WHO WE ARE
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity – Vietnam (SEO-Vietnam) is an affiliate of the global network of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity. Founded in 2009, SEO-Vietnam operates as a non-profit organization.
Our flagship Fellowship Program is the most prestigious and competitive career program in Vietnam and has been operating since the summer of 2009. This program cultivates leadership knowledge, skills, and attitudes among high achieving tertiary students and connects these students to each other and with leading businesses and non-profit organizations in Vietnam.
After ten years of operation, SEO-Vietnam now has ~500 alumni spread around the world and across a diverse array of industries. We remain committed to support these alumni with development programs and community service initiatives, including a formal mentorship program for alumni. In addition, through “Momentum” (name to be finalized), SEO-Vietnam is committed to supporting younger, disadvantaged students to cultivate their leadership skills, experiences, and social capital to facilitate broader participation in the flagship Fellowship Program.
SEO-Vietnam is staffed exclusively by volunteer alumni consistent with the organization’s commitment to being alumni-led. Alumni also comprise the majority of board members.
Responsible leadership for Vietnam
Cultivating leadership, connecting leaders, creating impact
We deliberately inculcate a feeling of fellowship with each other as a result of us sharing common attitudes, interests and goals. We care for each other and support each other, especially around the uniting theme of an enduring commitment to Vietnam.
We value and celebrate different experiences, ideas and thoughts. We commit to demonstrating respect for difference. Because we are also aware of our privilege, we promote inclusive behaviors.
We embrace our duty to serve as good caretakers of resources – whether those resources are human, intellectual, financial, environmental or otherwise. We accept the obligation to be accountable for our exercising of leadership skills.
We are inspired by Brene Brown’s words, that “integrity means choosing courage over comfort; choosing what is right over what is fun, fast, or easy; and choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them”. We hold ourselves to high standards.
We recognise the importance of reflecting on our experience in order to improve our practice and develop ourselves. Learning, for us, is both individual and collective, and ongoing.