Final Blog Post

The Plus3 Vietnam program was a truly amazing time. Going into the program I hoped to broaden my view of the world and learn about a culture that was completely foreign to me. I was not sure if I would like it or not, but I thought it would be a great opportunity to learn,…

5/17 Mekong Delta

Today we took a trip down to the Mekong Delta. We did the tour of the river on a boat and visited some islands. Our first stop was on an island where we tried fruit such as mango, pineapple, jackfruit, and finger bananas. We also had some tea and listened to Vietnamese music. My favorite…

5/16 Cat Lai and the Reunification Palace

Today we drove to the Cat Lai Terminal south of Ho Chi Minh City. Cat Lai is an important shopping port due to its location near both major shipping routes in the ocean and important economic areas such as Ho Chi Minh City. At Cat Lai, shipping companies can reserve a time months in advance…

5/15 Buddhism, VinaCapital, and Bartering

Today we started off the day with a lecture introducing us to Buddhism. We learned about its history and how it’s practiced in Vietnam. An aspect of Buddhism that fascinated me was how it can coexist so well with other religions because it doesn’t matter whether you believe in a god. It’s more focused on…

5/14 VSIP, II-VI, and Recovery

Today we woke up early to leave for the Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park. This industrial park is an agreement between the governments of Vietnam and Singapore. The Vietnamese help Singapore by giving land and Singapore helps with the building of the parks and financing. Similar agreements exist between Vietnam and other governments as these parks…

5/13 Cu Chi Tunnels and a Water Puppet Show

Today we started of the day with a drive out to the Cu Chi tunnels. The tunnels were a key part of the Vietnam War and they were used by the guerrilla fighters in the south.  The tunnels were used as a base for the guerrilla fighters and they were used for fighting, cooking, defusing…

5/12 Vung Tau Rest Day

Today we woke up early to leave for the beach town of Vung Tau. As we left the city, the landscape went from that of a modern city to more rural. As we learned during the visit to the US consulate, the rural areas have seen less development than the urban areas. This was evident…

5/11 US Consulate and Banh Xeo

Our first stop today was the American center, which is located right near the US Consulate. Here we had the opportunity to to talk to 2 foreign service officers who worked at the consulate. The consulate is a place where the Vietnamese can apply for American visas. The consulate in Ho Chi Minh City is…

5/10 War Remnants Museum and More Street Food

Today my day started with the Sixers getting eliminated from the playoffs. Luckily, things got better from there and we got to go to a talk at UEF about Vietnamese culture and history. We even saw a fashion show of traditional Vietnamese clothing.  It was interesting to learn that in high school girls still wear…

5/9 Glass Egg and Street Food

Today we once again started off the day at UEF with a talk about rural development in the Mekong Delta. This talk highlighted some of the issues regarding development in this region. While urban areas in Vietnam have been undergoing rapid development, rural areas like the Mekong Delta have faced more challenges. One of the…

5/8 Phu My Hung Visit

Today we started off the day by going to UEF in the morning.  We listened to a talk there about urban planning and development in Ho Chi Minh City. The talk mentioned the large infrastructure rebuild that took place after the end of the Vietnam War. After the war, more people moved into the city…

5/7 First Day in Ho Chi Minh City

Today we completed our first full day in Ho Chi Minh City. We spent the morning at the University of Economics and Finance (UEF). First, there was a welcome ceremony full of dances and singing. I was impressed by how outgoing and kind all the students were. It was the first time we had met…

Intro Vietnam Blog Post

My name is Blaise Kesler, and I am currently a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh.  I am from Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.  I am majoring in computer engineering, and some of my interests are reading and watching the 76ers.  I am also on the club cycling team at Pitt, and enjoy biking around the city. I…

Meet Plus3 Vietnam 2018!

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