Final Post: Can we go back now?

The two weeks spent in Vietnam were definitely two of the best weeks of my life. I met amazing people, had amazing food, and saw amazing sights, so, you could say the trip was in a word, amazing. As I have gotten home, and more people have been asking me how it was, I find…

5/17: Slithering, buzzing, and boating on the Mekong!

Today was the best day of the trip by far!! Even though I’ve said that almost every day. We spent the day on the Mekong Delta, traveling around from place to place and trying all sorts of new things. While being allergic to so many things meant I couldn’t try everything, I still felt like…

5/16: Shipping off to Cat Lai

Today was a very long, hot day. We started with an early start and got on the bus to head to Cat Lai Terminal. None of us were assigned this site visit so we didn’t research it ahead of time. This meant we didn’t know exactly what to expect. The Cat Lai Terminal is a…

5/15: Packing the day before we have to start packing our bags

Today was a very full day. We started off by heading to UEF for a Buddhism lecture. The lecture was so interesting and I really enjoy the concepts of Buddhism. I even bought a little Buddha statue at the market to remind me of the lecture. The lecturer was really funny and engaging and I…

5/14: A day of Site Visits

Today was a long day, we had site visits all day along with a break in the mall. I am glad this is our only day with two site visits because it was definitely tiring. The first site we saw was Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park. I thought this site was super cool because the concept…

5/13: Centipedes, Tunnels, and Bats, Oh My!

Today was one of my favorite days of the trip because we got to be outside the whole time while also experiencing some Vietnamese culture. I also thought the lunch was one of the yummiest ones we’ve had so far. I glad I went in all of the tunnels because I feel like I pushed…

5/12: Feeling Blessed

Today was a really fun day for a lot of reasons. First, it was really nice to relax after having a bunch of site visits and class in a row. I love the beach and the sun so I was really happy to finally get to enjoy the weather in Vietnam. Even though it may…

5/11: Talking with American’s and eating with Vietnamese

Today we flipped the script a little and did our site visit before lunch and class. Instead of going to a business site we visited the U.S Consulate (not pictured because I left my phone on the bus). This was one of my favorite visits because the speakers were really interesting and well-spoken. They talked…

5/10: What APUSH didn’t teach us

Today we tested our flexibility and adaptability skills. The stay started out like the past two have, with a lecture. Today we learned about the history an culture of Vietnam. This lecture was really interesting and the professor was very knowledgeable. We got to have a mini fashion show of traditional Vietnamese clothing which was…

5/9: Putting Vietnam on the Map

Today, we heard a very interesting lecture about the Mekong Delta which I am sure we will revisit when we visit the Mekong later in the trip. After that we had an exciting language class where we bonded with the Vietnamese students and learned how to say things about ourselves. After that we had lunch…

5/8: Development… for all?

Today we listened to a very interesting lecture on how Vietnam has developed over the years. I learned a lot about when the first sky scraper was built (1993) and when the first stock exchange opened in Vietnam (2000). Following this lecture, after having a very yummy sushi lunch, we went on a site visit…

May 7th, First Day in Ho Chi Minh

The first day in Vietnam was a whirlwind to say the least. While there was an official city tour from 2-4, it felt like the entire day was a city tour. There was so much to take in. Something I find really interesting about Ho Chi Minh is the contrast between the upper-class establishments and…

Vietnam Bound!

Hi everyone! My name is Gabrielle Stroh, but I go by Ellie! I am from a small town outside of Montpelier, Vermont. I live with my mom, dad, little brother, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and some chickens. I am in the business school, and I am tentatively majoring in marketing, supply chain management, and BIS. …

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…