Rising Sea & The Mekong Delta
Climate change has been the world’s most pressing issue in recent years, and Vietnam is among the ten most vulnerable nations to its impacts according to many international reports. The Mekong Delta is the country’s largest area of rice, fruits and fishery production. It’s also the area which has been affected the most by sea-level rise, making life a lot harder for the people and threatening the region’s stability. This faculty-led program is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of what impacts climate change has brought to the region and how resilient and innovative local people are to deal with them to protect their own and future generations’ livelihood.
- A highly engaged study abroad program in Southern Vietnam
- Opportunity to learn about various innovative and sustainable solutions local people have come up with to deal with the rising sea
- Tailor-made tours of Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta to learn about the history and culture of the region
- Enjoy Vietnam’s best cultural show
- Experience life at a homestay when in the Mekong Delta, river exploration of villages and boat excursion to the Cai Be and Cai Rang floating markets and opportunity for a walking exploration of little workshops for the production of rice paper, rice crispy, and honey and coconut candy
Tentative Location: Ho Chi Minh City & the Mekong Delta (multi cities) in Vietnam
Duration: 2 weeks
Tentative Program Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), hotel check-in, welcome dinner
Day 2: Orientation & City tour Part 1
Day 3: VIP talk with a leading researcher whose work focuses on climate change, especially how it affects the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam
Day 4: Volunteer Day
Day 5 & Day 6: Free, independent exploration of HCMC with our list of recommendations
Day 7: Day trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels & Evening cultural show
Day 8: Depart for Can Tho – the capital of the Mekong Delta and Southwestern Vietnam
Day 9: Site visits to learn about how climate change has affected the whole Mekong Delta
Day 10: Site visits to learn about innovative adaptation efforts from local governments and people
Day 11: Depart for Vinh Long (the kingdom of fruits)
Morning: floating market tour
Afternoon: Arrive in Vinh Long, visit different islands which are home to some of the region’s most known traditional handicraft villages
Evening: Experience life at a homestay for a night
Day 12: Depart for Cai Be (the rice bowl of Vietnam and the world)
Day 13: Depart for My Tho (the history trail)
Day 14: Depart for Ben Tre – the most affected area by the rising sea level & farewell dinner
Day 15: Back to HCMC, departure from HCMC, 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
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