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Vietnam and Cambodia: Globalization, Agriculture, and Engineering

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Siem Reap, Cambodia and Ho Chi Minh City, Vinh-long; Can Tho, Phnom Penh, Vietnam
Course # SA 21264
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2020 05/18/20 to 05/31/20

Program Leader
Purdue University
Room 26 Agriculture Administration Building
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-1168

Phone: 765-494-6876
Fax: 765-494-9613

Program Description

For more information:

Dr. David Umulis,
Dr. Craig Goergen,


TUES MAY 19  1. Welcome dinner at local restaurant;  Overnight at Odys Boutique Hotel or similar

WED MAY 20:HO CHI MINH CITY:  1. Meet local guide for an orientation on Vietnamese culture and learn some basic Vietnamese- THEN, 2. Ben Thanh Market, Unification Palace and War Remnants Museum;  Notre Dame Cathedral and Opera house 3. Visit University to learn about student  life. 4.Group dinner with a local family who lived through the War and speak English on the Saigon River.

THURS MAY 21:  HO CHI MINH CITY:  1. Thien Hau Temple and Ong Pagoda; 2. Cu Chi Tunnels, 3. Group walking food tour at pop up restaurants near hotel; Some must-try dishes are banh mi, noodles, bbq skewers

FRI MAY 22: VINH LONG: 1. Vinh Trang Pagoda, a sacred place;2. explore the Mekong Delta by boat- Phoenix, Unicorn, Dragon and Tortoise islands, fishing villages, stilt houses, fruit plantations and wet rice cultivation along the way.  3. Transfer to homestays in Vinh Long and learn how to cook Vietnamese food for dinner

SAT MAY 23: VINH LONG to CAN THO:  1. Sau Giao Garden; 2. Transfer to Can Tho, a city at the heart of the Mekong Delta

SUN MAY 24 CAN THO TO PHNOM PENH: 1. 5am: Wake-up and depart for the Cai  Rang Floating Market. 2. Board Hang Chau boat to Phnom Penh  3. Dinner  and overnight at Frangipani Living Arts Hotel & Spa

MON MAY 25 PHNOM PENH: 1. Tuol Sleng Prison Museum 2. Visit Choeung Ek- deepen your understanding of Cambodia’s recent history 3. Friends  Restaurant, - provides under privileged street children with the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the hospitality business. Not only is the food delicious but all profits are reinvested into the Training Centre activities. 4. Afternoon visit to Royal Palace (built in 1866) and the adjacent Silver Pagoda,

TUES MAY 26 PHNOM PENH:1. The Documentation of Cambodia- an NGO whose mission is to research and record the era of Democratic Kampuchea (April 17, 1975 – January 7, 1979) for the purposes of memory and justice. 2. Fundamentals of Cambodian dancing workshop with Cambodian Living Arts (NGO) performers and learn classical, folk, and social Cambodian dances. 3. National Museum for a performance of “Earth & Sky” which takes you through Cambodian mythology, ancestral traditions and village life

WEDS MAY 27: PHNOM PENH: 1.  Culture and Environment Preservation Association (CEPA), Cambodia, 2. Health, Community Fishers and Eco-Tourism Project NGO visits 3. visit the umbrella form for 94 international and national members, 8 NGO networks and 4 working groups approximately

THURS MAY 28 SIEM REAP: 1. private coach to Siem Reap; 2. Brief stop along the way to Skuon, where the local specialty is fried spiders and other insects sold on the roadside 3. Sambor Preikuk, which predates Angkor as capital of Chenia Kingdom; 4. Overnight at Royal Crown Hotel & Spa or similar

FRIDAY MAY 29 SIEM REAP: 1. Full day volunteering with Concert School in nearby Treak Village (may access by bicycle or tuk tuk depending on number of people)2. Deliver a pre-prepared workshop/class to students on topics  related to environment, recycling, geography, science, health, arts +  crafts, stories related to USA

SATURDAY MAY 30 SIEM REAP: 1. Full day program volunteering with Concert School, helping to run a  games/sports/activity day and party for the Treak children; 2. Siem Reap for dinner; 3. Overnight at Royal Crown Hotel & Spa or similar

SUNDAY MAY 31 SIEM REAP:  1. Ankor Wat by Tuk Tuk. 2. South Gate of Angkor Thom and the temples of Bayon, Baphoun, PhimeanAkas, The Royal Enclosure, the terraces of Elephants and the Leper King. 3.Kampong Khleang community, a village of wooden houses built on 10 meter high stilts; enjoy welcome tea and coffee with a local family, followed by a walking tour of the village, local school and visit with village fisherman; 4. Take a boat ride to
Tonie Sap Lake and visit floating Vietnamese village


Academic Credit

3 Credits Maymester

1 Credit preparotory course

Life Sciences Selective in most programs


Program is open to students in all colleges at all levels.  Applications are reviewed by program leaders for approval. 

Program Cost

We are striving to keep costs as low as possible.  The current estimate is roughly $2950 for in country including most meals and all transportation, lodging, fees, etc.  The estimated flight cost is $1000.

Application Deadline

January 22, 2020.

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