The Singapore Government consistently encourages enterprising Singaporeans to venture into the region to help grow Singapore’s economic ‘hinterland’, given the city state’s small size.
A Southeast Asian neighbour that offers great potential for such opportunities is Vietnam, with whom Singapore recently marked 50 years of diplomatic relations.
Building Regional Ties in Outdoor and Adventure Learning
Riding on this wave of new opportunities and with the Singapore Government’s encouragement in mind, RP cemented a partnership with Outward Bound Vietnam (OBV) with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in February 2023.
OBV was established in 2016 and is part of Outward Bound International, a network of outdoor and adventure education centres which operates in 35 countries. OBV has a sister organisation in Outward Bound Singapore.
The MOU significantly expands on a successful relationship that began in 2017, with OBV hosting activities including student internships, Student Overseas Trips (SOTs) and staff training.
Our students have benefitted greatly from this partnership and derive valuable experience from their time in Vietnam. One student who interned at OBV shared that she thoroughly enjoyed the learning and work opportunities; from administration, accounting and course documentation work to supporting, coordinating and planning outdoor programmes.
Mr Nguyen Tung Linh, Acting Director of OBV also expressed his excitement for the partnership: “This MOU opens a new chapter for our long-term partnership as OBV looks forward to welcoming more RP students and staff to our basecamps in Ha Long and Quy Nhon.”.