- Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- High School
- Program Description:
Journey through diverse ecological systems and immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture. Float through mangrove forests and explore marine ecology while learning about current challenges to the conservation of Vietnam’s natural environments.
Begin your environmental studies in Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s bustling capital, before traveling to mangrove forests, the Central Highlands, and the Mekong Delta to explore jungle and coastal areas. Acquire firsthand knowledge of Vietnam’s ecology while discovering the threats, including climate change and development pressures, impacting the country’s natural environments and indigenous communities.
During an excursion to the mangrove forests in Can Gio, you will canoe down the Dong Nai River for an intimate view of monkeys and birds in their natural habitats. You will visit an endangered primate rescue center and learn about conservation efforts and challenges at Cat Tien National Park, home to mammals such as elephants and sun bears. You will attend seminars on climate change, visit the floating markets on the Mekong River, discover marine ecology and bike, trek, and snorkel on the beautiful island of Phu Quoc, which boasts numerous coral reefs and seagrass beds.
Immerse yourself in the daily lives of two Vietnamese families during homestays in Ho Chi Minh City and Da Lat. During the program’s rural stay in Hoa An village, you will take Vietnamese language classes and participate in a community service project, such as building a biogas system or teaching English to children. Travel to the Central Highlands, learn about indigenous traditions, attend workshops on Vietnamese folk music, and practice Zen meditation. You will meet with local NGOs working to advance the quality of life of vulnerable people and communities. Continue learning about Vietnam’s history and culture through visits to historical sites such as the Cu Chi tunnels, one of the longest systems of underground tunnels from the Vietnam War. Your trip concludes with an overnight visit to the gorgeous white sand beaches on the island of Phu Quoc while en route back to the capital for final exploration and reflection.
To learn more and view a sample itinerary, visit experiment.org/VNS.
- Setting Description:
- Through homestays and field visits to cultural and historical sites, you gain critical knowledge of Vietnam’s history and contemporary life. Visit Cu Chi Tunnel, one of the longest underground tunnels from the Vietnam War, and spend time at local NGOs working to advance the quality of life of vulnerable people and communities. Become immersed in the daily lives of two Vietnamese families during homestays in the capital city and Da Lat. Receive instruction in Vietnamese language and cooking, and participate in a community service project, such as building a biogas system or teaching English to children, during the program’s rural stay in Hoa An village. Learn about the indigenous traditions of the Lach ethnic group in the Central Highland, and have seminars on Vietnamese folk music and Zen meditation. The program begins and concludes in Ho Chi Minh City. Orientation: Ho Chi Minh City, 3 days Homestay: Ho Chi Minh City,* 6 days; Da Lat City (Central Highlands),* 3 days
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
- Need based financial aid from $250 to $3,000
Based on 5 Reviews
- Impressive Vietnam09/01/17
The trip does a fantastic job of making you feel like you're actually living in the country and not just visiting. It's focus on ecology and conservation fits perfectly with the area and the different excursions that we went on during the trip. Leaders
and staff based within Vietnam were extremely accomadating and were a wealth of information during our stay. I would definitely recommend this experience to others and I hope one day I can go back.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
This program to Vietnam was the most amazing and meaningful experience I've ever had. I loved every aspect of the program, and the relationships I made with my group, as well as my friends and home stay families in Vietnam are super strong and I am still
in contact with everyone,even months later. I loved the environmental part of the trip, the scenery was beautiful and I thought it was really good that we did community service and actually helped out the people of Vietnam. The program does a fabulous job of getting us off the beaten track and really experiencing what it is like to live in Vietnam, not just seeing it as a tourist.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Impressive Vietnam08/31/17
I had a truly amazing time on this trip. I think about it everyday, wishing to be back in such a beautiful place surrounded by a great group of people. I met many new people: my groupmates, Vietnamese high school and college students, families and friends
through my homestays, and many more. Everyday was an adventure, whether we were exploring the city, hiking, snorkeling or swimming on the beach, or doing some form of community service. There was a great blend of scheduled activities (such as listed above), free time to bond and explore, and time that focused on the thematic focus (ecology and conservation), which generally consisted of talks from professionals and visiting environments and other educational places. I would highly recommend this program!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Vietnam Excursion08/31/17
My time in Vietnam became one of the best moments of my life, I've never felt such freedom and independence back at home. I am from LA, a large and loud city. Although we stayed in Ho Chi Minh City, which is also another large city, it had such a different
feel and I loved it. I loved the fact that there was a coffee shop on every block and the use of motorbikes by even the teenagers. I also got to experience the outdoors such as forests and rainforests which I never had in LA, the only scenery was skyscrapers. I got to continuously test my communication skills whether it was giving directions to the taxi driver or talking to the local youth. My trip was unforgettable, from the peaks to the trip to the lows, and I would never trade it for the world.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- great experience12/03/16
I did EILs Viet Nam study abroad program and absolutely loved it. I was nervous about leaving home for an entire month for the first time but it was definitely worth it. I ate delicious food, saw beautiful places, bonded with both of my homestay families,
and made great friends within my group as well. It's really an experience to remember. It can be nerve wracking and it definitely takes some adjusting but once you get in the swing of things it's an adventure the whole way through. Dont get me wrong. it's hot. and culture shock is real. But, when you come back home you'll have amazing stories to tell and you may even find yourself missing it.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend