Vietnam

 

High School Trips to Vietnam

Explore Vietnam With No Barriers Youth Programming

No Barriers Youth offers groups the ability to experience the rich culture and natural beauty of Vietnam while engaging in meaningful service projects. Vietnam is an emerging economy and the warm and welcoming people are eager to share their phenomenal cuisine and diverse culture with traveling students. Tour the “Hanoi Hilton” where American POWs were held during the Vietnam War and:

  • Wander through the well-manicured gardens of the Temple of Literature, the first “university” in Vietnam, dedicated to Confucius and other scholars
  • Travel to Mai Chau and bike through the rice paddies en route to your service learning project working with children
  • Study the history of Vietnam and learn about Ho Chi Minh, the revolutionary leader and national hero
  • Take a cooking class while enjoying some of the best food in SE Asia!

What to Know Before Educational Tours in Vietnam

Vietnam is a complex and beautiful country filled with rich culture, relevant history and stunning geography. Located south of China, east of Cambodia, and along the banks of the South China Sea, Vietnam has a beautiful shoreline and contains a wealth of biodiversity. With over 50 distinct ethnic groups, Vietnam also contains a wide variety of traditions and cultures. From Ho Chi Minh City in the south to Hanoi in the North there is something for every student travel tour in this peaceful and fascinating country.

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Service and Cultural Immersion in Vietnam

Day 1: Welcome to Vietnam! 
  • Evening: Arrive to Hanoi. Meet your No Barriers Expedition Leaders upon arrival and transfer to hotel to settle in and relax. Participate in a group orientation and dinner at a local restaurant. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Hanoi 
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour  
  • Morning: Breakfast at the hotel then visit the Temple of Literature and Hoa Lo Prison to learn about the rich history of Vietnam. 
  • Afternoon: Lunch in the Old Quarter, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum of Ethnology to learn about the Vietnamese revolution and Muong ethnic culture. 
  • Evening: Time to explore Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, and the night market. Enjoy a delicious Vietnamese dinner at a local restaurant. Participate in the No Barriers opening ceremony. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Hanoi 
Day 3: Drive to the Tu Do Commune Villages 
  • Morning: After breakfast at the hotel, jump into the van and enjoy the scenic drive to Tu Do Commune villages, Hoa Binh province. 
  • Afternoon: Lunch at the village. After lunch, make your way to the homestay community where you will meet your host family and settle into your homes and learn about the service project. You’ll have time for some exploring around the village and swimming at the nearby waterfall. 
  • Evening: Enjoy dinner with your host families and learn about Muong culture. 
  • Accommodation: Tu Do Commune village homestay 
Day 4: Service and Village Life in Tu Do Commune 
  • Morning: After breakfast with your host families, depart for the service site and work hard on your project. Safety orientation will be carried out by your leaders and local workers at the village. 
  • Afternoon: Take a break for lunch at the service site and a quick game of soccer or volleyball, then continue your service work for the rest of the day. 
  • Evening: Have a traditional group dinner and reflect on what you have learned.  
  • Accommodation: Tu Do Commune village homestay 
Day 5: Service and Village Life in Tu Do Commune 
  • Morning: After breakfast with your host families, depart for the service site and work hard on your project. Safety orientation will be carried out by your leaders and local workers at the village. 
  • Afternoon: Take a break for lunch at the service site and a quick game of soccer or volleyball, then continue your service work for the rest of the day. 
  • Evening: Have a traditional group dinner and reflect on what you have learned. Final celebration with traditional performances will be carried out by local villagers. 
  • Accommodation: Tu Do Commune village homestay 
Day 6: Back to Hanoi Through the Countryside 
  • Morning: After breakfast with your host families, say your final goodbyes to them and hop on the van to drive back to Hanoi. Enjoy the scenic view along the way. 
  • Afternoon: Lunch is at a local restaurant in Hanoi. Check in to the hotel, and then enjoy a street food tour or other activity. 
  • Evening: Enjoy a hearty dinner and traditional water puppet show, a thousands-year-old Vietnamese art form. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Hanoi 
Day 7: Explore Halong Bay 
  • Morning: Breakfast at the hotel and hop on the bus to drive to Ha Long Bay – a UNESCO World Heritages site. 
  • Afternoon: Check in to the boat, enjoy a delicious lunch on deck while feasting your eyes on magnificent Ha Long Bay. Enjoy kayaking and swimming at an island in the bay. 
  • Evening: After snacks on the sun deck, enjoy the scenery before a delicious five-course dinner. Participate in a closing ceremony on deck. 
  • Accommodation: Junk boat, Ha Long Bay 
Day 8: Ha Long Bay and Return to Hanoi 
  • Morning: Optional Tai Chi activity on the  sun deck. After a light breakfast, visit Thien Canh Son cave, a cave believed to be built by fairies from heaven.  
  • Afternoon: Return to the boat, check out of your rooms. Take part in a cooking class on deck, and then enjoy a heartwarming brunch. Say your final goodbyes to the crew before hopping off the boat. Drive back to Hanoi. 
  • Evening: Check in to your hotel, and then enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, where you canl share some final reflections of the trip. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Hanoi 
Day 9: Tam biet, Vietnam! 
  • Morning: Breakfast at hotel. Drive to the airport for your departure flight back home 
  • Evening: Return home with a new appreciation for Vietnamese culture and history. 
  • Accommodation: Overnight flight home 

Getting immersed in the culture of India and getting to know and love the children was the greatest. When the students would cling to me at the end of class, and tell me how much they enjoyed having me there was heartbreaking.

Rachel W., Student

There is so much life, happening all the time. It's crazy to think that, after only three weeks, I feel like I've become accustomed to so much of how the world move.

Saul S., Student

I just wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for another unbelievable and life changing trip. No Barriers Youth made it all possible and took the guesswork out of a potentially nerve wracking and complicated task.

Amanda W., Trip Leader