SERVICE LEARNING & SOCIAL INNOVATION IN VIETNAM
Winter break program in Vietnam for all students!
This program is open to all Koç and other university students from all disciplines at the undergrad and grad levels. Since the working language of the program is English, a good command of the English language is essential.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION AND PAYMENT: NOVEMBER 30, 2017
Have you ever wanted to travel to Asia? Have you ever been interested in the concept of service learning and social innovation? Now you have a chance to combine the two in this new winter program brought to you by OIP! A great way to spend your winter break!
Pulsating with energy, Ho Chi Minh City, former Saigon, is a place of contrasts. Next to the timeless alleys with Buddhist temples and street vendors are modern designer malls and sleek skyscrapers. Ho Chi Minh City is the perfect embodiment of modern-day Vietnam – and the ideal place to start to explore Vietnamese culture.
Deadline for application and payment*: November 30, 2017
Program dates: January 15 - 26, 2018
Check-in to accommodation: January 15, 2018
Check-out from accommodation: January 26, 2018
*See the PAYMENT INFO section for details related to payment
"I think that exchange of ideas allows for a stronger connection globally. I think that it makes us all better people. For me it allows me to take ideas I wouldn't normally come across and weave them into my life and guide my decisions going forward.” Aaron, student in drama based education in Texas
“It's good to go on a trip like this, because I feel like you get a better sense of how little you know about everything.” Elisabeth, student in engineering in Texas
- High-impact education and engagement program in Asia
- A study and service learning journey
- Tradition and modernity experienced at the same time
- Exploration of urban life in a lower-class Ho Chi Minh City suburb, including conversations with a variety of local inhabitants about their work and family lives, a visit of a local market and a home lunch prepared by a host family
- Exploration of downtown Saigon with cultural sites and behind-the-curtain glimpses
- Overnight excursion with homestay in Mekong Delta
- River exploration of villages in Ben Tre Province, including visits to orchards, rural income-generation projects, and honey and coconut candy production sites
- Boat excursion to the Cai Be or Cai Rang floating markets and opportunity for a walking exploration of orchards and little workshops for the production of rice paper and rice crispies
This Consulting Abroad Program is designed to take you on a study and service-learning experience, in close collaboration with private or public partners as well as with universities and a range of civil society partners at the destinations. Study topics and service-learning projects are tailored to destination-specific questions concerning the growth of micro-finance and entrepreneurship.
This program consists of a Consulting Abroad Project. Such CAPs are transformational applied learning experiences that enable students to gain firsthand knowledge in identifying and developing practical solutions in a real-world environment. The unique challenges and opportunities found in emerging markets in Asia demand new understandings and approaches that challenge students to think innovatively and act collaboratively. Working in small multi-cultural teams, they are connected to local entrepreneurs or civil society leaders in order to help create solutions for a specific business problem. Interests and skills of participating students are matched with concrete business problems.
English is the working language for all program activities, including the CAP work, so that a good command of the English language is essential. Students will be matched according to their level of studies, their disciplines and the requirements of each project. As a result, students from any level of study and any discipline are generally welcome to apply. Many projects also benefit from interdisciplinary teams. In order to thrive and be able to experience the full benefits of this program, participants should be culturally aware and open-minded.
Students are expected to provide a final team presentation to their host organization, in order to introduce the solutions they have identified for the CAP business problem. Additionally, they have to prepare a final paper that includes a comprehensive overview of their host company and the business environment in which it operates, as well as a detailed CAP report.
The program gateway is downtown Saigon, the bustling city center of Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1. The area is known for its maze of little restaurants, cafés and shops. When placed in Ho Chi Minh City, students will be within easy walking distance of many main attractions such as Ben Thanh Market, the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Museum.
A weekend excursion to the Mekong Delta includes a river exploration of villages in Ben Tre Province to orchards and honey and coconut candy production sites as well as to the Cai Be or Cai Rang floating markets. The accommodation is in traditional homestays, vetted by GEI.
Accommodation will be in double rooms at the Ambassador Saigon Hotel. Please click here for the Hotel's website. Rooms are equipped with individual air-conditioning, a fridge, TV, phone, small safety deposit box and en-suite bathroom. Laundry and dry-cleaning services are available for a small fee. The hotel features 24-hour reception and security, free Wi-Fi and a daily breakfast.
Deadline for application is November 30, 2017.
Students can apply by clicking “APPLY NOW” below or at the top of this page. You will be asked to upload a copy of the bank receipt as proof of payment of the program fee. If you have any problems with creating an application, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for payment is November 30, 2017.
Program fee: 1984 USD
- Arrival day airport meet and greet
- Transportation from program activities
- Meals: 5 lunches and 4 dinners, all including 1 non-alcoholic drink
- Program related activity and entrance fees
- Full-time on-site coordination and support, 24/7 emergency
- International transport (flights, airport taxes, etc)
- Travel and medical insurance
- Meals other than stated or extra beverages at the restaurants
- Personal expenses and gratuities
The students are responsible for their own visa and flight arrangements.
Participation will only be confirmed once the full payment of the program fee has been made.
Full refund until November 30, 2017
Half refund between November 30 – December 7, 2017
NO REFUND after December 7, 2017 unless Koç University cancels the program
*Make sure to state your full name and “Vietnam Program” in the explanation line of the bank transfer.
NAME OF THE BANK: YAPI KREDİ BANKASI
NAME OF THE BRANCH: KOÇ UNIVERSITY BRANCH
SWIFT CODE: YAPITRIS
ACCOUNT NO: 00540749
IBAN CODE: TR500006701000000000540749
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