Visit the Mekong Delta on your last day in Vietnam. The massive region of braided streams and canals is a geographic marvel and an important source of food and trade for Southern Vietnam. Consequently it was the scene of fierce fighting between the Viet Cong and Americans who patrolled the waterways. We will spend the day exploring the semi-aqueous environment and the communities living on it. Meet with villagers who still live a largely traditional way of life and hear their stories from the war. Back in the city we will have a farewell dinner and a reflection on the week’s events and your understanding of the Vietnam War.
At the end of each program, students reflect on their experiences and the issues they engaged with, and talk about how to apply this new understanding to their own worlds. During or after their closing discussion, groups participate in Rustic Ties, a unique and powerful activity that allows students to capture the memories and learning moments of their program to process and share with their communities back home.