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Global Engagement: Preserving traditional handicraft villages

Vietnam has long been known for its various traditional handicraft products, many of which are handmade at thousand-year-old villages across the country, however, those villages have also been threatened to vanish due to urbanization and globalization. Thanks to the efforts of the national and local governments to preserve cultural heritage associated with traditional villages, maintain the local workforce and increase their income to reduce the burden on big cities, some villages have been able to survive and are now more developed in terms of product quality and economic growth. Yet there are challenges of sustainable development for them to resolve such as education, environment, and international trade. 

Request for proposal

As participants of this global engagement program, students are expected to:

  • gain knowledge about the various traditional handicraft products of Vietnam
  • identify issues (if any) at the villages to visit and come up with feasible solutions 
  • possibly initiate or catalyze the opening of business models to connect their home country and Vietnam’s trade markets contributing to the villages’ economic growth
  • understand more about different aspects of Vietnamese culture, economy, and history

Tentative location: Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam

Duration: 09 days

Tentative Program Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi, hotel check-in, welcome dinner

Day 2: Orientation & Hanoi City Tour

Day 3: Guest lecture on Overview of Vietnam’s traditional handicraft villages and Industry visit

Day 4: Day trip to Ha Long Bay – UNESCO World Heritage Site and 1 of the 7 New Natural Wonders of the world

Day 5: Visits to 2 traditional handicraft villages

Day 6: Visits to 2 traditional handicraft villages

Day 7: Industry visit and Group discussion (findings sharing, individual ideas pitching)

Day 8: Cultural Exchange with local students, closing ceremony and farewell dinner

Day 9: Departure from Hanoi, end of program 

Activities listed are subject to change in case of unexpected circumstances and company/organization’s unavailability.

We customize the itinerary to best meet your needs and objectives; thus there will be no programs at 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: If you are interested in working with us for a Customized FLP, please take some minutes to fill out this online questionnaire. Our representative then will contact you for a free consultation to discuss your program in more detail.

Step 2: We finalize and send you the program proposal to ask for your institution’s approval

Step 3: Implementation

At your end:

  • Market your program on campus & process students’ applications
  • Finalize academic content for your program
  • Collect students’ program fees
  • Work closely with ABROADER's representative to finalize all activities and logistics (airfare, housing, airport pickup, classroom, excursions, etc.) needed for your program
  • Hold pre-departure meeting and orientation

At our end

  • Finalize the whole program schedule
  • Produce or support with the production of marketing materials for your program
  • Arrange all necessary logistics and cultural excursions to support your program
  • Support with the pre-departure meeting and orientation 

Step 4: You and your students arrive in Vietnam – your program starts.

Step 5: While in Vietnam, you teach the course, and we implement the logistics and cultural excursions for your program.

Step 6: Your program ends – the group departs from Vietnam.  After you return home, there will be an evaluation meeting for us to review your program for future improvements and planning

The best thing about ABROADER Vietnam was being able to plan events with other interns and with local buddy. I depended on these events to originally get out of my shell in Vietnam while I was adjusting to the new language and culture. Especially with being able to offer perspective on Vietnamese culture with schooling, media/entertainment, government, and with great local attractions in Ho Chi Minh.

Patrick West

Environment Internship ,University of Notre Dame, USA

I feel satisfied about the services provided by ABROADER Vietnam while I was here; almost everything was sorted out before arrival so there was definitely no messing around with organizing things. The accommodation they provided me was good but I personally prefer one that is closer to my place of work. Before starting my internship in Vietnam, I was informed of the work that I will be doing and the skills involved, therefore there was time allowed for me to learn certain CAD programs to help my work. As for the workplace environment, the company where I got an engineering internship in Vietnam was a company that is in the Aerospace Engineering field, all the employees here helped me settle in by talking to me at work and sitting with me at lunch times. I got on well with my co-workers and my supervisor and they were there to help during my internship. Regarding my responsibilities in the company, I felt like even though it was not the most critical work, it sure was of great use to the company. If there is one thing I would recommend them do for the new interns the next time was to have them go on a welcoming tour to show off the office facilities e.g toilet, kitchen appliances available etc which makes it easier for them to navigate around the office. Beside this, I think I am overall very satisfied with my internship placement and the services provided by ABROADER Vietnam and I would highly recommend it.

Jake Thompson

Electrical Engineering Internship ,University of Exeter, England

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.

Eurry Ning

Scrum Master Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

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.

Ryosuke Asai

Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

The service provided by ABROADER Vietnam is really good. Especially until I get used to living here, I asked support from ABROADER so much. Now I can manage my own life by myself thanks to them.

Sohei Chikama

IT Internship ,Chuo University, Japan

The 5 months spent in Vietnam was not only enjoyable but also felt enriching. I have become many times more independent than before and thoroughly enjoyed working at Vinmec General International Hospital- A conducive and enjoyable workplace for those interested in a career in Healthcare.

Skye Lee

Healthcare & Pharmacy Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

I was happy with everything else including in-country logistics and visa support, orientation and city tour and I would definitely recommend this internship in Vietnam to my friends or students who are interested. Though most of my work was limited to observation depending on what department I was placed in, I was able to contribute to the nursing staff by other means (i.e. sorting through medicine to be used for the next day). However, in the ICU, I got to perform all nursing tasks except for mixing drugs as only head nurses could do that task. In addition, I found it really helpful that I had many supervisors at work and they all cared that I learned from this experience. Regarding my experience with ABROADER Vietnam service, what I appreciated the most was probably the local buddy they paired me with here.

Niki Pham

Nursing Internship ,University of Texas in Austin, USA

My Internship here was an incredible time. It was educational, stuffed to the brim with wonderful experiences, new friendships and so much more. I am glad to have had ABROADER Vietnam supporting me with adjusting to the lifestyle here, and have already recommended it to colleagues from home. I was impressed by how fast they were to help, and how far they went to help me fix things, if problems occured The only problem I ran into was during my internship, you can imagine the amount of people with adequate english was limited, especially those that were able to give me clear instructions on what to do. As a result, a measurable amount of time was spent observing and helping out with small scale procedures within the departements. This was not the case in all eight of them, so at times I was able to work just like back home, provide valuable assistance to the Nurses in the departement work as an integral part of the team. I believe the internship provided the patients, and the Nurses with a valuable experience. Besides the occasional english lesson for the nurses, being the caregiver to children should expand their cultural horizon. The individuals I worked with, on the other hand provided me with as much attention and chances to learn as possible. In the future, expanding their english knowledge can only improve relations to students. All in all, I am certain that anyone who will be working with them for an internship will see how hardworking they are in making the experience here in vietnam as flawless as possible.

Dmitrij Puchinger

Nursing Internship ,FH Campus Wien, Austria

No words can represent how much experience I have gained throughout my internship in Vietnam. Working at my host company as a research assistant, I have gained many technical and soft skills, such as participating in lab undergraduate training courses, doing lab testing services and also learning the culture of Vietnam with the Vietnamese people. After this internship, I realized that I could adapt myself to a different and foreign environment. This enables me to be able to work with a more diverse environment, even with colleagues with different background and knowledge. This pushes me as an employee to learn and work even harder to cope and manage with different people and adapt accordingly to the needs of the company. All in all, I feel that it was a breathtaking experience for me to have this opportunity to immerse myself with the Vietnam culture with the Vietnamese people, and I am really thankful to have taken up this internship experience with ABROADER for letting me experience such a new life. The funniest moment I had during my internship experience was that I had to CHASE down a bus when I was on the way to work. It was a really funny one as I have this mindset that the buses in Vietnam would wait for you to board before it starts to drive again. However, the bus did not even stop moving and kept on driving, and left me behind the bus stop. Since that day onwards, I ensure myself not to miss the bus by chasing the bus down before the driver closes its door on me. Thank you ABROADER for this memorable experience!

Kelvin On

Biology & Environment Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

Doing a big trip like this will make you learn about yourself whether you realize it or not. Being in the culture that is so different from what you are used to will really make you think about the world as a whole. My favorite part was meeting new people and getting to know their background and future exciting plans. THANK YOU SO MUCH! The program was busy, yet still had the right amount of freedom. I enjoyed all activities and had an AMAZING time in Vietnam!

Victoria Dusseau

Let's Vietna 2016 Faculty-led Program ,University of Findlay, USA