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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.

Request for proposal
  • 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 questionnaireOur 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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Muhammad Zaidi Bin Noraidi

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I have always been an extremely shy person, when I was small, my face would turn red and I even cried in front of people. Now that I’m a grown up, I want to become more confident, make friends and talk with them like other people do after one-month internship here in Vietnam.

Miho Matsui

Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

I realize that the key to develop yourself is to improve your competence in a whole new environment, and coming to Vietnam for an internship accomplished what I came for. I came here because I wanted to have more confidence to speak up my mind in front of other people and it is hard to accomplish these when you are still in your comfort zone.

Takahisa Morino

Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

I had such an incredible experience as a Public Health Remote Intern in Hanoi, Vietnam. From the support I received to the work I did with my team, I could not have asked for a more positive internship experience. Despite the fact that I was not able to travel to Vietnam, I felt so connected to the people and culture. The relationships I have built and the lessons I have learned are so priceless and humbling. I truly commend this program for the wonderful work they do and I am so incredibly grateful What is your advice to future travelers on this program? The advice I would give as a former intern is to always keep an opened mind and be willing to adapt to unfamiliar circumstances. Flexibility is very important and makes the experience considerably more enjoyable.

Sara Boufakhreddine

Public Health Remote Internship ,Central Michigan University

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

What I love about my host company is the awesome supervisor, Ms. Lieu, that cares about me as a person. She frequently helps and supports me a lot in my work. Besides, the workplace was super close to the studio I stayed and I could walk to the company everyday. Though there weren't any windows in my room, it was totally fine. After the internship here, I think my ability to cope with unexpected situations has been levelled up and my interpersonal skills have been further developed. And most importantly, I could clarify my career and my educational goals in the future. Overall, I am satisfied with this internship as a whole!

Gabrielle Joy Ubaldo

Food & Beverage Intern ,Oakton Community College, USA

The study tour was a great was to experience Vietnam. The academic industry visits provided insights into how the manufacturing industry operates in SE Asia, relevant to our engineering course on Control Systems. Then many cultural experiences helped out understanding of the Vietnamese people and how the modern country has been shaped through the conflicts of the 20th century. Visiting the Mekong Delta was a highlight of the trip, living at a homestead and preparing/cooking a tradition Vietnamese meal was amazing. Overall the local buddies that helped us on our trip were amazing, providing us an insight into Vietnam through the eyes of other young adults.

Nicholas Zander

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I just wanted to say a Warm Thanks to the ABROADER team for creating an amazing experience for Zach. Kasia and your team went above and beyond and should be so proud of bringing the amazing experience of living in Vietnam to my son. Your buddy program was amazing and we met his Buddy several times. He even came to the airport at 7 AM this past Saturday as Zach left Vietnam. Zach learned so much about Vietnam this summer - about its amazing culture, food, how people live and of course Grab, and the crazy life of the traffic. This family has fallen in love with Vietnam.

Barry Vlessing

Business Development Internship ,Zachary Vlessing's Father

The most satisfying aspect about my internship in Vietnam was my local buddy and my host family. They have always been very nice and inviting during my stay there. My host organization in Vietnam was a local school that provides courses and after-school activities to children with special needs. My co-workers were very generous with inviting me to after work activities or even a couple of days in Sa Pa. My supervisor cared about me both professionally and as a person. I hope that my work at the host organization helped the teachers with my insights working with children with special needs. I also hope to have opened the eyes of the students I worked with that there are people out there who understand their needs and can help them overcome their difficulties in their lives.

Sabrina Zottoli

Social Work and Community Development Internship ,Molloy College, USA

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