Vietnam: Environment Science, Youth Leadership & Development

Location: Vietnam: Hanoi

Term: Throughout the year, Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Program Duration: 3-6 Months

Dates: Year Round


4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, #200 Portland, OR 97214 United States

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Phone: (503) 395-4775

Fax: (503) 954-1881


If you're interested in Sustainable Development and Global Political Systems, this program is a perfect match! As the capital of Vietnam for almost a thousand years, Hanoi is considered one of the country’s main cultural centers.

In addition to Vietnamese language classes and Community Organizing & Social Activism (COSA) class, elective courses can include:
• Environmental Science
• Sustainable Tourism
• Global Health/Environment
• Politics/Policy Development
• Sustainable Business in a Globalized World
• Globalization/Social Justice

Service may include (10-15 hours per week):
• Services to disadvantaged children, orphans and street children
• English language consulting/tutoring
• Youth development
• Environmental/conservation programs
• Eco-tourism Program Development
• Poverty Alleviation
• Women's Empowerment
• Micro-Finance

Students live in dormitory housing with self-serve, western-style breakfast and Vietnamese lunch and dinner offered.

IPSL welcomes applicants from all nations and backgrounds. Gap year students, college students, and graduates are encouraged to apply. Language requirements may be necessary for selected programs. The minimum age is 18.


1. Participate in service focused on leadership training and other assistance and education for less advantaged Vietnamese children, youth and families.

2. Students may have the option to choose electives in foreign policy, globalization, economics, and international relations.

3. Serve at a local NGO in Hanoi that contributes to environmental protection and combats climate change, addresses women's empowerment through micro-finance initiatives, serves youth through leadership gaining and provides social services to poor and orphaned children.

4. Earn up to 18 course credits.

Degree Level



IPSL welcomes applicants from all nations and backgrounds. Language requirements for selected programs. Minimum age is 18. Gap Year students, college students and graduates are encouraged to apply.

Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching
  • English

Cost in US$:

Contact Provider for Cost Details

Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

Tuition; administrative fees; books and materials; arrival and departure orientation; service placement and supervision; local transportation (4 monthly bus passes); academic excursions, health insurance; and accommodation and most meals.

Excursions MAY include a Hanoi City Tour, visits to Bat Trang Ceramic Village, Duong Lam Village, Ba Vi National Park, Bai Dinh Pagoda, The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long and Ha Long Bay.

Credit Available


Experience Required


Volunteer Types
  • Street Children
  • Social Work
  • Public Policy
  • Nutrition
  • Microfinance
  • Law
  • Human Rights
  • Environment
  • Education
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Conservation
  • Community Development
  • Childcare & Children
  • Business
Typical Volunteer
During Orientation, you will have an opportunity to work with IPSL staff to learn about the various service opportunities available and select one (or possibly more) that is of interest to you. As you work with local people and care for those in need, you will find your experience and understanding of the culture enriched and deepened, your leadership skills developed, and your language skills enhanced. You will serve approximately 12-15 hours per week in a local agency. Generally our students serve with projects developed by the IPSL partner, CSDS (The Center for Sustainable Development Studies). Service opportunities in Hanoi focus on: 1. Education Support of rural and urban children and youth of all ages including orphans and street children. Population Served: Disadvantaged Children, orphans and street children Areas of Service: Social services / Education / Nutrition 2. Sustainability and the Environment Vietnam faces problems regarding pollution and environmental degradation which impacts on the lives of the local population, the sustainability of water and land resources as well as impacting the area’s flora and fauna. To contribute to environmental protection and combat climate change, CSDS is implementing projects for environmental protection, such as supporting community-based ecotourism programs by local women and fishermen. Population Served: Everyone Areas of Service: Conservation / the Environment / Eco-Tourism 3. Volunteer and Youth Development Both urban and rural Vietnamese youth are served through CSDS programs that promote leadership development and volunteering. Population Served: Vietnamese Youth Areas of Service: Education / Leadership Training
This Program is open to

Worldwide Participant. This Program is also open to Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Dormitory

Participants Travel to Vietnam


Application Process Involves
  • Essay
  • Transcript
  • Letters of Reference
  • Online Application
Typically The Application Process Time is
1 week
Post Services Include
  • Alumni Network
  • Re-Entry Debriefing at Home
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
IPSL's Mission Statement

IPSL engages students, educators, and grassroots organizations around the world in hands-on service to promote equitable relationships, social justice, sustainable change, and a commitment to our shared humanity

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