AGEC Students Travel to Vietnam During Spring Break

Written by Madison Hire

“I really enjoy agriculture and to have the opportunity to learn about it in a different part of the world as well as a different culture is something that I couldn’t pass up,” said JR Edmondson (Junior; Commodity Marketing; Clayton, IN). As one of a few students who got to visit Vietnam during his spring break, he was able to learn about their economics and other basic agricultural practices throughout the country. 

While the students got to visit many places, JR’s favorite place was the Floating Market in Can Tho. There they toured with other students from a local university, giving Purdue students a different type of insight on the culture. 

Another student from the AGEC department, Joseph Callahan (Senior; Applied Agricultural Economics; Lafayette, IN), said his favorite part of the trip was, “the farm stay hotel. I liked this place the best because we were able to go fishing with our hands in a muddy canal.” This was a place where students got to be actively involved in different activities and learn some of the culture first hand. 

The students in attendance learned many different things throughout their time in Vietnam but shared a couple of their most memorable learning experiences. Joseph said, “Something interesting that I learned during my trip was that Vietnam was a lot more capitalistic than I thought. There were many people making a living by selling different food products to the open markets.”  Both students from the AGEC department seemed to take away major economic pictures from their trips, comparing it to our economic culture here in America. JR said, “Something interesting that I learned is how much ag trade that there is with Vietnam.  Due to their strategic location a lot of the grain that the U.S. exports to all of Southeast Asia travels through Vietnam.  The economy in Vietnam is growing at a very rapid rate so there are a lot of prospects for trade in the future with them.”  

Both students really enjoyed their time in Vietnam and would highly recommend other students to take the opportunity for themselves!
Applications will come out in the fall semester, so be sure to watch the study abroad page if you are interested in traveling to Vietnam!

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