Country & Location Info
The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is 1,650 kilometres long and from 50 kilometres at its narrowest point to 600 kilometres at its widest. It borders China, Laos, Cambodia, the Gulf of Vietnam and the South China Sea. Its 90 million people constitute the world's 13th largest population (third largest in ASEAN) inhabiting the 66th largest country—an area about one third that of New South Wales.
Vietnam, a one-party Communist state, has one of south-east Asia's fastest-growing economies and has set its sights on becoming a developed nation by 2020, making significant achievements in relation to the Millennium and now Sustainable Development Goals. Nineteen Degrees projects are in the North and South. Mai Châu district, located 135 km from Ha Noi, covers an area of 520 km² and is a mountainous region located in Hòa Bình Province. This idyllic valley is embraced by emerald mountains and clouds, making it a popular retreat location in North Vietnam. In the south projects are in the sleepy Mekong Delta town of Vinh Long, 3 hours south of Ho Chi Minh City. Surrounded by water from the Mekong and associated canal waterways, the area is extremely fertile and fresh produce abounds. The people are very friendly and the atmosphere nicely laid back.
Project Info – Mai Chau
OPPORTUNITIES - Mai Chau
Our team collaborates with Mai Châu General Hospital in Northern Vietnam to provide nursing students a hands on primary healthcare placement in a varied cultural setting. Whilst increasing students’ knowledge of the region the placement also aims to build the capacity of the hospital, community clinics and their teams. To compliment the program and provide students context to their learning, exchange workshops are arranged with health institutions in Hanoi and the Traditional Medicine department of Hanoi Medical University. Students shadow doctors and nurses and learn about the role traditional medicine plays in the delivery of healthcare in Vietnam through a fascinating interactive workshop with the team at the Hanoi Medical University.
In Mai Châu district, 4 hours west of Hanoi, health care is administered by the Mai Châu General Hospital. The hospital is extremely supportive of student groups visiting and assisting them to provide healthcare outreach to outlying villages within its reach. Through this mobility experience students are provided the opportunity to not only practice their nursing assessment skills under supervision from university facilitators but learn about healthcare provision, culture and socio-economics of the region through the network provided by Mai Châu General Hospital and our on the ground staff.
The placement provides students the opportunity to observe and work in cooperation with doctors and nurses in Mai Châu General Hospital whilst also joining local medical staff providing health checks to residents in surrounding villages.
Project Info – Vinh Long
Vinh Long is 3 hours south-west of Ho Chi Minh City, in the heart of the Mekong River Delta. This vigorous town is in the centre of a region with a bustling agriculture and seafood trade and has a population of just over 1million people. Though affluent, Vinh Long still struggles to provide sufficient welfare and support for their disadvantaged population.
Health care in Vinh Long city is administered by the Vinh Long Provincial Health Department through the Vinh Long General Hospital. This level 2 hospital has 12 departments, 31 doctors and 77 nurses. On average, the hospital treats up to 1,000 in and outpatients per day. The hospital is extremely supportive of student groups visiting and assisting them in their everyday work and to provide healthcare outreach to outlying villages within its reach.
Opportunities - Vinh Long
Nineteen Degrees collaborates with the Vinh Long Provincial Health Department, Vinh Long Red Cross and Vinh Long General Hospital in Southern Vietnam to provide nursing students a hands on primary healthcare placement in a varied cultural setting.
Students are provided the opportunity to not only practice their nursing assessment skills under supervision from university facilitators plus local senior staff but learn about healthcare provision, culture and socio-economics of the region through the network provided by Vinh Long Provincial Health Department and Red Cross Vinh Long.
Students work in cooperation with doctors and nurses in Vinh Long General Hospital whilst also joining local medical staff providing health checks to disadvantaged residents through mobile clinics and home visits.
In Country Support
Nineteen Degrees work in rural communities to promote community-driven sustainable development that place Australian groups in uniquely experiential situations that alleviate poverty, respect indigenous cultures and protect local environments. We achieve this through long-term partnerships with host communities and a focus on in-depth experiential-education travel listening to both university clients and Asian communities. In this way we help ‘change lives through travel’.