Vietnam Discovery 2017

Though a partnership with Peace Works Travel, Cinematic Arts Experience is proud to announce Vietnam Discovery 2017. We believe this alliance will provide the opportunity for our students to learn about new cultures and tell stories that would otherwise be out of reach. While the goal of our trip is to create a documentary (or several) about the local culture, Peace Works has lined up an itinerary for us that will allow us to see the sites of Vietnam and learn about the country's history and people. Our adventure begins in Hanoi, the animated capital of Vietnam. Walk through streets lined by French colonial buildings and into bustling markets alive with culture. Appreciate Vietnam’s nationalist history at Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” - a prison camp used first to cage Vietnamese rebel fighters and American prisoners of war. Our visit to the Peace Village, Hanoi, will introduce our group to the long-term effects of Agent Orange. A collaborative effort involving Hanoi University students - who students meet pre-departure through an electronic pen-pal exchange – integrates Vietnamese and American students into combined groups serving resident children. Next, we fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam’s bustling metropolis and most populated cosmopolitan city. Key sites inform students about the “American War” through a lens of compassion which considers the impact on US soldiers and policy-makers, the American citizenry, and Vietnamese civilians from the North and South. We venture to the Tay Ninh province to see the famous Cu Chi Tunnels - an expansive underground network that once housed 10,000 Vietnamese resistance fighters during the height of the War. A homestay in the Mekong Delta teaches students about the unique culture and agricultural abundance of ancient river life. Ultimately, our journey informs students about responsible global citizenship, the power of mutual prosperity, and triumph of humanity rising from an unthinkable past.

Dates

June 17 – June 29, 2017

Cost

$2990.00 (plus international air fare, estimated $900-$1000)

Students will be able to use our campaign fundraising in order to raise money from friends, family, and neighbors for their trip.

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