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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.

Recommended Providers

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.

The experience of doing an internship in Vietnam certainly was not easy for me but I have no doubt that it was tremendouly valuable. At first, I actually had a lot of culture shocks, for example, sometimes it was hard to communicate with Vietnamese people because not a lot of people speak English and some had very strong accent. However, Vietnamese people were very kind to me and took well care of me especially the host family and program coordinator. I realized that it’s difficult to understand another culture but it’s also really necessary to accept other culture, their life and their way of thinking. At the hotel where I did my internship, I could learn a lot of things. For example, I learnt how to communicate politely with customers, how to make them satisfied and how to manage the hotel. Everyone from the supervisor to my co-workers was helpful and accommodating, I was included in all the daily meetings and the supervisor was very open to share her knowledge about hotel management which was really helpful to my future work. I really had a good experience in Vietnam. I appreciate the people I’ve met and the experience I’ve had. This is going to be very useful in the future. Thank you ABROADER Vietnam so much for the valuable opportunity to learn about my field of work in your beautiful country!

Kaoru Mori

Hospitality Internship ,Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Japan

I did a 4-month internship in the National Children Hospital in Vietnam. The entire organization for me went really well, all you need is time and patience but when you reach the point where all is settled it went really smooth and if you have problems you will get help asap and they will find a solution for you. I gained a lot of new experience and was surprised by the high practical skills of the Nurses and Doctors. Even though not everybody could speak proper English and sometimes communication was hard, there were ways to communicate with the colleagues (Google Translate, Body language). All in all I just can say I would do it again, and I wouldn't be the person I am today with out going on this adventure. The way I see things definitely changed and I go home with new knowledge and some wonderful memories. A big thanks to ABROADER Vietnam and especially Miss Ha who made this all possible.

Japheth Uruejoma

Nursing Internship ,FH Campus Wien, Austria

Everything so far, from preparation before departure to the whole internship execution has been good. But what I am most satisfied with must be the helpfullness from the local buddy and coordinators through the whole process. Eventhough I am a more independent individual and have no problem exploring new places alone, I felt that their presence made me feel more safe and that I have friends in this new environment. All in all a great experience that I would not have gone without. One of the best experiences I have had. For my internship, however, there was a big part of the different tasks I could not be involved in because of the language barrier. They have given me a great experience and done at great deal to show me the process from how everything works in the different departments/shops to taken me out to see the farm where the organic products grow. They have kept me well informed and all in all been a great place to work. If there is anything I would suggest for improvement it would be better if there were more tasks that could be done in English. I am really happy with my experience and definitely will recommend it to anyone friends who are interested.

Trine Hansen

Marketing Internship ,Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Before, I didn’t really like my personality as I was a timid girl and afraid to speak up for myself. I am also a perfectionist and would like to spend as much time for preparation as possible before I do something. However, the internship in Vietnam changed that for me. Through interacting with my students and fellow interns I opened up a lot and become more outgoing. In my work, after going through some troubles with cultural difference, I realize one thing for myself that is: Preparation is not always good and if you don’t prepare you are given the chance to do things more freely and more out of the box, so next time even if you’re asked to do something when you’re not prepared “Just Do It"

Nana Mihara

Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

During my environmental engineering internship at my host company, I have learned a great deal of practical knowledge and skills that I hadn’t been taught in schools before, in particular my design skills have been improved a lot. My supervisor and coworkers gave me very helpful support and guidance which is what I expected to have in an internship, although I wish I was more freedom to explore and do independent work. Adding to the experience, I got to go on a field trip to Hai Duong in 2 weeks while I was an intern. It was a valuable experience for me because I was able to travel and see the different practices in a smaller city of Hai Duong compared to Hanoi, I of course made new friends and had a little peak into the local life of people outside the busy capital.

Geogre Wilson

Environmental Engineering Internship ,Durham University, England

No matter how much I fear working with a group, I realized, through my internship in Vietnam, that teamwork is key to success and you would be surprised how much opening your mind and listening to people’s opinions can get you far. Before the internship in Vietnam, I have always been interested in being a teacher of Japanese and this internship has made me realize how hard it can be teaching someone my own language but also how fun it can be. For anyone who are not used to working in groups, this program pushes you to, a lot of times, with your students, with your fellow interns and with your supervisor.

Yumi Kaneyama

Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

The study tour was a great was to experience Vietnam. The academic industry visits provided insights into how the manufacturing industry operates in SE Asia, relevant to our engineering course on Control Systems. Then many cultural experiences helped out understanding of the Vietnamese people and how the modern country has been shaped through the conflicts of the 20th century. Visiting the Mekong Delta was a highlight of the trip, living at a homestead and preparing/cooking a tradition Vietnamese meal was amazing. Overall the local buddies that helped us on our trip were amazing, providing us an insight into Vietnam through the eyes of other young adults.

Nicholas Zander

Electrical Engineering and Computing Study Tour ,University of Newcastle, Australia

I had a blast with the remote internship with ABROADER. The cultural sessions were exciting and informative of the way of life in Vietnam. What made this unique for me was the staffs engagement with me and the other students. I liked getting to talk about the differences in cultures and similarities. The staff was always excited to see me and liked talking about my interests as well. I really liked the food cultural sessions and the opportunity to make Vietnamese food in my own home. I think any future participant would like this program if they wanted something outside their comfort zone. It was an entirely different world from the US to Vietnam and I enjoyed every second of it. What was your funniest moment? The funniest moment was when I was caught laughing at a video during a cultural meeting. The video was a music video and had hilarious content and I got called out because the host of the meeting saw me laughing. I thought this was not just funny because the video but also because the hosts were glad I was enjoying the cultural session.

Marshall Keller

Business Assistant Remote Internship ,Princeton University

I am satisfied with the internship in Vietnam provided by ABROADER Vietnam. The internship placement was ideal and my local buddy was great. During the internship I worked at Ho Chi Minh Hospital of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. At the host organization, I was clear about the responsibilities & rules expected to accomplish & follow. I had a lot of supervisors who were all very caring. The doctors there were very gracious and explained a lot of cases to me; all in all I was well equipped to perform the job at my best.

Andrew Nguyen

Surgical Internship ,University of Oregon, USA

I have found myself such wonderful friends who share the same interest. What is more precious to explore an unfamiliar place, do what you love and make friends with such awesome people? The damp and blistering air on the first day of June still hasn’t slipped my mind. A summer internship at the Center for Sustainable Rural Development, under the scorching sun of Ha Noi, is filled with salutary experiences. A unique task I am responsible for was to compile “Planting life, Planting tree”, a photo book that describes changes in farmers’ behavior after seeing the benefits of living harmoniously with Mother Nature. It is not simply putting captions under images. Rather, it is a whole process of doing research, understanding the project and cultural background, working closely with the program officers, local agencies, and villagers to complete the book. Thus, climate change, for me, is no longer only about ice being melted in Antarctica. The rising temperature effects have to be seen right in the field where farmers’ livelihood is being taken away by deforestation, natural disasters, and water shortage. The knowledge and skills I have gained from the internship surpass the classroom environment and definitely will set a firm base for me in my future career plan. Apart from my Climate Change Internship in Vietnam, I came to Ha Noi without any expectation for long-lasting relationships rather than professional ones. Yet, ABROADER staff and local buddies have completely changed my mind. Their support and welcoming outshine my worries and loneliness. Also, during my internship time, living in the apartment for ABROADER's interns, I have found myself such wonderful friends who share the same interest. What is more precious to explore an unfamiliar place, do what you love and make friends with such awesome people?

Nguyen Chau Bao

Climate Change Internship ,The College of Wooster, USA