CULTURE WEEK 2017
Open all year, starting on Mondays, every week, Culture week mandatory: 280€ to start the programme
- Code : G/VTN/CW2017
- Dispo : 5M / 5F (Total Part 10)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 99
You will visit the historic monuments of Ho Chi Minh city (formerly known as Saigon) and will learn everything there is to know about the 1970’s Vietnam War with a visit to the War Museum and the famous Cu Chi tunnel complex! Furthermore, you will create your own authentic Vietnamese bamboo dragons and fans. These activities are completed with Vietnamese customs classes, cooking This project aims to offer participants a deeper understanding of the local culture of Ho Chi Minh as well as the deeper rooted culture of Vietnam. Its objective is a transfer of knowledge, understanding and ways of life.
The accommodation is located on a campus in a college dorm. We have our own rooms inside this dorm which are reserved for our participants only. Single-gender rooms are shared between 8-16 people, with cold/hot showers and western-style toilets. WiFi is available inside the accommodation, but please note that the quality of the Internet access depends on weather conditions. Since we are in Southeast Asia, we might have poor internet accessibility at times due to heavy raining. There are several common areas, including a terrace that overlooks the city. Moreover, there is a café located on our floor where you can buy fruit smoothies and sodas. Inside the café, there are desks and tables to hang out in. There is also a pool table and a “creative corner”, where you can find paint and other tools in case you are feeling crafty. There is also a piano and a guitar there, for those who miss making music! There are also books which you can borrow if you enjoy reading. We also have a room reserved as an “office”, where you can come to if you want some peace and quiet. We have books and magazines available here for you to borrow. Moreover, there is a pool and a gym located inside the campus. The arrival day is on a Sunday and departure/ check-out is on the Saturday before 12:00 pm during the last week of your program. Extra nights at the accommodation can be booked for 25 Euro per person per night (including three meals). Three meals a day are served in the restaurant on the campus. Meals are typically Vietnamese, but also include some Western dishes such as sandwiches, spaghetti and bread.
Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon, is located in the southeastern region of Vietnam and is the country’s largest city. During your stay, you will be living in a campus in a college dorm right in the center of the city. There are many taxis around our campus. You can easily catch a taxi from the main road to reach your destination of choice in Ho Chi Minh. There are many ATM machines in the area where we stay. The nearest one is opposite our campus and is only 2 minutes away by foot. All necessary amenities can be found in the city, remember we are located in the country’s capital after all! As a large city, Ho Chi Minh has a lot to offer from shops to Vietnamese water puppet shows. Here are a few suggestions: AEON Mall – For those who fancy some retail therapy Dam Sen Water Park – No explanation really needed here! Ho Chi Minh City Museum – Educate yourself on Vietnam’s war-torn history. The Museum has many informative exhibitions, and explains the country’s bloody past through photographs, artefacts and memorabilia. Jade Emperor Pagoda – Built in the 1900s by Taoists and Buddhists, this is one of the most impressive and atmospheric temples that Ho Chi Minh has to offer Dong Khoi – This is a lively and characterful stretch of shops and bars. Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve – Located 40km from Ho Chi Minh City, is a listed biosphere reserve by UNESCO and is an important wildlife sanctuary in Vietnam. During the weekends, you might want to explore further afield. Here are some suggestions of places that our participants often like to visit: – Mui Ne/ Vung Tao beaches – Hue – As an ancient capital of Vietnam it is now considered to be the country’s cultural capital. – Ba Den Mountain – Popular for its beautiful temples and theme park, this mountain is found in the Tay Ninh province of Vietnam. – Sapa – Here you will find the iconic rice terraces set amidst rolling hills. – Hanoi – As the capital of Vietnam, although smaller than Ho Chi Minh, it has a lot of cultural history.
You might want to bring a notebook and a few pens for writing down your new Vietnamese vocab and phrases. Open all year, starting on Mondays, arrival on Sundays and departure on Saturday morning. Program runs Mon-Fri, (free weekends). Culture week mandatory: 280€ to start the programme. Reception at SGN (Tan Son Nhat International Airport – Ho Chi Minh) on Sundays Early / Late arrival (Mon-Sat): Pickups are still available, but at an extra cost per night.