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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.

 

Program Calendar:

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

 

Student testimonials:

"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

 

ABOUT PROGRAM:

 

Consulting Abroad

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.

 

For program schedule, click here.

 

Prerequisites

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.

 

Course Work

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.

 

Location

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

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. 

 

APPLICATION

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 nakpinar@ku.edu.tr

 

APPLY NOW

 

PAYMENT INFO

Deadline for payment is November 30, 2017.

 

Program fee: 1984 USD

 

INCLUSIONS

 

EXCLUSIONS

 

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.

 

CANCELATION POLICY:

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

 

FOR PAYMENT:

*Make sure to state your full name and “Vietnam Program” in the explanation line of the bank transfer.

 

USD ACCOUNT

NAME OF THE BANK: YAPI KREDİ BANKASI

NAME OF THE BRANCH: KOÇ UNIVERSITY BRANCH

SWIFT CODE: YAPITRIS

ACCOUNT NO: 00540749

IBAN CODE: TR500006701000000000540749

 

For more information: Please email Ms. Nilüfer Akpınar Şahin at nakpinar@ku.edu.tr or visit her at OMER B397