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
All activities listed above are subject to change in case of unexpected circumstances or companies/organizations' 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: Please take some minutes to fill out this online questionnaire. Our Program Manager will then contact you for a free consultation meeting to discuss your customized program in more detail.
Step 2: We finalize and send you the program proposal(s) for your institution’s approval.
Step 3: Partnership agreement/Program Contract signed
Step 4: Implementation
Things to do on your end:
- Market your program on campus & process students’ applications
- Approve and finalize academic content for the program
- Work closely with ABROADER's Program Manager to finalize all activities and logistics needed for your program (airfare, housing, airport pickup, classroom, excursions, site visits, etc.)
- Collect students’ program fees
- Hold pre-departure meeting and orientation
*If you feel overwhelmed, please rest assured that we are always here to support any of the things you are supposed to do at this step.
Things we do on our end:
- Finalize the overall program schedule
- Produce or support the production of marketing materials for your program
- Arrange all necessary logistics, site visits and cultural excursions for your program
- Provide support for the pre-departure meeting and orientation
Step 5: Your program starts - you and your students arrive in Vietnam or another program location in Southeast Asia.
Step 6: While in the program location, you teach the course, we take care of all the other activities and logistics for your program.
Step 7: Your program ends – the group departs from the program location. After you return home, there will be an evaluation meeting for us to review your program for future improvements and planning.
We endeavour to guarantee that through every stage of our process, issues like power and privilege, diversity and inclusion, community voice and reciprocity are taken into full consideration to make sure that every stakeholder is heard and included.
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My internship in Vietnam with ABROADER was a life changing experience. I was a marketing intern at a travel company in Hanoi and now work for the same company as a full time employee. Being in Vietnam has taught me so much about different people and cultures, as there are many other foreigners working here as well from all over the world. My internship coordinator at ABROADER was so helpful, and was a huge support for me whenever I needed it. I would definitely recommend ABROADER if you are looking to do an internship here. They really cater to your needs and care about what you want and are looking for.
Lillian Sarah Grant
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The program coordinator and local buddies were the best and they contributed greatly to the amazing experience of studying abroad. I loved how caring the program coordinator was, whenever I have slight health problems, she was always available to make everything okay. The local buddies were always readily available and eager to interact with us. The activities within the program were planned and well-coordinated. Activities were fun and informative and they were great opportunities getting to know the city, Vietnamese culture. They all contributed in a positive and supportive fashion to my overall study experience.
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