Community service, rural and urban adventure, cross-cultural exchange

Snaking north to south in a narrow S-shape, Vietnam’s dense jungles, highland hill tribes and culturally vibrant cities offer true adventure and exploration – ideal for young, inquiring minds.

Since taking our first school trips to Vietnam in 1999, we’ve developed long-term partnerships with local communities, schools and organisations. Our trust-based relationships give you privileged access to Vietnam’s diverse people and the community service projects they’ve co-designed.

During your tour, you’ll have endless opportunities for cross-cultural exchange. You’ll meet war veterans, ethnic minority groups, primary and high school students, and children with a disability. So you can interact with confidence, our pre-departure briefing teaches you important Vietnamese etiquette, like when to remove your shoes and why not to touch people’s heads.

Each year, since 2005, we take a group of year 11 students and staff to Vietnam with Student Educational Adventures. Their on-the-ground expertise is outstanding. To have the continual presence of an overall tour leader, who is an expert in guiding groups of students, is invaluable. Our students spend time volunteering at an orphanage for disabled children and visiting a range of community projects, for which our school has raised funds, as well as participating in a number of cultural visits and activities. I have no hesitation in recommending Student Educational Adventures for any school considering an educational or community service trip to Vietnam.

Michelle McCartyYear 12 Coordinator, Loreto Mandeville Hall

Design your own unique curriculum

Every trip we run is customised to your school’s curriculum, budget, student needs and educational goals. Here are just a few of the exciting ways your students can learn in Vietnam:

Challenge your cultural comfort zone through community service

Take part in community-led projects for people most in need. Confront poverty at a school for underprivileged children and offer hands-on help. Support young people to practise English and maths, and see how social enterprises can support at-risk youth to thrive.

Explore urban life in Vietnam’s sprawling cities

Maneouvre through motorbikes in Ho Chi Minh City and uncover commerce in Hanoi’s historic Old Quarter. Cycle the imperial ruins of Hue, or consider conflict from underground in the Cu Chi tunnels. Make peace with the past inside Vietnam’s famous war prisons, museums and mausoleums.

Build courage and independence with off-road adventures

Hike through humid highland valleys, sleep in a traditional Hmong longhouse and experience rural life in Vietnam’s villages. Take a longboat through the Mekong Delta’s thriving mangrove ecosystems. Learn to dive on Vietnam’s coral reefs, or swim among limestone peaks in picturesque Ha Long Bay.

Add extra insight with student-led learning

By letting your students co-design their Vietnam tour, you’ll give them ownership over their activities and agenda. You’ll also make sure your school trip meets their specific strengths, interests and knowledge gaps.

In Vietnam, your students can choose from a range of fun local activities like:

Jungle trekking, mountain biking and abseiling

‘Amazing Race’-style urban orienteering

Local living, street food and markets

Tea and coffee plantation tours

Vietnamese language courses

Mekong river cruises

Sample Itineraries

Whatever your students want to learn, we’ll help you create the perfect program. Check out our sample itineraries to get a taste of your school’s next adventure.

Note: Remember, these sample itineraries can be modified to suit your learning objectives and budget. The prices are guides only and subject to change.

Award Trip: Adventurous journey & service


10 Days

Cost Per Student

North Vietnam – Week Without Walls


7 Days

Cost Per Student

Culinary Tour of Vietnam


12 Days

Cost Per Student

Vietnam for Enquiring Minds


11 Days

Cost Per Student

Custom itinerary

Our sample itineraries are an example of what’s possible, based on trips we’ve previously run. For a custom itinerary that caters to your school’s unique needs, please get in touch by completing the form below.

    Loreto Mandeville Hall has worked with Student Educational Adventures since 2005. Each year we take a group of year 11 students and staff to Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam on a ‘student educational adventure’. Our students spend time volunteering at a centre for disabled children and visiting a range of community projects for which funds have been raised by our school as well as a number of cultural visits and activities.

    Student Educational Adventures is an excellent group to work with. In the lead, up to the trip their administrative processes are clear, timely and accurate. Their organisation of our itinerary and flexibility to meet our own school requirements is invaluable. At the Pre-departure information night, their advice to parents and students re medical issues and other pre-departure issues is expert and reassuring. On the ground in HCMC the expertise of Student Educational Adventures is outstanding. To have the continual presence of an overall tour leader who is an expert in guiding groups of students is invaluable. Interaction with other local guides has also been an excellent way for our students to engage with local residents and gain other insights into Vietnamese culture and daily life.

    I have no hesitation in recommending Student EducationalAdventures for any school considering an educational/ community service trip to Vietnam or South East Asia.

    Michelle McCartyDirector of Mission Loreto Mandeville Hall, Toorak (AUSTRALIA )

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