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APU Students Experience Vietnamese Culture on Homestay Vietnam Summer 2009


Sep 3, 2009

From Friday, August 7 until Monday 17, 2009, thirteen APU students participated in the Home-stay Vietnam Summer 2009 "The road of Heritage" trip to Vietnam organized by the APU student circle "Explore Vietnam".

During the trip, the group was hosted by 3 APU students and 10 students studying in Vietnamese Universities, and enjoyed the sights, sounds and culture of central Vietnam including World Heritage sites in Da Nang City, the ancient capital Hue and "The My Son Sanctuary" in Hoi An - the site of the remains of a series of tower-temples which marked the religious and political capital of the ancient Champa Kingdom (192AD–1832).

In addition to visiting important historical and cultural sites, the group also experienced 4 seasons on top of Ba Na –the highest mountain of the Hgu Hanh Son Marble Mountains south of Da Nang, enjoyed the hospitality of their local host families and got the chance to experience daily Vietnamese life.

Looking back on the trip, leader of the homestay program PHAN Doan Kim Khanh (APM4, Vietnam) gave her impressions of the trip and spoke of her ambitions for future programs, "It was my pleasure to welcome our international friends to visit and experience Vietnam through this program and thank them for coming to share our Vietnamese culture. Our main goal was for the participants to experience Vietnamese culture, but also discover themselves and their friends from another corner of the globe. We want to try even harder to make a success of the program again next year and hope to welcome more people to Vietnam."

One of the participants on the program, NAKAMURA Keiichi (APS3, Japan) spoke of his experience, "Participating in this trip, visiting world heritage sites and being able to experience Vietnamese culture has been a wonderful experience. The Vietnamese people have left a lasting impression on me with their warm and kind character."

Established in February 2007 by four Vietnamese students, Explore Vietnam now has over 50 members. Centering their activities on short and long term homestay programs, their "Tag VN" newspaper, international exchange events and the provision of tutors for students studying the Vietnamese language, the student circle aims to create harmonic environment in which Vietnamese, domestic and international friends can talk, share ideas, and exchange their own cultural value and help APU students to understand more about the people, nature, cuisine and history of Vietnam.

Please click here for the Explore Vietnam homepage: http://homestayvn.org/en/

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