Marvin M. Napi
An internship in Vietnam is your ticket to see the world! But don’t just take our words for it; hear from one of our interns Marvin M. Napi about his tranformative experience in Vietnam.
Marvin at his workplace, a luxury cruise on Halong Bay.
“Having an Internship program away from home is not an easy decision because you have to think of so many aspects like entering a new culture, encountering language differences, living in a new environment and so many other things. At first, I was very nervous because it was my first time in Vietnam, but Student Exchange Vietnam (SEV) made me feel that I made a right decision to come for an internship here. They will not let you feel away from your home as they will treat you not just like a student intern but as a part of the SEV family. I never felt alone as they are always there to guide and support me during my internship despite of the culture differences. The very good news is I am starting to learn and immerse myself into the Vietnamese life with the help of not only my on-site program coordinator but also my lovely Vietnamese co-workers in Ha Long Bay. […]
Marvin and his local buddy, Ngan going on a city tour in Hanoi.
My program started with an orientation on my internship in Vietnam at SEV’s office, during which they also taught me some basic Vietnamese language that is very helpful while I am here. Afterwards, we had a welcome dinner where I tried different Vietnamese dishes which I immediately fell in love with. They were all very “ngon” which means delicious in Vietnamese . The next day we had a day of city tour with my local buddy – Ngan where she showed me around tourists spots in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and French Quarter. During the tour, Ngan also brought me to local restaurants to enjoy traditional Vietnamese foods and drinks like Egg coffee which I like best. To make it even better, she took me to a place near Hoan Kiem Lake where I got to discover the most delicious ice cream I have ever tasted in my life.
Looking for the best icecream you’ll ever tasted? According to Marvin, it is right in the heart of Hanoi
The day after that was time for me to go to Ha Long Bay to get inducted to my host company – the Luxury Cruise I will be working on for the next 6 months. On my first day there, I cruised as a guest to observe the operations of the cruise and joined the activities on board which enabled me to learn first hand about my work. The next day I started working, It was hard because I was still adjusting to everything and had to work long hours. Now that I’ve been working for two months already, I have learned a lot more and made some very POSITIVE changes. Its not hard anymore, and I am having the best time in my work. Everyday, I meet different people from different cultures whom I can learn many valuable things from. Meeting them and knowing that they have enjoyed their cruise with us makes me feel relieved. Sometimes the work is tiring, but when you see your guests happy, it makes you happy too. That, I think, is the greatest thing about work so far. My internship in Vietnam is just half way so it is very promising that there is till a lot more to learn, and for me, everyday in Vietnam is a new lesson.
Marvin and his co-workers.
Living the cruise life!
I would like to thank SEV for the work that they did to make my internship in Vietnam work, I believe I made the right decision to to come here. No matter how much I have learned and grown, this is definitely one part of my life that I will never forget, my memories in Vietnam with SEV.”
Marvin M. Napi – Internship trainee
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