International Volunteer Workcamps  

Introduction
Types of projects
Volunteer work
Board & lodging
The volunteer group
Free time
Costs
Terms and conditions
Enrollment procedure
Join a project now !

Quick links

Other countries
Home page
Download area
Infopool
Contacts
Write to us
Middle & long-term projects
Add to 'Favourites'

Phones:
Canada 416-943-4900
Canada 604-628-7400
Canada 514-316-8500
Canada 780-638-2500
Canada 613-454-5500
USA  
    310-882-7400
USA       646-657-2900
USA       617-841-0400

Let us call you <<click>>















Volunteer opportunities in VIETNAM

Teachng English and organizing educational activities for disadvantaged children in South Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City          August 25 - September 6, 2014
Ho Chi Minh City          March 16 - March 28, 2015

Volunteer project: The School for disadvantaged children in Tan Hung ward was established in May 2000. With a strong desire of offering free education for disadvantaged children, the class was set up with the hope of providing a bright future for them. All of the students are immigrated from other provinces throughout Vietnam. Their parents have unstable incomes, frequently move between different job and often change homes amongst other reasons. This instability means the children are unable to attend public school due to fees and commitments 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 examinations are held with support from local schools. At the end of the year, each child receives an evaluation of their studies. Through the class, children understand that education is a good way to develop themselves and have a better life in the future. After leaving school, they are encouraged to continue their study at a higher level at other normal public schools. There’s 10 to 15 children studying from 6th to 12th grade at public secondary schools, and about 10 of them can attend College. After 10 years, the management board happily realized some achievements in that children should feel the care and love from the teachers, which leads them to more positive thinking. Also, thanks to the school, students’ parents know how to care more for their children and they don’t feel inferior to other families who have better living-conditions.

Volunteers will help to teach English and organize educational activities for the children in the school. Moreover, the volunteers will also do some manual works such as painting the walls, building a new bookshelf. Some books are donated and supported by some 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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

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

 

Promotion and preservation of Thang Long World Heritage Site
Hanoi          September 8 - September 20, 2014

Volunteer project: Thang Long Royal Citadel is a relic complex associated with the history of Thang Long - Hanoi starting from the pre-Thang Long period. These massive buildings were built in the reign of many historical times and are among the most important monuments in Vietnam. In 2010, the World Heritage Committee passed a resolution recognizing the Prince Center Thang Long - Hanoi as a World Cultural Heritage Site. The outstanding universal value of this heritage is recognized for three reasons: the cultural history throughout the 13th century, the continuity of heritage as a center of power, and the varied and abundant level of all relics.

This is an educational workcamp which offers volunteers the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities, including:
- Brainstorming to share and get new ideas and creative activities for the workcamp on their very first days;
- Visiting the site to have an overview of this World Heritage site location and its attraction;
- Organizing workshops for local students to raise the community awareness of Thang Long Citadel;
- Organizing interactive games about Thang Long Citadel inside its campus for the students and guests;

Special requirements: Volunteers who love nature and World Heritage are more than welcome.

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

Language: English

Accommodation: In a house, in shared rooms.

Location: Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam

Terminal: Hanoi Airport

Age range: 18 and over

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

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

                                                                                                         

 

Preservation and promotion of the ancient Citadel of Ho Dynasty
Thanh Hoa          September 9 - September 20, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteer project will take place at the Ho Citadel Heritage site, Vinh Loc district, Thanh Hoa province, 150 km south of Hanoi and 45 km northwest of Thanh Hoa City. The Citadel of the Ho Dynasty was built in 1397 and is considered the only stone citadel remaining in Southeast Asia and one of the few remaining in the world. The site was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2011. The Citadel of the Ho Dynasty, built according to the feng shui principles, is an architectural masterpiece of the 14th century and an outstanding example of a new style of Southeast Asian imperial city with a combination between the Vietnamese architecture and the unique building techniques of Viet Nam, Southeast Asia and Eastern Asia.

The volunteers in this project will join the continuous efforts for preserving and promoting the Ho Citadel World Heritage Site. They will take part in the campaign to clean up the site, clear bushes, collect rubbish. In cooperation with local volunteers and the site management staff, the international volunteers will also design leftlets, website, documents, networks, blogs in order to promote the site; will plan trainings about heritage education for students; will design tours for tourists, etc. The group will also take part in cultural exchange meetings with local people, and some environmental protection and creative activities, depending on the requirements of the center.

Leisure activities: The volunteers will have the weekend off for visiting beautiful spots in Thanh Hoa as well as in Ha Noi with local volunteers. We can also organise a trip to Sam Son beach. Evenings will be used for games, parties, cultural exchange.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will have a simple accommodation at a guest house with 4-6 people sharing a room.

Location: Ho Citadel Heritage site, Vinh Loc district, Thanh Hoa province, 3,5 hours by public bus from Hanoi

Terminal: Hanoi 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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

Rice painting for the benefit of people with disabilities
Ho Chi Minh City          September 15 - September 27, 2014
Ho Chi Minh City          November 3 - November 15, 2014

Volunteer project: This project was started in 2010 with the aim to give a chance to disadvantaged people by providing them with a job in the field of arts and crafts as rice painters. This job gives the young people with disabilities some professional skills and a purpose in life. The project's social goal is: Training and employing disabled people to improve their quality of life. With a job, these young people can live independantly and support their families. Furthermore, they achieve an unknown self-confidence and learn social skills.

These disabled people now stand before the problem of selling their art products. We are looking for volunteers who can help find new ways of promoting and selling the products. The volunteers will be trained on how to make rice paintings and will help the disadvantaged people promote and sell them. The volunteers are welcome to organize workshops to call for support from organizations and individuals. The project location is far from the city centre, and not many people know about these products, so volunteers are also welcome to write proposals and help these people find some places that they can introduce their rice paintings to more people.

Special requirements: Interest and motivation for working with people 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.

                                                                                                         

 

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

 

 

Raising environmental awareness and tree planting in Can Gio Biosphere Reserve
Can Gio National park          October 6 - October 18, 2014
Can Gio National park          December 1 - December 13, 2014

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.

                                                                                                         

 

Teaching English to primary school students in Saigon
Ho Chi Minh City          October 20 - November 1, 2014
Ho Chi Minh City          January 19 - January 31, 2015

Volunteer project: Volunteers will work in a free primary school for children whose families have no opportunity to send them to public schools. At the moment, there are more than 120 children 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 class, many children have to help their parents earn money by selling lottery tickets, collecting scrap (nylon bags, plastic, glass,…) or babysitting for neighbours.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Experience the ethnic culture of Hoa Binh
Hoa Binh          November 4 - November 15, 2014

Volunteer project: The international volunteers will work with ethnic communities in Hoa Binh Province and help them to garden and repair traditional houses (if needed). The group will also organize social and leisure activities for their 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 together in a bamboo house. Sleeping bag is needed.

Location: Hoa Binh city, Hoa Binh Province, 76 km from Hanoi

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Educational and peace promoting activities with orphan boys in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City          November 17 - November 29, 2014

Volunteer project: The project takes place in an orphanage for boys in the Tan Binh district of Ho Chi Minh City. The orhanage 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 spend their mornings working with the children, teaching English and organizing fun activities for them. In the afternoons, the team will prepare the lesson plans and four peace workshops for the children (2 workshops a week). It is believed that peace and self-esteem come from within each person. Every human being plays a crucial role in creating a peaceful world starting with himself or herself. Volunteers will help raise children's awareness of their own character and a peaceful community by meaningful games, interactive conversations, and storytelling. The workshops are to promote peace and harmony in our daily life and relationships.

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: Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Southern 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Organising leisure activities and taking care of orphans in Hanoi
Hanoi          November 18 - November 29, 2014

Volunteer project: This volunteer project will take place in a Buddhist temple in Hanoi. Female monks who live there always aim to help people and act in a peaceful and respectful way toward others. According to Buddhist custom, pagodas welcome all kinds of people in different situations and help them to find solutions to their problems. There are approximately 50 children (mostly orphans) living in the pagoda: around 20 infants, 15 high school students, and 15 secondary school students. There are also some women (called nannies) who also live at the pagoda and take care of the children. The role of the volunteer is to provide education and engage with the children living in the pagoda. Some of the children are with disabilities (down syndrome, deaf, mute, limb deformities). These children require particular attention from the volunteers to engage them in activities and provide them with adequate stimulation.

Volunteers' main tasks are the provision of a structured and creative play program for the young children, assisting the nannies in caring for them, and improving their living environment. The volunteers will teach the children basic English, will play, sing, read with them, and generally invove the kids in fun and stimulating activities. The volunteers will also do some gardening (planting, picking up grass) and help with some maintenance and small renovation tasks around the building.

Special requirements: The volunteers should be enthusiastic, optimistic and patient. Volunteers also require the range of skills necessary for working closely with children.

Leisure activities: Hanoi has many historical and cultural landmarks and is a popular destination for tourists. Visiting the Old Quarter or traditional trade villages are good choices for volunteers at weekends or during free-time. Many cultural festivals are held in Hanoi annually so this is a great chance for volunteers to explore the Capital which is 1000 years old. The group can also visit Ha Long bay, the Temple of Literature, the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, museums...

Language: English

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

Location: Hanoi

Terminal: Hanoi 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Organic gardening project in support of Agent Orange victims
Hanoi          December 1 - December 13, 2014

Volunteer project: This project is in support of a treatment and care centre for Agent Orange victims located 15 km from downtown Hanoi, which was opened in 1993 to treat children and veterans suffering from the effects of Agent Orange. The children, whose fathers or grandfathers were exposed (causing chromosomal damage) or who were contaminated from their mother’s milk, suffer from a range of difficult conditions. While staying in the centre, children and veterans are nourished and are provided with free medical care. The children, who may stay there for several years, receive not only basic education, but also some forms of job training.

The centre is now housing up to 120 children and 40 veterans. The children aged 6 to 18 suffering from mental or physical disabilities are provided special education, medical rehabilitation and vocational training. In the terrace of the centre, we have established a new garden with the aim to provide fresh vegetables for the residents.

In the garden, the volunteers will help with clearing the site, preparing soil, weeding and planting vegetables and fruit trees. In the centre, the volunteers will play with children, organize games in the classrooms, and try making flowers and embroideries with the kids.

Study theme: Disadvantaged children in Vietnam

Special requirements: Interest in working with children with disabilities; Interest in manual work in the garden.

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

Language: English

Accommodation: Shared rooms at the project site.

Location: Tay Mo, Tu Liem, Hanoi Capital (western end of the city)

Terminal: Hanoi Airport

Age range: 18 and over

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

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

                                                                                                         

 

Rehabilitation for disabled children and improving their living environment
Son Tay          December 15 - December 27, 2014

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 whose parents are the veterans infected with the Agent Orange, the toxic chemical used during the war. Over time, however, the centre has 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 rehabilitation, special education and vocational training. The ultimate goal of the centre is to help the children re-integrate into society. While special education helps to lessen the burden of children’s families by teaching the disabled to help themselves with personal activities, the vocational training programs enable handicapped children to earn their living and be able to live independently in the future. Thousands of children have benefited from the education here and many of them now have a stable job. The centre itself has five staff who were nursed and educated in this school and now they are 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 indoor activities with children. Manual work varies from time to time 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 May 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 are striving day by day for a better future. Volunteers' help is also needed in the classrooms for special education such as retardation class, basic education for deaf and mute children, the vocational classes where children learn to sew, do embroideries, wool knitting. Working with kids here requires a lot of creativity.

Study theme: Disadvantaged children in Vietnam

Special requirements: Interest in working with children with disabilities.

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

Language: English

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

Location: Son Tay, Ha Noi

Terminal: Hanoi Airport, 2 hour drive to the west

Age range: 18 and over

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

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

                                                                                                         

 

Warm Christmas for orphans in Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City          December 15 - December 27, 2014

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 orhanage 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for disadvantaged Vietnamese kids
Hanoi          December 19 - December 26, 2014

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.

                                                                                                         

 

Happiness for the poor in the Lunar New Year's days
Hanoi          February 1 - February 15, 2015

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 can not afford to make Chung cakes because of their financial difficulty.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

Celebrate Vietnamese New Year with orphans in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City          February 2 - February 13, 2015

Volunteer project: TET Festival is Vietnamese traditional New Year Holiday (following Lunar Calendar) which usually falls into mid January – mid February. This is the time for family reunion and visits to friends and relatives. Like the Christmas and New Year in western countries, people here prepare a lot for this holiday, from renovating their houses, to making cakes and a lot of food and drinks. However, in the orphanages, children do not have enough to prepare for their holiday. Most of them stay in the orphanages or centers over the Tet, only some of them go back to their home villages. Thus there is a need to prepare something for those children so they still have good time and enjoy this big holiday.

In Ho Chi Minh City area, an international workcamp will be set up to prepare Tet holidays in some orphanages. Volunteers will help renovating the houses, cleaning the site and making Chung Cake (traditional cake for children in Tet).

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.

                                                                                                         

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Language: English

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

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, South Vietnam

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN)

Age range: 18 and over

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

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Vietnam projects slideshow:





click here for long-term projects in Vietnam

click here for volunteer programs in other countries

FOR FULL, STARTED AND PAST PROJECTS, CLICK HERE