INTERNING IN HANOI
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Exotic tastes, colourful street vendors & a melting pot of culture, Hanoi has it all.
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Human Development Index Ranking out of 188 countries
Hanoi is sometimes dubbed the “Paris of the East” for its French influences
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Hanoi has rich culinary traditions. Many of Vietnam’s most famous dishes, such as phở, chả cá, bánh cuốn and cốm are believed to have originated in Hanoi
As the capital of Vietnam for almost a thousand years, Hanoi is considered one of the main cultural centres of Vietnam
Hanoi’s population is constantly growing (about 3.5% per year)
Hanoi features a warm humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cwa) with plentiful precipitation
ABOUT YOUR INTERNSHIP IN HANOI
Discover the Hidden Hanoi
Hanoi is unlike any other city (even in Vietnam!). A leafy city, with trees lining the streets, strolling a few blocks can be an experience in itself! See a revolutionary hero preserved in state, drink the cheapest beer on the planet, and walk through a market of motorbike parts. Visit lake Hoan Kiem at the heart of the city – join the local ladies in tai chi and dance with fans in the early morning mist, or visit over a weekend when the whole area is pedestrianised. Amble around the lake and enjoy the beautiful surroundings with locals and visitors alike.
A Culinary Feast for the Mouth (And Eyes)
A massive part of Vietnamese culinary culture is street food and Hanoi is the epicentre of this incredible experience! There are dozens of street food carts and cafés, with diners spilling onto sidewalks littered with tiny plastic chairs. Day or night, a stroll easily becomes a Hanoi street food tour. During the day, Old Quarter Hanoi street vendors sell fruit and sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves. Enjoy delicious cups of coffee infused with whole eggs or taste the most delicious bread smeared with jam made from whole dried strawberries. Make sure you experience the delicious noodle soup dish, Pho – it’s a Hanoi staple and every vendor claims to make the best!
Interesting etiquette in Vietnam
Make an effort to verbally greet people you meet. Xin chào (pronounced seen chow) is the appropriate formal greeting for strangers. The Vietnamese people are incredibly friendly! Do not touch someone’s head or shoulder or pass items over someone’s head. This is incredibly offensive, even with small children. This is because in Asia, the head is the symbolic highest point. Slurp your noodles! Don’t be afraid to express your enjoyment of your food by making a lot of noise. Embrace the vibrant culture and enjoy learning more about this incredible country!
2. When to Visit
When to Visit
Don’t be fooled by the fact that Hanoi is in Southeast Asia and think shorts and T-shirts are good to go all year round. Hanoi has four seasons, and as the city’s in the northern hemisphere, that means the chilly winter starts in December and steaming summer hovers around July and August. It’s impossible to give firm predictions of the Hanoi weather each month, or even each season, as temperatures, rainfall and sunshine can change from day to day — and often do.
Where to Stay
All of our accommodation options have been vetted by our if i could… team. We’ll share options with you based on your needs and where you’ll be working. We have options in the most centrally located areas of the city. Alternately we have really special home stay options with an incredibly generous host! Our on-the-ground team is there to assist you and ensure that you are able to make the most of your experience!
Transport and getting around
Hanoi is fascinating to explore on foot – and as the roads are congested, walking is encouraged (excellent for your health and the environment!). The city also boasts superb transport services that allow you to explore the entire city using public transport.
Need to get further afield? We suggest using the eco-friendly Electric Bus to get your bearings in the city. It traverses a network of 14 stops in the Old Quarter and around Hoan Kiem Lake, parting the flow of motorbikes and pedestrians like a slow-moving white dragon. Bicycling or motorbiking are also great ways to see the city, are much cheaper options, and very easily available. We’ll show you how to use the public transport and make suggestions for the best way for you to get around based on where you’ll be living and need to be. Our awesome in-country team is knowledgeable and always willing to assist!
HOW INTERNSHIPS IN HANOI WORK
From Application to Internship
Our greatest time investment is understanding your career goals and creating and facilitating a tailor-made internship.
You will be provided with a choice of our top three recommended options which we will select just for you, and from which you will choose one. We will then engage with our partner host organisation to secure your placement. This will be at a reputable non-profit organisation enabling you to gain valuable professional experience. The program costs are $1,595 USD, which includes your $300 USD deposit, airport transfers, orientation and in-country activities, language lessons and ongoing support. You will need to budget for your airfare, accommodation and living expenses, insurances and visas.