May 18th – VSIP and II-VI

    Today was our last day of site visits.  It seems like the two weeks has flown by.  We started our day at Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) and then in the afternoon, we went to II-VI which is actually in VSIP.  VSIP is an industrial park that companies can buy their land or…

May 17th – Independence Palace

    This morning, we went straight to the Cat Lai Terminal which is owned by Saigon Newport Corporation.  The Cat Lai Terminal is one of the largest ports in Vietnam.  Cat Lai is located in Ho Chi Minh.  This location is ideal because it is so close to the Mekong Delta, China, many other asain countries,…

May 16th – A Morning at the Market

    I was really excited to get up and get going this morning because we were headed to the market to get souvenirs and use our Vietnamese language bartering skills.  When we got to the market I was a little on edge because the sellers call out to you and are very persistent when…

May 15th – VinaCapital Site Visit

We finally got to sleep in today, which was much needed after our really long weekend trips.  We left for VinaCapital at around 9:45 am.  I met with my group on the bus to discuss some questions before we were in front of the company’s employees.  We had done a lot of research prior to…

May 14th- Cu Chi

    On our second day trip this weekend, we visited Cu Chi today.  As Cu Chi is famously known for, we learned all about the tunnels and history,  The Viet Cong soldiers were able to use tunnels to surprise American soldiers and protect their family from the bombings.  They had hospitals, meeting bunkers, and…

The New Eve of the Mekong Delta River

    Today, we had our first view of rural Vietnam.  We started the day out at 7:00 A.M.  with breakfast and them went on our way to the Delta.  It took us an hour and a half/ two hours to get there and we walked right onto a boat once we arrived.  We went…

May 12th – U.S. Consulate Trip

Starting our day in the typical fashion, we had a Vietnamese history and culture class. This class was so fascinating to me because we were hearing from a historian who was speaking from the Vietnamese point of view.  We learned all about their facts and history.  He included a lot about the people, not just events….

May 11th – Vung Tau Beach Trip

  Today we got to travel to Vung Tau which is a beach town on the coast of Vietnam. We rose with the sun at around 5 o’clock AM and loaded onto the bus with our boxed meals from the hotel. We were headed off to hike the Christ statue and then have a beach…

May 10th – A look inside the Glass Egg

Once again, we started our day at UEF for a lecture of Rural Planning and Development of the Mekong River Delta from an Architect and Urban and regional planner, Vu Thi Phuong Linh. The Mekong Delta is the 3rd largest river in the world. The area is nicknamed the “Rice Basket” because it is so…

May 9th – First Site Visit

Above is a picture of me and my new UEF (University of Economics and Finance) friend Trinh holding up “shooting hearts”  a Korean symbol to show love.  <3 We started our day at UEF for a lesson in the development of Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam by a guest lecturer. We learned all about…

May 8th, 2017 – A Warm Welcome

Today we started the day off with the warmest welcome at the University of Economics and Finance. We were greeted with smiles, face stickers, and flower leis. We took so many pictures together as a group and with our new Vietnamese friends as well. We went into a large assembly room and got to see…

Testing, Testing, 1, 2,3….

Hello, everyone!  Welcome to my blog.  I am extremely excited to be making a trip to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam this summer as a part of Pitt’s Plus3 study abroad program.  Please follow along with me on my journey by checking into my blog. I am a College of Business Administration student majoring in…

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…