Vietnam: Ecology & Conservation

Vietnam: Ecology & Conservation

Begin your environmental and language studies in Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s bustling capital, before traveling to mangrove forests, the Central Highlands, and the Mekong Delta to explore jungle and coastal areas. Acquire firsthand knowledge of Vietnam’s ecology while discovering the threats, including climate change and development pressures, affecting the country’s natural environments and indigenous communities. 
During an excursion to the mangrove forests in Can Gio, you will canoe down the Dong Nai River for an intimate view of monkeys and birds in their natural habitats. You will visit an endangered primate rescue center and learn about conservation e orts and challenges at Cat Tien National Park, home to mammals such as elephants and sun bears. You will attend seminars on climate change, visit the floating markets on the Mekong River, discover local ecology and bike, trek, and snorkel on the beautiful Côn Đao islands , which boasts numerous coral reefs and seagrass beds. 
Immerse yourself in the daily lives of two Vietnamese families during homestays in Ho Chi Minh City and Da Lat. During the program’s college stay in Hoa An village, you will participate in a community service project, such as building a biogas system or farming with local families. Travel to the Central Highlands, learn about indigenous traditions, attend workshops on Vietnamese folk music, and practice Zen meditation. You will meet with local NGOs working to advance the quality of life of vulnerable people and communities. Continue learning about Vietnam’s history and culture through visits to historical sites such as the Cu Chi tunnels, one of the longest systems of underground tunnels from the Vietnam War. Your trip concludes with an overnight visit to the gorgeous white sand beaches on the Côn Đao islands while en route back to the capital for final exploration and reflection. 
To learn more and view a sample itinerary, visit experiment.org/VNS

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  • Culture

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