Two in One

Today was our last day of company visits – weird to say. Time has truly flown on this trip and Saturday we already return home! Today’s agenda involved two different company site visits – the first to VSIP, Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park, and the other to II IV (as in “two six”). VSIP, or the…

Reunited and it Feels So Good

Our day today began with a visit with the largest port terminal in Vietnam, called the Cat Lai Terminal which is run by the Saigon New Port Corporation. The terminal receives ships with shipping crates, unloads the ships, stores the shipping crates depending on the specific temperature it needs to be kept at, and will…

War and Religion

First on today’s agenda was a visit to the indoor Ben Tanh Market to practice our Vietnamese language skills through bartering with the stall owner’s. Though I had done most of my shopping already, I was able to pick up a few more things and barter down from the original price successfully! The interaction always…

VinaCapital

Today the world of the Pitt Plus 3 Program turned upside down. Instead of classes in the morning and a site visit in the afternoon, our schedule was totally flipped – site visit in the morning and classes in the afternoon. What did this mean for us? An extra 2 hours in the morning before our day began –…

Perception

To all my history buffs/nerds out there (Hi Dad!), today’s blog post should tickle your fancy. Today was another day trip day, this time to the Cu Chi Tunnels which is an underground system of tunnels and rooms that the Viet Kong used to be the “Ghost Army.” These Viet Kong soldiers used the tunnels…

Mekong Magic

I would just like to preface this by saying that today was absolutely the best day of the trip so far. Today our group had a day trip to the Mekong Delta, and the day held so many different events and adventures I’m going to struggle a little to cover them here. First we took a…

U.S. Consu-Lit

Morning after beach day and I already tanned over; God bless my 25% Italian blood! After breakfast in the hotel as always, our group headed over to UEF for today’s classes: A lecture on Vietnamese history and culture, and another Vietnamese language class. Our guest lecturer today spoke to us mostly about the country’s history,…

The Body of Christ

A 6 AM start to today’a activities did not see everyone bright eyed and bushy tailed. After a two hour bus ride and some breakfast-to-go however, we were itching to begin the day’s activities. First on today’s agenda was a hike up to a Christ statue that we could then actually climb inside. As someone…

What Came First: The Chicken or the Glass Egg?

My third morning was certainly better than the previous two after getting 11 hours of sleep yesterday. After breakfast, once again we headed to UEF for classes. Today’s morning lecturer focused on the Mekong Delta region – its history, its agricultural richness, its growth, and the challenges the region faces with modernizing and environmental changes….

Building a City

Our second day in Vietnam started with a lot of coffee. Jet lag is definitely still affecting us, what with our days and nights being almost completely switched from what they are at home. After breakfast (and the necessary amount of caffeine), our group headed over to UEF for today’s classes. The first was a…

I love U(EF)

Our first day in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) was busy, hot, hectic, and absolutely perfect. After a breakfast buffet unlike any I’ver ever seen before, our group bussed over to the University of Economics and Finance (UEF) for a scheduled welcome reception. What we actually experienced exceeded any expectations I’d had. We were greeted…

Hey! Ho (Chi Minh City)!

Hey there! If you’re looking for a blog detailing a 2 1/2 week study abroad trip to Vietnam (also known as a +3) through the University of Pittsburgh, you’ve come to the right place! A little bit about me: My name is Julia Snyder. I’m originally from a town called Newtown in Bucks County, PA;…

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…