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ABROADER - Intern/Study Abroad

About

ABROADER was founded to help the local youth gain international exposure by bringing international students to Vietnam through internships, customized faculty-led, semester exchange, and service learning. Since 2014, we have been hosting students from more than 20 countries in the world and supported thousands of Vietnamese students in joining free seminars and international education programs. When partaking in our programs, you have the opportunity to boost your career prospects and contribute to the local community development.

Website
abroader.org
Founded
2014

Reviews

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Samantha
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Virtual Internship Experience!

The ABROADER Team is extremely supportive and always enthusiastic during our cultural sessions! This was my first *virtual* internship abroad so I was very nervous coming in, but the ABROADER Team provided a comfortable space for me and eased any doubts I had.
Communication is key!! I always felt like I was in the loop, and someone was always there for me to reach out to if I ever needed anything.
Also, the local buddies make you feel right at home -- always a great support team! Having local buddies definitely sets ABROADER apart from other programs. Although done remotely, we formed relationships that I'm sure will last a lifetime, so I'm forever grateful!
I recommend this program to anyone who is looking for a fun, insightful, and engaging internship experience -- you are never alone because the ABROADER Team will always be right behind you!

Pros
  • Amazing support system
  • Educational (and fun!) cultural sessions
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Gigi
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Virtual Internship Experience

The ABROADER team in Vietnam does an amazing job at trying to engage the interns with each other and with the local culture in Vietnam, which is especially difficult in a virtual setting! They really strive to make the meetings a safe space where people are able to share their cultures in a creative and heartwarming way. They are also incredibly supportive to making sure their interns succeed in their professional internship and act as a great liaison between the interns and the host company. The program was a very positive experience! The incredible support system was great for those who have never interned before, and refreshing for those who have more professional experience.

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Liz
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

ABROADER is what made my experience complete

I really enjoyed my internship itself, but ABROADER is what made my experience complete. I felt a lot more connected to the Vietnamese culture even though I was working remotely. They are very interactive, engaging, and supportive. I made great connections that I hope to keep even after my time internship ends. Honestly, I expected to focus more on my internship than the cultural component with ABROADER, but their excitement is contagious and they love to engage with everyone. It would have been a very different experience without ABROADER guiding and facilitating along the way.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
You get out what you put in. This was a remote study abroad internship, but because I, the local buddies, and ABROADER put in such great efforts, I do not feel like I missed out on much. I decided to participate last minute, and could never have expected how great and fulfilling this experience was.
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Alexyah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

ABROADER EXPERIENCE

My virtual internship experience with ABROADER was nothing short of fantastic. While there were challenges in regards to the time difference and remote aspect of the internship - I was offered a plethora of support and felt as though I was able to learn a variety of new skills that will be beneficial to me in the future. I was able to learn about the work culture, as well as learn about a variety of other aspects of my internship country. I was overwhelmingly supported and would recommend this experience.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
This program offers a variety of different opportunities, so you get the experience you put into it. Attend all of the events and talk to all of the people around you. ABROADER really provides you with people to make strong connections - so do it.
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Brian
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An amazing opportunity abroad

This program was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engage professionally from an international standpoint. ABROADER's support throughout the duration of my program really helped me to adjust to the remote work environment and was very receptive to my own needs, whether they were personal or professional. Through their frequent cultural programming and check-in meetings, I learned a lot about Vietnamese culture that complimented my academic growth through my internship. Overall, this was a great opportunity and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who's looking for some global experience and get out of their comfort zone!

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

The South East Asia study tour looked like a great opportunity to explore both Singapore and Vietnam in an organized and exciting way. The prospect of having local buddies to show us around the city and help with the language barrier was a great relief. The university staff never hesitated to help the students when needed and provided good plans to mitigate any unforeseen problems that could occur while being overseas.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The University of Newcastle providers created a pre-departure guide to help give the students an understanding of what was required in Vietnam, what to expect and areas of concern to watch for. Additionally, prior to leaving Australia, there was a pre-departure meeting where things such as insurance and the must go places were discussed. The program provider and other university staff basically set up the entire trip; all that was required to organise on our own was the flights and vaccines required, making it nice and easy on the students.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

My advice for students wanting to go on the South East Asia study tour would be to just enjoy the trip while it lasts and take as many photos as possible, because, as cliché as it sounds, the time over there will go so quick.

It is important to remember that going on an overseas study tour is not just about studying the whole time. People are there to forge new friendships and experience a different culture. On this note, I challenge you to take the opportunity to study overseas if it is available to you.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The study tour will have the whole week planned out for you, so there is no need to worry about not knowing what to do.

In one week, there will generally be two eight hour classes and four industry visits. In between these, the week will be filled with cultural events, city tours, possibly some volunteer work and free time in the afternoon for you to explore the city on your own volition.

A typical afternoon could be spent walking the streets to find some great bargains at local markets, to eating the best traditional foods at the nearest food market, to playing indoor soccer with your mates at a local sports centre. The best thing is, you get to choose what you want to do.

While eight hours for a class may seem challenging, regular breaks are provided and the way the course is taught provides easier understanding of the content.

The industry visits are fantastic experiences and give insight into the workplaces outside of Australia. On these visits, you get to see the company/factory with a tour guide and ask all sorts of questions. The industry visits count to one weeks’ worth of mandatory workplace experience for the engineering degree, which is a great bonus.

Whether it's staying overnight at the Mekong delta or touring out to the Cu Chi tunnels, the study tour provides great cultural and historical experiences.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

The biggest fear I faced going into my overseas experience as an introvert was gaining independence. Throughout my life, I had grown accustomed to spending time at home with my family. I had never lived solely on my own before, and when I had gone on previous holidays, I was always with some members of my family. For the first time in my life, I was travelling to a different part of the world, just by myself, going to explore the unknown. This thought was daunting for me. Additionally, the language barrier was another small fear I had appropriated.

That thought process vanished in as little as a week into the trip. I made many new friends during the study tour through the orientation and welcome dinner, as well as group activities. The atmosphere and energy displayed by the Vietnamese local buddies at these events helped me to ignore the introvert side and to become more proactive with the other students. The local buddies taught us some fundamental Vietnamese words and phrases, and since they were with us on most activities, the language barrier was no longer an issue. Since both fears I initially had diminished, I was able to make the most of the trip and create many great memories.

How have your views/values changed after being on the SE Vietnam study tour?

The three weeks that I spent in Vietnam gave me a unique insight and greater appreciation into the world around me. Going to Vietnam has made me value the things I take for granted in Australia, such as just being able to drink clean water from the tap. I discovered that the people of Vietnam are so generous and forgiving. It was interesting to visit historical places such as the War Remnants Museum as I got to see a different perspective of the war invasion. Overall, the study tour provided me with a sense of gratification in both education and travel.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Ha Nguyen

Job Title
Program Assistant
Ha Nguyen is a recent graduate majoring in English Language Education from Vietnam National University, Hanoi. Since the first day at college, Ha has nurtured her dream of becoming an expert in the field of education. She also wishes to pursue higher education abroad to learn and experience herself how developed countries have succeeded in developing their education systems. Teaching is probably not Ha’s biggest interest, but being an education manager does sound great to her.
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What position do you hold at Student Exchange Vietnam? What has been your career path so far?

Ha: Currently, I am working as a Program Assistant at Student Exchange Vietnam whose main duties range from designing and packaging programs for international students coming to Vietnam on internship or study tour to supporting them in integration into the new life in Vienam. As mentioned above, I am interested in working as an education manager.

Particularly, my goal is to make better changes to the education system of the country, which has been considered inappropriate and not really ideal for students’ personal and professional development. What I am doing now at Student Exchange Vietnam greatly contributes to her big goal in a long term since I get the chance to work with international students coming from diverse educational backgrounds to understand more about their needs and competencies. That for sure will help me get deeper insights into what makes a strong education system in the world today.

What was your favorite traveling experience?

Ha: I am definitely into going visit new places. Before getting to work at Student Exchange Vietnam, I was involved in a similar job in an international organization named AIESEC for almost two years. Thanks to AIESEC, I got to travel to different places all over the country. Among those, the trip to Ho Chi Minh city to join the national conference of the whole AIESEC in Vietnam so far has been my most favorite.

Together with my teammates, I did experience the longest train in my life, which lasted for almost 40 hours from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. It also means that for two days I had no bathing at all (laugh out loud). However, the best thing was actually about getting closer to my friends when we had deep talks to understand more about each other along the way.

What country have you always wanted to visit?

Ha: South Korea, yeah it is exactly my most favorite country in the world. In fact, I have been there oncefor a student forum, but it seems to me that it is just not enough to really enjoy the country within a week. Later when I get the chance to go back, I probably would love to stay much longer so that I can become half Korean (laugh).

I am interested in that fact that a country which has recovered from the civil war, just like my country,and now is always being endangered by the continuing war with the north, can still prosper and even greatly influence the world with Hallyu (the Korean Wave). Their strategic national branding is utmost impressive and inspiring, and raises the questions of why and how they did as well as how and when my country can do something like that.

What language have you always wanted to learn and why​?

Ha: Due to the Korean impression, I naturally fall in love with the language as an exciting aspect of the culture. I have been learning Korean for two years. Korean is not difficult to learn, especially to Vietnamese people since the rule of pronunciation is pretty much the same with Vietnamese language’s. Besides, I am very interested in writing in Korean. The alphabet is way different so there is so much fun while practicing. At first, I felt like I was drawing, but not writing.

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