Action on Poverty

Action on Poverty

Action on Poverty (AOP) has worked in Vietnam since 1989, and opened a representative office in Hanoi in 1996. AOP have strived to develop close, mutually beneficial relationships with the communities they work with, as well as with their partners in government and civil society. AOP provides pro-poor livelihood support through an assets-based approach for communities
in Vietnam.

AOP focus on helping people to secure sustainable incomes, with an emphasis on women’s economic empowerment. AOP also work in the areas of climate change, public health, and governance. AOP work directly with local communities in open dialogue to understand their needs and how we can best help.

Find out more on the Action on Poverty website.

Session 3 2019

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam

Dates: 4 January- 15 February 2020

Activity cost: $3000-$3700 approx (note: subject to change)

Cost includes: Accommodation, airport transfers, in-country orientation, insurance for the activity duration

Cost excludes: International flights, meals, daily commute costs to partner organisation, laundry, visa. Optional cultural trip to Halong Bay 2 days/1 night *$257

PACE Travel Grants available (subject to eligibility): $3000 New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants or $1100 PACE Travel Grant

Number of students: Approx 2-3

Students will get to experience Tết (Vietnamese Lunar New Year) whilst in Viet Nam, their most important celebrationand holiday on the Vietnamese calendar. The holiday typically goes for 3-4 days but many organisations allow their staff the full working week off. During this time students will have the option to participate and observe Tet festivities in Ha Noi, continue with placement tasks at their hotel or enjoy a cultural few days away in Halong Bay (costs not included in Student Activity Fee).

Current opportunities

*Please note that the unit availability, timing and activities are always subject to change

PACE unitUnit timingActivity examples
SSCI301 or equivalentSession 2 (before activity)Students will work alongside AOP staff to support ethnic community livelihoods within two value-chains: tourism and fish-farming. Students can assist with evaluating community-based tourism (CBT), making recommendations for service quality improvements, as well as general promotions. As the fish-farmers are currently grouped in an alliance, the board members of the alliance require upskilling to operate more efficiently.
Based on this context, students can focus on either (1) service quality improvements for CBT for households or (2) business support to provide organisational advice/capacity development & training for the fishing alliance
PACE360 or equivalentSession 3 (same time as activity)Students will work alongside AOP staff to support ethnic community livelihoods within two value-chains: tourism and fish-farming. Students can assist with evaluating community-based tourism (CBT), making recommendations for service quality improvements, as well as general promotions. As the fish-farmers are currently grouped in an alliance, the board members of the alliance require upskilling to operate more efficiently.
Based on this context, students can focus on either (1) service quality improvements for CBT for households or (2) business support to provide organisational advice/capacity development & training for the fishing alliance

Before I apply

  1. Receive academic advice to see how a PACE International activity will fit into your degree
  2. Check you meet the eligibility requirements
  3. View the PACE International information session online or visit one of our drop-in sessions
  4. Refer to the PACE International essential resources for application tips, example application form and information on ethical volunteering

Unit info

*Please note that the unit availability, timing and activities are always subject to change

PACE unitUnit timingOverseas activity timingActivity examples
MAS350 or equivalentSession 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Develop promotional material to support the work of Action on Poverty
SSCI301 or equivalentSession 1 (before activity)Winter VacationConduct a study on the quality of a basic health care service as experienced by local people in two provinces of Vietnam. Students design the study, develop the survey toolkit, interview local people with the assistance of a translator, analyse the survey results and report their findings.
INTS305 or equivalentSession 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Prepare and design a promotions strategy for Action on Poverty
PACE360 or equivalentSession 3/
Winter Vacation (same time as activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Student activity will address and assist with the promotion of sustainable tourism and agricultural products of SMEs in Da Bac, Hoa Binh Province. Overall, students will work to improve market linkages of AOP's livelihood support programming.
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