Journey through diverse ecological systems and immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture. Float through mangrove forests and explore marine ecology while learning about current challenges to the conservation of Vietnam’s natural environments.
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Explore the ecology of one of the most diverse places on Earth. Travel to mangrove forests, the Central Highlands, and the Mekong Delta to discover the flora and fauna of jungle and coastal areas. Visit a crocodile lake and bird sanctuary. Gain firsthand knowledge of Vietnam’s ecology while learning about the threats, including climate change and development pressures, affecting the country’s natural environments and indigenous communities.
Vietnam is home to 16% of the world’s species, so you can expect to see many exotic animals during your time here. Canoe down the Dong Nai River for an intimate view of monkeys and birds in their mangrove habitat. Visit an endangered primate rescue center and learn about conservation efforts and challenges at Cat Tien National Park, home to mammals such as elephants and sun bears. Attend seminars on climate change led by university professors and subject experts, visit the floating markets on the Mekong River, discover local ecology, and bike, trek, and snorkel on the beautiful Côn Đao islands, which boast numerous coral reefs and seagrass beds.
Experience the Vietnamese core values of humanity, community, harmony, and family during your urban and rural homestays. In the Hoa An village homestay, you will participate in a community service project, such as building a biogas system or farming. Travel to the Central Highlands to learn about Vietnamese traditions and practice Zen meditation. Continue learning about Vietnam’s history and culture through visits to historical sites such as the underground tunnels from the Vietnam War. Your trip concludes with an overnight visit to the gorgeous white sand beaches on the Côn Đao islands.
July 5, 2019 - August 1, 2019
Ho Chi Minh City, 3 days
Ho Chi Minh City*, 6 days; Da Lat city (Central Highlands)*, 3 days
University dormitory, educational institute, hotels
Orientation in Ho Chi Minh City
During the orientation period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel.
Urban Homestay in Ho Chi Minh City
During this period, you will stay in the home of a family.
Homestay in the Central Highlands – Da Lat City
Thematic Focus at Cat Tien National Park
During this period, you will stay in the home of a family in Dalat and in guest houses.
Excursion to Mekong Delta and Con Dao Island
During this period, you and your group will stay in an educational institute and a centrally located hotel.
Program Reflection and Wrap-up in Ho Chi Minh City
During the reflection period, you and your group will stay at a nearby hotel.
Please note: This itinerary is only a sample and is subject to change. Because of factors such as group size and availability of in-country offerings such as festivals, your experience — including sites visited and the number of days spent in each location — may differ somewhat from the one presented above.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Jake spent two years in Thailand teaching English and coordinating a teach abroad program for an international education organization. A graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder with a BA in film studies, Jake first caught the travel bug when he studied abroad with Semester at Sea, and has lived in, studied in, and explored 23 different countries since!
Prior to living in Thailand, Jake worked as the teen programs coordinator for a residential camp in Oregon and as a unit leader for a camp in Colorado. Jake is scuba certified, TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) certified, and he is an active community volunteer. In his free time, Jake enjoys film, basketball, playing music, skiing, and backpacking.
A native of upstate New York, Sarita Upadhyay graduated from Cornell University with a BS in natural and environmental systems. While in college, she spent seven months living and studying in Melbourne, Australia. She also co-founded Big Red Bikes, Cornell’s first bike-share program, and raised $50,000 to ensure the program could be funded and continue to operate past her own graduation. After college, Sarita followed her love of the outdoors to the Amazon in Ecuador, where she coordinated a teaching program, and then to Cuzco, Peru, where she managed logistics and tours for a travel company.
Sarita worked on developing green infrastructure projects in Chicago, Illinois, at an urban sustainability-themed think tank before leading The Experiment’s summer 2014 Costa Rica: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Sustainability program. She has traveled extensively in Asia, with highlights including living on a farm in Laos, taking a motorcycle trip in Vietnam from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, and visiting family in Delhi, Mathura and Mumbai, India. Currently, Sarita lives in San Francisco where she studies psychology and works on research in health-related psychological interventions at the University of California, San Francisco. Sarita is a PADI-certified Advanced Open Water Diver and former lifeguard. In her free time, she is an avid cyclist and hiker.
This was honestly the best experience I ever had. I got to learn about things I never knew about. The most exciting thing was that I got to see animals in there natural habitat. This experience really opened my mind to think about how much we are affecting the environment. It changed the way I am. I am a more open person.--Halla
As a Vietnamese-American, I am proud that I have a culture to be a part of. What I realize is that I need to work on my skills in the Vietnamese Language and expand on more knowledge about Vietnam. Some of the favorite places that I have visited was Da Lat because I love how the agriculture is so engraved into the local community. Also, Con Dao island because it is beautiful and I had the chance to go canoe for the first time!--Hillary
I learned how amazing Vietnam is, how Vietnam has shaped the world, and how it has shaped me. I learned that Vietnam will always be apart of me and my outlook on life. I was beyond blessed to have the opportunity to find myself in Vietnam’s enchanted environment, and I could not pick anyone better to share my experiences with.--James
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