Known for its distinct landscapes, language, and cuisine, Vietnam also offers opportunities to work in human rights or environmental conservation. GESI students live in the capital city of Hanoi in northern Vietnam, a city that reflects colonialism, imperialism, and modernity.
Kaya Responsible Travel
Students work through Kaya Responsible Travel, an organization that focuses on ethical and intentional volunteering. Kaya works to place students in work assignments best suited to the organization needs and to student interests and skills. Common work areas likely central around public health, human rights, and sustainable energy.
Hanoi is a fast-moving place filled with universities, markets, and urban life. Here you will find a blend of ancient history and modern comforts with both Japanese and French influences. Located on the Red River Delta, Hanoi is warm and humid, with fragrant markets and vibrant street life.
THE COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE.
Your Vietnamese host family will likely be a middle-class family with WiFi, and A/C or an electric fan. Dinner will be eaten with your family, but most people in Hanoi eat breakfast outside the home and lunch with work colleagues.
Students also have a “buddy,” a Vietnamese university student who can show you around the city and provide cultural support and context. There will be a cooking lesson, and your buddy will go shopping with you for the best market haggling and ingredients!