Ok, So When Do We Go Back?

It is crazy to think that these past two weeks have given me hundreds of stories – some funny, some sad, and some more impactful than I could have ever imagined. On the two-hour car ride from the Dulles airport to Hershey, PA, I don’t think that I stopped talking. How could I when I…

Ally Koda: Python Tamer 5/16/19

I’m just going to say this upfront, today was my favorite day. The Mekong Delta was always a discussion priority in the weeks leading up to our Plus3 trip. The Mekong Delta is known as the rice basket of the world because it single-handedly produces a majority of the world’s rice crops. That means that…

I Got to See a Palace! 5/15/19

Hello, my diligent blog readers! Today we visited Saigon Newport Corporation, and we were there for the morning and early afternoon. Then we went to the Reunification Palace and then got fitted for our traditional outfits. Saigon Newport Corporation (SNP) is the best port operator and logistics service provider in Vietnam. SNP belongs to the Ministry…

Bartering & Buddhism 5/14/19

Day 9, whoop, whoop! Today was a very eventful and emotional day. The big activities were visiting a Buddhist pagoda, figuring out the origin of swastikas, visiting a market, visiting the War Remnants Museum, and attending our fitting for our custom suits!  I had already known the basics of the Buddhist religion, but I had…

One Day, Two Company Visits 5/13/19

Goooood morning! It is day 8 of my Vietnam adventure. Today was a busy day with two back-to-back site visits to VSIP and II-VI. VSIP is a company that builds industrial parks and then integrates them into communities that allow their customers and workers to enjoy a more people-centered, environmentally healthy place to live, learn,…

Tunnel Talk 5/12/19

Hey, welcome back to my blog! Today was another life changing-adventure where we visited the Cu Chi Tunnels. As a quick history lesson, Vietnamese gorilla fighters used the tunnels to gain a major advantage over the U.S. during the war. In the dense jungle forests, both citizens and soldiers built hundreds of interconnecting tunnels that…

Hiking to Jesus 5/11/19

What’s not to like about hiking to a huge statue of Jesus and then going to the beach? Exactly. This day started at the crack of dawn (5 a.m. to be exact) when I rolled out of bed and started packing for what was about to be the best day ever. The bus ride was…

Water Puppets and the U.S. Consulate 5/10/19

Day 5 and I’m still alive! That’s right folks I have yet to be hit by a motorbike that has gone rouge onto the sidewalk (although we’ve gotten close a few times). Here is the scoop for what happened today; we wokeup, visited the U.S Consulate, had lunch, attended culture and language classes, had dinner,…

Trip to Vina Capital 5/9/19

Howdy y’all, I’m here blogging my day 4 experience. A quick rundown of today: Vietnamese history and language lessons, exciting lunch at an indoor market, and then a visit to the Vina Capital company. Today’s history lesson was about the history and culture of Vietnam. Once again I was in my element while learning about…

Glass Egg Gang In Action 5/8/19

Day number 3 in Vietnam; morale is very high, and so is the temperature. Today we started with a lecture on Vietnam’s history and its envisioned future. I am a true history nerd, so I sat there and soaked up all of the knowledge like a sponge. I’m not just talking modern history, we started…

Urban Planning with Phu My Hung 5/7/19

Day two of Vietnam! Today’s notable activities included a development presentation of the Mekong Delta, a fantastic lunch at the Tokyo Deli, and an unforgettable tour and panel discussion with the Phu My Hung corporation. I enjoyed the morning lecture on the development challenges that the Mekong Delta is facing in regards to climate change…

Did I Have An Amazing First Day in Vietnam? Pho Sure! 5/6/19

I cannot think of a better first day to have in Vietnam. After a delicious breakfast of pho, I was out the door to UEF, the local Vietnamese business university. Saying that the Vietnamese students are friendly would be the understatement of the century. After getting off of the bus, I was given a flower…

From the Classroom, to the City, to Vietnam!

Hello everyone! My name is Allyson Koda, and I am a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh looking to pursue a degree in marketing with minors in computer science and creative writing, and a certificate in data analytics. On campus, I am involved with The American Marketing Association and competed on their case competition team….

Meet Plus3 Vietnam 2019!

Welcome to the Vietnam Plus3 Study Abroad Program! During their two weeks in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, students will experience a dynamic mix of educational and cultural activities. Plus3 participants will have the chance to be immersed into Vietnamese culture during the trip. The main academic portion of the Plus 3 program features visits…