Global Service in Vietnam – Winter Break – 2017-2018

Deadline To Apply: October 9, 2017 (Rolling deadline, early application consideration)

Program Dates: December 28th, 2017 – January 15th, 2018

Our group will live and work in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon). We will experience the remarkable history and sights of South Vietnam at the same time as we work in several community-based service projects. Students may choose from one of the focus areas listed below:

  • Mai Am Mai Tam/HIV Centre-Providing care, educational enrichment and companionship for orphan children suffering from HIV.
  • Mai An Orphanage-Providing support, attention and care for children who have no family and have been homeless.
  • Nhat Hong Center for the Blind-English language teaching, interacting with and providing support and companionship for blind and intellectually disabled children.
  • Pouisse De Vie-English language teaching, mentorship, leadership and athletic activity focus for poor and at-risk youth.



All students will enroll in one MU course for a total of three credit hours awarded during Spring 2018. This course is designed to integrate academic and experiential learning with cultural immersion, identity exploration, and global engagement. The general undergraduate course numbers are listed below. Undergraduate and graduate students interested in other crediting may consult with their departmental advisor and the Office of Service-Learning.

SRV_LRN 3028: Global Service (3). Students will earn 3 credit hours (awarded during Spring semester) for pre-departure workshops, held during the fall semester, and while engaging in intensive service in the host country during Winter Break.

The pre-departure course will introduce students to Vietnam history, culture, politics, and issues of ecotourism and sustainability as they prepare for study overseas. While abroad, the course promotes learning through direct contact with local community members, classes, discussions, reflections, and projects while living in host country. Academic coursework will emphasize the development of critical consciousness while engaging in reflection and group dialogue.

Class Schedule – must attend all classes

Monday, Nov. 6th, 13th & 27th, 2017 at 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Academic Credit

Grades earned on this program will calculate into the MU GPA and appear on students’ MU transcripts when grades are recorded by the Program Leader. Students must work with their academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how the courses might fulfill degree requirements.

Additional Learning and Academic Activities

While living in the host country students will participate in multiple cultural activities. Excursions are considered to be a part of the coursework.  Course grades will be based on commitment to service responsibilities, participation in program activities and student conduct.

Program Costs

The 2017-18 program budget can be found here:


Application Deadline is October 9, 2017 (Rolling deadline, early application consideration).

For more information, please contact Office of Service-Learning. To schedule an appointment, visit MUConnect on Blackboard/Canvas, go to your “My Success Network,” type in “Service-Learning,” and click on the link for Dr. Anne-Marie Foley on service-learning page.  We would love to talk to you!