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ACCOMMODATION

Choosing to study or have an internship abroad means we have to learn to adapt to a new environment. Instead of waking up in your super comfy bed and surrounded by familiar settings, you may be somewhat astonished on the first morning in a foreign country when the accommodations will be different than what you’ve come to expect in your hometown. Now, it is time to open your mind and get ready to experience something different with housings in Vietnam!

  • 1. Serviced/Studio Apartment
    • After having confirmation of placement from the intern, ABROADER shall use reasonable endeavors to arrange the accommodation in respect of the nature of the internship. The Accommodation Description will be sent to the intern before the departure to Vietnam.

      You will be provided guaranteed accommodation in fully furnished shared serviced apartments or private studios.

      Standard
      package

      A single studio apartment or a single  room in a multi-bedroom shared serviced apartment (one bed/ room) or homestay

      Studio
      Twin-sharing package

      A two-bed room apartment or a two-bed single in a multi-bedroom shared 
      serviced apartment (two beds/room). Subject to arrangement, two beds can
      be replaced by one bunk bed.

      Twin-sharing
      Economy package

      A shared room with bunk beds. It could be 4 or 6 or 8 people/room 
      depending 
      on the room’s size and availability of beds.

      • The roommate could be an intern(s) from ABROADER or other clients of the housing provider
      • Electricity bill is included in the housing fee.
      Economy package

      Details

      *This may be subject to change

      ☒ Bed & bed set

      ☒ Desk and chair (small)

      ☒ Small Fridge

      ☒ Wi-Fi

      ☒ Air-conditioner

      ☒ Laundry service*  

      ☒ Wardrobe 

      ☒ Cleaning services 

      ☒ Kitchen with utensils

      ☒ Tap water & Water heater

      ☒ Fan*

      ☒ Bathroom

      In terms of Payment and Apartment policies, please consult our Program Coordinator for more details.  

      For photos of accommodation previously provided for students, please refer to this link . Whilst the exact same option may not be available for your program start date, all participants can expect a similar standard of accommodation.

  • 2. Homestay
    • When you are doing an international education program or internship in VietNam, you are going to be welcomed by our Homestay Host. A Homestay Host in ABROADER Program is defined as a person who will assist international students in Vietnam in terms of sharing an accommodation with them, preferably in their own family. We study the Homestay Hosts’ profiles and conduct an interview with the host before their house is officially selected in ABROADER’s program. All Homestay hosts will be provided with guidelines and orientation before receiving the international students. Final accommodation placements will be released approximately 2 weeks prior to arrival, and are determined by both ABROADER and students.

      Do our hosts enjoy the experience?

      Sure! Since they…

      – Enjoy the international community & explore a new culture with their families without going abroad

      – Proudly become ambassadors who introduce Vietnamese specialties to foreigners (with the training and guideline provided by Abroader)

      – Naturally inspire their children to gain more confidence and ambition to go and grow abroad

      * Fees of accommodation and meals will be discussed and contributed to the host family before the program starts. 

      Do students have their own room when staying with the host family?

      Yes! In some programs, two students may share a 25-30m2 room together as their will. Their room generally will look like below and be equipped with full furniture.

      Student room in a host family

      Is the host family’s house near students’ working place? 

      During the process of selecting the suitable host family, one of the criteria for choosing the suitable host family is that the distance between their house and students’ workplace is approximately 30 min-1 hour by bus at most. For more understanding of other kinds of transportation in Vietnam, please refer to this article

      To sum up, life in an exotic place would be less daunting as long as you open your heart and willingly immerse into the local life here. And don’t worry much, the homestay host would welcome and support you a lot. 

       Meal with the host family

  • 3. Happy Housing: 5 Essential Rules for a Harmonious Habitat!
    • The intern is responsible for his/her room when staying either with local families or in a serviced apartment, including the appliances and property and shared space. When the intern takes their housemates, neighbors seriously and regard them with respect, this attitude is usually returned in kind and makes the area a more pleasant place to live for everyone.

      1. Cleanliness creates happiness

      Keep your room and the shared areas clean; this is especially important when you are sharing a bedroom, kitchen, or the residence. 

      2. Respect your roommates/housemates/ host family and other people in the building
      - If taking homestay: Comply with the family’s curfew time. If you need to stay out late, always tell the host family beforehand. If you need to stay out very late and feel it necessary, you might want to stay at another accommodation overnight. Do not take a friend home without asking for permission from the host family
      - To avoid disturbing your roommates/housemates, please use headphones when listening to music, or keep the volume low if you and roommates agree to use speakers. If you want to hold an overnight gathering, you must have consent from the apartment manager or your homestay family. 

      3. Green your lifestyle
      - NEVER leave heating and/ or air conditioning units on while you are not home. If you need to have them on when you are sleeping, keep them low.
      - Always turn off the lights when you leave the apartment and when you are not in the room.

      4. Safety and Financial Liability
      - You should lock the apartment door at all times. Also, when leaving the apartment, make sure the windows are closed and locked. Neither the study abroad company nor the housing company will be responsible for any stolen items.
      - Charges may occur if intern is found to be responsible for damages or loss of housing property.

      5. Communication is the key
      We know that living away from home thousand miles can be difficult sometimes as it provokes homesickness and loneliness when not being around with your beloved family members or close friends. But remember that, you are NOT alone as you have
      - Roommates. Open your heart and share what you think and feel about life here. If the conflict may arise, talk to your floormates politely and show the willingness to solve the issues and negotiation. Talking it through instead of suppressing is the easiest way to solve a small problem before it gets bigger. And, at the end of the day, we believe any matters can be solved by communication and Tips how to overcome loneliness.
      - Local buddies. ABROADER’s local buddies are students around your age and some of them also live far away from their hometown, so they do know how hard it is when studying/working abroad. Don’t be shy and swing a message to your local buddy to explore the city. A challenge to walk around West Lake or finish the bucket list sounds nice! 
      - ABROADER. Talk to and consult with our staff if a problem arises and you cannot work it out with your roommates/landlord. We always use reasonable endeavors to deal with accommodation replacements by following the procedure and policy in Accomodation delivered via email prior to your arrival. 

Want to start a meaningful internship and experience Vietnam Housing Style with ABROADER? 
The experience of doing an internship in Vietnam certainly was not easy for me but I have no doubt that it was tremendouly valuable. At first, I actually had a lot of culture shocks, for example, sometimes it was hard to communicate with Vietnamese people because not a lot of people speak English and some had very strong accent. However, Vietnamese people were very kind to me and took well care of me especially the host family and program coordinator. I realized that it’s difficult to understand another culture but it’s also really necessary to accept other culture, their life and their way of thinking. At the hotel where I did my internship, I could learn a lot of things. For example, I learnt how to communicate politely with customers, how to make them satisfied and how to manage the hotel. Everyone from the supervisor to my co-workers was helpful and accommodating, I was included in all the daily meetings and the supervisor was very open to share her knowledge about hotel management which was really helpful to my future work. I really had a good experience in Vietnam. I appreciate the people I’ve met and the experience I’ve had. This is going to be very useful in the future. Thank you ABROADER Vietnam so much for the valuable opportunity to learn about my field of work in your beautiful country!

Kaoru Mori

Hospitality Internship ,Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Japan

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

The whole experience of doing internship in Vietnam, living and meeting the people in this beautiful country will be a memory I’ll always remember. My host organization was ABROADER Vietnam. For the most part, I was clear about the responsibilities & rules expected to accomplish & follow during my filming and photography internship at the company. My supervisor and the program coordinator cared a lot about me, even when they didn’t pay attention to me, the only downfall was my skills on graphic design which I still need to improve to support my work in the company. My work was crucial at a marketing and branding level, which is the image of the company itself. If there is anything I wish to do that would make the internship in Vietnam perfect was that I could stay in Halong Bay one more day.

Miguel Fernando Del Moral

Filming and Photography Internship ,Relativity School, USA

No matter how much I fear working with a group, I realized, through my internship in Vietnam, that teamwork is key to success and you would be surprised how much opening your mind and listening to people’s opinions can get you far. Before the internship in Vietnam, I have always been interested in being a teacher of Japanese and this internship has made me realize how hard it can be teaching someone my own language but also how fun it can be. For anyone who are not used to working in groups, this program pushes you to, a lot of times, with your students, with your fellow interns and with your supervisor.

Yumi Kaneyama

Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

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.

Wilson Deng

Vietnam Global Seminar Study Tour ,University of California, San Diego, USA

I enjoyed my time and the program greatly in Vietnam. It seemed as if the program tried its best to guide all interns in the right direction and was helpful when needed. The thing I will remember most about the internship will be the people I met, specifically the other interns and the patients I worked with. The various interns I met throughout the hospital taught me how to think in a different mindset in order to problem solve and treat a patient. As for the patients, they taught me their culture, and to always shave a positive attitude and outlook on things. Each of the patients had suffered an accident that had effected their capability to live their lives, and yet each patient had such a positive attitude.

Rylie Dunn

Medical Internship ,Iowa State University, USA

Vietnam, from my experience, is a very work-oriented and relationship-oriented country. You must come prepared to work a lot, learn a lot, and you absolutely must not try to apply the logic or expectation that you would have in the West. This will do little to nothing to help you and will hinder your ability to learn. Come here with the mindset of a student, not an authoritative figure. There is much to learn in Vietnam that will be very valuable to you wherever you work or live, and it is important that you come to Vietnam with an open and unexpecting mind, so that when you go home you will have been able to learn, enjoy and apply your experiences to your future in a positive way. Come to Vietnam with the ability to motivate and add value to people’s lives. Set an example for people, and remember that you are at all times representing you country, university and culture, so make an impression that will stand out as a positive one. Make friends as much as possible and when you can try to study the language as much as possible, even if it is just the language that relates to your job. Doing these two basic things will make living and working here quite enjoyable.

Jack Sherpa

Hospitality & Tourism Internship ,University of Oregon, USA

I am so incredibly lucky that I have people and things that make saying goodbye to Hanoi incredibly difficult. For if I did not have them, that would have meant I wasted nearly three months internship in Vietnam. I was able to make friends, experience the culture, learn a little Vietnamese in the process; all those things became part of me and make it that much more difficult to say farewell to them.

Maile Moore

Public Health Internship ,Oregon State University, USA

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

With the services provided by ABROADER, I felt it was really helpful how they picked me up from the airport and took me to get my accommodations and phone figured out. It would’ve been extremely difficult to try and figure that entire process out on my own. I don’t think there is anything that ABROADER could’ve done better. They gave me all the support I need to get through my Social Work Internship in Vietnam. My Internship in Vietnam was with the Center for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender – Family – Women and Adolescent (CSAGA), a non-governmental, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the rights of women and children who are vulnerable to violence and discrimination in Vietnam. It was pretty unclear at the beginning what was expected of me, however, I gradually figured out what was needed as the days went on. It was no problem at all. My supervisor was very sweet and so nice to me. She always asked me what I was doing on the weekends, and with my free time, and has offered me advice on different things about Vietnam. I felt that I was given everything I needed to perform my job here at CSAGA. My work seemed to be important to the agency since I did a lot of research for important proposals CSAGA was writing. The host organization had been very helpful and accommodating to anything I needed while here. They always asked if everything was going ok and if there was anything I needed to help make my time here more successful. I don’t think there was anything they could’ve done better.

Heather Joann Sheffield

Social Work Internship ,Oregon State University, USA