• Explore Hanoi's vibrant streets & historical sites with expert guides
  • Assist a regional community with a 2 day service project
  • 2 days walking through hilltribe regions
  • Develop leadership qualities whilst gaining independence and resilience
  • Conservation service program with local youth collective
  • Explore the ancient Imperial city of Hue and charming town of Hoi An
  • Return home with a rich insight into the culture, traditions and society of Vietnam
  • Enjoy and experience the UNESCO listed Hoi An Ancient Town
  • Travelling with your peers and strengthening bonds through shared experience

A wonderful, active, tailor made service immersion program designed students at Roseville College. Without a doubt travelling through the rural and urban settings of Vietnam under your own steam is one of the finest ways to discover the country’s charm, culture and stunning landscapes. Travelling with our local guide we gain a wonderful insight into Vietnam and its people. We start the adventure by taking in the historical and cultural highlights in and around Hanoi. We then head west past Mai Chau to the ethnic minority villages around Hang Kia, with its deep valleys, thickly forested mountains and a variety of ethnic minority groups. Here we commence our service learning, giving back to a local community on a locally identified project. We undertake our village trek through remote hamlets and hill tribe villages while staying in dormitory guest stays. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience first hand the lifestyles of rural Vietnam. We return to Hanoi and take an overnight train (a unique experience) to Hue and then Hoi An for the final stage of your journey to experience the UNESCO listed town of Hoi An. This is truly unique opportunity.





After all your preparations, your departure day has arrived. Depart from Sydney International Airport on Vietnam Airlines VN786 at 14:15 and arrive in Hanoi at 21:20 (direct flight from Sydney) On arrival at Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi), you will be met by your World Expeditions Schools guide who will accompany you throughout the program in Vietnam. Due to the late arrival flight, we head to your hotel for check in and overnight Overnight Hanoi hotel

Meals:  Nil

Today we rise for breakfast before we join our guide and head out to visit some of Hanoi's key culturally and historically significant locations and learn about different facets of Vietnam’s culture and periods of History. You'll walk from the hotel through the old French colonial district to the Vietnamese Women’s Museum where you will learn about the significant influence of women in Vietnam’s history. You will then transfer to the Temple of Literature, one of the most interesting shrines in Hanoi, called “Le Pagoda des Corbeaux” by the French, because of the huge flocks of crows gathering in the mango trees near the entrance. Built in 1070, the complex consists of five courtyards dedicated to Confucius and the pursuit of Confucian thought and behavior. It is here that Vietnam’s first university was founded. Lunch will be at a nearby local restaurant called KOTO (Know one Teach one), a social enterprise that trains disadvantaged youths in hospitality. After lunch we continue our urban exploration learning about the more recent history and the unification period of Vietnam as you stroll around the Ho Chi Minh complex and walk across one of Hanoi's beautiful green spaces to the edge of the West Lake where you will hop in an electric cart to explore the area on wheels. You return to the hotel to rest and refresh before dinner. Overnight Hanoi hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we transfer to Hang Kia. Hang Kia is in the heights of the Mai Chau province in a dry, rocky and mountainous area inhabited predominantly by Hmong people. It will take you around 3.5 – 4hours from Hanoi to Hang Kia, including a stop on route. Arriving in Hang Kia, you will be welcomed by a local family, have lunch at their house. In the afternoon, Transfer from the guesthouse to the project site. The guide will do the briefing about the project, and then distribute the work task between the team. So that you will know the work you will be handle by next days. Back to the guesthouse in Hang Kia, refresh and free to explore the area before dinner. We will visit the site where we will complete our service program and start splitting ourselves into groups and assessing the work that needs to be carried out by the group. Whilst we are here we will sleep in a traditional stilt house converted to a open dormitory configuration. Each night we will enjoy traditional meals prepared carefully by your hosts. **Whilst our accommodation in a traditional stilt house converted into a dormitory is rustic it is a highlight of many people's journey. Each student will have an individual mattress and mosquito net as well as clean bed sheets. There are western style flushing toilets and bathrooms are equipped with hot running water.

Meals:  B,L,D

Over the next two days we will work on our designated project for the local community as part of our regenerative program. The hours that you work each day are flexible, however it is anticipated that you will be involved in labour work for up to 6 - 7 hours a day. You will need to bring a pair of study work gloves with you from home and wear clothing which you do not mind getting dirty. The people from the village will be anticipating your visit and the assistance and capacity building you are providing will bring long term benefits to the village. The exact details of the project will be decided by the village heads in the months prior to your travel and be discussed with your team prior to your departure. Lunches will be taken at the at the project site or back at your guiesthouse (depending on location of project site). The project is set up alongside our Travel, Give, Grow regenerative travel concept offering unique experiences to help foster respect for the natural world as well as the diverse people and cultures that live in it. This style of travel helps develop confidence, resilience, tolerance, problem solving abilities, team work, fitness and key life skills. At the completion of the project, a celebration will be held with the group and community. Overnight Village Homestay

Meals:  B,L,D

We enjoy breakfast at our guesthouse before we farewell our hosts and transfer to a small settlement for a Batik dyeing workshop with the Hmong women of the village. This hands on session gives us a wonderful insight into an ancient tradition and culture. Everyone will try our hand at making a Batik design which we will be able to keep and take home. We enjoy lunch with our hosts at the guesthouse. In the afternoon we commence our trek trek (approx 3 hours) to Cun Pheo Valley, an area inhabited by White Thai people. We meet our vehicle here and then take a short transfer to Ban Buoc village for our overnight stay. Overnight traditional dorm style accommodation

Meals:  B,L,D

We have an early start this morning and commence our walk along village paths and through small hamlets, rice fields and vegetable gardens to Mai Hich hamlet where you will enjoy a cooking session and lunch with a local family, learning to cook rice in bamboo with a local barbeque. In the early afternoon we transfer to Hanoi, where we will have a light dinner and refresh before boarding our overnight train to Hue. Overnight sleeper train, 4 berth cabins (exclusive cabin use for students).

Meals:  B,L,D

Hue was Vietnam’s last feudal capital, and today you will get an insider’s point of view to the highlights of this nostalgic city. Your first stop is a visit to Tu Duc Tomb, which is located near the quiet Thuy Bieu Village, 6.5-km from the city centre. It’s a sprawling compound centred on the lake and several waterways, and includes numerous memorials. Next, you’ll visit a local garden house where your host will welcome you with hand-made ginger jam and tea. We then visit a local village to explore the daily local life in the peaceful countryside, before enjoying some traditional dishes of Hue. After the delicious home hosted lunch, we take a leisurely boat ride across the Perfume River then transfer to Imperial Citadel, the best-preserved remnant of the vast citadel and royal quarters that once existed on the site. Here you can see the ravages of time and war on what was the carefully designed capital of the Nguyen Dynasty. Built in the early 19th century by armies of conscripted labourers under Emperor Gia Long, the citadel was surrounded by a 10-kilometre moat while earthen walls formed the outer perimeter. Transfer back to your hotel. Dinner at local restaurant

Meals:  B,L,D

In the morning, we rise for breakfast before joining our vehicle for the drive to Hoi An. We pass Lang Co Bay and stop at the top of Hai Van Pass for amazing views over the surrounds. On arrival in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Hoi An we check into our hotel and refresh before heading out for a walking orientation tour in the Old Town of Hoi An. We walk the ancient streets of Hoi An, lined with Chinese traders’ homes and wooden houses reincarnated as restaurants, cafés, and outlets for local artists, craftsmen and tailors. Hoi An's unique architecture is well displayed in what is arguably Vietnam's most tourist-friendly town. Explore the beautiful 16th century Japanese Bridge. A symbol of Hoi An and a testament to its fascinating history, the Japanese Bridge was constructed around the early 17th century, though the exact date is unknown. The bridge, also known as the Pagoda Bridge (Chua Cau), was built by Japanese craftsmen who were part of a larger community of foreign merchants active in Hoi An. There is no travel allowed in the main streets during certain times making it a delight to explore on foot. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure before dinner at a nearby restaurant. Overnight Hoi An

Meals:  B,L,D

Today the group will travel on small roads and across narrow bridges to an island of the Thu Bon River located about 15 kilometres from the hotel. We will meet up with a local youth collective that acts for a more sustainable future. They will introduce the current coastal erosion situation to the group, explaining the challenges, the risks and the possible answers to this very real problem. Then the group will help restoring the ecosystem by planting trees in the area and supporting the natural protection against floods. We have lunch at a local farm on the way back from the tree planting to the town. Afternoon at leisure to rest or shopping in the old town. Sunset and dinner on the beach. Overnight hotel Hoi An

Meals:  B,L,D

In the late-morning, the group is transferred to Danang airport to take a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Connect with your evening flight to Sydney. Depart Danang (DAD) on VN131 at 15:10 and arrive in Ho Chi Minh (SGN) at 16:45. Connect with: VN 773 departing SGN at 20:45

Meals:  B

You will arrive into Sydney on VN773 at 09:15 where a warm welcome awaits!

Meals:  Nil

Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals

No Poverty:  Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.

Quality Education:  Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.

Sustainable Cities And Communities:  There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.

Life On Land:  Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

Partnerships For The Goals:  Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Learning outcomes for students

World Expeditions Schools journeys are designed to encourage positive personal development and the learning of life skills, while leaving the communities and environments we travel to, in a better condition than when we arrived.
The programs are designed to:
• build strong friendships and bonds with their peers, their teachers, and the local people they meet.
• increase the confidence to engage with new people, and collaboratively make informed decisions.
• discover the benefits of working cooperatively together as a cohesive team, to achieve a common objective.
• Increase the ability to face, and cope with, mental and physical challenges and therefore increase resilience.
• give students a chance to appreciate and care for the natural world. The environments we travel through are beautiful and often pristine, invariably the students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding about how their individual actions impact on the environment.
• Learn personal skills i.e., time management, personal hygiene, responsibility for personal gear, patience, tolerance, and public speaking.
We help encourage students to learn what it means to be a true global citizen.


  • Return economy international and domestic group flights with Vietnam Airlines
  • Teachers traveling from Roseville College
  • All meals as per the itinerary
  • Hotel (3 star), communal dormitory stay and guesthouse accommodation
  • 1 night overnight train (4 berth cabin, exclusive student use)
  • Private air-conditioned vehicles used for all airport transfers and group transport
  • Expert English speaking tour leader throughout in Vietnam who will carry a group medical kit
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in the itinerary
  • Minimum 2.5 ltrs drinking water per day, 3 ltrs on trek days
  • Tips

  • Mineral water beyond that supplied
  • Items of a personal nature ie phone calls laundry and email
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance - compulsory
  • Project materials and labour force estimate to be fund raised by the group



The Roseville College Vietnam Service, Trek & Cultural Learning Journey is graded introductory. This is primarily due to the low altitude gains and the condition of the trail which is well defined and not unduly demanding. During the two day trek you will be walking for up to three-four hours each day at a slow but steady pace. We suggest doing some hill walking with your daypack and keeping active through your regular sporting commitments in the lead up to your trip to ensure you enjoy the program to its fullest.

Customise your program

We can fully customise a School Travel Program to suit your students' learning objectives and budget. Whether you require a Service Learning program, physical challenge, cultural immersion or certain curriculum targets - talk to one of our educational travel experts about the elements you need in your itinerary. We pride ourselves on developing unique itineraries to meet the learning requirements for schools.

World Expeditions Schools is a division of one of the world's leading adventure travel companies, World Expeditions. We can develop itineraries in any destination that is offered by World Expeditions, which is to every continent on earth.

Use our simple Expedition Design Form to contact us with your requirements and an educational travel expert will be in touch to assist.

Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

Fully Customised
School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

Safety and
Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.


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Our educational travel experts are ready to help you tailor an itinerary or service learning project to suit your school’s needs and budget. Contact us today to receive a free consultation.

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