Superbly Organised and Well-Prepared
The entire trip was of huge benefit. The chance to work closely with fellow students in a wholly new environment really fosters a unique energy and ethos that enables engagement on a level I had never previously experienced in university life. I feel privileged to have been able to visit so many fantastic sites, meet so many interesting people and really get to feel the fabric of life in Vietnam. The unit affords you the opportunity to put a lot of the theoretical ideas you have been reading about in classes into real-world practice which, personally speaking, has given me a renewed vigour and confidence in my continuing studies.
Scope Global provided an inventive and varied timetable in which we heard different voices and gained new perspectives on a daily basis. These academic opportunities were accompanied by a superbly organised and well-prepared itinerary which meant a stress-free, experience for myself, allowing concentration to be focused on studying… and making friends!
All in all, it was a fantastic experience, in a unique location (the rural homestay days will never be forgotten!), with a find array of people.
It Could Not Have Been Any Better!
In July 2018, Kelly Payne from Scope Global and I as the academic coordinator took a group of 24 students on a 2.5 weeks study tour to Vietnam. The study tour aims to provide students with new insights about the historical, cultural, economic and political context that has shaped development in Vietnam. It was the first time I was in Vietnam with my students… after the first meeting with Kelly it was clear that she is highly committed to make this tour a success and we started to work together on the program. I am so glad that I continued working with Scope Global. Without Kelly’s outstanding support before, during and also after the tour (already revising and planning the next tour), I would simply not be able to run this program…. It could not have been any better! Linh, Scope Global’s in-country support person and translator in Vietnam, was also amazing and invaluable for the students and myself. Like Kelly, Linh was always helpful and nothing seemed to be too much for her. There is no doubt that the help from Scope Global contributed to the study tour’s success. I look forward to the continued partnership with Scope Global in running the Vietnam Study Tour in future years.
Deserves a Medal
As far as I am concerned, she (Kelly Payne) deserves a medal! The calmness and professionalism with which she has handled her side of things (and there have been several difficult students in this group, particularly once the health crisis hit) is absolutely amazing… she has been amazing at handling the complicated situations that have come up during this study tour. This experience has vindicated my decision to insist on working with Scope Global all these years. The importance of an experienced and qualified logistics and support staff member has never been as clear as in this study tour.
Cultural competence is a huge part of being a health professional and particularly within the multidisciplinary team and allied health environments. This program was so valuable in putting individual and population health in developing counties into context and perspective. The knowledge and understanding gained about the culture is an invaluable and amazing experience. It has helped me to better shape my professional practice and the way in which I will conduct patient care in the future. I feel this cultural experience and immersion program will benefit me hugely in the future when it comes to gaining meaningful and appropriate employment.
It Has Given Me a New Perspective
As I have a passion for working with people that are linguistically and culturally diverse, this experience has been incredibly beneficial for future employment. It has given me a new perspective on acclimatizing to a new country… and with this I learnt the challenges and barriers to settling into a different country that is not home…. It has made me improve my own communication methods which will help with future employment.
Stimulating and Thought Provoking
The cultural and historical visits were particularly powerful in gaining a perspective of the recent trauma that has inevitably impacted Cambodian health. The visit to the World Health Organisation was particularly engaging and a highlight – it put a perspective on global health that I had not previously considered and the discussions were stimulating and thought provoking…
I hope it was my first trip to Vietnam of many more to come
Vietnam was my first experience of South East Asia. It was a humid, beautiful, rewarding, friendship-building, career-confirming, and often challenging, whirlwind 4 weeks. Visiting and connecting with local and international NGOs provided a really unique perspective to complement the more theoretical aspects of my degree. It was also truly rewarding to interact with local people beyond the ‘tourist’ level. I ate at their table, shared their food, improved my terrible language skills, and listened to stories about their lives. I hope it was my first trip to Vietnam of many more to come.
I was so grateful to get the opportunity
I was so grateful to get the opportunity to visit and be guided through the practical elements of development, and to gain a better understanding of problematic phenomenon on the ground. Understanding theoretical concepts is one thing, seeing them put into practice is a whole other experience. This trip has provided a wealth of knowledge and broad based understandings that have propelled my learning and has empowered me to become proactive in the field. Visiting these projects really brings development alive for students. Thank you for providing the time and opportunity to share your everyday experiences in development with us.
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