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Why be an ABROADER?

An ABROADER is an exchange student going abroad - and by going abroad, you are opening possibilities or simply having another country that you may feel like home. There is nothing like joining an exchange program and living in a different culture. The experience can be different among students, but we guarantee it’s going to be one-of-a-kind. 

Affordable price

Compared to travelling overseas, the cost of the exchange program can save you an amount of buck! A worthwhile experience is available to you at a very affordable price. There are a number of financial awards available to exchange students looking for an internship or a semester abroad ranging from ABROADER scholarship to mobility program funded by government. We understand that financial cost should be by no means the limit to your meaningful internship or semester abroad. The following column provides more information on ABROADER Scholarship, please click HERE.

Personal Development

Though each person has their own interpretation of this term, living in a foreign country definitely teaches you different things about yourself. Once your internship journey comes to the end, you may be surprised by  how independent you are when away from parents. You may get to know different  aspects of yourself that you don’t realize when you keep staying in a familiar environment. Self-confidence, self-esteem, decision making and independent thinking skills may be improved as a result. You’ll know “a new you” that you never knew existed.

Cultural exchange

Studying or have an internship abroad, without doubt, gives you an opportunity to know more about a different culture. You’ll learn to agree to disagree, which leads to acceptance and understanding of cultural differences. You’ll earn new perspectives that may challenge your long-held beliefs.

Also, the world is now a global village. Intercultural communication, which is the ability to communicate across different cultures, becomes more important. As you learn to open your heart and your mind to new culture, new possibilities and opportunities arise as your international friend circle opens. It is also heart-warming to have friends all over the world.

Vietnam, a 4000+ year-old country, is definitely rich in culture, which offers you a different cultural experience. Lots of our exchange students say after their internship, they can now call Vietnam a second home!

Contextualize your knowledge

What you learn at school may not be enough- you may know it already. The important thing is to give meanings to your knowledge, which you can find in an internship abroad! The reality can be contrasting to your assumptions in a different cultural context. Local social background and companies’ codes of conduct can give you hands-on experience with the field you’re working on or even a further insight into local culture.

The level of support provided from ABROADER Vietnam was great, and I loved the activities where everyone was involved, including the local buddies!

MEGAN BERNARD

Education Internship ,Monash University

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, U.S.A

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. With the services provided by ABROADER Vietnam, 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.

HEATHER JOANN SHEFFIELD

Social Work Internship ,Oregon State University, U.S.A

There were definitely times during my internship that the cultural difference between Vietnam and Japan made my internship here challenging. However, I was able to be in a team of amazing people and I learnt to accept the difference of opinions within my team and be patient to avoid any conflict. For me, being in a harmonious team motivated me to be positive, work harder and be a more productive person in general.

REINA TAKAHASHI

Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

There are few words that could describe my time here this summer. The time I have spent here has been priceless and life changing, even more than I thought it could be. I learned so much from my nursing internship in Vietnam that will help me very much in my future. However, the life experience I’ve learned, through adapting to another culture, traveling alone to beautiful places and having a sense of home here is something I’ll never forget. The people here have touched my heart, and I’ll have these memories forever. This country, these places and people are beautiful, and I am so happy I came here. It’s inspired me to always follow my dreams, no matter how big they are, and that I can do anything.

ELISE WYNNE DURKIN

Nursing Internship ,Colorado State University, U.S.A

In general, I am satisfied with the Internship Service provided by ABROADER before I came to Vietnam. My host family placement exceeded my expectations. My host mother and father were all very friendly and helpful; they really made me feel at home. My local buddy Linh, even though she lived 2 hours away, she still made efforts in taking me on day-trips that catered to my interest in Vietnamese Cuisine. I contacted ABROADER for the Culinary Internship in Vietnam on my own and and given the amount of money and time I will be investing, it was extremely important for me to feel that I can trust ABROADER Vietnam. My host for the internship was Ngon Villa Restaurant. The host company staffs were very friendly and welcoming, one chef at the restaurant was in charge of my internship. However, due to perhaps unforeseeable needs in the company, my supervisor was not able to spend more than a day with me. ABROADER Vietnam found an excellent opportunity for internship in Vietnam for me; however, the host company was not able to fully deliver the experience I was looking for.

JINHUA ZHANG

Culinary Internship ,City College of San Francisco, U.S.A

My Internship here was an incredible time. It was educational, stuffed to the brim with wonderful experiences, new friendships and so much more. I am glad to have had ABROADER Vietnam supporting me with adjusting to the lifestyle here, and have already recommended it to colleagues from home. I was impressed by how fast they were to help, and how far they went to help me fix things, if problems occured The only problem I ran into was during my internship, you can imagine the amount of people with adequate english was limited, especially those that were able to give me clear instructions on what to do. As a result, a measurable amount of time was spent observing and helping out with small scale procedures within the departements. This was not the case in all eight of them, so at times I was able to work just like back home, provide valuable assistance to the Nurses in the departement work as an integral part of the team. I believe the internship provided the patients, and the Nurses with a valuable experience. Besides the occasional english lesson for the nurses, being the caregiver to children should expand their cultural horizon. The individuals I worked with, on the other hand provided me with as much attention and chances to learn as possible. In the future, expanding their english knowledge can only improve relations to students. All in all, I am certain that anyone who will be working with them for an internship will see how hardworking they are in making the experience here in vietnam as flawless as possible.

DMITRIJ PUCHINGER

Nursing Internship ,FH Campus Wien

I feel satisfied about the services provided by ABROADER Vietnam while I was here; almost everything was sorted out before arrival so there was definitely no messing around with organizing things. The accommodation they provided me was good but I personally prefer one that is closer to my place of work. Before starting my internship in Vietnam, I was informed of the work that I will be doing and the skills involved, therefore there was time allowed for me to learn certain CAD programs to help my work. As for the workplace environment, the company where I got an engineering internship in Vietnam was a company that is in the Aerospace Engineering field, all the employees here helped me settle in by talking to me at work and sitting with me at lunch times. I got on well with my co-workers and my supervisor and they were there to help during my internship. Regarding my responsibilities in the company, I felt like even though it was not the most critical work, it sure was of great use to the company. If there is one thing I would recommend them do for the new interns the next time was to have them go on a welcoming tour to show off the office facilities e.g toilet, kitchen appliances available etc which makes it easier for them to navigate around the office. Beside this, I think I am overall very satisfied with my internship placement and the services provided by ABROADER Vietnam and I would highly recommend it.

Jake Thompson

Engineering Internship ,University of Exeter, England

Doing a big trip like this will make you learn about yourself whether you realize it or not. Being in the culture that is so different from what you are used to will really make you think about the world as a whole. My favorite part was meeting new people and getting to know their background and future exciting plans. THANK YOU SO MUCH! The program was busy, yet still had the right amount of freedom. I enjoyed all activities and had an AMAZING time in Vietnam!

VICTORIA DUSSEAU

Let's Vietnam 2016 participant ,University of Findlay, U.S.A

I did a 4 months internship, in the National Childrens Hospital in Vietnam. The entire organization for me went really well, all you need is time and patience but when you reach the point where all is setteled it went really smooth and if you have problems you will get help asap and they will find a solution for you. I gained alot of new experience and was suprised by the high pratical skills of the Nurses and Doctors. Even though not everybody could speak propper english and sometimes communication was hard, there were ways to communicate with the colleagues (Googe Translate, Body language). All in all I just can say I would do it again, and I wouldnt be the person I am today with out going on this adventure. The way I see things definitely changed and I go home with newe knowledge and some wonderful memories. A big thank you to ABROADER Vietnam and especialy Miss Ha who made this all possible.

JAPHETH URUEJOMA

Nursing Internship ,FH Campus Wien