A Hard Goodbye? More like a “See You Later”

Leaving Vietnam was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. When people say they fall in love with countries, I always sloughed them off, believing it to be only a temporary thing stemmed from the excitement in traveling. Man, was I wrong. I can tell you this, I fell in love with Vietnam….

Checking off the Bucket List

Day 11, second to last day in Vietnam and I could not have asked for a better day. Today was about nature and culture, my absolute favorite things. We visited the Mekong Delta and got to do everything I could have asked for from a cultural experience. It began with the boat. We got on…

Reunification Palace and Cat Lai Terminal

We began Day 10 with our last site visit of Plus3 Vietnam to Cat Lai Terminal, one of the largest ports in Vietnam. We were given a fantastic tour of the place, seeing the freight up close and personal. The number of boxes was incredible. Even from an aerial view, they were extremely impressive. My…

Buddha, Children, and Bargainers

Day nine, thank you for refreshing me. Yesterday was definitely a long day with two site visits, but today set me back on track, feeling awake, joyful, and absolutely ready to keep taking on all that Vietnam has to throw at me. First, we began with a Buddhist class. Let me say, learning about religions…

II-VI inside of VSIP

We did two site visits today. The first was to an industrial park company named Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park. We walked in and were given a presentation explaining the significance of such a company in Vietnam. The importance of VSIP in Vietnam is extremely critical to the development of the country. The company is a…

Huge FANs of the Cu Chi Tunnels

Day seven finished marking the half way point of the trip. We went to the Cu Chi Tunnels today, exploring the underground networks the Viet Cong (the North Vietnamese guerrilla soldiers) built during the Vietnam War. This spider web of tunnels built by hand and shovel were used as camouflage, to booby trap Americans, and…

Fanny Packs and Jesus

Day six, my new favorite day. I have a feeling I’ll be saying this everyday for the next week until the last day. Today, we had a break from our academics and had a purely cultural experience. We started the day at 5:55 AM. At home, everyone was barely starting their evenings when here, twenty…

A Rich and Poor Country

Another day done in Vietnam. Day 5 was by far my favorite thus far. We started the morning off with by far my favorite experience yet. We got a chance to talk to the Consulate General of the United States. Yep, my favorite part in Vietnam was about America, but no I’m not a vain…

The Vietnamese Perspective of the American War

Day 4 done. First interesting thing to happen today… Vietnamese fashion show. For our culture class, several Vietnamese came in dressed in traditional clothing worn throughout areas of the country at different time periods. Why would they ever drift away from the style? They were absolutely beautiful with SO many colors and we the definition…

Glass Egg and Glass Windows

Day 3 flew by! I’m definitely starting to get in the groove here, having a relatively normal sleep schedule and adjusting to the regular background noise of beeping mopeds. This morning, we went back to UEF to have a lecture and language class. The lecture on rural development in the Mekong Delta was so engaging!…

Planning, Building, and Managing at Phu My Hung

We started day two in Vietnam with a guest lecturer who gave us a brief history of Vietnam, explaining the line of its rulers and conquerers and development that later took place after the Vietnam War. The speaker was extremely passionate, relating all that he taught to his personal life as well. The language class…

A Welcome of Dancing, Singing, and Selfies

First, let me say, the Vietnamese are experts at welcomes. After having a full night of rest where we could actually stretch out our legs (unlike our 30 hours of travel time the days prior), we went to the welcome reception hosted by the UEF Vietnamese students. Their excitement was absolutely contagious. They were full…

Gooood Morning, Vietnam!

Hi all! I’m Hanna Behr, a student in Pitt Business majoring in Marketing and Supply Chain Management with a certificate in Business Analytics. Like most college students, I’m still in a time of exploration regarding my future plans. As of now, I am pursuing a career in market research. Most likely, this will change by…

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…