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Pagoda Projects are proud to offer an Employability-focussed 2-week study tour, in beautiful Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Our partners may opt to offer our scheduled, open tours to their students with no minimum numbers, or arrange this study tour exclusively for your students with complete flexibility on dates, duration, activities and theme (subject to capacity and availability).

Our program consists of a guided group project, focusing on general employability skills and an introduction to international business in an Asian context. Students will develop their capabilities through a series of guided events, workshops and company visits. The program culminates with students presenting a business briefing progress to an expert panel for assessment. This project is aimed at all partners who are interested in developing their students’ understanding of international business and employability prospects.

Please note for our scheduled tours, placements are limited and applicants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis

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[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Flexible:” color=”orange”]We know that our partners have different goals and requirements for their international mobility. We are flexible to be able to work with International Offices, Academic Staff and other stakeholders to make sure the programme meets your objectives. This means we can ensure you’re getting the information you need for the assignment of credit, or for bespoke programmes we can adjust key elements such as the duration, content and deliverables of the programme[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Engaged:” color=”orange”]We know that even with funding, it’s not always easy to get your students to take advantage of the opportunities on offer, especially when travel is involved at some personal cost. This is why we will support you in every way we can to ensure that students are aware of the opportunities we are providing and manage their expectations. This includes paid marketing, design of promotional materials such as e-flyers and programme videos, online info-sessions about the programme and one-to-one consultation[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Supportive:” color=”orange”]Where budgets are limited, we are happy to cooperate with you to submit applications for various government-funding opportunities, including Generation UK, Prime Ministers Scholarship for Asia and the New Colombo Plan where eligible. This can be done on a speculative basis, i.e. if the funding application is unsuccessful, there is no obligation to run the programme or pay any fees to Pagoda Projects. Discounts and/or benefits in kind are possible when there is a view to commit a greater number of students to our programme or where funding is established. This helps us better manage our capacity and aligns with our approach of seeking to assist students with financial support wherever available[/vc_toggle][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row”][vc_column][vc_column_text]


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[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Transparent:” color=”orange”]For programmes where you wish for us to invoice students directly, they are not required to make any payment until they have secured a position they are happy to sign up for. This means you can simply include our Vietnam placements as an option among others for consideration. Students can find out about our placement options and even interview with a potential host company before paying a deposit or making a decision to commit to the programme[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Personal:” color=”orange”]All who apply are provided with clear, detailed information about the programme, associated costs and a dedicated member of our team will liaise with them specifically to discuss the nature of the placement they require to provide options for consideration[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Safe:” color=”orange”]Your students’ well-being is our priority. We capture detailed health and safety related information to make sure that we are aware of any specific areas of support for participants in relation to their physical and mental heath. All of our due dilligence-related documentation is available in the ‘Partners‘ section of our website[/vc_toggle][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Scheduled Tour Dates (Open Programmes):[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_empty_space height=”5″][vc_column_text]2020:

Sunday 30th August 2020 – Sunday 13th September[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Application Deadline 30th June 2020[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]2021:

Sunday 17th January – Sunday 31st January[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Application Deadline 15th November 2021[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”5″][vc_separator][vc_column_text]This tour can also be arranged privately for our partners[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nes2dZTLsqQ” align=”center” title=”Programme Video”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row_content” parallax=”content-moving” parallax_image=”71454″ css=”.vc_custom_1586168787227{padding-top: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/3″ offset=”vc_col-lg-offset-4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1586237761886{background-color: #ffffff !important;}”]


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This will be achieved via international company presentations, panel sessions, tours in the facilities of various famous brands and post-visit reflection with the InternVietnam team. Considerations of operating internationally, along with state-level bilateral challenges and goals in-country will be articulated via Consulate and/or Chamber of Commerce staff presentations

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Participants will be encouraged to recognize, draw on and develop existing skills throughout this two-week programme. This will be supported via hands-on activities and a workshop on ‘Making a Personal Brand’ delivered by InternVietnam staff. Participants will be set a group project during the orientation day, for which they will be expected to present back to our team

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Participants will gain fundamental understanding of Asian and Vietnamese Culture whilst also being given a plethora of opportunities to bond with others taking part in the program. Workshops will focus specifically on the necessity of being culturally aware, along with articulating some key considerations when doing business in Vietnam and Asia in general

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Participants will broaden their professional networks via the interactions with staff during company visits and seminar/panel sessions and liaising with senior level staff in prestigious organizations. They will be taught how to network, given opportunities to do so whilst making a good overall impression as an ambassador for their country and university

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Participants will be shown local map apps and transportation options during their orientation. ParticipantS will need to interact with locals, successfully navigate the city and complete preset tasks that will test their teamwork and newly acquired language skills. This will provide some friendly competition and be a fun alternative to company activities

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The first few days of the program aim to give the group the chance to recover from their journey, explore the city and more importantly get to know each other.

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Walking tour through the sights and sounds of the city centre[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Amazing Saigon Race” tab_id=”1586238416115-00c2ded4-2172″][vc_column_text]A teamwork exercise aimed at breaking the ice between amongst the group and getting to know each other. They will work together in small groups (that they will work with throughout the week) to race around the city completing challenges and testing their leadership, communication and problem-solving skills.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Saigon Street Secrets” tab_id=”1586238416300-d94d9ef2-0d5d”][vc_column_text]A guided tour around the backstreets of Saigon on the back of a motorbike to try four different types of Vietnam’s local street food delicacies.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Vietnamese Language Classes” tab_id=”1586238416508-60ca08c5-927a”][vc_column_text]Over the course of the program you will be introduced to the basics of the Vietnamese language that will help you get by day to day throughout the week. It will also be an beginning insight into the Vietnamese culture and food as you learn about the way people address each other, different foods etc.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_tta_accordion c_align=”center” c_icon=”triangle” active_section=”0″ collapsible_all=”true”][vc_tta_section title=”‘Doing Business in Vietnam’ Seminar & Panel Discussion” tab_id=”1586238428607-223a04c5-2701″][vc_column_text]We will invite two or three speakers to share on their experiences of doing business in Vietnam and working in Vietnam. If available we will invite an alumni from the group’s university as well as a national from their country and a balance of male-female industry experts within the focus of the programme. 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Factories we could potentially visit including others would be Adidas, Heineken, Warp & Weft Weaving and will take a sustainability focused approach to the discussions.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”The Culture Map” tab_id=”1586238428979-555cd79c-8d8b”][vc_column_text]This workshop will aim to increase the groups understanding on how different cultural perspectives and in particular Vietnamese culture can impact on day-to-day business operations and interactions.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Saigon from the Sky” tab_id=”1586238429169-5191cdea-ff2a”][vc_column_text]A fun evening to head up to the Bitexco Skydeck and see Saigon and the city from a different point of view[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_tta_accordion c_align=”center” c_icon=”triangle” active_section=”0″ collapsible_all=”true”][vc_tta_section title=”Consulate/Chamber Session” tab_id=”1586238259288-717c11db-b0ac”][vc_column_text]An interactive roundtable on why Australian/NZ entities are looking to invest in Vietnam. The team will elaborate on partnerships between the countries and also what are the challenges and benefits for companies in Vietnam.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”International Start Up Scene/NGO Visit” tab_id=”1586238285737-57220001-d956″][vc_column_text]We will either have a discussion with new and slightly more experienced young start up founders who will share on their experiences, lessons learnt and why they chose Vietnam to pursue the opportunity. The other option would be to visit a local charity (Christina Noble Children’s Foundation), get involved in the community, hear about the history of the organisation and meet some of the fantastic and unique children that they support.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Making a Personal Brand” tab_id=”1586238308374-e3c9b74d-737d”][vc_column_text]The workshop will focus on CV writing, interview technique and LinkedIn development in particular within the context of Asia. The session will also aim to provide an overview of how to go about applying for jobs in Vietnam as well as a summary of the job market within the country.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Business Briefing Project” tab_id=”1586238336741-92b0fca9-372d”][vc_column_text]Students will be introduced to the project at the beginning of the program. Within their teams based on their learnings throughout the week they will be tasked with preparing a Business Briefing for companies from their home company who may wish to invest in Vietnam. They will be tasked with exploring the areas and will present to a panel at the end of the week;

  • Identifying a sector/industry that seems fruitful to foreign investment and providing a market/sector summary of this (competitors etc.)
  • Why invest in Vietnam and an overview of Vietnam and it’s economy
  • Process of investing (business entities, financial compliance, HR & employment law etc.)
  • Culture differences and expectations
  • Support and knowledge in country (outsourcing, networks, chambers, associations etc.)
  • Summary SWOT analysis


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Acceptance Criteria:

There’s no acceptance criteria for students to take part, however, places for our scheduled tours are limited. If you’re considering the experience to count towards an accredited aspect of your students’ course, we can help you identify these areas. Alternatively, you may wish to adapt and customise an exclusive, bespoke group-programme and build this to meet your specific course criteria.

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GBP £1,500 (approx. AUS $3,000/ NZD $3,100/ SGD $2,800) + GBP £150 deposit (approx. $300 AUD/NZD/SGD)

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What’s Included:

  • Pre-departure support
  • Admission and transport fees to all activities listed
  • 3-star hotel acommodation based on 2 sharing
  • 24 hour support from our on-site team & airport pick-up
  • Comprehensive Health and Travel Insurance
  • Pickup on arrival and transfer to accommodation
  • Welcome pack including local SIM card, T-shirt and other items
  • Visa application fees
  • Access to employment and networking opportunities via our alumni network

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What’s NOT Included:

  • Flights
  • Any doctor-recommended vaccinations/ inoculations
  • Day to day cost of living
  • Cost for students to attend our optional weekly dinners and trips organised by InternVietnam



We’ll remind students to register with Smart Traveller (Aus)/ Safe travel (NZ)/Embassy registration (UK) before they depart

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