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Vietnam Adventure Travel Abroad Program

vietnam trip overview

vietnam trip overview

Through insider’s access to iconic voices on all sides, this one-of-a-kind educational program empowers travelers to absorb the central lessons of Vietnam. How can this stunningly hospitable nation be the site of America’s most controversial war? Through comprehensive itineraries balancing active learning with quiet reflection, travelers experience the magic of Vietnam—natural beauty, diverse cultural traditions and culinary delights –with an understanding of the War itself through a lens of compassion.

People to People: Local Community
In partnership with academic institutions…

Through insider’s access to iconic voices on all sides, this one-of-a-kind educational program empowers travelers to absorb the central lessons of Vietnam. How can this stunningly hospitable nation be the site of America’s most controversial war? Through comprehensive itineraries balancing active learning with quiet reflection, travelers experience the magic of Vietnam—natural beauty, diverse cultural traditions and culinary delights –with an understanding of the War itself through a lens of compassion.

People to People: Local Community
In partnership with academic institutions in the North and South, travelers pen pal with local people in advance of arrival. Students consider the War from the first-hand perspective of US soldiers and policy-makers, the American citizenry and award-winning journalists, Vietnamese civilians from the North and South. What is the long-term impact of Chinese occupation, French colonialism, the Cold War and the U.S. invasion upon the fiercely independent people of Vietnam? Travelers meet with a former Vietcong general, South Vietnamese soldiers and journalists who captured the War for American audiences. Why do the Vietnamese embrace American tourists with such grace and hospitality after the terrible destruction our military wrought upon their ancestors? Each region offers civil discourse from diverse voices as an answer to these and other questions.

History Matters: Learning From The Past
The romantic lakes and the Old French Quarter of Hanoi. The tree-lined boulevards and Chinese markets of Saigon. Breathtaking powdered-sugar sandy beaches, limestone green island bays, lively Mekong River Delta culture, verdant jungle and terraced hilltribe farms. Vietnam is a glorious landscape of natural beauty unlike anywhere on Earth. Decades of normalized relations between the United States and Vietnam invite us to explore these national treasures with ease. Our synthesis of historical analysis, conscious tourism and survivor testimony provide a framework for applying Vietnam’s lessons – the missed opportunities for peace --- upon the geopolitical conflicts of today.

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Trip Highlights

  • Boat the mighty Mekong Delta
  • Photograph rare scenery
  • Meet former “Vietcong” generals
  • Bike through local fishing villages
  • Trek terraced highlands to Hmong villages
  • Shop modern and traditional markets
  • Relax on breathtaking beaches
  • Taste Vietnamese-French fusion cuisine
  • Volunteer with Agent-Orange disabled children
  • Meditate in serene monasteries along the Perfume River
  • Kayak through limestone islands of mysterious Halong Bay
  • Trek through vibrant rainforest mountains

Student Video

Vietnam: A Silenced Nation
A privilege we often take for granted in America, freedom of speech is regulated in Vietnam by the government. Chance…