Day 12: VSIP and II-VI

Dear readers, We started off our morning at VSIP (Vietnam Singapore Industrial Parks). Here we learned about a rapidly growing system of industrial parks throughout Vietnam. The parks have 690 tenant companies that combine for $32 billion US dollars in export value. The company is successful mostly in the south near Saigon, since this is…

Day 11: Tan Cang, Reunification Palace and Some Sweet Clothes

Dear Readers, In the morning we went to Tan Cang, Cat Lai Terminal. There, we got a little talk about what they did and some of the logistical difficulties exist in our modern time. For example, only company mother ships are able to ship internationally. Also, Vietnam can’t ship directly to the United States. They…

Day 9: Ben Thanh, Hua Phuoc Hai, and the War Remnants Museum

Hello readers, Today was a very full day with bit of a heavy ending. Firstly, we went to the Ben Thanh market which is one of the more traditional markets in Saigon. For those who are from Cleveland who are reading this, imagine the West Side Market (maybe a little bigger) but also filled with…

Day 8: Class Day

Hello readers, We learned a lot today. We started the day by going to VinaCapital. VinaCapital is an investment firm in Saigon that supports and takes advantage and supports the country’s intense economic growth in very interesting ways. We learned that the company manages a total of 1.8 billion US dollars. One of their funds,…

Day 7: Cu Chi Tunnels and a Day of Remembrance

Dear readers, Today was just as interesting as the days before it, but with a more somber tone. At the Cu Chi Tunnels, we were able to see what a Vietnamese village looked like in the adapted to the country’s war with the Americans. In the jungle, there were homes, schools, farms, and ammunition storage…

Day 6: The Mekong

Dear readers, Today was quite an adventure. The whole day was just one crazy event after another. Once we got to the Mekong Delta, we got on a boat to go to closest islands. At the first one, we focused our visit on the coconut market and factories that are located there. We saw where…

Day 5: The Coolest Job You Would Have Never Heard Of

We started the day with a really interesting class on the history of Vietnam at UEF. We learned about the migration of the people of Vietnam, leading to cultural differences between the North and the South. We also learned about the origin and culture of all the other more specific regions of the country. For…

Day 4: Vung Tau

Dear readers, Today the group was able to venture outside the classroom for a day of relaxation and adventure. We first went the Christ statue of Vung Tau. Although the hike up was a little strenuous, the view of the city was absolutely spectacular. The view improved as we were able to climb up the…

Day 3: Glass Egg

Dear readers, We started the day with a lecture on the Mekong River as well as its delta and its importance to the country of Vietnam both economically and culturally. Economically, it is used to export many of goods from major cities, such as Saigon. It is also the main source of income for many…

Day 2: Experiencing Development First Hand

Our day started with a lecture about the urban development of Ho Chi Minh City. In this lecture we learned a little bit about history of Vietnam so as to better understand the city’s development. After the fall Saigon in 1975, we learned that the city didn’t start reconstruction until the year 2004. This is…

Day 1: Fun Outside the Comfort Zone

Our first day consisted a series of extremely interesting and fun events that really brought me out of my comfort zone in an extremely exciting way. Starting with breakfast, it was a combination of, in my opinion, a Vietnamese style of our usual American cuisine and other Vietnamese dishes. It was quite a way to…

Meet Me

Hi everyone, My name is Brian Lettrich and I am a freshman industrial engineering student at the University of Pittsburgh. I grew up in Kirtland, Ohio, about 30 minutes outside of Cleveland. I’ve grown up to be a huge Indians, Cavaliers, and yes….even a Browns fan. As a result, most of the pictures of me…

Meet Plus3 Vietnam 2017!

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…