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Rehabilitation for disabled children and improving their living environment
Son Tay          March 2 - March 14, 2015

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.

Study theme: Disadvantaged children in Vietnam

Special requirements: Interest in working with children with disabilities.

Leisure activities: Weekends will be free for personal travel & 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 170 Euro)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Education, therapy and care for disabled children in Hai Duong
Hai Duong          March 3 - March 14, 2015
Hai Duong          May 12 - May 23, 2015

Volunteer project: The center for disabled and disadvantaged children in Hai Duong was established more than 30 years ago. It is the biggest center of its kind in the north of Vietnam. About 1000 mentally and physically disabled and disadvantaged children from different parts of Hai Duong province live and study here. The center aims to provide compulsory education and vocational training in order to increase the children's employment opportunities and ability to become self-sufficient. It has a wide variety of courses for children ranging from 6 to 18 years old. For example, children between the ages of 6 to 12 are provided with educational courses and the older children can attend vocational training courses at the center.
The voluntary work at the center is quite intense and it requires high motivation and patience from volunteers. Volunteers need to be well prepared before starting this project but will gain so much from the experience.

Volunteer help is needed in different areas. The volunteers will assist in the classrooms where disabled children come to study and to have physical therapy. They will also help with needed maintenance and renovation including painting walls, taking care of trees in the garden, etc. The volunteers will also help the staff in the kitchen as they need to cook for a great deal of children.

Leisure activities: There's a variety of places of interest in Hai Duong province that would suit your travelling spirit: historical sites, handicraft villages and natural sites. You can also have culture visits on weekends to places such as Ha Long Bay, Literature temple, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, museums, etc.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will sleep in a guesthouse near the center. Please bring a sleeping bag. Free Wi-Fi is available.

Location: Hai Duong city is about 50 km away from Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.

Terminal: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 185 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Cadip volunteer project review:
         
          "Volunteering in Hanoi was a life changing experience for me because I have never been to any Asian country before in my life except for Hong Kong. The living environment was very different from what I was used to in Canada, as well as the weather. There were motorbikes everywhere and it seemed like it is hot and dry everyday there. However, the people at the volunteering site were extremely friendly, especially the local volunteers. They have helped me in many ways to adapt to the country by explaining to me the local customs and history of the country. The children were nice and often tried to play with me and were overall eager to learn. This is definitely an experience I would never forget."

Calvin H.,
Cadip volunteer 2009

 

Teach English and celebrate Children's Day with homeless boys in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City          March 9 - March 21, 2015

Volunteer project: This is a project devoted to care, education, protection and support for homeless boys. The volunteers will work with a shelter for boys in one of the poorest districts in Ho Chi Minh City. Originally, they all lived on the streets before being collected randomly all over the country. There are many reasons why their families cannot look after them, the most common being that their parents have passed away or got divorced, none of their relatives could take care of them, they got abandoned and had to live on the streets.

The shelter takes care of these children, provides them with a place to stay, food and education in local schools. They have a few staff members who take turns staying at night to look after the children there. The staff have been trying to build a healthy life and safe environment for children, to create an open and friendly atmosphere, like a family. Every day the children receive love and respect while building trust in people and life. As a result, children have the opportunity to easily integrate with their families and communities and hopefully feel more comfortable for later independent life. While providing a stable environment for children, one main aim of the shelter is to try and reunite them with their families if possible. The children living here also go to school or follow certain vocational trainings. Besides that, there are many other fun activities for the boys to take part in such as swimming, playing football, camping, hip-hop dancing, drawing, singing which are organized and supported by donors. There are 25 boys living at the shelter while the staff in charge consists of 1 project leader, 2 educators and 1 cook.

The international volunteers will help teach English, and organize a meaningful and cheerful Children’s Day for the boys by preparing presents and doing some fun activities.

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

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

Language: English

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

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, South Vietnam

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 5,000,000 VND (about 170 Euro)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

Teaching English and organizing educational activities for disadvantaged children in South Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City          March 16 - March 28, 2015
Ho Chi Minh City          August 3 - August 15, 2015

Volunteer project: The School for disadvantaged children in Tan Hung ward 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 good 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.

Volunteers will help to teach English and organize educational activities for the children in the school. The volunteers will also do some manual work such as painting the walls and building a new bookshelf. Some books are donated by sponsors or individuals, but there is no bookshelf in the school at the moment.

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 bunk beds. Free Wi-Fi is available at the volunteer house.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, South Vietnam

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 5,000,000 VND (about 170 Euro)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Sustainable development of local communities in Khe Ro Forest
An Lac          March 16 - March 28, 2015

Volunteer project: This is a new ecological project to support people from An Lac community who live next to the rich Khe Ro Forest but still under the poverty line. Their main income comes from farming but they also depend, either directly or indirectly, on the forest. Khe Ro provides local people with food, wood and non-timber products, that they need for household use or sell to make a living. The project tries to give these people a new perspective, to open up new opportunities and to ensure that the communities have sustainable livelihoods through community based ecotourism, while protecting their natural heritage as well as their culture.

Volunteers will help raising awareness among local people about sustainable living and environmental protection (collecting garbage in the community and along the tourist trails); paving the tracking route in the forest and along the streams, working together with local people in the gardens or in the forest. The volunteers will learn new skills and share culture with local people. They will also interact with the local children and teach them English.

Special requirements: Interested in social life, culture and environment.

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

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay with local host families in the village.

Location: An Lac, Northern Vietnam

Terminal: Hanoi Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 5,000,000 VND (about 170 Euro)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Providing care and recreation activities for orphans and disabled children in Saigon
Ho Chi Minh City          March 17 - March 28, 2015
Ho Chi Minh City          August 4 - August 15, 2015

Volunteer project: International volunteers will help in an orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City where more than 200 children including newborns spend their lives. The children are not only orphaned but also disabled, having AIDS or suffering from fatal diseases. With their golden hearts and nonstop contribution, 17 mothers and monks have been devoting their time and effort to the care of the children. They not only take care of and guide the disabled children through physical rehabilitation activities, but also give lessons including Braille for the blind children, to help them learn to read and write, in order to ease their integration into society. The orphanage has gradually turned into a full house where disabled children, poor orphans or street kids find shelter and care.

The volunteer team will organize activities for the orphans, will support the monks in feeding and taking care of the kids, especially the disabled children. Sometimes the group will help with small construction tasks in the orphanage.

Leisure activities: On weekends, the volunteers can visit beautiful spots in Ho Chi Minh city. Evenings could be used for games, parties  and cultural exchange with local volunteers.

Language: English

Accommodation: Basic accommodation is provided at a guesthouse. Please, bring your sleeping bag. Free Wi-Fi is available. Meals are provided at a restaurant nearby.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, South Vietnam

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 185 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Social and educational support for orphan children and elderly people in Hoa Binh Province
Hoa Binh          March 30 - April 11, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteer project is organised in cooperation with a governmental Social welfare center in Hoa Binh Province. The center is accommodating homeless elderly people, mentally and physically disabled people, poor children and orphans. The mission of the center is to provide health care and education access for the residents, providing them with a safe home and better living conditions which will ultimately get them integrated into normal social life. At present, the center has 60 staff with more than 100 residents including 15 homeless elderly people, 57 mentally and physically disabled people, 32 poor and orphans.

The volunteers in this project will:
. Take care of the kids and single old age people
. Organize games and educational activities for the residents
. Help with gardening and cooking
. Organize events for the center
. Feed the kids when needed
. Help with fundraising and organize charity campaign for books, old clothes, old shoes for the children
. Teach English to children from 6 to 18 years old.

Special requirements: Interest in working with children with disabilities and old people.

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

Language: English

Accommodation: Shared large room, hot shower available. Local food provided.

Location: The center is located in Ky Son District, Hoa Binh Province in North West Vietnam, around 70 km from Hanoi.

Terminal: Hanoi Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 5,000,000 VND (about 170 Euro)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Care and support for abandoned children in South Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City          April 13 - April 25, 2015
Ho Chi Minh City          June 22 - July 4, 2015
Ho Chi Minh City          August 17 - August 29, 2015
Ho Chi Minh City          November 2 - November 14, 2015

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 are living in the orphanage; their ages ranging from 5 days old to 40 years old. 90 of these 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 improving their English, organizing games and other activities for them. Volunteers will also do some manual work to improve the houses and classrooms of the children, like painting and cleaning the area. 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.

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 bunk beds. 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: 5,000,000 VND (about 170 Euro)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Organizing activities and creating a better learning environment for kindergarten children
Tay Ninh          April 14 - April 25, 2015
Tay Ninh          June 16 - June 27, 2015
Tay Ninh          September 8 - September 19, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteers in this project will provide help to the main kindergarten in Tan Hoi village, which is attended by 326 children. Operated by a workforce of 10 staff and 19 teachers, the kindergarten is still underdeveloped and lacks necessary facilities. There's not enough teaching tools and toys to help the kids in developing their intelligence and social skills. Additionally, the majority of teachers are young and inexperienced, thus facing quite a lot of difficulties in teaching and nurturing the kids. Furthermore, many of the classrooms are quite poorly decorated and far from providing the stimulating environment needed for the children to grow, learn and explore.

The volunteers will organize various activities for the kids including teaching, singing, playing games, etc. They will also help improve the environment in the kindergarten by doing some gardening (planting, picking up grass, etc.), renovation and other manual tasks.

Leisure activities: Volunteers will have the weekend off for visiting beautiful spots in Tay Ninh as well as in Ho Chi Minh city with local volunteers. Free evenings will be used for games, parties and cultural exchange with students and local people.

Language: English

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

Location: The project takes place in a rural area of Tay Ninh province in the Southeast region of Vietnam.

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 185 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Experience the ethnic culture of Thai people in Hoa Binh
Hoa Binh          April 14 - April 25, 2015
Hoa Binh          July 14 - July 25, 2015
Hoa Binh          August 11 - August 22, 2015

Volunteer project: Buoc village is a small village of Thai people (an ethnic group who came from southern China). It is a scenic village amidst a green and pure landscape surrounded by mountains. Because of the natural conditions, Thai people here rely mainly on agriculture. In the past, the village was located by a stream and the people used water from the stream for gardening. Although the stream is very beautiful, it is dangerous. During the rainy season, water from the mountains goes down the streams and washes everything away, making it very dangerous to live nearby. For this reason, the government helped the residents to move to higher ground, and build permanent traditional houses of wood. Ten years have passed since the new Buoc village was reconstructed in 2002. Currently, firm houses, concrete roads and electricity have become the living environment of every villager. Despite the new infrastructure, the villagers still lack education and understanding of the modern society. Therefore, volunteers are invited to come to Buoc and help the villagers.

The international volunteers will help the local people to garden and repair traditional houses (if needed). There will be also some environmental awareness activities and tree planting. The group will also organize social and leisure activities for the children and cultural exchange with the villagers.

Leisure activities: On the weekend, the group can visit beautiful natural spots in Hoa Binh that can't be found in the tourist books. Besides, we can organize cultural exchange activities and games with villagers and local volunteers.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a traditional bamboo house. Sleeping bag is needed.

Location: The project takes place in Buoc village, near Mai Chau town, Hoa Binh province. It's about 160 km north of Ha Noi.

Terminal: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 185 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Teaching English to primary school students in Saigon
Ho Chi Minh City          May 4 - May 16, 2015
Ho Chi Minh City          September 14 - September 26, 2015
Ho Chi Minh City          November 16 - November 28, 2015

Volunteer project: Volunteers will work in a free primary school for children whose families are too poor to be able to send them to public schools. There are more than 120 children at the school, aged 6 to 16, joining 6 classes. These children come from many different districts of Ho Chi Minh City, some of them even take almost 2 hours to get to the school. After classes, many of them have to help their parents earn money by selling lottery tickets, collecting scrap (plastic bags, glass …) or babysitting. The school provides the children not only with primary education with focus on literacy and numeracy, but also with meals at lunch.

The volunteers will be divided into smaller groups to discuss and then organize fun activities about health, sport, environment, education, etc. The aim is to create an active environment for the children to practice English. Although they study English at school, their English skills are very basic and they can hardly communicate with foreigners. Moreover, because of limited facilities and skilled staff, they have little access to recreational activities. In the afternoon, volunteers can help renovate the classrooms or repaint the fences and walls.

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 bunk beds. Free Wi-Fi is available at the volunteer house.

Location: Binh Thanh, Ho Chi Minh City

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 5,000,000 VND (about 170 Euro)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Teaching English and organizing games for orphans in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City          May 25 - June 6, 2015
Ho Chi Minh City          July 20 - August 1, 2015
Ho Chi Minh City          September 28 - October 10, 2015

Volunteer project: With this project we support a temple in the peaceful and quiet outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City, where monks are bringing up orphan children and helping old people in need and Agent Orange victims. At the moment, there are about 40 children of ages from 20 months old to 18 years old. Some of them were abandoned by their families, who were too poor to take care of the children. In very few occasions, their parents come back and visit them. However, according to the head monk, some parents have such bad awareness that they sent their children to the temple to be free from education and upbringing costs. When their children grow up to be skilled laborers, they come and take them back to earn money to support the family. There are some disabled children who live here as well.

In the daytime, the children go to school thanks to the financial support from the temple. In the evening, they can attend extra tutorials, mainly English classes, organized by the temple free of charge. When they finish high school, they can choose to stay in the temple to become monks, find a job to manage their lives themselves or study further in universities, of which the cost is supported by monks. Surprisingly, this is the place to have nurtured 2 Doctorates. Besides learning daily about Buddhism, the children also do some other work such as: preparing meals, cleaning up areas around the temple, going to school outside of the temple at weekends, or studying foreign languages.
In addition, there are 20 old people in the temple, most of them come from the surrounding countryside in the South and have had a hard life. They are currently taken good care of by the monks and neighbours who live around. As many of them don’t have any relatives, they feel really happy to have found friends here.

The volunteers in this project will be involved in several types of activities:
- Educational sessions: Volunteers will be divided to discuss in groups, and then organize activities about health, sport, and environment. The volunteers will also help the children learn and practise English.
- Manual work: There are two kinds of farming activities that can be carried out here: organic vegetables & herb growing. There is still a lot of land in the temple that can be used for farming.
- Providing care: There are currently about 10 kids in the temple who are not old enough to go to school. Volunteers are welcome to spend time playing with these kids (playing games, making handmade products from recycled stuff, etc).

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 bunk beds. Free Wi-Fi is available at the volunteer house.

Location: District 7, Ho Chi Minh City (or Sai Gon – southern part of Vietnam).

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 5,000,000 VND (about 170 Euro)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Celebrate International Children’s Day with disadvantaged kids in Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City          May 26 - June 3, 2015

Volunteer project: June 1st was proclaimed International Children’s Day by The World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland in 1925. In Vietnam, June is announced National Action Month for children with a theme that changes every year as part of Vietnam’s efforts to raise public awareness of the care, education and protection of children.

The volunteer team will organize special events to celebrate the International Children’s Day with disadvantaged children, including disabled and orphaned children, in Ho Chi Minh City.

Leisure activities: Volunteers will have the opportunity to explore the sights of Ho Chi Minh city during the weekend. There will be also cultural exchange activities, games and parties with local volunteers.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a guesthouse. Please bring a sleeping bag. Free Wi-Fi is available. Volunteers will have their meals at a local restaurant.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, South Vietnam

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 185 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Providing care and activities for disabled children
Ho Chi Minh City          June 8 - June 20, 2015
Ho Chi Minh City          July 6 - July 18, 2015
Ho Chi Minh City          August 31 - September 12, 2015
Ho Chi Minh City          October 19 - October 31, 2015
Ho Chi Minh City          December 7 - December 19, 2015

Volunteer project: The Centre for Rehabilitation of Disabled Children in Ho Chi Minh City offers treatment to both adults and children. The center was started as a physio project, with the aim of providing rehabilitation for all paralysed children in South Vietnam. The centre was then established in 1983, and in conjunction with many humane societies across the world has provided free health care to thousands of Vietnamese children. It provides rehabilitation treatment to adults & children who are usually referred here by their doctor or other hospitals.

Volunteers will spend most of their time in the day-care room working with disabled children. Volunteers also are expected to help with some other manual work such as cleaning, painting or renovation of children's rooms.

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

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 bunk beds. Free Wi-Fi is available at the volunteer house.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, South Vietnam

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 5,000,000 VND (about 170 Euro)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Environmental protection of Can Gio mangrove forest
Can Gio National park          June 9 - June 20, 2015
Can Gio National park          July 7 - July 18, 2015

Volunteer project: Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve is located in the coastal district southeast of Ho Chi Minh City. It covers 75,740 hectares and is dominated by mangroves, including both salt water and brackish water species. The mangroves in Can Gio have a high biodiversity with more than 200 species of fauna and 52 species of flora. The effects of the recent wars on these ecosystems have been devastating and large efforts have been made by local people to rehabilitate the mangroves. Today, Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve has one of the best protected forests in Vietnam and internationally. The site also has great potential for research and ecotourism.

The volunteers will be given a training, after which they will plant mangrove trees and take care of new trees in the forest. They will also help to raise awareness of the local population about the importance of protecting and preserving the environment. The group will visit schools and local communities, and organize awareness workshops for students and adults.

Leisure activities: Taking a boat ride on the big Dong Nai and Long Tau Rivers or on the smaller Vam Sac, Dong Thanh and Soai Rap Rivers, which run through Can Gio, visitors wouldn't think that they are visiting a district on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City. They would be surrounded by the watery areas of Ca Mau and Kien Giang, the southernmost area in Vietnam with vast mangrove and cajeput forests. The roots of the mangrove trees on the sides of the river twist with one another then spread out and root deep into the earth. It is these roots that make Can Gio a protected forest and an ideal ecological tourist site as well. From the town of Can Gio, volunteers could take a boat trip to Vung Tau beach. They can also visit beautiful spots in Ho Chi Minh city (40 km from the project site). Evenings could be used for games, parties and cultural exchange with local volunteers.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in the house for volunteers at the national park with basic and simple facilities. Volunteers need to take their sleeping bag.

Location: Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve, Can Gio district, Ho Chi Minh city.

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 185 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Educational and leisure activities for children from the river slums of Hanoi
Hanoi          June 9 - June 20, 2015
Hanoi          June 30 - July 11, 2015
Hanoi          August 4 - August 15, 2015

Volunteer project: The participants in this project will bring much needed attention and support to disadvantaged street children and children living in an illegal settlement at the Red River in the outskirts of Hanoi. The volunteers will organize different games, entertainment and educational activities for the kids, which may include teaching English, basic facts about other countries, health and hygiene, etc.

The Red River is the biggest river in Vietnam. The delta is located in the capital Hanoi. The city continues to expand with many people coming from the countryside into the urban area. This however is an expensive endeavor with the government imposing a tax on those coming from the rural area to prevent a massive influx of people. Despite this, many poor people still decide to come, and end up living in houseboats at the river. Since they do not technically live in Hanoi, they must pay for school which is usually free until the age of 12. The entire family must work hours that most people would consider inhumane. The children wander the streets begging and collecting rubbish. An entire family barely makes $2 a day.

Leisure activities: Hanoi has many historical and cultural landmarks, such as the Old Quarter or traditional trade villages, which the volunteers will be able to explore in the free time. The group can also visit beautiful sites in the surroundings such as Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh or the Perfume Pagoda in Ha Tay. There will be also meetings and parties with local volunteers to facilitate the cultural exchange.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will live in the volunteer house in Hanoi. The accommodation is dormitory style. 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: 185 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Cadip volunteer project review:
         
          "I wanted to do international volunteering so that I could experience life in another country and boy did I have my eyes open. The living situation is much different from what I was used to and the weather was quite hot and dry. The good thing about the volunteering experience was that I got to try a lot of different Vietnamese delicacies that I have never even heard of before. The volunteer house which we stayed in served as the daycare for children as well and surprisingly, the children were very open to us. As in they would play and try to talk with us even though we had just met. The best thing about the experience though were meeting the local volunteers. They were all so nice and helpful since they would accompany us everywhere and would also help us out whenever we needed help. They taught us what to be careful of and explained the situation of the country. Although it took some time to get used to the country, my volunteer trip in Hanoi was definitely worth it."

Jenny H.,
Cadip volunteer 2009

 

Environmental protection and awareness raising in Northern Vietnam
Hai Phong          June 9 - June 20, 2015
Hai Phong          July 14 - July 25, 2015

Volunteer project: In this project, the international volunteers will have the opportunity to work in the city of Hai Phong and in Cat Ba National Park in Northern Vietnam. In Hai Phong, the group will organize activities for children and will help with small renovation tasks at a local school. The volunteers will also organize different activities aimed to raise awareness among youth and local people about the environment and climate change. In Cat Ba National park, the volunteers will be involved in the protection of the critically endangered white-headed langur and other environmental activities.

Cat Ba National Park is situated on Cat Ba Island in Hạ Long Bay. Hạ Long Bay is a beautiful natural wonder and a UNESCO World Heritage site, dotted with 1,600 limestone islands and islets, forming a surrealistic seascape. Hạ Long Bay has also been officially named one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the world.
Cat Ba National Park is located approximately 30 km east of Hai Phong, covering about half of the area of Cat Ba Island. Besides its natural beauty, the island features incredible geology and rich biodiversity. It is home to the white-headed langur which is the world's most endangered primate, with less than 70 surviving, most in this park.

Leisure activities: Volunteers have two days off on the weekend for visiting beautiful spots in Cat Ba and the surroundings such as Ha Long Bay and Yen Tu Pagoda in Quang Ninh. In the evenings, there will be cultural exchange, games and parties with Vietnamese volunteers.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay with host families. They need to bring their sleeping bag.

Location: Hai Phong is the third largest city of Vietnam and Northern Vietnam's most important seaport. It is located at the mouth of the Cam River, 120 km east of Hanoi. Cat Ba Island, located in Ha Long Bay, is also administered as part of the city.

Terminal: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 185 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Raising environmental awareness and tree planting in Can Gio Biosphere Reserve
Can Gio National park          June 15 - June 27, 2015
Can Gio National park          July 13 - July 25, 2015
Can Gio National park          July 27 - August 1, 2015
Can Gio National park          August 10 - August 22, 2015
Can Gio National park          August 24 - September 5, 2015
Can Gio National park          September 7 - September 19, 2015
Can Gio National park          October 12 - October 24, 2015
Can Gio National park          November 30 - December 5, 2015

Volunteer project: Cần Giờ Biosphere Reserve is a wetland located 40 km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City. This reserve has been recognized under UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme to promote sustainable development based on local community efforts and sound science. The site is an important wildlife sanctuary in Vietnam as it is characterized by a wetland biosystem dominated by mangrove and many rare species. The forest’s area is 75,740 ha, with over 150 botanical species.

The first and most important task of the volunteers will be to organize several workshops to raise people’s awareness on protecting the environment. Volunteers will reach out to local volunteers and local people to hold an Environmental Week, a Green Day, to collect and recycle garbage, plant trees, etc.

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

Language: English

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

Location: Cần Giờ Biosphere Reserve, Can Gio district, in the coastal zone of Ho Chi Minh City, South Vietnam

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 5,000,000 VND (about 170 Euro)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Preserving the Hoi An World Heritage Site and developing community based ecotourism
Da Nang          June 16 - June 27, 2015

Volunteer project: Triem Tay is a village located near the well-known Hoi An World Heritage Site and surrounded by several tourist attractions, such as the Kim Bong wood carving and Phuoc Kieu bronze casting villages. To reach the village, visitors need to take a 15 minute boat ride from Hoi An fishing port across Thu Bon River. There are 147 households in this village and their livelihoods depend on weaving mats, farming and fishing. The typical village architecture is preserved, and there are many ancient wooden houses, tranquil garden houses and bamboo huts for visitors to enjoy. The aim of this project is to promote the true beauty of Vietnam as well as the value of the countryside through community based eco-tourism.

The volunteers will organize activities to raise awareness of local people about social tourism. They will help villagers in building a fence and a “bamboo road” from the houses to the common playground of the village. The group will visit the nearest University to organize workshops about World Heritage preservation. The volunteers will also conduct a one-day event called “Walking for Hoi An” and will encourage foreign tourists to join the walk around the Old Town of Hoi An and to Triem Tay village.

Leisure activities: In their free time, the volunteers can explore Triem Tay and Hoi An along with local volunteers. They will have many opportunities for encounters and cultural exchange with locals.

Language: English

Accommodation: Home stay at the project site. Sleeping bag is needed. Meals are taken at a local restaurant.

Location: Da Nang is the commercial and educational center of Central Vietnam and the third biggest economic center in the country (after Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi). It is a major port and the biggest city on the South Central Coast of Vietnam. Da Nang is located within 100 km of several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Imperial City of Hue, the Old Town of Hoi An, and the My Son ruins.

Terminal: Da Nang International Airport (DAD)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 185 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Warm Christmas for orphans in Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City          December 21, 2015 - January 2, 2016

Volunteer project: The volunteers in this project will work in two orphanages in Ho Chi Minh City.
The first one is a shelter for boys in one of the poorest districts in Ho Chi Minh City. Originally, they all lived on the streets before being collected randomly all over the country. There are many reasons why their families cannot look after them, the most common being that their parents have passed away or got divorced, none of their relatives could take care of them, they got abandoned and had to live on the streets.
The shelter takes care of these children, provides them with a place to stay, food and education in local schools. They have a few staff members who take turns staying at night to look after the children there. The staff have been trying to build a healthy life and safe environment for children, to create an open and friendly atmosphere, like a family. Every day the children receive love and respect while building trust in people and life. As a result, children have the opportunity to easily integrate with their families and communities and hopefully feel more comfortable for later independent life. While providing a stable environment for children, one main aim of the shelter is to try and reunite them with their families if possible. The children living here also go to school or follow certain vocational trainings. Besides that, there are many other fun activities for the boys to take part in such as swimming, playing football, camping, hip-hop dancing, drawing, singing which are organized and supported by donors. There are 21 boys living at the shelter while the staff in charge consists of 1 project leader, 2 educators and 1 cook.

The second orphanage is for boys in the Tan Binh district of Ho Chi Minh City. The orphanage provides care and education for poor and underprivileged boys. While living at the orphanage, they are also placed in a local school, giving them a chance to develop themselves and have a better opportunities for the future through education. There are currently 26 boys living in the orphanage. The age range is from 7 to 20 years old and the boys who grew up there stay on to work at the orphanage or visit very often.

Volunteers will help to teach English and organize fun activities for the children at both orphanages. Moreover, the volunteers will prepare and wrap up presents for the children to have a warm and meaningful Christmas.

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 bunk beds. Free Wi-Fi is available at the volunteer house.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, South Vietnam

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 5,000,000 VND (about 170 Euro)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

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