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Citizen Diplomacy

Travel with us for a life-changing experience

Our citizen diplomacy trips reach beyond simplistic views and provide an opportunity for travelers to volunteer and experience Vietnam from a unique and rewarding perspective rarely offered to the average tourist. PeaceTrees’ ambassadors make personal connections with the people of Quang Tri by working alongside them, sharing meals and planting trees — and making lasting friendships. Our long history of strong ties to our local partners help to open doors and shed light on life as it is lived by the Vietnamese people today.

Our trips also include several days at the beginning and end of the service work in Quang Tri Province to explore Vietnam’s scooter-filled cities, gracious old towns, beautiful beaches and sobering battlefields. A typical trip might include:

Day 1: Depart Seattle

Day 2: Arrive late to Hanoi

Days 3-4: Orientation briefing, visit with Hanoi-based PeaceTrees Vietnam Partners; Sightseeing in Hanoi including Hoan Kiem Lake, the Temple of Literature (Vietnam’s first national university built in 1070), Museum of Ethnology, the Old Quarter, and other points of interest

Day 5: Travel to Hue, the seat of Nguyen Dynasty emperors and the national capital from 1802 to 1945.

Days 6-8: Three days of engagement with PeaceTrees Vietnam’s work, visiting kindergartens and libraries, observing our EOD teams in the field, and community service and tree planting activities will be balanced with opportunities to learn about Quang Tri Province as it is today as well as before, during, and after the war. Area excursions include the Vinh Moc Tunnels, Cua Tung beach, Ben Hai river, Khe Sanh.

Days 9-10: Excursion to Da Nang with visit to Hoi An, cooking class

Day 11: Depart for Ho Chi Minh City, and visit points of interest including the War Remnants Museum and Independence Palace. Farewell dinner

Day 12: Depart for U.S. or extend travel

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