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Care and support for abandoned children in South Vietnam
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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Educational and leisure activities for children from the river slums of Hanoi
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

 

 

Summer activity program for children in rural Nam Dinh
Nam Dinh          June 30 - July 11, 2015
Nam Dinh          August 11 - August 22, 2015

Volunteer project: Giao Xuan is one of the poor villages of Nam Dinh province. More than 90% of the villagers are poor farmers and fishermen, therefore the standard of living is very low in this community. Giao Xuan kindergarten was established in August, 1990. There are now more than 100 children coming to this school every week. Since this is the only school in whole village, the living conditions of the children here are very poor and renovations are needed.

The aim of the group is to organise a summer program for poor children from Giao Thuy village. The volunteers will help to paint the rooms in kindergartens; will organize games and leisure activities for the poor children; will teach basic English through games, activities, songs…

Leisure activities: During the weekend, the group can visit beautiful spots in Nam Dinh or Ha Noi (just 2 hours by bus), and some other famous places such as Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh, Perfume Pagoda in Ha Tay, etc. The evenings could be used for cultural exchange, games, parties with local volunteers.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay with host families. Please, bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Giao Thuy commune, Nam Dinh province, 150 km from 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Providing care and activities for disabled children
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          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.

                                                                                                         

 

Help kids learn English through games and fun activities
Phu Yen          July 7 - July 18, 2015
Phu Yen          August 4 - August 15, 2015

Volunteer project: In this project, volunteers will support an English learning center in Tuy Hoa city in Phu Yen province. The center works with children ages 6-15 years old and serves as a language support center for adults who take part in in-service training and associate training courses with universities and colleges throughout the country. The volunteers will teach English to children and will support the teachers to help them improve their English teaching methods.

The volunteers will organize a summer play scheme for the children. This would involve leading different workshops such as painting, sport, art, dancing. The goal is to teach some basic English to the children through games, songs, and fun activities. The group may also help with some small renovation of classrooms.

Leisure activities: During the weekend, the volunteers can visit beautiful spots in Phu Yen with local volunteers. You can also visit Nha Trang beach, just 2 hours by bus from Phu Yen. The evenings could be used for games, parties, cultural exchange.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay at the center. Please, bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen province

Terminal: Nearest international airport: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN). Nearest domestic airport: Tuy Hoa airport

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

 

 

 

Archeology classes for students at Thang Long World Heritage Site
Hanoi          July 7 - July 18, 2015
Hanoi          July 14 - July 25, 2015

Volunteer project: The Thang Long Imperial Citadel has become the 900th site to be inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. The Citadel was built in the 11th century by the Ly Viet Dynasty, marking the independence of the Dai Viet. It was constructed on the remains of a Chinese fortress dating from the 7th century, on drained land reclaimed from the Red River Delta in Hanoi. It was the centre of regional political power for almost 13 centuries without interruption. The Imperial Citadel buildings and the remains in the 18 Hoang Dieu Archaeological Site reflect a unique South-East Asian culture specific to the lower Red River Valley, at the crossroads between influences coming from China in the north and the ancient Kingdom of Champa in the south.

The volunteers will be leading classes on the basic principles and techniques of archaeological excavation for children at the world heritage site. Workshops, discussion and other creative activities will be also part of the program so that volunteers can share learning experience with the local youth or university students.

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

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay at the volunteer’s house with basic accommodation. Meals are at the local restaurant.

Location: The Imperial citadel of Thang Long, Ha Noi 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          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.

                                                                                                         

 

Environmental protection and awareness raising in Northern Vietnam
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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Experience the ethnic culture of Thai people in Hoa Binh
Hoa Binh          July 14 - July 25, 2015
Hoa Binh          August 4 - August 15, 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Youth exchange and school renovation in the Mekong delta
Dong Thap          July 14 - July 25, 2015

Volunteer project: A part of South-Western Region of Vietnam, Dong Thap is a province with highly developed agriculture industry. It adjoins Cambodia to the North and 3 other local provinces to the West, East and South. A typical province in Mekong Delta, Dong Thap has a complex system of rivers, channels as well as big lakes and ponds. Taking advantages of its large water body, Dong Thap has developed a very convenient transportation system. And as it is a very agriculture-focused province, Dong Thap produces many valuable types of rice, poultry and seafood. Nowadays, the most popular sceneries are borderless rice fields and peaceful boats floating on the channels.

Enjoying a temperate climate, wide irrigation system, permanent fresh-water source supplied by Tien River and Hau River, and rich river deposit, the agriculture of Dong Thap keeps growing well. At present, Dong Thap is the 3rd largest rice paddy in Vietnam with a planted area of 462,042ha and paddy output of more than 2.8 million tons. Dong Thap is also well known for fruits, specifically as Cao Lanh mango, Lai Vung mandarin, Chau Thanh long an and Phong Hoa grapefruit, etc. which bring about high economic values for gardeners. Within the province, there are various typical orchards having been specialized to produce consistent quality fruits, which aim at building up brand-name and meeting export requirements. In Cao Lanh, almost all local people are occupied in farming in the rice fields and gardening.

The volunteers will help with small renovation and construction projects at a local school. They will also organise different activities for university students and primary school students in the area which may include games, educational and creative workshops.

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

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay at the guesthouse with basic conditions.

Location: Cao Lanh district, Dong Thap province, in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Teaching English and organizing games for orphans in Ho Chi Minh City
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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Teaching English and organizing educational activities for disadvantaged children in South Vietnam
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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Providing care and recreation activities for orphans and disabled children in Saigon
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.

                                                                                                         

 

Teaching and interacting with disadvantaged children in South Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City          August 18 - August 29, 2015
Ho Chi Minh City          October 16 - October 27, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteers will work in an orphanage run by a group of catholic people who have a warm heart to help poor children improve their life by attending schools. There are more than 100 children from 3 to 12 year-old from poor families where parents don’t have any condition to take care of their children. As a result, they don’t go to school although studying is a right of children. Thanks to volunteers in the orphanage, the unlucky children are found and summoned to join the class held by them with hope for a better life. The local volunteer teachers teach them reading, writing and calculating while preparing documents for them to apply to public school at the same time. The teachers also give them moral lessons so they can stay away from social evils.

The volunteers will organize activities and teach English; conduct small workshops about child’s rights for the kids here, get adult, young parents who live nearby involved.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay at the guest house nearby the school.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International 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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Organizing activities and creating a better learning environment for kindergarten children
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.

                                                                                                         

 

Teaching English to primary school students in Saigon
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.

                                                                                                         

 

Organizing Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations for underprivileged children in Hanoi
Hanoi          September 22 - September 29, 2015

Volunteer project: The Mid-Autumn festival is named "Tết Trung Thu" in Vietnamese. It is also known as Children's Festival because of the event's emphasis on children. In olden times, the Vietnamese believed that children, being innocent and pure, had the closest connection to the sacred and natural world. Being close to children was seen as a way to connect with animist spirits and deities.

One important event before and during the festival are lion dances. Dances are performed by both non-professional children's groups and trained professional groups. Lion dance groups perform on the streets, going to houses asking for permission to perform for them. If the host consents, the "lion" will come in and start dancing as a blessing of luck and fortune for the home. In return, the host gives lucky money to show their gratitude

Volunteers will prepare performances and gifts for the disadvantaged children with different backgrounds: street children living in the Fisher Village or the children patients in National hospital of Acupuncture, etc.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay at a dormitory. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at accommodation, lunch - at a local restaurant near the project site.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

Organizing Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations for underprivileged children in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City          September 22 - September 29, 2015

Volunteer project: The Mid-Autumn festival is named "Tết Trung Thu" in Vietnamese. It is also known as Children's Festival because of the event's emphasis on children. In olden times, the Vietnamese believed that children, being innocent and pure, had the closest connection to the sacred and natural world. Being close to children was seen as a way to connect with animist spirits and deities.

One important event before and during the festival are lion dances. Dances are performed by both non-professional children's groups and trained professional groups. Lion dance groups perform on the streets, going to houses asking for permission to perform for them. If the host consents, the "lion" will come in and start dancing as a blessing of luck and fortune for the home. In return, the host gives lucky money to show their gratitude

Volunteers will prepare performances and gifts for the disadvantaged children with different backgrounds: kids from poor communities, street children, orphans.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay at a dormitory. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at accommodation, lunch - at a local restaurant near the project site.

Location: Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International 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 for autistic and disabled children in Hanoi
Hanoi          November 10 - November 21, 2015

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 these individuals to feel independent in their everyday life but this will also lessen the potential burden on the family and society. Currently, the centre has 80 disabled children with ailments including Down’s syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, children who have been victims of Agent Orange, as well as other mental illnesses. The Centre has applied the specific education measures which are suited for each individual and has used psychotherapy methods in attempts to rehabilitate the mentally disabled. Some of the children are treated with medicines while others are not.

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: 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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for disadvantaged Vietnamese kids in Hanoi
Hanoi          December 19 - December 26, 2015

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.

International and local volunteers will organize Christmas and New Year celebrations for extremely poor children living in the Fisher village at the Red River and for the little patients of the National Pediatric Hospital in Hanoi. The volunteers will prepare music performances and organize leisure activities for the children. The group will also make nice gifts for the kids such as light stars.
In the Fisher village, in collaboration with the local volunteers and the children, the international participants will organize a big party on the bank of the Red River. In the Hospital, the volunteers will visit the children in their rooms, dressed as Santa Claus, and will hand out candies and small gifts.

With the key message “Warm heart, warm Christmas”, this workcamp hopes to foster relationships between people, and also to give them hope for a beautiful future. The aim of the volunteer project is to provide disadvantaged people with a warm atmosphere that is being seen in families during the Christmas period.

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). The 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for disadvantaged Vietnamese kids in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City          December 19 - December 26, 2015

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 situation 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 the volunteer’s house or guest house with basic living conditions.

Location: 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.

                                                                                                         

 

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.

                                                                                                         

 

Happiness for the poor in the Lunar New Year's days
Hanoi          January 30 - February 15, 2016

Volunteer project: Vietnamese Lunar New Year, more commonly known by its shortened name Tết, is the most important and traditional holiday and festival in Vietnam. Many Vietnamese prepare for Tết by cooking special holiday foods and decorating their houses. There are a lot of customs practiced during Tết. In Vietnam, to celebrate Tết is to “ăn Tết”, literally meaning "Tết eating", showing the importance of food in its celebration. Some of the food is also eaten year-round, while other dishes are only eaten during Tết. “Bánh chưng” (Chung cakes) are symbolically connected with Tết and are essential in any Tết celebration. Preparation is time-consuming, and can take days to cook. The story of their origins and their connection with Tết is often recounted to children while cooking them overnight. There are many poor families and children in Vietnam who cannot afford to make Chung cakes because of their financial situation.

Local and international volunteers will work together at the Volunteers’ House 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 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 live in a volunteer house, dormitory style. Please 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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

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