Program Details

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. 
Location:
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

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
Cost:
$5690

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
Need based financial aid from $250 to $3,000

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

4.8

Based on 5 Reviews

  • Impressive Vietnam
    5.0
    09/01/17

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Vietnam!
    5.0
    09/01/17

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Impressive Vietnam
    5.0
    08/31/17

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Vietnam Excursion
    5.0
    08/31/17

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • great experience
    4.0
    12/03/16

    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,

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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