Hop on a short flight and spend the next three days in the vibrant city of Hanoi. Visit old colonial streets lined with various shops selling everything from Buddhas to bamboo. Walk around the charming Hoan Kiem Lake where the locals go to relax and drink the very strong Vietnamese “weasel” coffee. Visit Confucius’ Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum where the old leader of the communist party still lays in state. Explore the halls and rooms and learn about the history of the Vietnam War while touring the Hanoi Hilton—the Vietnamese POW prison that held Americans during the Vietnam War, including Sen. John McCain. Enjoy the rambling streets, busy markets, and old world charm of this bustling city. Take time in the evenings for final photo critiques and discussion about preparing your journey’s portfolio.
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.