Volunteer in Vietnam


English teaching program in Ho Chi Minh City schools
Ho Chi Minh City       2 projects of 2 wks from September to November

Volunteer project: The aim of the project is to give local students a chance to improve their English listening and speaking skills, and to encourage them to communicate confidently and freely in English.

The project is in cooperation with the Education Department of Ho Chi Minh City. There are 5 different schools from elementary, secondary to high school, with about 5000 students from 1st grade to 12th grade, who are part of this project. Most students have studied English for some years, but still cannot speak or cannot speak smoothly. It is believed that with the help of the volunteers in the schools, the local students will improve their communication skills, as well as their knowledge about global youth. Through participation in the project, volunteers will have a chance to learn more about local culture and life of children in Vietnam.

Volunteers will mainly focus on speaking and communication. Games, songs, other fun activities are encouraged to facilitate the education process and the exchange with students.
Besides the time in class, there will be also organized outdoor and club activities, and volunteers will be invited to join as participants or co-organizers.
The working schedule will be Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with two hours in between for lunch break.

Study theme: Youth and students in Vietnam

Special requirements: Interest and motivation for working with children and youth

Leisure activities: Vietnamese Day, International Day, self-organized city tour and excursions, etc.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a dormitory in Saigon. Shared rooms. Sleeping on mattresses. Free Wi-Fi is available at the volunteer house.

Location: Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City (or Sai Gon), in the southern part of Vietnam.

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 USD
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
September 26 - October 8, 2016
November 21 - December 3, 2016

Care and support for abandoned children in South Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City       2 projects of 2 wks in October and December

Volunteer project: The volunteers will support an orphanage run by monks, which was built in the early 20th century, and is quite famous in Ho Chi Minh City. The orphanage is now a place of charity for unlucky children and also helps treat diseases. Now the monks are taking care of and bringing up more than 200 children from the South of Vietnam. The children here have unfortunate backgrounds as many have been abandoned by their parents and relatives. Every few months, the monks find a new baby left in front of the pagoda gate. The head monk sometimes receives phone calls from hospitals requesting him to take in abandoned babies. At the moment, about 200 children live in the orphanage; their ages ranging from 5 days old to 20 years old. 90 of them are orphans that are suffering from cerebral palsy, blindness or Down syndrome. At present, about 30-40 local children have the chance to study at the orphanage as some local teachers teach them Vietnamese in the morning.

Volunteers will spend time with the children and help to improve their English, organize games and other activities for them. Volunteers will also do some manual work to improve the houses and classrooms of the children, like painting, cleaning and renovation. Volunteers will get closer to the children’s life and try to build up wider horizons for the children and encourage them to learn better for a brighter future. Volunteers may also support children with disabilities in the disabled children room.

Study theme: Disadvantaged children in Vietnam

Special requirements: Interest and motivation for working with children in difficult situation

Leisure activities: Vietnamese Day, International Day, self-organized city tour and excursions, etc.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a dormitory in Saigon. Shared rooms. Sleeping on mattresses. Free Wi-Fi is available at the volunteer house.

Location: Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City (or Sai Gon), in the southern part of Vietnam.

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 USD
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
October 10 - October 22, 2016
December 5 - December 17, 2016

Help prepare meals for the poor in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh Cityn       October 24 - November 5, 2016

Volunteer project: Volunteers in this project will help out at a charity restaurant that offers affordable meals to poor students, immigrants and local workers in Ho Chi Minh City. The restaurant does fundraising in order to be able to offer quality meals at a low cost of 2000 VND (less than 10 cents).

Volunteers are needed in this project to support the charity mission of the restaurant and help prepare meals for poor people. Volunteers with relevant experience can join the cooking. Most of the time, volunteers will help preparing food, washing vegetables, setting up tables.

The restaurant is located in the central part of Ho Chi Minh City. Participants in this charity project will be able to learn about life in the city which changes very quickly with a growing gap between different parts of society.

Volunteers' main duties in the charity restaurant involve preparing food, washing vegetables or setting up tables. They will also help serving meals, cleaning tables, washing dishes. Work hours are 8 am to 1 pm, Monday to Friday.

Study theme: Poor and disadvantaged people in Vietnam

Special requirements: Volunteers in this project are expected to be motivated, hard working, enthusiastic and attentive. Cooking experience is very welcome.

Leisure activities: Vietnamese Day, International Day, self-organized city tour and excursions, etc.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a dormitory in Saigon. Shared rooms. Sleeping on mattresses. Free Wi-Fi is available at the volunteer house. It takes about 30 minutes by bus to get to the restaurant.

Location: In the central part of Ho Chi Minh city

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 USD
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Providing care for autistic and disabled children in Hanoi
Hanoi       November 1 - November 12, 2016


Volunteer project: The project will take place in a center for disabled and autistic children in Hanoi. The mission of the center is to help those children become more independent in their everyday life by building their self-confidence. At the centre we aim to help educate and improve mental health, as well as provide development and vocational skills training to help integrate these individuals back into employment. This not only allows children to feel independent in their everyday life but will also lessen the potential burden on families and the society. Currently, the centre has 80 disabled children with ailments including Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, children who have been victims of Agent Orange, as well as other mental illnesses. The Centre applies specific education measures which are suited for each child and uses psychotherapy methods in attempts to rehabilitate the mentally disabled. Some of the children are treated with medicines.

The volunteers will organize activities for the kids; will do gardening (planting, picking up grass, etc.); and will help in the renovation of the building and some other manual works.

Leisure activities: During the weekend, the volunteers can visit beautiful spots in Ha Noi and its surroundings such as Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh, the Perfume Pagoda in Ha Tay... The evenings could be used for cultural exchange, games, parties with local volunteers.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a dormitory. Please, bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Ha Noi, the capital of Vietnam.

Terminal: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 5,000,000 VND (about 220 USD)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Care for disabled children in a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City       November 7 - November 19, 2016

Volunteer project: Volunteers will work with disabled children in the Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. The hospital provides orthopedic and physiotherapy care to children and adults from all over the south of Vietnam. The patients who come here for rehabilitation treatment are usually referred by their doctors or other hospitals.

The hospital mainly focuses on orthopedics, with various rooms for different treatments including a daycare room for disabled children where they can receive physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

Volunteers will spend most of their time in the daycare room working with disabled children. Volunteers are also expected to help with some manual tasks such as cleaning, painting or renovating the children's room.

Study theme: Disadvantaged children in Vietnam

Special requirements: Interest and motivation for working with children in difficult situation

Leisure activities: Vietnamese Day, International Day, self-organized city tour and excursions, etc.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a dormitory in Saigon. Shared rooms. Sleeping on mattresses. Free Wi-Fi is available at the volunteer house.

Location: Nha Be District, Ho Chi Minh City

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 USD
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Rehabilitation for disabled children and improving their living environment
Son Tay       December 2 - December 14, 2016


Volunteer project: This project is organised with the Rehabilitation Centre for Handicapped Children, located 13 km from the small town of Son Tay and 70 km from the capital Hanoi. Founded in 1976, the centre was originally opened for disabled children of veterans infected with the Agent Orange, the toxic chemical used during the war. Over time, the centre started to render its services to all disabled children. It now houses up to 150 children and 50 staff. The children, aged 6 to 18, suffering from mental or physical disabilities, are provided with rehabilitation, special education and vocational training. The ultimate goal of the centre is to help the children integrate into society. While special education helps to lessen the burden on families by teaching the disabled children to take care of themselves, the vocational training programs enable them to earn their living and live independently in the future. Thousands of children have benefited from the education here and many of them now have a stable job. The centre itself has five staff who were nursed and educated in this school and they are now helping other unlucky children.

There are two types of work that the volunteers can help with in the centre: Manual outdoor work involving gardening and renovation, and social activities with the children. Manual tasks can vary but the need of renovation and construction is constant because the centre was built more than 30 years ago. Groups of volunteers have been helping the centre since 2008 with some construction work and small projects.

At the same time, volunteers can work in the rehabilitation room where handicapped children come to do exercises and have physical therapy. There are nurses and family members helping and taking care of the kids, but the presence of volunteers always brings great enjoyment to them all. Although you may not have background and skills in physical therapy, you would certainly bring smiles and encouragement to these disadvantaged kids who strive day by day for a better future. Volunteers' help is also needed in the classrooms for special education such as special classes for mentally retarded children, basic education for deaf and mute children, vocational classes where children learn to sew, do embroideries, wool knitting. Working with kids here requires a lot of creativity.

A special task for the volunteers will be to make a traditional New Year's cake for all children in the center. We also plan to redecorate one or two rooms for special education classes. We can let children draw, and together with them, make their classrooms more lively.

Special requirements: Interest in working with children with disabilities.

Leisure activities: Weekends will be free for personal travel and leisure. A culture day will be organized by the volunteers.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in the centre, sharing a large room. You need to bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Son Tay, Ha Noi

Terminal: Hanoi Airport, 2 hour drive to the west

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 5,000,000 VND (about 220 USD)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Merry Christmas for disadvantaged Vietnamese kids in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City       December 18 - December 26, 2016


Volunteer project: Christmas is a famous holiday in many countries in the world. Families are always happy to celebrate this holiday which brings hope and strengthens relationships. In Vietnam, there are still a lot of disadvantaged children, disabled children and orphans as well as disadvantaged elderly people who don’t have families to support them.

With the help of international volunteers, we will try to “bring” Santa Clause to the disadvantaged children in Ho Chi Minh City (orphans, disabled, hospital patients, the homeless and the poor) to share and to build up their dream. Children can be born in different situations but they need to live in an equal environment and we are here to create that environment.

Volunteers will carry out performances, will do decoration, will organize games, drawing, gifts and fundraising, etc...

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay at a guesthouse. Meals are at a local restaurant near the project site. Volunteers should bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 5,000,000 VND (about 220 USD)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Merry Christmas for disadvantaged Vietnamese kids in Hanoi
Hanoi       December 19 - December 26, 2016


Volunteer project: Christmas is a famous holiday in many countries in the world. Families are always happy to celebrate this holiday which brings hope and strengthens relationships. Although not listed as an official Vietnamese holiday, Christmas is celebrated in Vietnam since the country was part of the French Empire and there are still French influences in the Christmas traditions. Many Catholic churches have a big nativity crib scene or 'creche' with nearly life size statues of Mary, Joesph, baby Jesus, the shepherds and animals.

The international volunteers in this project will “bring” Santa Clause to orphans and disabled children, hospital patients, homeless and the poor, to share the holiday spirit and to help them build up their dreams. The volunteers will prepare performances and organize games and leisure activities for the children. The group will also make and hand out gifts to the kids, will put up decoration and take part in fundraising activities.

Leisure activities: Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam with its ancient and modern features. You can enjoy Hanoi with its many museums and parks or just take a walk in the old square. Beautiful spots nearby are Halong Bay, Ba Vi, Mai Chau, Tam Coc ... Hai Duong is another big city 60 km far from Hanoi, Ha Long Bay is at about 180 km.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a house (dormitory style). Meals are at a local restaurant near the project site. Volunteers should bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.

Terminal: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 5,000,000 VND (about 220 USD)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Happiness for the poor in the Lunar New Year's days
Hanoi       January 15 - January 22, 2017


Volunteer project: Vietnamese Lunar New Year, more commonly known by its shortened name Tết, is the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture. Tết celebrates the arrival of spring based on the Vietnamese variation of the Chinese lunisolar calendar, which usually has the date falling between the months of January or February. It takes place from the first day of the first month of the Vietnamese calendar (around late January or early February) until at least the third day.

Many Vietnamese prepare for Tết by cooking special holiday foods and decorating their houses. In Vietnam, to celebrate Tết is to “ăn Tết”, literally meaning "Tết eating", showing the importance of food in its celebration. These foods include Chung cake (bánh chưng), bánh dày, dried young bamboo soup (canh măng), giò and sticky rice.

There are a lot of customs practiced during Tết, such as visiting a person's house on the first day of the new year (xông nhà), ancestral worshipping, wishing New Year's greetings, giving lucky money to children and elderly people, and opening a shop.
Tết is also an occasion for pilgrims and family reunions. During Tết, Vietnamese visit their relatives and temples, forgetting about the troubles of the past year and hoping for a better upcoming year. They consider Tết to be the first day of spring and the festival is often called Hội xuân (spring festival).

Local and international volunteers will work together in Hanoi to make the traditional Chung cakes. They will also prepare special performances and gifts for disadvantaged children and adults. Then they will go to places such as the Children’s hospital and the Fisher Village to distribute the cakes, perform and spread happiness among the less-fortunate people.

Leisure activities: Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam with its ancient and modern features. You can enjoy Hanoi with its many museums and parks or just take a walk in the old square. Beautiful spots nearby are Halong Bay, Ba Vi, Mai Chau, Tam Coc ... Hai Duong is another big city 60 km far from Hanoi, Ha Long Bay is at about 180 km.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay at a dormitory. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the accommodation, lunch at a local restaurant near the project site. Please bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.

Terminal: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 5,000,000 VND (about 220 USD)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Teaching English to disadvantaged children in South Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City       2 - 4 weeks


Volunteer project: The aim of the program is to provide English language speaking environment for disadvantaged youth and develop their English communication skills.

The Community school in Tan Hung ward, District 7 was established in May 2000 with a strong desire to offer free education to disadvantaged children, and the hope to provide a brighter future for them. All of the students have immigrated from other provinces of Vietnam. Their parents have unstable incomes, frequently moving between different jobs and often changing homes. This instability means the children are unable to attend public school due to fees and commitment required. There are currently 6 classes at the school from Grade 1–5. Each class has around 20 students, with around 120 attending the school in total. Students study for 10 months per year and exams are held with support from local schools. At the end of the year, each child receives an evaluation of their studies. In the school, the children understand that education is a way to develop themselves and achieve a better life in the future. After leaving the school, they are encouraged to continue their studies at a higher level in public schools. There’s currently 10 to 15 children studying in public secondary schools, and about 10 of them can go to college. Also, the school provides guidance and support to the parents who learn how to take care of their children.

Volunteer work: Volunteers will be responsible for taking control of the English class at the school. Volunteers will work as the sole teacher with the support of a Vietnamese volunteer to assist in translation and maintaining the class in the beginning. You will be required to make a teaching plan with lesson plans using the books and learning materials provided to ensure continuity in learning from the teachers before and after you.
The children had not studied English until the English class was opened at the school. All children have a basic level of knowledge but with a consistent and structured course should be able to develop their language skills well. Volunteers should work slowly using interactive activities to ensure children stay interested and understand the work.
Volunteers will have a responsibility to ensure the general welfare of the children and make sure they are comfortable around you. Remember to be their friend too. They have been through a lot and having fun with them through games and similar exercises will make it much more rewarding for them and for you.
Volunteers are expected to give the children English tests, especially mid–semester and final-semester every school year. The results of their English tests will be officially considered as a part of their grade point average at the end of a school year.
Volunteers are also encouraged to try and raise money for scholarships, special events and restoration of the school if possible.
The timetable will be given on arrival with volunteers working 2 afternoons and 1 morning per week. Working hours are from 9:30am to 11:00am and 1:30pm to 4:45pm. Volunteers will work around 6 hours per week at the class and will use the rest of their time between other projects and classes that require voluntary assistance.

Special requirements: Volunteers must show eagerness, the ability to maintain motivation and reliability, creativity and initiative when planning and running classes. Most importantly, volunteers need to have confidence in the classroom and time management skills to ensure an effective lesson.

Number of participants: Maximum 4 volunteers at a time

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2-4 weeks. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a dormitory, sharing rooms with other volunteers. Normally, rooms are arranged with about 2-6 volunteers per room. In the busy time, the number can be maximum 7 or 9 volunteers per room with five bunk beds. Air-conditioner at night (9pm-6am) and hot water using solar energy is available. The house has TV, PC with Internet, free Wi-Fi, fridge, cooking facilities and common room.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided at the dorm. Food is local style, cooked by a Vietnamese cook from Monday to Friday. Dry food (bread, jam, butter, milk, sausages, eggs, instant noodles, fruits and vegetables) will be prepared for the weekend. The main types of food will be rice, meat, fish and vegetables. For vegetarians, the choice is usually limited to rice, bread, vegetables, eggs and tofu.

Location: The school is located in District 7 of Ho Chi Minh City. The journey from the dorm is around 30 minutes by foot.

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euro for the first 2 weeks plus 80 Euro per extra week
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Teaching English conversation skills to students
Ho Chi Minh City       2 - 4 weeks


Volunteer project: The aim of the program is to provide English language speaking environment for children to practice and improve their confidence in using a foreign language in communication.

The Community school in Tan Quy Ward, District 7 was established in July 2012. It is located at a community house and is open to the children of the surrounding area. All of the children have families or relatives that look after them, but want to encourage them to enter a more interactive English learning environment. The school gives the children a chance to learn from native speakers while also building a closer relationship between international volunteers and people from the community. The children are divided into two classes by age and English level: Class 1 including 20 students from grade 1 to grade 4, and Class 2 including 20 students from grade 5 to grade 8. There are currently 40 children (boys and girls) in total.

Volunteer work: Volunteers will be responsible for the English class and will work as the sole teacher. You will be required to make a teaching plan with lesson plans using the learning materials provided to ensure continuity in learning from the teachers before and after you.
Some students have been studying in the school for a few years and now they can communicate well with the volunteer teacher. However, most of them have difficulty speaking and understanding. That's why, the volunteer’s work should concentrate on helping students with speaking and listening.
Remember to be their friend too, having fun with them through games and exercises will make it much more rewarding for them and for you.
The timetable will be given on arrival with volunteers working 2-3 evenings per week. Working hours are from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Volunteers will work around 2-4 hours per week at the class and will use the rest of their time between other projects and classes that require voluntary assistance and planning for lessons. In summer time, volunteers can work in the class in the day time between 8:00am and 5:00pm.

Special requirements: Volunteers must show eagerness, the ability to maintain motivation and reliability, creativity and initiative when planning and running classes. Most importantly, volunteers need to have confidence in the classroom and time management skills to ensure an effective lesson.

Number of participants: Maximum 6 volunteers at a time

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2-4 weeks. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a dormitory, sharing rooms with other volunteers. Normally, rooms are arranged with about 2-6 volunteers per room. In the busy time, the number can be maximum 7 or 9 volunteers per room with five bunk beds. Air-conditioner at night (9pm-6am) and hot water using solar energy is available. The house has TV, PC with Internet, free Wi-Fi, fridge, cooking facilities and common room.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided at the dorm. Food is local style, cooked by a Vietnamese cook from Monday to Friday. Dry food (bread, jam, butter, milk, sausages, eggs, instant noodles, fruits and vegetables) will be prepared for the weekend. The main types of food will be rice, meat, fish and vegetables. For vegetarians, the choice is usually limited to rice, bread, vegetables, eggs and tofu.

Location: The school is located at the Community house of the local authority office, in Tan Quy Ward, District 7, in the South of Ho Chi Minh City. It is just a 10 minute walk to get to the school. Volunteers will have the chance to meet many local people.

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euro for the first 2 weeks plus 80 Euro per extra week
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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