internship ,Saint Michael’s College

Having an Internship program away from home is not an easy decision because you have to think of so many aspects like entering a new culture, encountering language differences, living in a new environment and so many other things. At first, I was very nervous because it was my first time in Vietnam, but ABROADER made me feel that I made a right decision to come for an internship here. They will not let you feel away from your home as they will treat you not just like a student intern but as a part of the ABROADER family. I never felt alone as they are always there to guide and support me during my internship despite of the culture differences. The very good news is I am starting to learn and immerse myself into the Vietnamese life with the help of not only my on-site program coordinator but also my lovely Vietnamese co-workers in Ha Long Bay. My program started with an orientation on my internship in Vietnam at ABROADER’s office, during which they also taught me some basic Vietnamese language that is very helpful while I am here. Afterwards, we had a welcome dinner where I tried different Vietnamese dishes which I immediately fell in love with. They were all very “ngon” which means delicious in Vietnamese :) . The next day we had a day of city tour with my local buddy – Ngan where she showed me around tourists spots in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and French Quarter. During the tour, Ngan also brought me to local restaurants to enjoy traditional Vietnamese foods and drinks like Egg coffee which I like best. To make it even better, she took me to a place near Hoan Kiem Lake where I got to discover the most delicious ice cream I have ever tasted in my life.

Marvin M. Napi

Hospitality - Cruise Management Internship ,Mariners' Polytechnic Colleges Foundation, Philippines

In general, I am satisfied with the Internship Service provided by ABROADER before I came to Vietnam. My host family placement exceeded my expectations. My host mother and father were all very friendly and helpful; they really made me feel at home. My local buddy Linh, even though she lived 2 hours away, she still made efforts in taking me on day-trips that catered to my interest in Vietnamese Cuisine. I contacted ABROADER for the Culinary Internship in Vietnam on my own and and given the amount of money and time I will be investing, it was extremely important for me to feel that I can trust ABROADER Vietnam. My host for the internship was Ngon Villa Restaurant. The host company staffs were very friendly and welcoming, one chef at the restaurant was in charge of my internship. However, due to perhaps unforeseeable needs in the company, my supervisor was not able to spend more than a day with me. ABROADER Vietnam found an excellent opportunity for internship in Vietnam for me; however, the host company was not able to fully deliver the experience I was looking for.

Jinhua Zhang

Culinary Internship ,City College of San Francisco, USA

ABROADER has helped me understand what life is like in Vietnam, so much so that after I graduate, I fully plan on visiting meeting some of these new friends in their homes. I have had the privilege of seeing life through their eyes, something many of us should take the opportunity to do. I've learned what life is like for a day for a Vietnamese citizen. We have spent countless hours together cooking popular Vietnamese dishes such as spring rolls and coffee, and although my form may not have been perfect, I did manage to impress my local buddies. Regarding how they handle an intern’s work life, they are active and supportive. I know that I have a reliable and attentive support system that looks forward to my feedback and genuinely cares about me. This has been a very real, emotional experience for me because it is something that I consider very serious. I have wanted to broaden my horizons by learning about other cultures and how other people live, as I believe that this is the best way to truly understand ourselves as human beings. I feel that ABROADER has helped me actualize all of my passion, motivation, and skills to not only make a difference in my own personal life but in the lives of other people around the world.

Stuart Shreve

Communication & Funding Remote Internship ,Florida International University

Incredible experience! Would recommend It was an incredible experience and made something valuable out of the difficult situation of Covid-19. I learned so much about Vietnam and was able to connect with a bunch of peers in Vietnam. It was also a great social outlet during a remote internship which can feel isolating sometimes. I am so thankful for all the support Abroader provided and all the work they put into making a really great program. If you are doing a remote internship or looking to learn more about vietnam, this program is perfect for you. What is your advice to future travelers on this program? Be engaged and talk during the zoom meetings! You'll only get out of it what you are willing to put into it!

Katryna Niva

Program Assistant Remote Internship ,Princeton University

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

The program coordinator and local buddies were the best and they contributed greatly to the amazing experience of studying abroad. I loved how caring the program coordinator was, whenever I have slight health problems, she was always available to make everything okay. The local buddies were always readily available and eager to interact with us. The activities within the program were planned and well-coordinated. Activities were fun and informative and they were great opportunities getting to know the city, Vietnamese culture. They all contributed in a positive and supportive fashion to my overall study experience.

Wilson Deng

Vietnam Global Seminar Study Tour ,University of California, San Diego, USA

I really enjoyed my internship itself, but ABROADER is what made my experience complete. I felt a lot more connected to the Vietnamese culture even though I was working remotely. They are very interactive, engaging, and supportive. I made great connections that I hope to keep even after my time internship ends. Honestly, I expected to focus more on my internship than the cultural component with ABROADER, but their excitement is contagious and they love to engage with everyone. It would have been a very different experience without ABROADER guiding and facilitating along the way.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?

You get out what you put in. This was a remote study abroad internship, but because I, the local buddies, and ABROADER put in such great efforts, I do not feel like I missed out on much. I decided to participate last minute, and could never have expected how great and fulfilling this experience was.


Elizabeth Haley

Remote Environment Internship ,SUNY Geneseo

An Internship that Brought a lot of Happiness During a Tough Time My internship through ABROADER was truly a worthwhile experience. Not only did I genuinely enjoy the work I did for my host organization, but having ABROADER's support and community really enhanced my remote internship. Having weekly culture sessions and buddy chats, and getting to talk regularly to the ABROADER staff and local buddies, made me feel like I was actually in Vietnam. I think this aspect of their program is really unique, because it makes doing an internship in a brand new place much less intimidating; everyone is so friendly and welcoming, I never felt alone when navigating this new adventure. I genuinely feel that I was able to connect with people and make new friends despite being thousands of miles away. What was your funniest moment? With the culture sessions and buddy chats, there were a lot of fun, happy moments. I think I laughed the hardest when making a video with a fellow intern and two local buddies for ABROADER's farewell group session. We tried creating a parody to Grease's Summer Nights, but being that none of us are musically talented, and we had to deal with the lag from Zoom when singing all together, our finished product was quite chaotic. Regardless, it was a lot of fun to work on all together, and seeing our video at the session gave me a really great laugh.

Joanna Georgiou

Program Assistant Remote Internship ,Princeton University