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Serve & Learn Programme

Mekong Delta, South Vietnam​​​

30 Nov - 8 Dec 2019

Why just ​stop at seeing the world when you can serve it?​

How amazing would it be to travel the world and at the same time make a positive impact on a community in need?

  • ​Serve a rural community as part of a meaningful project that greatly benefits the locals.
  • Engage with NGOs and social enterprises to understand their role in promoting a sustainable livelihood.
  • Explore the off-the-beaten tracks of Mekong and experience its vibrant sights and sounds.​

About the Programme

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NP’s first-of-its kind travel programme that empowers you to serve disadvantaged communities in the lesser explored​ Phong Thanh region of Vietnam

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Meaningful school makeover project to benefit the student population in the rural commune; dialogues with local community leaders

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Immersive cultural experiences, including visiting local farms, historical sites and learning to cook traditional Vietnamese cuisine​

Why Mekong Delta, South Vietnam?

Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s (NP) students​ and staff have been supporting the impoverished Phong Thanh commune in multiple meaningful community projects since 2017. Some of these projects include building houses and toilets for the locals.

It takes a village to rebuild a community and sustain its people. So for the first time, NP is extending the invitation to anyone with the desire to be part of this challenging but rewarding experience in one of ASEAN’s most lively and charming cultures.

Plus, explore the countryside to get a peak into the life​ of the locals, the ancient temples and pagodas, and meet the farmers working on their orchards and rice fields in a region where agriculture remains the main source of income and employment.

 

​Program​me Iti​nerary

​Note: ​Programme may be subjected to minor changes.

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Day 1​:
Sat, 30 Nov 2019​


AM

Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)

PM

Hotel check-in, HCMC

Free & Easy (Suggested: Ben Thanh Market, Independence Palace, General Post Office, War Remnants Museum)​

Day 2:
Sun, 1 Dec 2019


AM

Hotel check-out

Travel to Phong Thanh Commune, Cau Ke District (3.5 hour journey)

PM

Insights into Mekong Delta region, Vietnamese culture and language

Village tour & orientation to Phong Thanh Commune

Hotel check-in, Cau Ke Town

Free & Easy

Day 3:
Mon, 2 Dec 2019


AM

Classroom Makeover 1: Preparation for painting & sprucing

Building Bridges: Get-to-know session with school children

PM

Classroom Makeover 2: Sanding surfaces

Play Date: Games with school children

Explore temples at Phong Thanh to understand the historical significance of these temples to the community

Day 4:
Tue, 3 Dec 2019


AM

Classroom Makeover 3: The ​1st Coat

Mind Your Language 1: English Lesson 1 with school chidren

PM

Classroom Makeover 3: Completion

Creative Lab 1: Art & Craft with school children

Visit Tan Qui Island Fruit Orchard to savour fruits, appreciate its role as a source of livelihood to the community, and gain insights into farming practices.

Day 5:
Wed, 4 Dec 2019


AM

Classroom Makeover 4: The 2nd Coat

Mind Your Language 2: English Lesson 2 with school children

PM

Classroom Makeover 4: Completion

Sounds of Music: Song session with school children

Explore Ong Bon Pagodas, Sambua Temple, Hunyh Ky Ancient House in Cau Ke District and learn about their historical significance to the community

Day 6:
Thu, 5 Dec 2019


AM

Classroom Makeover 5: Windows & Grills

Mind Your Language 3: English Lesson 3 with school children

PM

Classroom Makeover 6: Wall Mural Sketching

Creative Lab 2: Art & Craft with school children

Cuisines of Cau Ke: A hands-on exposure, cooking with locals

Day 7​
Fri, 6 Dec 2019


AM

Classroom Makeover 7: Wall Mural Painting

Mind Your Language 4: English Lesson 4 with school children

PM

Classroom Makeover: Final Touch-ups

Play Date: Games ​with school children

Sweet Farewell: Celebration with cultural exchange, including Kho Me Culture Dance Performance

Day 8:
Sat, 7 Dec 2019


AM & PM

Mekong Delta Tour

Hotel check-in,​ HCMC

Free & Easy (Suggested: Ben Thanh Market, Independence Palace, General Post Office, War Remnants Museum)

Day 9:
Sun, 8 Dec 2019


AM

Breakfast at hotel

Flight back to Singapore


Programme Fee

Programme​ Fee: $850​ (inclusive of accommodation, land transfers,​ meals and cost of materials for school ​refurbishment project).
Cost excludes airfare and insurance.

Open to anyone aged 18 or above. Maximum group size will be 20 pax, on a first-come-first-served basis.

Programme fee is payable upon acceptance. It is inclusive of 7% GST and subject to review. N​o replacement is allowed. ​


Registration closes on 20 Oct 2019.


Cancellations/withdrawals must be made in writing and participants will be charged accordingly:

  • If withdrawal is made 3 weeks prior to programme commencement, 50% of the fee will be charged.
  • If withdrawal is made less than 3 weeks prior to programme commencement​, 100% of the ​fee will be charged.