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Ing. Zuzana Vonková, UCT Prague, ročník 5

Faculty faculty of food and biochemical technology
Field of study Biotechnology of medicamsts
Field of internship Natural Resources and Conservation
Specialization of InternshipEnvironmental Science
Internship period (from - to) 18.9.2017 - 11.11.2017
Internship duration (weeks) 8
Transport (means, price) flight ticket, 740 Euro
Insurance/Insurance company Ergo
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) Yes
Price of Visa 30 dolars
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  Vietnam, Thai Nguyen
Internship reference number VN-2017-ISTNU-10

About the country

Location of the place

Vietnam, city Thai Nguyen, 80 km from Hanoi


Thai Nguyen - city with cca 100 000 inhabitants, capital city of Province Thai Nguyen. This city is not touristic interesting, but you can find there everything what you need. Supermarkets, restaurants, karaokes, shops with clothes, medicaments... :)

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

I lot possibilities to make trips during internship during weekends.
I made SaPa, Ha Long Bay, Cat Ba, Ninh Binh, BaBe, Hanoi...
There is a lot of buses from Thai Nguyen or Hanoi.
Sometimes you need help from Vietnamese people to arrange everything, because nobody (drivers) can speak English :)



ISTNU: International School of Thai Nguyen University. Small department of big University.

Work description

I was supposed to teach environmental subject at ISTNU. I hadn´t studied it before so I was afraid first how I could manage it, but I got some books and in the end it was not problem. I studied it first, I prepared my lectures, deliver lectures, we organized seminars with students and I tried to do my best to help them with studying environmental subjects and English. Students were kind and respectful. My teacher assistant helped me with everything.

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

1 900 000/ month. Sufficient for cheap way of living, not for travelling. And accommodation is for free. You can find-part-time job, teaching English is well paid). It is not easy to earn money for flight-tickets in Vietnam.

Language requirements

English. Be prepare that pronunciation of students and teachers is different. After a month you will get used to is :) More than half Vietnamese are not able to speak English at all. Google translator is very usefull. Vietnamese language is difficult to learn.

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

I had it for free, my University paid for me. It was not the best, I lived at the dormitories and it was quite noisy, dirty and during nights I had problems with hot temperatures (in September). But it was for free :)

Social life

Meeting IAESTE members (pick-up at the airport, organized events...)

Pick-up on airport was managed by employer. They also hepled me with accomodation. Everytime I needed anything they try to do their best for me and they were very helpful. Every Wednesday there was a meeting in pub with IAESTE students.

Meeting other foreign students

I meet foreign students very often. We made trips during weekends, sometimes we had lunch or dinner together... We also lived with some of them at the dormitories.

Sport and culture

Not easy :) I tried to run, but everybody was staring at me :D
Gyms are very popular and cheap, but in some of them there is no AC, so there is about 35 °C in the summer :)
There are some places where you can play tennis, volleyball...

Food, local specialties

Vietnamese food is delicious. Try as much as possible! Bun cha, pho bo, com, nem ran...
First I was afraid to eat on the streets, but after 2 weeks I got used to it :)

Other information

Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

Skype, facebook, ... Internet in Vietnam is very cheap. 4G is everywhere :)

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

Do not take too much belongings. Do not take expensive clothes.
You can really buy almost everything in TN. There are also shops with clothes in our sizes in city center :)

What not to forget with you

Medicaments, and do not forget to vaccinate yourself. In this way are usefull vaccination centers, where they help you with everything.
Copies of passport and visa approval letter are usefull.

Benefits of the internship

Open-minding experience.
Improvement of communication and presentation skills.
I started to trust myself much more.

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country

I had really good experience with IAESTE Vietnam. They helped me a lot!
Their office was in the same building as my job, so it was easy to meet with them.

Overall experience with IAESTE

Great. Thank you for everything.
Everything was clear because of them.

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Other comments

Vietnam is great, beautifull, but not for everyone. If you are not able to live in worse hygienic condition it is not perfect for you :) Vietnamese people are not so organized so we are. But I am really happy I did it! It was open-minding experience for me!

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