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A blog about participants’ anticipations and apprehension before, during and after the program.

Author Archives: Emily Cox

Day 3

On our third day in Vietnam we got the opportunity to visit a chocolate company called Dobla. It has been the highlight of my trip so far. It was interesting to learn the history and background of the company. While

Posted in 05-May 2017 | Leave a comment

Day 2

Today has been a very long day. We started out with our presentation at HUFLIT. It was fun to meet local students here in Ho Chi Minh. I enjoyed when the girls sang local Vietnamese songs. It was interesting to

Posted in 05-May 2017 | 1 Comment

Day 1 in Saigon

After multiple flights and a couple flight delays we finally made it to Ho Chi Minh. The city is not exactly what I pictured in mind but I’m definitely not disappointed. It’s a very busy city with lots of people,

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I am extremely interested in buying Jade bangles/bracelets while we are in Vietnam. I have read numerous articles about knowing real from fake. They say to tap the bangle on glass or against another jade bracelet and listen for a

Posted in 05-May 2017, Pre-Trip | 1 Comment


So today I registered for STEP, which is Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. Its available through the Bureau of Consular Affairs. Step is a free service to allow US citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest

Posted in 05-May 2017, Pre-Trip | 2 Comments


I had no idea until looking at a map that the Maldives airport is not located on the capital island, Male. It is actually located on Hulhule Island. They are extremely close to each other. They offer an Airport Ferry

Posted in 04-April 2017, Pre-Trip | 3 Comments