Are you passionate about global health in general and the survival of newborn babies in particular? And would you like to volunteer your time and skills in a unique short-term training opportunity in Vietnam that can even earn you university credit?

This Newborn Care program enables you to help address clinical capacity deficits in the resuscitation and essential care of newborn babies in Vietnamese hospitals and universities. You will assist experienced master trainers to provide training workshops for the Helping Babies Breathe and Essential Care for Every Baby curricula.

Co-hosted by GEI, The College of New Jersey and the Council of International Neonatal Nurses, this 8-day service-learning program is available to students in Nursing, Health Sciences, Public Health and related subjects.
– Assist in the development of vital clinical neonatal resuscitation and essential care capacity in Vietnam.
– Gain invaluable intercultural competence relevant to your field of study.
– Examine current issues in global health in Vietnam.
– Explore an exciting Southeast Asian destination and immerse yourself in the rich culture of your hosts.
– Build lasting friendships with a multicultural group of fellow students.

What’s Included?

  • Tuition
  • Health insurance
  • Arrival day airport meet and greet
  • Housing (guesthouses or 2-star hotels)
  • Transportation for program activities
  • Meals during program activities
  • On-site orientation
  • Program-related activity and entrance fees
  • Full-time on-site coordination and support
  • Contribution for training equipment provided to participating local health facilities


What Isn’t?

Not included are the transportation to/from the destination airport (including international airfare and taxes), visas, immunizations, some of the meals, items and services of a personal nature, medical expenses not covered by the insurance provided and other discretionary expenses.

Academic Credits

For some of the program dates, The College of New Jersey offers 4 academic credits to those students who also participate in a Global Health course that is offered in a series of webinars before and after the time in Vietnam. Presence on the TCNJ campus is not required. The additional administrative fee is $500.

Practical information

  • Orientation: A thorough orientation is crucial to the success of a study abroad experience. As part of this course, students participate in a comprehensive online pre-departure orientation as well as an on-site orientation.
  • Support: During the program, GEI staff are available throughout to provide ongoing support on an individual and a group basis. A staff member is reachable 24/7 in case of emergencies.
  • Location and housing: Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, is the gateway to the program. This bustling metropolis of almost 10 million inhabitants is the economic and cultural center of the country. The program’s guesthouse is within easy walking distance of a maze of little restaurants, cafés and shops, as well as of many main attractions such as Ben Thanh Market, the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Museum. The majority of our training workshops take place in remote parts of the country that frequently require considerable overland travel or even domestic flights. Hospital partners are located, for example, in the Mekong Delta, the Central Highlands or the Northern Highlands. These opportunities to visit different parts of the country contribute to a very rich and diverse immersion experience.

Further practical details are available here:
Practical Information

Sustainable Development Goals


  • Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Learn more about the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals here .