LCSI Social Impact Exposure Trip 2023 | Vietnam & Laos
In February 2023, LCSI organised a regional study trip for selected SMU students to visit various organistions working in the social impact ecosystem in Southeast Asia - particularly Laos and Vietnam.
Through the trip, the students were exposed to various regional social issues and the innovative market-based solutions used to tackle them. They also interacted with ecosystem players in the Vietnamese or Laotian social impact space, which would include social enterprises, impact investors, accelerators, as well as corporations who are creating impact.
What did they gain from the trip?
- A better understanding of the social impact ecosystem and identifying where they can potentially play a role through their future careers
- A better understanding of different innovative approaches to address pressing social issues in the region
- A better understanding of the Vietnamese or Laotian context and what lessons can be learned and applied in Singapore
- Opportunity to meet and network with students from Vietnam or Laos Universities
From the trip, students were given the opportunity to interact with social impact organisation such as CrossTech, DatFoods, The House of Wisdom, Joma Bakery Cafe, Big Brother Mouse, and many other partners.