Day 5 at the American Center

The U.S. Embassy seems to be an almost ideal career. Employees travel across the globe on various assignments at the U.S. Embassy locations. They are able to live for a few years in the country of each assignment and fully immerse themselves in the foreign culture. For each assignment, they must train for four months to become fluent in the language and become familiar with the country’s customs. Although, the job is very demanding, challenging, and requires great skills in communication and adaptation. Those who work at the Ho Chi Minh base focus on the duties that include visa approvals for those looking to travel to the US, relation programs, internal and external affairs, US imports, issued that arise with American tourists in Vietnam and other communications that involve US representation. When dealing with Vietnamese citizen requests, the diplomats work with them to approve visas to those looking to go to the US for appropriate reasons. The Vietnamese citizens go through an application process and interview to be approved. The Vietnamese citizens can also take advantage of what the Consulate offers inside the building. People can use the building for advising sessions, for example, students looking to study abroad or apply to US colleges can use an adviser for free, or they can read books or watch movies that may not be approved by the Vietnamese government. The Consulate is used as a learning utility, a safe space, and an advising accessory. The interview helped us understand how much the Vietnamese people adore our country. The US has maintained a very healthy relationship with Vietnam and the people view our country positively. A statistic proves this with a 94% rate of the Vietnamese population viewing our country favorably. This is good to know and originally took me by surprise due to the conflicts our two countries have had in the past. Overall, today’s visit has been insightful and I think I will consider working as an international diplomat.

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