Exploring the UN SDGs in Vietnam

By October 10, 2019Blog, Students, Teachers

Traveling to Vietnam will be an unforgettable experience – no matter where in the country you go. From its staggering natural beauty and cultural complexities, dynamic megacities and hill-tribe villages, Vietnam is both exotic and compelling. 

Arriving in Hanoi, you will experience a sensory overload, from the smell of spices, the sight of countless motorbikes while you are trying to cross the street, or the delicious rice dishes you will try. 

But a CAS Trip is more than just traveling the country, it entails experiencing the local life and integrating yourself into society. Regardless of where you will travel to, CAS Trips has ensured that an average of 8 United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) are incorporated in your trip. 

During your exploration of Vietnam, you will be dissecting seven of the UN SDGs. This blog post will explain each UN SDG and how you and your students will learn about each, incorporate them into trip and bring them back home through the Changemakers Challenge. 

Goal 1: No Poverty

Goal 1 is all about reducing poverty through economic growth whilst providing sustainable jobs and promoting equality. During your trip to Vietnam, you will be learning about Vietnam’s society, life in remote villages and how local NGOs are supporting villages and schools to ensure a reduction in poverty. 

Goal 2: No Hunger

The rice fields in Vietnam are a key tourist attraction but also the livelihood of the country. Goal 2 ensures that the food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development, and is central for hunger and poverty eradication. While exploring Vietnam, CAS Trips travelers will learn how to grow rice, learn to understand the importance of sustainable growth for the communities, and much more. 

Goal 4: Quality Education

For a lot of us, education is a given. However, in various countries around the world education is still a privilege. The UN SDG Goal number 4 is about acknowledging that obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and the key to sustainable development. Students will visit local schools and interact with students in a collaborative manner. 

Goal 6: Clean Water & Sanitation

Goal number 6 is an essential part of the world we want to live in: Clean, accessible water for all. In Vietnam, there are remote parts where access to water and sanitation can be a challenge. Local NGOs support villages to ensure that water is accessible and, that to the largest extent possible, there is access to sanitation. 

During the Vietnam trip, CAS Trips travelers will have the opportunity to communicate directly with local communities ahead of their arrival to determine what infrastructure they desperately need. Working in collaboration with an NGO on the ground, bespoke projects such as septic tanks and water treatment infrastructure can be created and fundraised for by your group prior to arrival. Students will then have the opportunity to see and work on their project while on the ground.

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities 

To reduce inequalities, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations. In countries like Vietnam, we often find communities ignored by their government, which often impacts children and women the hardest.  During your trip to Vietnam, you will be collaborating with NGOs and charities who are working directly with local communities to increase numeracy and literacy rates amongst the female population.

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities

There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more. CAS Trips travelers come from all over the world, and it is fascinating to see students engage with the local communities and learn from each other. During your trip to Vietnam, you will be staying in local communities with host families, learning about the everyday life in a local Vietnamese community. 

Goal 15: Life on Land 

Goal 15 is crucial for Vietnam, where agriculture plays such an important role. Goal 15 aims to sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss. During your trip to Vietnam you will learn how local communities harvest sustainably, whilst rolling up your sleeves to help. 

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