Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam
Transnational Water Politics
6 - 17 JULY 2020
Transnational Water Politics in the Mekong Delta
The Mekong River is a transnational resource under pressure. Passing through China, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, sixty million people depend directly on the river, with a further 180 million living in the river’s catchment area. For these people, the river provides food, transportation, energy, and of course water for daily needs and crop irrigation. The Mekong and its catchments are an important zone for biodiversity and the river has enormous historical and cultural significance for those who live in and around its reaches.
But competing interests have resulted in international tensions and challenges. Damming, dredging, pollution, overfishing, deforestation and climate change present real threats to the river’s health, to the communities and species that depend upon it, and to the relationships between the states through which it flows.
On this study tour, you will travel through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, meeting various stakeholders and visiting key sites of interest to gain a firsthand understanding of the complex social and ecological challenges of managing this important resource.
|Destination||Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos
The lower Mekong basin flows through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. With its incredible natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, interesting history, friendly people and delicious food, this region sits high on the bucket list of many travellers. Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam are linked not only by the river that flows through them, but also by a shared history as the former French colony of Indochina and a strong Buddhist tradition. After gaining independence from France after WWII, all three countries each a period of intense conflict as they struggled to shape their independent political identity. Now, this Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam are three of the fastest growing economies in Asia.
|Itinerary||We’re currently finalising the itinerary for this program – check back soon or sign up and we’ll let you know when this has been released
|Dates||6 - 17 JULY 2020
Payable as $300 deposit + balance
• 12 day fully developed itinerary
• Twin share accommodation for 13 nights in 3 star hotels with breakfast and WIFI (single rooms available for a supplement)
• all ground transportation
• all activities
• some meals
• cultural activities as per itinerary
• Academic and support staff on the ground with you
• Expert industry guest speakers and site visits
• 3 hours of survival language training so you can start to communicate with the locals
• 24/7 on the ground pastoral care and support from staff trained in first aid, mental health first aid, and critical incident response
• Pre-departure information kit and briefing (online)
• Debrief on return
• Membership to our alumni group
• Support to negotiate credit with your university so you can access OS HELP funding
What’s not included?
• Return airfares to Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos
• Travel insurance
• Travel vaccinations
• Passport and Visa costs
• Some meals
• Tourist activities in your free time
• Transport costs in your own time
• Spending money/souvenirs
|Why Choose Roam||We are development sector specialists
ROAM is a specialist international development and international education management contractor, with over 27 years’ experience working on behalf of key bilateral and multilateral donors, including DFAT and the Asian Development Bank.
We’re experiential learning and mobility experts
We’ve been running study tours and placement programs throughout the Indo-Pacific region for more than 4 years. Over this time we’ve taken more than 400 students on Study Tour programs. For 16 years we also managed the Australian Volunteers for International Development program. On this program we mobilised and supported more than 1200 Australians to live and volunteer in more than 30 developing countries around the world. This has made us experts in all the challenges that people face when they’re adapting to life in another culture, and we’ll be there to help you navigate those challenges successfully.
You’ll be part of a small group
Whereas some providers offer programs for groups of 40 or more students, we cap our program sizes at 26 students per intake. This ensures you get a quality experience and means your group leaders will know your names, there’ll be time and space for you to ask questions and you won’t feel like you’re lost in the crowd. It also means you’ll get to know the other students on the program better, and you’ll probably make some lifelong friends and industry connections. Smaller group sizes also mean we’re less obvious when we’re travelling through the destination.
We’ve got your back
Things don’t often go wrong, but we can’t control everything – least of all the Mother Nature – and occasionally we find ourselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. In our years of supporting Australians living and working overseas, we’ve worked to keep our people safe just about every situation you can imagine – cyclones, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis volcanic eruptions, personal illnesses and rapidly changing political situations. We have strong risk management systems and processes, and regularly monitor the situation in the countries where we go. All of our group leaders are trained in First Aid, Mental Health First Aid and Critical Incident Response. We have our own in-house risk management expert and we partner with leading international emergency response organisations to keep you as safe as possible and to respond quickly and professionally in the unlikely event that anything goes wrong.
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. Read more “Superbly Organised and Well-Prepared”
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. Read more “It Could Not Have Been Any Better!”
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.