Day 11 – The Final Blog

Can’t believe this is my final blog post!!! Ahhh! The last two days have been busy but also nostalgic as our trip comes to an end. Yesterday, our final site visit included trips to Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park and II-VI Vietnam Company. Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park is a company that develops commercial factories and residential…

Day 10 – Pizzas and Palaces

In the morning we visited one of the largest and most modern container ports in Vietnam, Cat Lai Terminal from Saigon Newport Corporation. We toured their terminal and learned about all of the services offered, such as transporting and storage of the cargo. They use special software to track the location of each container for…

Day 8

Today was one of our more busy days. In he morning we returned to the Ben Tanh morning market to practice our bartering phrases we learned the day before. However during my shopping, I found myself not actually needing them as all of the vendors I interacted with spoke English. Using the strategy of starting…

Day 7: Veni, Vidi, Vinacapital

Today’s schedule was a flipped around with a site visit in the morning and class in the afternoon. We visited Vinacapital, one of the largest asset management groups in Vietnam. Fun Fact: a lot of brands begin with the prefix “Vina” i.e. Vinamilk, Vinataxi, Vinaoptical, and I did at one point believe that Vinacapital owned…

Day 6 – Tunneling

Our Sunday field trip was to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong in the Cu Chi District outside of the city. The tunnels were an important part the guerilla warfare campaign during the Vietnam War. We traveled two hours outside of the city to Cu Chi, and explored…

Day 6 – All along the Mekong

We spent our Saturday exploring the islands and channels of the Mekong Delta via boat. On the first island, we saw how the Vietnamese coconut candies are made and even tried some fresh ones which were delicious. Then we embarked on a “Tuk-Tuk” tour of the island. The Tuk-Tuk consisted of a wagon attached to…

Day 5

Day five began with the usual class at UEF, however today’s lecture focused on history and culture of Vietnam. My favorite part of the lecture was learning about the many different ethnic groups in Vietnam and their unique customs. We had lunch at the rival HuTech University where their hospitality students provided us a 5…

Day 4 – Actually

  Today we took the day off from classes and relaxed, allowing me to finally recover from this intense jet-lag. In the morning we took off for Vung Tau, a resort town on the coast of Vietnam. It was the first time we had actually left the city since our arrival. Along the highway, I…

Day 4

We began day four with a lecture on Mekong Delta. We discussed the history of settlement in the delta, the geolgy and ecology of the region, as well as the current events that are disrupting life in the region. It will be interesting to see how what we learned in lecture and our predeparture readings…

Day 2 – Vietnamese Utopia

We started our second day with a lecture at UEF about development of Vietnam and its history. It was really interesting to learn about how recent the strides in development have been made, and how setbacks like corruption can delay the country’s growth. A major player in the development of Ho Chi Minh City is…

Day 1:

After an entire day of travel, I have finally arrived in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam! Our first day began with a warm welcome from the students from the University of Economics and Finance. The opening ceremony was full of singing, dancing, icebreakers and even a marriage proposal! After our first Vietnamese class, we ate…

Hello Hello!

  Hi everyone! My name is Deandra Prevot and I am a freshman studying Human Resources and Business Information Systems ┬áin the College of Business Administration at Pitt. This summer, I am heading across the globe to Vietnam! I am originally from Collegeville, Pennsylvania and I have spent much of my life on the East…

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…