Volunteer in Vietnam


Teaching English to underprivileged students
Ho Chi Minh City       2 projects of 2 wks from September to November


Volunteer project: Volunteers are needed in a language center that was established in 2010 by a monk from a local Buddhist pagoda in order to support underprivileged young people and students and to give them a chance to learn a foreign language properly. With the active dedication and contribution of many individual sponsors and volunteers, thousands of students and children have had the chance to learn a foreign language. There are 6 languages offered in the center: English, French, German, Japanese, Chinese and Korean (all levels from beginner to advanced). All courses are free. The Center is open from 8am to 5pm every day. On Saturday and Sunday, there is a class for pupils (from 6 to 15 years old). Teachers are international and local volunteer teachers. At present, there are 50 volunteer teachers and about 1000 students.

Volunteers will spend time with the students at the language center and will help them improve their language skills, will organize games and other activities for them. The group will work from 9am to 3pm, from Monday to Friday.

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

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

Language: English

Accommodation: In a dormitory in Saigon, in shared rooms with bunk beds. Free Wi-Fi is available at the volunteer house.

Location: Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN), 45 minute drive from the volunteer house

Age range: 18 and over

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

All available dates for this project:
September 24 - October 6, 2018
November 19 - December 1, 2018

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Help prepare meals for the poor in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City       September 24 - October 1, 2018


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

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

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

Volunteers' main duties in the charity restaurant involve preparing food, washing vegetables or setting up tables. They will also help serving meals, cleaning tables, washing dishes. Work hours are 7:30am to 1:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Study theme: Poor and disadvantaged people in Vietnam

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

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

Language: English

Accommodation: In a dormitory in Saigon, in shared rooms with bunk beds. Free Wi-Fi is available at the volunteer house. The restaurant is 30 minutes by bus from the accommodation.

Location: In the central part of Ho Chi Minh city

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN), 45 minute drive from the volunteer house

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 180 USD for 1 week; 250 USD for 2 weeks;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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


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

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

Study theme: Disadvantaged children in Vietnam

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

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

Language: English

Accommodation: In a dormitory in Saigon, in shared rooms with 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), 45 minute drive from the volunteer house

Age range: 18 and over

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

All available dates for this project:
November 5 - November 17, 2018
December 17 - December 29, 2018

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Organic gardening in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City       December 3 - December 15, 2018


Volunteer project: This organic farm was established in 2013 in Tan Binh District, in the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City. The aim of the program is to provide a friendly environment where volunteers can have cultural exchange with local people while learning the techniques for operating a professional organic farm. After 4 years of research, investment, and standardizing the process of growing vegetables organically, the organic garden in Tan Binh has reached a stable output of over 10 kinds of leaf vegetables and some kinds of fruits. The core members of this project have been working strenuously to achieve their dream of growing healthy produce.

The volunteers will be guided and supervised by the manager of the farm. The general tasks would be: seeding new vegetables on the farm, spraying, weeding, creating new vegetable beds, etc. Moreover, the volunteers will have the chance to communicate with Vietnamese kids and show them around the garden when they come for educational tours. Volunteers are also encouraged to try and establish new ideas for improving the product quality on the farm.
Working hours are from 8:00am to 11:00am and from 1:30pm to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday.

Special requirements: Volunteers must be motivated, reliable, initiative and assiduous in their work on the farm. Most importantly, volunteers need to be friendly and patient, making good relationships with the local workers.

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

Language: English

Accommodation: In a dormitory in Saigon, in shared rooms with bunk beds. Free Wi-Fi is available at the volunteer house.

Location: Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, in the southern part of Vietnam.

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN), 45 minute drive from the volunteer house

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 180 USD for 1 week; 250 USD for 2 weeks;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Rehabilitation for disabled children and improving their living environment
Son Tay       December 10 - December 21, 2018

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 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.

Special requirements: Interest in working with children with disabilities. Volunteers should be open-minded, flexible and proactive.

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

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in the guestroom of the centre. You need to bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Son Tay, Ha Noi

Terminal: Hanoi Airport, 2 hour drive to the west

Age range: 18 and over

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

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Merry Christmas for disadvantaged Vietnamese kids in Hanoi
Hanoi       December 18 - December 25, 2018

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

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

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

Language: English

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

Location: Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.

Terminal: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)

Age range: 18 and over

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

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Happiness for the poor in the Lunar New Year's days
Hanoi       January 28 - February 4, 2019

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

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

Many Vietnamese prepare for Tết by cooking special holiday foods and decorating their houses. In Vietnam, to celebrate Tết is to “ăn Tết”, literally meaning "Tết eating", showing the importance of food in its celebration. Some of the prepared foods are eaten year round, while others are unique to the festival and only eaten during Tết. Also, some of the food is prepared vegetarian as it is believed to be good luck to eat vegetarian on Tết. Some traditional food on Tết are: “Bánh chưng” (Chung cake) and “bánh dầy”: essentially tightly packed sticky rice with meat or bean filling wrapped in banana leaves. Bánh chưng (rectangular) and bánh giầy (circular) 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.

Local and international volunteers will work together in Hanoi to make traditional Chung cakes and give them to poor children and families. They will also prepare special performances and events with music and games for the children.

The aims of this project are:
• To create a chance for disadvantaged children to participate in the Tet holiday festival by making Chung cakes.
• To provide an opportunity for international volunteers to experience Vietnamese culture.
• To expose the children to different cultures and people from around the world by working with international volunteers
• To promote friendship between local people and international volunteers (sharing experiences, skills, etc.).

Leisure activities: The project is a chance to meet new friends, learn about local people and share your experiences with them. Some planned activities include: Welcome party with all local and international volunteers; Cultural exchange activities; Vietnamese night: local volunteers will arrange one night to introduce you to Vietnamese food and music in addition to a Vietnamese lesson; Your cultural day: each volunteer will prepare something special to share from their country and their culture.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay at the volunteer house. Meals will be provided at the accommodation and in a nearby local restaurant. Please bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. You can travel to discover further wonders of Vietnam! Located in northern Vietnam, Hanoi is the capital of the country with a population of seven million. The city is a thousand years old and follows the banks of the Red River. Hanoi counts many colorful districts including the French styled Old Quarter near Hoan Kiem lake, the modern New Quarter, and the more touristy TayHo area.

Terminal: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)

Age range: 18 and over

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

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Teaching English in schools in South Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City       2 - 3 weeks


Volunteer project: In this program, volunteers will teach English at a local educational institution, from primary level until tertiary level.
Many Vietnamese schools lack teachers with sufficient English competencies to extend the students’ English beyond basic writing and speaking skills. Volunteers help to improve the children's vocabulary and pronunciation, assist local teachers in managing their classes, organize games and other activities in the classroom, and help to improve the children's listening and speaking skills. Additionally, volunteers can teach French, Art, Culture, Dancing, Sport, etc.
Working hours will vary depending on the school where the volunteer is placed and will average around 3 to 6 hours per day.

Please note, volunteers do not need to be a qualified or experienced teacher to participate in this kind of project; however, in some certain placements, teaching experience is necessary.

Besides the normal work at local schools, volunteers are welcome to join communication English/French classes for children and students that are organized once or twice a year (usually in summer time). In this project, volunteers can learn and develop their teaching experiences through working independently, making lesson plan and creating their own activities in the class.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2 - 3 weeks. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

Arrival and orientation: The project starts on Tuesday, except on holidays. Volunteers arrive in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday or Tuesday of every week.
A one- to three-day orientation and training is provided at the beginning of the project. It covers topics such as aims and structure of the program, introduction to Vietnam and tourist destinations recommendation, practical information and arrangements, basic Vietnamese and local travel guide and visits to host placement(s).

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a dormitory in shared rooms. The house has TV, PC, free Wi-Fi, fridge, washing machine, air conditioner, cooking facilities and common room.
There is a cook who prepares a wide variety of delicious and authentic Vietnamese dishes with locally sourced fresh produce daily during the week. On weekends, meals will be served at a restaurant nearby.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euro for the first 2 weeks plus 80 Euro per extra week
The extra fee for this project has to be transferred one month before the start. The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds.

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Sports education program
Ho Chi Minh City       2 - 3 weeks


Volunteer project: The Sports Education program is designed for volunteers who wish to work with children in schools/orphanages or centers for homeless children, but not necessarily spend all their time teaching in a classroom. Volunteers have the opportunity to assist in schools/orphanages to broaden children’s knowledge of sport, through teaching “foreign” sports and games to the children and educating them on general fitness, health and wellbeing in addition to taking general classes at the school.

It is up to the volunteer to plan lessons and design the teaching of their sports program. Children are extremely enthusiastic and willing to learn, however past volunteers have found it important to be prepared if they are to teach the children foreign concepts and ideas (such as a new sport). While football/soccer is extremely popular in Vietnam, many volunteers have found it rewarding to teach the children other sports from the volunteer’s home country, such as baseball, lacrosse, basketball, cricket and rugby. If a volunteer wishes to do this, they must plan ahead and often bring the required materials and equipment themselves as it is highly unlikely to find them in local stores and shopping centers.

Volunteers do not need any previous teaching experience for this program, but it is important to note that they may be required to teach other classes during the day, such as English, Math, Science or Social Studies (Geography and History).

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2 - 3 weeks. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

Arrival and orientation: The project starts on Tuesday, except on holidays. Volunteers arrive in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday or Tuesday of every week.
A one- to three-day orientation and training is provided at the beginning of the project. It covers topics such as aims and structure of the program, introduction to Vietnam and tourist destinations recommendation, practical information and arrangements, basic Vietnamese and local travel guide and visits to host placement(s).

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a dormitory in shared rooms. The house has TV, PC, free Wi-Fi, fridge, washing machine, air conditioner, cooking facilities and common room.
There is a cook who prepares a wide variety of delicious and authentic Vietnamese dishes with locally sourced fresh produce daily during the week. On weekends, meals will be served at a restaurant nearby.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euro for the first 2 weeks plus 80 Euro per extra week
The extra fee for this project has to be transferred one month before the start. The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds.

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Care program for children with special needs
Ho Chi Minh City       2 - 3 weeks


Volunteer project: Although Vietnam has now been at peace for many years, effects from war continue to haunt not only the adult population of this beautiful country but also its children. Volunteers have the opportunity to work in institutions caring for orphan/street children or disabled children and young people affected by Agent Orange or in schools, hospitals and community clinics looking after mentally disabled children.

Work is somewhat varied depending on the institution where the volunteer is placed, however typical examples of tasks can include: assisting local staff in providing rehabilitation exercises and therapist treatments for children, playing with children and entertaining/educating them with games, music, arts and other exercises, helping to develop fundraising initiatives to ensure ongoing funding for these institutions and teaching English to local staff.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2 - 3 weeks. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

Arrival and orientation: The project starts on Tuesday, except on holidays. Volunteers arrive in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday or Tuesday of every week.
A one- to three-day orientation and training is provided at the beginning of the project. It covers topics such as aims and structure of the program, introduction to Vietnam and tourist destinations recommendation, practical information and arrangements, basic Vietnamese and local travel guide and visits to host placement(s).

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a dormitory in shared rooms. The house has TV, PC, free Wi-Fi, fridge, washing machine, air conditioner, cooking facilities and common room.
There is a cook who prepares a wide variety of delicious and authentic Vietnamese dishes with locally sourced fresh produce daily during the week. On weekends, meals will be served at a restaurant nearby.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euro for the first 2 weeks plus 80 Euro per extra week
The extra fee for this project has to be transferred one month before the start. The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds.

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Care program for disadvantaged children
Ho Chi Minh City       2 - 3 weeks


Volunteer project: In this project, volunteers will take care of orphaned, abandoned and street children. The time will mostly be spent with children, playing with them, providing care and helping them to feel warmth and love in their difficult life. Besides care work, there will be a possibility to do some basic teaching.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2 - 3 weeks. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

Arrival and orientation: The project starts on Tuesday, except on holidays. Volunteers arrive in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday or Tuesday of every week.
A one- to three-day orientation and training is provided at the beginning of the project. It covers topics such as aims and structure of the program, introduction to Vietnam and tourist destinations recommendation, practical information and arrangements, basic Vietnamese and local travel guide and visits to host placement(s).

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a dormitory in shared rooms. The house has TV, PC, free Wi-Fi, fridge, washing machine, air conditioner, cooking facilities and common room.
There is a cook who prepares a wide variety of delicious and authentic Vietnamese dishes with locally sourced fresh produce daily during the week. On weekends, meals will be served at a restaurant nearby.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euro for the first 2 weeks plus 80 Euro per extra week
The extra fee for this project has to be transferred one month before the start. The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds.

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Care program for kindergarten children
Ho Chi Minh City       2 - 3 weeks


Volunteer project: Volunteers will help taking care of children in kindergarten. They are babies and between 2-6 years old. Placements are in several kindergartens in the urban area of Ho Chi Minh city, both in middle class and poor neighbourhoods.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2 - 3 weeks. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

Arrival and orientation: The project starts on Tuesday, except on holidays. Volunteers arrive in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday or Tuesday of every week.
A one- to three-day orientation and training is provided at the beginning of the project. It covers topics such as aims and structure of the program, introduction to Vietnam and tourist destinations recommendation, practical information and arrangements, basic Vietnamese and local travel guide and visits to host placement(s).

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a dormitory in shared rooms. The house has TV, PC, free Wi-Fi, fridge, washing machine, air conditioner, cooking facilities and common room.
There is a cook who prepares a wide variety of delicious and authentic Vietnamese dishes with locally sourced fresh produce daily during the week. On weekends, meals will be served at a restaurant nearby.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euro for the first 2 weeks plus 80 Euro per extra week
The extra fee for this project has to be transferred one month before the start. The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds.

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Help prepare meals for the poor in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City       1 - 3 weeks


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

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

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

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

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 - 3 weeks. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

Arrival and orientation: The project starts on Tuesday, except on holidays. Volunteers arrive in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday or Tuesday of every week.
A one- to three-day orientation and training is provided at the beginning of the project. It covers topics such as aims and structure of the program, introduction to Vietnam and tourist destinations recommendation, practical information and arrangements, basic Vietnamese and local travel guide and visits to host placement(s).

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a dormitory in shared rooms. The house has TV, PC, free Wi-Fi, fridge, washing machine, air conditioner, cooking facilities and common room.
There is a cook who prepares a wide variety of delicious and authentic Vietnamese dishes with locally sourced fresh produce daily during the week. On weekends, meals will be served at a restaurant nearby.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euro for the first 2 weeks plus 80 Euro per extra week
The extra fee for this project has to be transferred one month before the start. The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds.

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Animal rescue and care program
Ho Chi Minh City       1 - 3 weeks


Volunteer project: The Animal rescue and care program provides you with an opportunity to contribute to the welfare of animals in Vietnam. Volunteers will work at an animal rescue centre which is located 40 miles north-west of Ho Chi Minh City. The centre rescues wildlife animals that are confiscated from illegal animal trade. After successful recovery and rehabilitation, the animals are returned back to the wild. There are usually over 300 rescued animals in the centre including primates, bears, exotic birds, reptiles and other small mammals.

Volunteers will have a unique opportunity to work alongside some incredible wildlife and get the satisfaction of helping to make a difference to their lives. The exact nature of the work will vary all the time and there is no such thing as a 'typical' day. However there are certain everyday tasks that will be volunteer’s responsibility such as: feeding the animals, providing water for them, assisting with cleaning the enclosures. Other possible tasks include: construction of new cages and enclosures, working on enclosure enrichment, assisting with tours for visitors, keeping the centre's grounds clean.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 - 3 weeks. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

Arrival and orientation: The project starts on Tuesday, except on holidays. Volunteers arrive in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday or Tuesday of every week.
A one- to three-day orientation and training is provided at the beginning of the project. It covers topics such as aims and structure of the program, introduction to Vietnam and tourist destinations recommendation, practical information and arrangements, basic Vietnamese and local travel guide and visits to host placement(s).

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a dormitory in shared rooms. The house has TV, PC, free Wi-Fi, fridge, washing machine, air conditioner, cooking facilities and common room.
There is a cook who prepares a wide variety of delicious and authentic Vietnamese dishes with locally sourced fresh produce daily during the week. On weekends, meals will be served at a restaurant nearby.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euro for the first 2 weeks plus 80 Euro per extra week
The extra fee for this project has to be transferred one month before the start. The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds.

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Dog and cat rescue and care program
Ho Chi Minh City       1 - 3 weeks


Volunteer project: Volunteers in this program will contribute to the welfare of animals in Vietnam. There are many abandoned or stray dogs and cats on the streets of Ho Chi Minh city. The Dog and Cat rescue and care program was started in 2013 by young people, mostly university students. The aim of the program is to provide support and improve the welfare to abandoned or stray dogs and cats. Every day, at least 3 cases of stray/abandoned dogs and cats are found and rescued. Dogs and cats are brought to the shelter and taken care of, given medical care until they are healthy enough and ready for adoption or to return home. Since the start of the project, hundreds of dogs and cats have been rescued. The usual number of dogs and cats at the shelter is between 15-30. As the number of dogs and cats increases, there is a big need of volunteers to help care for the animals and to help with the fundraising efforts.

Volunteers’ duties include cleaning the shelter, showering and playing with the dogs and cats. Volunteers are also encouraged to join other activities on social media such as Facebook or Twitter, or organize campaigns at the local community in order to support the promotion and fundraising for the project.

On the first day, volunteers will be given an orientation tour of the shelter and they will learn why the dogs and cats are there and how they are cared for.
For this project, previous experience is not necessary, but enthusiasm for hard work and getting involved in the cause is. The volunteers will work from 9am to 3pm.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 - 3 weeks. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

Arrival and orientation: The project starts on Tuesday, except on holidays. Volunteers arrive in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday or Tuesday of every week.
A one- to three-day orientation and training is provided at the beginning of the project. It covers topics such as aims and structure of the program, introduction to Vietnam and tourist destinations recommendation, practical information and arrangements, basic Vietnamese and local travel guide and visits to host placement(s).

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a dormitory in shared rooms, usually 2-6 volunteers per room. Single or twin room can be arranged by request. The house has TV, PC, free Wi-Fi, fridge, air conditioner, cooking facilities and common room. Laundry service is available near the house.
There is a cook who prepares a wide variety of delicious and authentic Vietnamese dishes with locally sourced fresh produce daily during the week. On weekends, meals will be served at a restaurant nearby. Lunch on working days will be provided at a restaurant near the shelter.

Location: The project takes place in Ho Chi Minh city, in different districts. At the moment, volunteers are needed at shelters in Tan Phu and Binh Chanh Districts. Volunteers travel to work by bus. The travel time is about 1 hour.

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euro for the first 2 weeks plus 80 Euro per extra week
The extra fee for this project has to be transferred one month before the start. The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds.

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Developing an organic garden in a Buddhist pagoda
Ho Chi Minh City       2 - 3 weeks


Volunteer project: The aim of this project is to provide an opportunity for volunteers to experience organic farming in Vietnam.
This organic farm is inside a Buddhist pagoda in the outskirt of Ho Chi Minh City. The monks who live in the pagoda take care of about 10 orphan children and 20 homeless elderly people. The project aims at making use of uncultivated land in the pagoda to grow vegetables which are an important source of food for the monks, children, and seniors living here. Usually, almost all of their food is donated, and they only buy tofu for the meals. Having an organic vegetable garden, they can provide themselves with healthier and more diverse foods. More importantly, this garden lessens their food expenses.

The farm in the pagoda is new, yet full of potential. Two kinds of farming can be carried out here: organic vegetable farming and herb farming.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2 - 3 weeks. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

Arrival and orientation: The project starts on Tuesday, except on holidays. Volunteers arrive in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday or Tuesday of every week.
A one- to three-day orientation and training is provided at the beginning of the project. It covers topics such as aims and structure of the program, introduction to Vietnam and tourist destinations recommendation, practical information and arrangements, basic Vietnamese and local travel guide and visits to host placement(s).

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a dormitory in shared rooms. The house has TV, PC, free Wi-Fi, fridge, washing machine, air conditioner, cooking facilities and common room.
There is a cook who prepares a wide variety of delicious and authentic Vietnamese dishes with locally sourced fresh produce daily during the week. On weekends, meals will be served at a restaurant nearby.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euro for the first 2 weeks plus 80 Euro per extra week
The extra fee for this project has to be transferred one month before the start. The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds.

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Organic farming program
Ho Chi Minh City       2 - 3 weeks


Volunteer project: This organic farming program takes place in the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City. The farm works to promote eco lifestyle, as well as to provide real organic fruits and vegetables to the community. The farm is about 5000m2 and they use technology based on software to ensure the quality and capacity of the products.
There are 6 No’s on this farm: No pesticides and herbicides; No planting on soil and water contaminated with agricultural chemicals; No growth regulators; No chemical fertilizers; No genetically modified seeds; No preservatives.

Volunteers will help with the routine tasks on the farm:
- Checking plants regularly to find ecosystem patterns of the land
- Field sanitation and plants health
- Planning the seasonal crops
- Using different plants for intercropping and crop rotation as needed
- Creating favourable environment for the development of beneficial insects
- Trap cropping and setting pheromone traps
- Measures for expelling insects
- Shielding vegetables in rows or in a greenhouse
- Using resistant varieties
- Applying insecticides of biological origin

The organic farm also plays an educational role. Children can come to visit and learn about organic farming, eco-lifestyle and environmental issues.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2 - 3 weeks. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

Arrival and orientation: The project starts on Tuesday, except on holidays. Volunteers arrive in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday or Tuesday of every week.
A one- to three-day orientation and training is provided at the beginning of the project. It covers topics such as aims and structure of the program, introduction to Vietnam and tourist destinations recommendation, practical information and arrangements, basic Vietnamese and local travel guide and visits to host placement(s).

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a dormitory in shared rooms. The house has TV, PC, free Wi-Fi, fridge, washing machine, air conditioner, cooking facilities and common room.
There is a cook who prepares a wide variety of delicious and authentic Vietnamese dishes with locally sourced fresh produce daily during the week. On weekends, meals will be served at a restaurant nearby.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euro for the first 2 weeks plus 80 Euro per extra week
The extra fee for this project has to be transferred one month before the start. The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds.

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Medical internship program
Ho Chi Minh City       2 - 3 weeks


Volunteer project: The medical internship program in Vietnam provides skilled medical professionals and students the chance to experience a new culture and working environment while still learning and developing their specialized medical knowledge at the same time. Volunteers get the chance to gain a greater understanding of the differences between medical systems in developed and developing countries.

Volunteers will be placed with a local Doctor and/or Nurse who will guide them in different tasks and activities at the placement. It is important to note that as a volunteer, you will not be allowed to partake in serious procedures and you will be job shadowing. However, depending on the volunteer’s level of experience, they may observe operations, provide assistance in basic procedures and visit patients, before and after surgery as well as any other tasks offered or required by the local staff. While volunteers are always encouraged by local staff to see and learn as much as possible, the local staff are also very interested in gaining a better understanding of medical work in your country and learn about the similarities and differences.

There are opportunities for volunteers to work in pediatrics, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy with children and adults who suffer from cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, congenital motor system deformity and other disabilities. There are also opportunities to work in other specialties within a very large hospital with highly skilled staff who speak English. There are 5 big hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City that welcome participants from this program.

This program is offered for three types of applicants:
- Students from nursing or medical school / college / university who will become a nurse or a doctor in the future
- Students who have no background in medicine/nursing, but intend to study medicine or nursing
- Nurses or doctors who have working experience and want to share it with others and help patients

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2 - 3 weeks. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

Arrival and orientation: The project starts on Tuesday, except on holidays. Volunteers arrive in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday or Tuesday of every week.
A one- to three-day orientation and training is provided at the beginning of the project. It covers topics such as aims and structure of the program, introduction to Vietnam and tourist destinations recommendation, practical information and arrangements, basic Vietnamese and local travel guide and visits to host placement(s).

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a dormitory in shared rooms. The house has TV, PC, free Wi-Fi, fridge, washing machine, air conditioner, cooking facilities and common room.
There is a cook who prepares a wide variety of delicious and authentic Vietnamese dishes with locally sourced fresh produce daily during the week. On weekends, meals will be served at a restaurant nearby.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 450 USD for the first 2 weeks plus 150 USD per extra week
The extra fee for this project has to be transferred one month before the start. The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds.

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Physiotherapy internship program
Ho Chi Minh City       2 - 3 weeks


Volunteer project: The aim of this program is to provide skilled physiotherapy professionals and students the chance to experience a new culture and working environment while still learning and developing their specialized medical knowledge at the same time. Volunteers get the chance to gain a greater understanding of the differences between medical systems in developed and developing countries.

Volunteers in this program will work in a hospital specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation or in a physiotherapy rehabilitation center.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2 - 3 weeks. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

Arrival and orientation: The project starts on Tuesday, except on holidays. Volunteers arrive in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday or Tuesday of every week.
A one- to three-day orientation and training is provided at the beginning of the project. It covers topics such as aims and structure of the program, introduction to Vietnam and tourist destinations recommendation, practical information and arrangements, basic Vietnamese and local travel guide and visits to host placement(s).

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a dormitory in shared rooms. The house has TV, PC, free Wi-Fi, fridge, washing machine, air conditioner, cooking facilities and common room.
There is a cook who prepares a wide variety of delicious and authentic Vietnamese dishes with locally sourced fresh produce daily during the week. On weekends, meals will be served at a restaurant nearby.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 450 USD for the first 2 weeks plus 150 USD per extra week
The extra fee for this project has to be transferred one month before the start. The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds.

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Mangrove reforestation in Can Gio Biosphere Reserve
Ho Chi Minh City       2 - 3 weeks


Volunteer project: Can Gio Mangrove Reserve is a UNESCO Biosphere reserve and one of the most important wetland conservation sites in the country. It covers 75,740 hectares and is dominated by mangroves, including both salt water and brackish water species. Can Gio has a high biodiversity with more than 200 species of fauna and 52 species of flora. The site is an important wildlife sanctuary in Vietnam as it is characterized by a wetland biosystem dominated by mangrove and many rare species. Today, it has become one of the most extensive sites of rehabilitated mangroves in the world. One of the main advantages of the biosphere reserve is that it provides the opportunity to work on environmental protection on a continuum of habitats, ranging from the sea to the boundary of Ho Chi Minh City, the biggest industrial city in Vietnam. The mangrove forest is regarded as the “green lungs” of the city.

The aim of this project is to reforest unproductive land within Can Gio Biosphere Reserve that has little remaining original vegetation on it. Existing trees will remain but new native trees will be planted. Volunteers will join the efforts to regenerate the area, bring back a forest, and restore its biodiversity.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2 - 3 weeks. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

Arrival and orientation: The project starts on Tuesday, except on holidays. Volunteers arrive in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday or Tuesday of every week.
A one- to three-day orientation and training is provided at the beginning of the project. It covers topics such as aims and structure of the program, introduction to Vietnam and tourist destinations recommendation, practical information and arrangements, basic Vietnamese and local travel guide and visits to host placement(s).

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a dormitory in shared rooms. The house has TV, PC, free Wi-Fi, fridge, washing machine, air conditioner, cooking facilities and common room.
There is a cook who prepares a wide variety of delicious and authentic Vietnamese dishes with locally sourced fresh produce daily during the week. On weekends, meals will be served at a restaurant nearby.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euro for the first 2 weeks plus 80 Euro per extra week
The extra fee for this project has to be transferred one month before the start. The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds.

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Long-term projects in Vietnam