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Sustainable Agriculture Intern at Local NGO

NGO

This NGO supports poor rural communities to adapt to the changing environment and sustainably manage their own livelihoods. With more than 15 years of experience, the NGO is one of Vietnam’s most-established NGO with over 50 projects focusing on Sustainable Agriculture, Rural Livelihoods, Climate Change Adaptation, Forestry Governance and Pro-Poor Policy Advocacy.

About the Host

With the philosophy to support local vulnerable communities to gain agency of their resources and reach sustainable livelihoods, the NGO is dedicated to run far-reaching projects in rural, disadvantaged areas of the country and work with the locals. Their expertises include Sustainable Agriculture, Rural Livelihoods, Climate Change Adaptation, Forestry Governance and Pro-Poor Policy Advocacy.

Over its 15 years of running, its projects have reached thousands of lives of people from 16 provinces across all 3 regions of Vietnam. A dedicated team of experienced staff, apart from implementing projects, the team also regularly act as consultants for local authorities and international partners, including UNDP, USAID, Oxfam.



Internship Highlights

  • Learn how agriculture works in a tropical agricultural, developing country
  • Learn how a NGO operates from top down and bottom up, from planning to engaging with the local communities
  • Contribute to improve the local livelihoods through your works
  • Periodical travel to other provinces - Trip expenses are covered by the host
  • Gain industry knowledge and networks in Vietnam/ Asia region
  • Secure Professional reference upon successful completion


Program Highlights - All in one!

  • Immerse in local culture through Vietnamese lessons, cooking class, city tour and trip to World's top destination (Halong Bay/ Mekong Delta) – All included in the program
  • Ample supports from our onsite team and lovely “Local Buddies” – Vietnamese university students who can show you around their city and its hidden gems
  • Experience life abroad authentically - More than travelling, get to know the city with the locals!
  • Travel Vietnam or hop around Southeast Asia on the weekend (Bangkok is just 2 hours flight away)
  • Join our networks of international students and discover Vietnam together

As an intern, you will join the Sustainable Agriculture team. Responsibilities include:

  • Assist with the development of project concepts and proposals that support the Sustainable Agriculture department’s short and long term strategy
  • Write and/ or edit reports on Sustainable Agriculture, livelihood and value chain programs/ projects
  • Support ongoing value chain mainstreaming activities within on-going programs
  • Support the development, management and implementation of projects, including undertaking needs assessments, conducting baseline surveys etc as required
  • Assist in organizing Sustainable Agriculture workshops

Requirements:

  • Background in Agricultural, Forestry Management or Social Sciences, Gender, Microfinance, Sustainable Development, Community Development (or a related discipline)
  • Experience in working for development projects and NGOs are advantaged
  • Good communication skills, great writing and research skills
  • Ability to work in a cross-cultural environment
  • Capacity to work both independently and as part of the team

*Job Description is for reference only. Your actual responsibilities may change based on your skills, interests and the host's requirements at a certain time.

Tip: Check with our Advisor for more specific details and before you make any travel arrangements.

Program Fee

Duration (weeks)04*06*081012162024
Full Service $2,695 $3,052 $3,410 $3,767 $4,125 $4,840 $5,555 $6,270
No Housing $2,195 $2,302 $2,410 $2,517 $2,625 $2,840 $3,055 $3,270

Note:

  • Placement-only option: If you only need program placement, program fee is set at $700 USD/ placement for all durations.
  • 4-6 weeks option are only open for medical and education internships. For other majors, most host organizations prefer minimum 8 weeks and availability of 4-6 week options are not guaranteed.
  • Medical internship entails an extra fee of $100 – 300 USD per month depending on host hospitals. This will be sent directly to the hosts to cover training fee, administration and training tools.


What is included

Our full-package program guarantees fully-supported, locally-immersive experiences and includes:

  • Internship placement
  • Visa application
  • Accommodation (homestay/ studio/ shared apartment)
  • Pre-departure guide
  • Airport transfer (pick-up & see-off at designated time)
  • On-site orientations
  • Local SIM card
  • City tour & Social and cultural activities with onsite staff
  • Excursion to top destinations in Vietnam (Ha Long Bay or Mekong Delta)
  • Local volunteer support
  • Onsite supports from ABROADER staff with 24/7 hotline
  • On-going & Final program evaluation
  • Welcome & Farewell dinners
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Certification upon completion of the program

*Accommodation

Standard option is studio room. Basic facilities will be provided, including air-conditioner, bathroom with water heater, Wi-Fi, bedding, mini fridge, kitchen. Electricity is not included. Electricity bill is typically $100 – 150 USD per month depending on your usage. Electricity bill will be charged directly to students at the end of month and when check out.

*Visa

Visa application fee is included in our program fee. The quoted fee is for standard passport holders, including those from the US, Canada, the EU, Australia, Singapore. For other citizenships, visa fee may change depending on home country and duration. 

What is NOT included

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Visa stamping fee (to be paid to the custom upon arrival)
  • Meals and other personal expenses

Dates

Our programs are all year round. Application deadline is minimum 2 months prior to intended start date.

For smooth preparations, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, preferable 3 – 4 months in advance.

Late application is subject to late submission fee of $200.

Procedure

Our entire process is an easy 5-step journey – from application to after you return home.

how it works 5 steps

  • Application

Browse and choose! Check out the wide range of programs we offer by major, industry or location. Select the program you want (you can choose up to 5) and click Apply! For this step, you will need to fill in personal information and upload a resume.

Can’t decide? Contact us for individualized recommendations. No fee is required at this stage and you can still change your selection later after an interview with our Placement Advisors.

  • Online Interview

After your application is submitted, our Placement Advisor team will review your application and get in touch for a FREE online consultation on available opportunities. We will also answer all your questions about the location and guide you through the next steps.

No rush to commitment! After the interview, you’ll receive a Conditional Offer with details of your chosen program. You’ll have time to review the offer and when ready, submit a deposit to secure your place. This deposit is fully refundable if you are not placed in a program.

  • Enrollment

Welcome onboard! Our onsite team will work with you to ensure we secure a suitable placement. You will get to learn more about the role/ program you’re applying for through detailed description or interview with potential host companies/ universities so that both sides know whether it’s a good fit.  

If all goes well, congratulations! You'll receive a placement offer. Time to prepare for your departure!

  • Onsite Experience

It’s getting real! Once you’ve landed, our staff will be ready to welcome and pick you up to your accommodation.  You’ll get oriented with the city before starting work/ study next Monday.

  • Departure

You did it! In one way or another, you’ve broadened your horizons! Time for final evaluation and reflection. Our onsite team will arrange for your departure and welcome you to our alumni network.

For more details, visit our How it works. If you have any questions, contact us. Our staff will guide you through the entire process.

Tentative Schedule

Date Activity
Thursday Arrival & Airport Pick-up
Friday Orientation & Welcome Meal
Saturday City tour
Monday Company Induction & First working day
Last working week Evaluation & Farewell
Saturday Airport see-off

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