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Student Cultural Exchange in Vietnam

Vietnam Student Cultural Exchange Program for International Students

International students spending time in Vietnam either on volunteer work or travel program will find many things to enjoy about Vietnam, from the history to the food and to the people. Their cultural exchange experience will also bring benefits after returning to their home country. In return, Vietnamese learn from international visitors and gain a mutual respect and understanding for new cultures.

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Here is a tour sample for student cultural exchange in Vietnam

In this dynamic and intensive program students will fulfill some credits in breathtaking and exotic sites in Vietnam. The country, its history, culture and political and economic systems will provide students with an unparalleled opportunity to examine topics such as the relationship of the individual to society, and the use and conservation of energy in developed and developing countries. Students will travel together to both in town and in surrounding rural villages in an effort to study and learn about energy needs. Students will also travel together to a local orphanage sponsored by the Ministry of Health and SOS Village sponsored by SOS International. The program will begin in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam located in the northern part of Vietnam, participating in community service (food project) followed by 2 days in Ha Long Bay, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its beautiful rock formations. Following this, students will spend some days in central Vietnam: Hue and Hoian, a coastal & ancient cities and south of Hanoi. Finally, students travel to Ho Chi Minh city formerly known as Saigon and experience staying at local home stay in Mekong delta in the southern part of Vietnam.

 

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D)

Arrive at Hanoi International airport. You will be met and transferred to hotel for check in. If time permits, you will have the ticket to Thang Long Theater to enjoy Water Puppet Show before having dinner. Overnight in Hanoi.

 

Day 2: Learning about the Food Project – Hanoi Culture Tour – School Visit – SOS Village (B, L, D)
You will start your early day with lots of activities in regards to your Vietnam school trip. You will get transferred to project location that you will be observing the community service project. From here our guide will explain about the project till everyone fully understands the work and requirements of the project. The work can be commenced by tomorrow. Afterward you will have breakfast “Vietnamese Pho – Noodle Soup” in a local restaurant and take a half day tour of Hanoi including Ho Chi Minh Complex, Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda, Ethnology Museum and Temple of Literature. In the afternoon, you will visit a secondary or high school for cultural exchange experiences. Dinner and overnight in Hanoi.


Day 3: Attending the Food Project – Visit Handicraft Villages (B, L, D)
Wake up early in the morning, transfer to project location to join the community service project that you learned. It takes almost a half day to complete the project. Then you will visit a series of Handy Craft Villages such as Ha Dong Silk, Bat Trang Pottery, Dong Ki Wooden Sculpture, and Dong Ho Painting. Dinner and overnight in Hanoi.

 

Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Overnight Cruise (B, L, D)
Depart for Halong, which is one of the most favorite Vietnam tours and fantastic cruise trips for school students. Halong is considered the 8th wonders of the world. On arrival, board on our junk. Your 24 hour cruise begins….., and seafood meals will be served during your boat trip. Stop to visit Surprising Cave and conquer the Titop Beach. Dinner and overnight on board.

 

Day 5: Halong – Hanoi (B, L)
Wake up by morning breeze. Have breakfast on board before taking a sampan to visit Luon cave. Return to the boat to continue discovering the wonder of creations. Lunch will be served while heading back to Halong pier. Return to Hanoi for your dinner and overnight stay.

 

Day 6: Hanoi – Hue (B, L, D)
Morning flight to Hue, which was Vietnam’s Capital since early 18th century. On arrival, you will visit Ancient Citadel and Purple Forbidden City, which had many buildings and hundreds of rooms. It suffered from termite and cyclone damage, but was still very impressive. Many bullet holes left over from the war can be observed on the stone walls. Proceed to Thien Mu pagoda and Tu Duc Tomb. After dinner at local restaurant, you will take a boat on Perfume River to enjoy the traditional music show performed on the boat. Overnight in Hue.

 

Day 7: Hue School Visit – Hoian (B, L, D)
Today, you will visit a secondary or high school in Hue for cultural exchange experiences before driving to Hoian via Danang. Stop at Hai Van Pass for taking photos. After lunch in Hoian town, a walking tour includes Japanese Covered Bridge, Phung Hung Ancient House, Phuc Kien Temple and Hoian Museum. Dinner and overnight in Hoian.

 

Day 8: Cooking Class – My Son Sanctuary (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will meet the chef and take a short walking trip to the market. The market tour will give you an insight not just into the scents and flavor of Vietnamese herbs and spices but also market culture – how to bargain and where to buy your goods. Return to the restaurant. The cooking class will be in the restaurant’s kitchen. The chef will talk you through today’s dishes then guide you through each dish, give you plenty of opportunities to get involved and try your hand at reproducing the flavors. Dine on the dishes you have just prepared. After lunch, you will visit My Son Sanctuary, which was the Kingdom of Champa. Dinner and overnight in Hoian.

 

Day 9: Hoian – Saigon City Tour – Orphanage Village (B, L, D)
Morning fly to Saigon. On arrival, a half day tour of Saigon includes Reunification Hall, War Remnant Museum, Post Office, and Cathedral. Visit of of the orphanage villages for your remaining day. Dinner and overnight in Saigon.

 

Day 10: Cu Chi Tunnels – School Visits (B, L, D)
Morning, you will visit Cu Chi Tunnels, one of the few remaining Monuments to Vietnam War. Beneath the ground lie 200 km of tunnels, dug by hand and inhabited by the forces of the Vietnamese guerillas during the conflict. At its peak, prior to the Tet Offensive in 1968, the tunnel complex was base to almost 10,000 troops. To this day, it remains one of the most impressive examples of how fierce the war used to be. Arrive back to Saigon around noon for lunch. Afterward, you will visit a secondary or high school in Saigon for cultural exchange experience. Dinner and overnight in Saigon.

 

Day 11: Saigon – Cai Be – Minh Island – Homestay (B, L, D)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will take an excursion to Vinh Long. Arrive at the tourist boat station in Cai Be, you will be welcomed with fresh coconut before embarking on the boat. Enjoying the fresh air on the Mekong river and visiting the floating market, the original style of commerce on the Mekong river. Calling in the local poprice, coconut candy workshop and knowing the ways bee-breeding  tasting honey tea. Crossing the Mekong river to An Binh island visiting a hundred year ancient house, a landlord’s one in the past, a combination between Vietnamese-French architecture in the Mekong delta (if low tide, you will visit another local house, knowing about the daily activities of the locals). Afterward, you will take a 20 minute rowing sampan or cycling along the village paths with discovery feelings. Boating to the local family for your overnight stay. Walking to village paths, stop at the local house to know the real rural life in the early evening. Preparing the dinner along with local host is your real food adventure in a cosy evening.

 

Day 12: Minh Island  – Vinh Long – Saigon Departure (B, L)
After breakfast, say goodbye to the local host. You will continue boating to An Binh Garden, there enjoying a cup of tea and some of the local tropical fruits and listening to the traditional music are the best chance for relaxation. Cruising along Co Chien river, visiting brick & pottery kilns where you know how to make the brick and the pottery from the local clay and styles with the traditional technique. Visiting Tien Chau, a  national cultural relic. Afterward, you will get transferred to directly Saigon airport for your departure flight home. End of services.

 

Tour Price Includes

1/ Private air-conditioned vehicle during sightseeing trip
2/Accommodation with daily breakfast based on 3 star hotel and home stay in Mekong (double occupancy)
3/ Sightseeing and entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
4/ Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
5/ Private English speaking guide as outlined in the itinerary
6/ Private cabin in a shared boat in Halong; private boat in Hue and Mekong
7/ Cooking class

 

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3 Benefits of Cultural Exchange for International Students

1. Learn About Vietnam’s Culture: Working and interacting with Vietnamese allows international students to not only build personal relationships, but also to learn about Vietnam’s culture from a local perspective. Check out our guide to local culture in Vietnam to see what you can do in any part of Vietnam.

 

2. Experience New Environments: Traveling in a new country and within an unfamiliar culture provides a great experience for young international students. Cultural exchange often involves adapting and learning about a new environment, and this flexibility is a helpful skill for our participants before, during and after the trip.

 

3. Make New Friends: One of the best features of cultural exchange programs is the chance to make new friends for a lifetime, both inside and outside the work place. Whether you are working side-by-side or meeting a new friend while traveling in Vietnam, cultural exchange programs allow international students to make lifelong friendships.

 

If you have any questions about the travel program, contact us today at sales@vietholidaytravel.com or call us on +84913011410 for further information or discount prices. Our local experts can customize your tour itinerary as your own wish.

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