Remote Environment Internship
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.
Saint Michael’s College
Public Health Remote Internship
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.
University of Pennsylvania
Medical Research Remote Internship
An amazing opportunity abroad
This program was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engage professionally from an international standpoint. ABROADER's support throughout the duration of my program really helped me to adjust to the remote work environment and was very receptive to my own needs, whether they were personal or professional. Through their frequent cultural programming and check-in meetings, I learned a lot about Vietnamese culture that complimented my academic growth through my internship. Overall, this was a great opportunity and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who's looking for some global experience and get out of their comfort zone!
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Education Remote Internship
My experience as a virtual intern was amazing! I and other interns were provided with many creative and engaging cultural activities. In our learning sessions about Vietnamese culture, we were always encouraged to share our own cultures with others which showed us that despite our differences, we have many similarities. My favorite activity in this internship was our cultural workshops, where we learned about Vietnamese traditions, cuisines, drinking culture, and work culture. We were also able to have a virtual cooking lesson and learned how to make Vietnamese Spring Rolls, which was fantastic to watch and to eat in my own home. I also enjoyed meeting and interacting with the local buddies during our workshop sessions. We created a group chat where we shared pictures of food and nature, which influenced us to have many great conversations about our lives. Being a virtual intern in this program showed me that we can continue to build and have relationships with people, beyond the barriers of a pandemic and living in different countries. I have learned to value my time and relationships with my new friends in Vietnam, and I feel that I will always have this community of friends who will support me in my life and career. Joining this remote internship has been one of the most positive and lovely experiences that I have had during the pandemic. This experience has motivated me to travel to Vietnam in the future. I can’t wait to experience the wonderful Vietnam and Vietnamese culture, and to finally meet my wonderful friends in person. Thank you so much to the site team and the local buddies for all of your love and support through my internship. Cảm ơn!!
Marketing and Business Remote Service Learning
The ABROADER team is such an engaging and helpful organization to work with! I had an amazing virtual internship experience, as I was paired and worked with Vun Art- a social enterprise in Hanoi, Vietnam that employs individuals with disabilities to create art from recycled silk scraps. ABROADER helped me get everything ready for my internship and everyone was so responsive to my emails and messages. They served as mentors throughout my internship and organized incredible cultural exchange sessions with local students that allowed me to learn all about Vietnamese business culture, music, student life, food, family values, and so much more! Between my Vun Art host organization and my role on the project through my university, ABROADER helped me smoothly transition to my virtual internship and I couldn't have done it without their support. This is an experience I recommend to anyone seeking global development and cultural exchange experiences. Be sure to have ABROADER organize it for you, as their team is dedicated to your learning and they are one of the best organization's I have ever worked with!
What was your funniest moment?
I enjoyed a semester-long virtual ABROADER experience. Their team was terrific and some of my funniest and most memorable experiences came from a live virtual dance party and a traditional Vietnamese cooking demonstration!