TupuToa – Communities and Culture in Vietnam



Internships, Communities and Culture in Ho Chi Minh City

This programme is funded by Education New Zealand’s Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia.

Programme Dates: 19th November 2022 – 22nd January 2023

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Ho Chi Minh City is, in our humble opinion, the most exciting destination in Southeast Asia! Bursting with cafes, craft breweries, street food, markets and mopeds, the city itself is full of colour and energy. Pagoda and TupuToa are offering an exciting employability and cultural onboarding week followed by an 8-week internship in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for Māori and Pacific youth with funding from Education New Zealand’s prestigious Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia.


1 week onboarding + 8 week internship in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Programme Fee:
The cost of this programme will be covered by Education New Zealand’s Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia

*Please note, a NZD $200 deposit will be requested upon booking form being signed. This is a refundable deposit to cover no-shows and/or any damage incurred to accommodation.

+ Arrival in Vietnam: 19th November 2022
+ Onboarding Week: 21st to 27th November
+ Full-time Internships: Monday-Friday From 28th November until 20th Jan 2023
+ Depart Vietnam: 22nd Jan 2023

Throughout your time in Vietnam, you’ll be supported by Pagoda Projects’ friendly and experienced on-site team. Support will include pick-up and orientation, full onboarding week, 24-hour emergency assistance, and opportunities to join a range of additional ongoing events, trips and activities with other participants on-place.

If your application is successful, you must register with https://safetravel.co.nz prior to departure. TupuToa require you to attend onboarding and induction workshops in Auckland before you leave for Vietnam.


+ WIFI, Rent, bills & all management fees included
+ A fully furnished apartment: cookware, bedding all included
+ Cleaning service 2-3 times per week included
+ In safe and interesting areas with good local options


Our onboarding week will immerse your group in the amazing Vietnamese culture, visit local attractions, take part in tours a presentations from both corporates and NGOs with a focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable business practices.

You will then individually join a local organisation for an 8-week internship in a field of your choice. Pagoda Projects will work with you to find a position in a host company that will give you a quality work experience relating to your interests and aspirations. You can browse the various opportunities below.



Register interest with TupuToa and be approved by their selection panel. Once you have been awarded the scholarship, register via the form below to provide Pagoda with your details.



Successful participants will be introduced to the Pagoda Projects team who will work with you to apply to the most suitable internship positions and prepare you for the programme.



Following your internship confirmation, we will help you with your pre-departure preparations. There will be predeparture calls and an online predeparture session delivered by Pagoda Projects.

What’s Included?

+ Support before, during and after your programme
+ Full onboarding week including; Vietnamese tuition, visits to international businesses and community organisations, cultural activities and theme-specific workshops
+ Arrangement of full-time internship with one of our partner host companies
+ Flights (arranged by TupuToa)
+ Stipend of NZD $1000 (arranged by TupuToa)
+ Medical and travel insurance
+ Visa application letter and support
+ Accommodation as detailed above
+ Welcome pack including SIM-card, T-Shirt, bag, reusable bottle
+ Orientation & personal introduction to your host company
+ 24/7 emergency contact person
+ Option to join regular trips & events
+ Access to the Pagoda Projects alumni network

What’s not Included?

+ In-country transport (except for onboarding week)
+ Day to day living and personal expenses
+ Any vaccinations/inoculations recommended by your doctor or required by Vietnam
+ Any other costs incurred that aren’t specifically mentioned as being included in the programme
+ Optional activities and dinners
+ Any Covid related costs (i.e. quarantine if required by host location or upon return to New Zealand)


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