SE Vietnam Welcomes Let’s Vietnam 2016 Participants from University of Findlay (Ohio, U.S.A)

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 This May, SE Vietnam is honored to welcome students and faculty member from University of Findlay (Ohio, U.S.A) as they join us on Let’s Vietnam 2016!

Let’s Vietnam – a 3 week – 4 city-study and explore program, is designed by SE Vietnam for both international and Vietnamese students, with the purpose of providing a more complete picture of Vietnam – an attractive destination and emerging economic standout in Southeast Asia, through three lenses : Vietnam’s culture, economy and nature. 

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On May 2nd, students and professor from University of Findlay arrived at Vietnam and received warm welcome from their local supporters at Noi Bai International Airport. 


Now, let’s take an inside look into their exciting journey !

On the day of their arrival, the group had their first dinner at a traditional cuisine restaurant and also met with their Vietnamese local buddies and SE Vietnam staffs, whom they had very fun activities with and learned basic Vietnamese table manners from. Hope that everyone had been energized after this get-together and ready for awesome adventures await :) 

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       Glad to see the group having a great time during their welcome meal after a long journey from the US :)


After having an official meeting and orientation at SE Vietnam office, in which everyone was shown basic Vietnamese lessons as well as surviving guide in Vietnam, students and their professor headed to a Vietnamese university to attend their first lecture, before stopping by a local museum where they seemed to have the most fun!

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The boys are trying nhảy bao bố – Vietnamese version of sack race with their local buddies, in which each team races to the finish line by jumping in their Vietnamese sacks. 



Linh (on the left) – our Program Coordinator, is showing everyone around nhà sàn – Vietnamese ethnic minorities’ housing system.


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Getting useful information by asking questions and listening carefully to their Vietnamese buddies :)


Screen Shot 2016-05-14 at 7.37.25 AMFinished visiting another amazing destination in Vietnam. There are more to come!


The cooking day surely marked many “firsts” of the group members. Their first time trying fish sauce, first time preparing their own rolls, first time cooperating to cook a Vietnamese traditional meal. No matter what the result looked like, it was definitely rewarding to taste the food that you made yourself :)

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Saying goodbye to the wonderful and modern capital – Hanoi, the group travelled 100km southeast to Hoa Binh – the land of green valleys and friendly Muong people, where they witnessed the impact of economic development on people’s lives.  

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Hoa Binh is the location of Hoa Binh hydropower plant – the largest in Vietnam and in Southeast Asia. The students and professor were introduced to the factory’s history, structure as well as functions during their company tour.


Screen Shot 2016-05-14 at 7.46.50 AMCatching fish with bare hands. Guess how many did we end up with? Zero (LOL)


Screen Shot 2016-05-14 at 7.45.34 AMOn our boat on Thung Nai Lake. It felt great to be close with nature.


Screen Shot 2016-05-14 at 7.46.27 AMVisiting the local Muongs – a Vietnamese minority group. Despite the language barrier, we had fun!

The trip to Hoa Binh province ended the first half of Let’s Vietnam 2016. Congratulate the group for having such wonderful experiences, knowing more about Vietnam’s culture and economy, through their journey in both cities – Hanoi and Hoa Binh. And please stay tuned, since more amazing natural heritages of Vietnam are waiting for them to explore in Ha Long Bay and Sapa in the next few days! 

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