Vietnam is one of the most dynamic economies in the world and one of the few countries whose economy grew in 2020. Over the past 30 years, health outcomes have improved alongside the rising standards of living but still difficulties exist. Spend nine days learning first-hand about the past, present, and future of Vietnam’s healthcare system in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. This program is perfect for community college students looking to build their resume and explore interests in healthcare and global health issues. Students will visit private clinics, treatment centers, hospitals, the University of Medicine and Pharmacy and explore the surrounding region.

Snapshot

Type

9-Day Immersion

Dates

August 11 – 19, 2022

Application Deadline

July 14, 2022

Accommodation

Hotel

Location

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Cost

$1,950

Overview

Spend nine days exploring Vietnam’s largest city, home to the best medical facilities and universities in the country

Discover the history of Vietnamese healthcare traditions and tour modern hospitals and private medical centers

Visit the University School of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City and attend a lecture on the Vietnamese healthcare system

Tour the history and culture of Ho Chi Minh City and the surrounding Mekong Delta Region

Make friends with local student guides who will help you become familiar with life and culture in Vietnam

Itinerary

Arrival Day: Welcome day

Students will be met at the airport and transferred by private coach to the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Students will meet our local program leaders and the many local student buddies that will accompany the program. The local buddies will escort the group to exchange currency, set up a local SIM card or phone, and then some light snacks before the welcome dinner.

Day Two: City tour

The focus of today is the history and culture of Vietnam. A city tour will allow students to learn about the history of Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam in general. The city tour visits many sites including the museum of war remnants, historic post office, and the local market to experience traditional local food and drinks. The local buddies will introduce students to different games and ice breakers to help the group explore and learn. A group dinner this evening will continue the bonding between the local students and visiting students plus see some of the city at night.

Day Three: The University of Medical and Pharmacy

The group will visit the university for a campus tour, exchange activities with the host students, and attend a lecture on the Vietnamese Healthcare system and public health in Vietnam. After lunch, the group will visit the teaching hospital of the university before returning to the hotel. At night, the group will experience a cultural highlight of Ho Chi Minh City, the famous A O show, where they will enjoy dinner and a cultural performance.

Day four: Traditional Medicine

After breakfast at the hotel, the group will take a morning visit to the Museum of Traditional Medicine Vietnam. Similar to the role of Chinese traditional medicine, Vietnam has its own traditional remedies still widely in use. Students will hear about the intersection of contemporary medical training and the continued treatments using select herbs. After lunch, the group will visit a temple where another aspect of traditional healthcare is still practiced. Anyone can come to the temple for a free health check and treatment by monks. The night is a free evening to explore the city with the local buddies.

Day Five: Public Hospitals

The group will visit two different public hospitals to learn about the organizational structure of hospitals in Vietnam. Among a number of topics, students will hear about the billing processes and treatment fees, along with a discussion about the health insurance system in Vietnam. The group will visit the Hospitals of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation; and the Peace village where children with severe disabilities are treated.

Day Six: Private Clinics and Health Treatment Centers

The group focuses today on the private sector of Vietnamese healthcare with visits and tour of another two organizations. In the morning, students will visit a private hospital and in the afternoon a visit to Stem Cell Vietnam. Presentations at both organizations will allow students to compare and contrast with the public sector visits yesterday. A reflection session will take place this evening before a group dinner to recap the visits of the past few days.

Day Seven and Eight: Mekong Delta tour

This overnight tour will take the students outside of the busy and modern city to experience the more traditional way of life. A private coach will take the group to the Mekong Delta region stopping at many points of interest a long the way. Students in small groups will spend the evening in a traditional home stay and join the host to prepare meals and cook traditional food. A boat ride through the region will allow for firsthand viewing of the life along the waterways. The group will also visit a traditional local clinic, floating markets, villages, rice and fruit plantations before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City on Day Eight for a farewell dinner.

Day Nine: Departure

Some free time before a group departure to the airport will conclude the program.

Inclusions

What’s Included

  • Airport transfer
  • Accommodation: 3-star, twin room (same gender/room, free Wi-Fi and room service)
  • Meals: Breakfast at hotel; welcome and farewell dinners; other meals as listed in the itinerary
  • TEAN Program coordinator accompanies the group in every activity for the whole program
  • Local Vietnamese ‘Buddies’ to assist program and provide integration into host community
  • Entrance fees for all excursions as listed in the itinerary
  • Transportation as described in the program itinerary
  • 24/7 emergency contact number (SOS card)
  • All gratuities/tips to bus drivers, tour guides and/ or similar
  • Arrival on-site orientation and pre-departure session and materials

What’s Not Included*

  • International airfare ($1,200 – $1,800)
  • Travel insurance ($350)
  • Student visa ($65)
  • Additional meals ($200)
  • Optional entertainment and excursions
  • Excess baggage fees
  • All personal items & expenses

*Costs are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.

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