Statia Elliot on Leave for Change
Lucky me! I was the practice tourist for students from the tour guiding program. Motor bike to Cholon, Saigon China Town, banh beo for breakfast then the flower market, fabric market, Tien Hau Temple (goddess of the sea), palm salad and more for lunch. So fun! And helps me to better understand the curriculum to have seen it in action. Tomorrow I present my findings to faculty and staff.
Beyond their hospitality classes, the College students here also learn English, exercise every day to music, oh… and juggle!
It really is an interesting experience to review a tourism program while being a tourist! The College has programs in culinary arts, hotel management, and tour guiding. My review is based on the Vietnamese Tourism Occupational Standards, aligning the current tourism curriculum against the standards, but influenced by own travel experiences I must admit. So, here I am pictured with students, and also with performers at the Saigon Opera House show Teh Dar, depicting Vietnamese tribal life, amazing!