Global Service in Cu Chi, Vietnam Summer 2021

Program Dates: Anticipated – 2 week program late May/Early June 2021.

Interested in this program? Please complete our Interest Form


Củ Chi is a rural area outside Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It is famous for the Cu Chi tunnels, which were constructed during the Vietnam War. Our team will stay at the Les Hameaux de L’Orient in Cu Chi.

For several years, corporate investors, in partnership with college athletic leaders throughout the United States, have raised funds to support a micro-lending enterprise project for profoundly poor women and their families in the rural area of Cu Chi, Vietnam.  Under the leadership of now-retired MU Athletic Director Mike Alden and these partners, more than $170,000 has been raised, providing loans for entrepreneurial projects that support sustainable incomes and local economic development.  In addition to these small, low–interest loans ranging from $180 to $500, women borrowers also participate in skills training, including managing capital and savings, and professional competencies.  Of particular interest for the Cu Chi program has been its holistic approach to family economic and social success.  The Cu Chi program provides formal support and training in educational activities for children, reproductive health and birth control, and domestic violence prevention. Over the course of the last two years MU Students and faculty have been working in Cu Chi on Community development projects.

This Summer Students will be involved in the following activities:

Public Health Education.

English Language learning for HIV orphans in the area.


Friday, May 22nd:  Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City (will need to leave US on May 21st) you will be met at the airport by your program leader.

Saturday, May 23rd: Tour of Ho Chi Minh City, and group dinner with our translators

Sunday, May 24th:  Travel to Cu Chi and have orientation and tour.

Monday May 25th – Friday May 29th: Service work begins. You will work in teams completing health screens, discussing public health issues with local residents and visiting and teaching at a local orphanage for children with HIV.

Weekend Friday May 29th – Sunday May 31st: We will have a group excursion, currently TBD. recent excursions have included trips to Mekong Delta Region and Da Nang.

Monday, June 1st – Friday June 5th: Service work. You will work in teams completing health screens, discussing public health issues with local residents and visiting and teaching at a local orphanage for children with HIV. with the Cu Chi women’s Union.

Friday, June 5th: (afternoon):  Program completed, return to Ho Chi Minh City and check in to airport hotel.

Saturday June 6th: Program ends. Travel back to USA or independent travel

This program is open to both graduate and undergraduate students  The program awards 3 credit hours. For Graduate Students we can work with you to create crediting structures that the fulfill requirements of your academic goals. Undergraduates can be enrolled in our SRV_LRN 3028 course which is a general education course, other crediting options can be considered on an individual basis.

Please see below for our anticipated budget for the Summer 2020 program. We anticipate the program costs to be similar for Summer 2021.

Students are advised to schedule a meeting to discuss financial planning.

This program is supported by the Office of Service Learning.


Before you apply to your chosen program, please review the How to Apply page. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of a student’s academic transcript, quality and depth of response to the personal statement. In addition, students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and be in good disciplinary standing with the University for consideration. A personal interview may be required. Admission to a global service program is not guaranteed.

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For more information, please contact Yvonne Binfield in the Office of Service-Learning. To schedule an appointment, visit MUConnect on Canvas, go to your “My Success Network”, type in “Service-Learning”, and click on the link to make an appointment with Yvonne. You can also complete our Interest Form