INTERNSHIPS ABROAD IN VIETNAM – WHY?
ABROADER June 13, 2022 10 minute read
Are you a student who wants to find a chance to discover the world and experience something new? Or are you a fresh graduate who has yet to find a kickstart for your career? You want to do something meaningful for the community and for your future career, but you are on a low budget?
Your worry is reasonable, however, do take it easy as you have many choices. Instead of doing internships “domestically”, why don’t you try it “internationally”? And by “internationally”, we are talking about internships abroad, and more specifically, in Vietnam. Yes, it’s odd and challenging. However, it’s also exciting that you can have a great adventure growing alongside a developing country.
But exactly, why Vietnam?
Being a growing nation – like being a newbie at work – comes with many challenges. But it also means there are many things to learn and many things to improve. It might be hard at first, but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Through a process of trial and error, first and foremost, you will gain more knowledge in the industry. Then, you will have the chance to cultivate your skills, and expand your relationship with your colleagues, and even locals. Teach your colleagues your language, and try to talk with locals as much as possible. You learn from them, and from the exchange, they also learn from you. This knowledge and skills will be beneficial to your study and job back home. Well, maybe not now, but further in the future.
Rather than having a 9-5 job, internships abroad in Vietnam are more about contributing to the community through meaningful work. By doing that, you grow from interacting with inspirational people, and making a better version of yourself.
Therefore, your choice isn’t limited to voluntary work at NGOs or language teaching facilities like many people think. It involves working at rising enterprises/organizations in many fields such as business, tourism, healthcare or agriculture, etc. as well. Flourishing industries with increased foreign investment require more international manpower. Hence, it gains you a big opportunity as a fluent speaker of English, German, Chinese, or Japanese. You will be surprised by a variety of job opportunities here in one of the fastest-growing economies in South East Asia.
The salary here in Vietnam is indeed lower than in developed countries, but it’s not a disadvantage at all. Instead, the living expenses are also lower. A bowl of pho is only US$ 2. Public bus ranges from US$ 0.3 a ride. And accommodation ranges from US$ 350 for a studio apartment. With that price level, you can save a lot and live a considerably well-off life in Vietnam, having enough money for living, traveling, and even some for your further education.
You might be worrying a bit at first, like whether your salary is enough for a living or not. But when you arrive in Vietnam, everything changes. You will be eager to discover life, visit new places and meet new people. The overall excitement makes up for the worries.
As for you, every day in Vietnam will be full of excitement. Walking around your neighborhood, trying new food at the local market, or hopping on a public bus for a ride, everyone of them is an adventure. And more than that, you can spend your weekend venturing off to many other neighboring areas, cities and provinces.
If you work in Northern Vietnam, a trek in Sapa or a cruise around Ha Long Bay is all worth it. Moving to the Central, you can enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of Hoi An, or submerge yourself in the crystal clear sea of Nha Trang. And for the South, besides the business hub of HCMC, fruit lovers will definitely be excited about the unique floating markets on the waters of the Mekong Delta.
For more information about Vietnam tourism, you can check out the official website of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) in English here.
Living and working in another country is indeed a lifetime experience for you. Getting exposed to Vietnamese culture, trying new food, making new friends and traveling is so fun! There will be so much to tell your family and friends when you go back home. They will be eager to listen to your story too!
On the professional side, working abroad greatly improve your competency and highlights your profile in the job market. Imagine your employer asks you about your work experience, and you surprise them with a ton of interesting sharing from your time abroad. How cool is that? And even if you don’t get the job, you still impress them by the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired.
Are you excited about internships abroad in Vietnam? Travel to learn with ABROADER via many virtual and in-person internship programs below: