Volunteer in Vietnam


Providing meals and education for disadvantaged, poor and street children in Hanoi
Hanoi       2 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The children who come to Youth House are from the Fisher village, which consists of more than 40 families living on temporary ragged boats by the Red River (a small part of the village is on an island). Their lives are extremely difficult: the surroundings are badly polluted, they don’t have tap water, electricity and they have to clean the water from the Red River by alum and use it. Thus the rate of diseases and drownings is very high. All families have more than 5 members while they don’t have jobs, so it is very hard to feed the whole family. Their children, all of whom are badly malnourished and illiterate, have to collect rubbish, sell collected fruits, vegetables, lottery tickets or catch shrimp overnight.

The children going to Youth House are disadvantaged, poor and street children from 8 to 16 years of age. They have low education level: nearly 90% don't know words, some of them haven't joined any official vocational training before. They come from very poor families or have no families at all. The children speak Vietnamese and very basic English, learnt from former international volunteers.

Youth House School is a small non-formal education center for disadvantaged, street and poor children. It is also a friendly place for local young people and international volunteers to come to explore their cultural diversity with lots of youth exchanges, music performances, photos exhibitions, classes for the children and fun leisure activities. Teachers and volunteers are needed to teach classes to the children and cook meals for 20 children every day.

These activities are combined with projects intended to help disadvantaged people at Fisher village, who are very old and poor and live in slum-boats on Red river, by giving them free food, supporting medicines for their disease, providing water filters, toothpaste, second-hand warm clothes, etc.

The volunteers will join a team of local volunteers to manage the projects and participate in the daily activities at the school. They will teach English and organize leisure activities for the poor and disadvantaged children living on float boats in the Red River. They will also help the local volunteers to keep the Youth Center clean and prepare free lunch for the children. The volunteers will take part in promotional and fundraising activities such as giving English lessons and organizing workshops in a private school/university to raise funds for the school fee of the children.

The volunteers need to have a very high motivation, very good communication skills and to be able to be independent in their work. Volunteers also need to have many ideas about how to keep the children's attention and they need to know how to deal with problematic situations with the children, as well encourage them to go to the Youth House regularly for free basic education and nutritious food. Thanks to the volunteers’ efforts through the years, children’s awareness of education has raised, which can help them get a simple job and a better future, and ensure their independent living and economic self-sufficiency. The scheme will demonstrate the important role of volunteerism and public-private partnerships for social development.

General purposes of the Youth House:
- Giving free lunch to disadvantaged, poor and street children
- Helping children to integrate into the community
- Giving them opportunities to take part in different activities, exchange ideas, deal with complexes, and improve their self-confidence
- Improving their education level

Leisure activities: Hanoi has many historical and cultural places and it is also a famous destination for tourists. Visiting Old Quarters and traditional trade villages are good choices for the volunteers at weekends or in their free time. Many cultural festivals are held in Hanoi annually so this is a great chance for the volunteers to explore the Capital which is 1000 years old.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2-12 months

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a host family. They need to bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Phuc Xa, Long Bien, Ha Noi

Terminal: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $470 US)

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 300 Euro)/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Organizing games and fun activities for children in the National Pediatric hospital in Hanoi
Hanoi       2 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The National Hospital of Pediatrics (NHP) is specialized in treating children coming from different provinces in Vietnam. The hospital consists of 22 departments, with the number of treated patients amounting up to 1000-1200, ages ranging from infancy to nearly 17 years old. The majority of them are afflicted with difficult to cure ailments, such as hematologic, nephrologic, etc. Most patients come from low-income families in which parents are working in agriculture sector, leading a rather poor life. During the treatment period, the patients do not have opportunities to participate in common leisure activities and they often suffer from stress of staying long time in hospital, so having fun and activities to reduce worry and sadness while they are in the hospital is necessary.
The hospital itself is deficient in organizing psychology-care activities for little patients. Pediatrics patients have full rights to healthy development, both physically and spiritually, like other people. They also have desire to communicate, play and receive knowledge. The efforts made by all doctors and nurses in the hospital are not likely to meet all patients’ needs.

Volunteers are needed to teach English and organize games and leisure activities for the children in the hospital (e.g.: singing, drawing, magic shows, etc.). In Aspiration center, the volunteers will encourage children to communicate in English every day and will organize performances with them every month.

The volunteers will support the children by playing with them. Through the games, the volunteers will help to distract the children from their physical and mental pain and they will not feel so much afraid of being in the hospital. We hope that the lovely children in the hospital will have sweet and comfortable time with both international and Vietnamese volunteers.

Special requirements: Volunteers need to be enthusiastic, patient, optimistic, full of energy and ready to work with sick children. They also need to be creative in organizing activities for the children so the children will feel relaxed.

Leisure activities: Hanoi has many historical and cultural places and it is also a famous destination for tourists. Visiting Old Quarters and traditional trade villages are good choices for the volunteers at weekends or in their free time. Many cultural festivals are held in Hanoi annually so this is a great chance for the volunteers to explore the Capital which is 1000 years old.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2-12 months

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a host family. They need to bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Hanoi

Terminal: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $470 US)

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 300 Euro)/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Teaching English and organizing leisure activities for kindergarten children
Thai Nguyen       2 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The volunteers will work with the kids of Thai Hai kindergarten in Thai Nguyen. The main tasks will be: teaching English, organizing leisure and outdoor activities for the children, guiding them on how to use computer, preparing performances with the children for special events and encouraging them to speak English by active daily communication.

Special requirements: Volunteers should be enthusiastic, patient, optimistic, creative and full of energy and ready to work with children. Working experience with kids is an advantage.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2-12 months

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in an eco-tourism village where they can have a real cultural exchange experience. Sleeping bag is needed.

Location: Thai Nguyen City

Terminal: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $470 US)

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 300 Euro)/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Teaching English to children of remote mountainous communities of Yen Bai
Yen Bai       2 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The volunteers will work at the Centre for continuing education in Yen Bai city, Yen Bai province. The Centre provides English courses for children from the mountainous neighborhoods with the aim of equipping them with firm foundation and confidence to use English effectively. The volunteers will teach English to the children and create a friendly environment in order to encourage them to communicate in English. They will also organize leisure activities (games, workshops, etc.) for the kids. The volunteers will help developing self-study materials and will also join in the teachers training program, helping local English teachers improve their skills.

Special requirements: Volunteers need to be enthusiastic, full of energy and to have strong English writing skills. Experience in working with children is preferred.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2-12 months

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay at the centre. They need to bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Yen Bai city, Yen Bai province

Terminal: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)

Age range: 20 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $470 US)

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 300 Euro)/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Support the Management Boards of UNESCO Protected Sites in Vietnam
Vietnam       3 - 12 months

Volunteer project: Placement on this project can be on one of 8 UNESCO protected sites in Vietnam:
• My Son World Heritage site
• Can Gio Biosphere Reserve
• Western Nghe An Biosphere Reserve
• Dong Van Global Karst Plateau Geopark
• Lower U Minh Ha National Park (under Mui Ca Mau Biosphere Reserve)
• Cat Tien National Park (under Dong Nai Biosphere Reserve)
• Dong Nai Culture and Nature Reserve (under Dong Nai Biosphere Reserve)
• Citadel of the Ho Dynasty

The volunteers will support the staff of the site management board. Volunteers' tasks include: giving English training course to the staff and the local community; conducting research about sustainable tourism development and management, and protection of the tropical forests; writing handbooks, leaflets and guidebooks…

Special requirements: Background/experience in environmental management, heritage management or tourism management is preferred.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2-12 months

Accommodation: Volunteers will be provided with accommodation at the site. They need to bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Ha Giang Province, Nghe An Province, Quang Nam Province, Ho Chi Minh City, Thanh Hoa province, Ca Mau Province, Dong Nai Province, and Quang Ninh Province.

Terminal: depends on the site

Age range: 21 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $470 US)

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 300 Euro)/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Cultural exchange and social programs for college and university students
Vietnam       2 - 12 months

Volunteer project: Volunteers are needed in colleges and universities in different provinces of Vietnam, to support the cultural exchange programs for students and help organizing different events.

The volunteers will mentor students and help them improve their English skills. They will also work together with the local staff and cooperate with humanity and non-profit organizations to organize social activities for students (such as charity/voluntary work in the community, fundraising for those activities, etc.).

Special requirements: Volunteers with Bachelor degree in fields of Social Science, Social Administration, Social Planning and Development, international relations, public relations, development studies or equivalent are preferred.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2-12 months

Accommodation: The college/university will provide accommodation for the volunteers. You will need a sleeping bag. Meals are served at the canteen of the college and vegetarian catering is possible.

Location: Hanoi, Da Nang, Thanh Hoa, Ben Tre, Hue, Thai Nguyen, Dong Thap, An Giang.

Terminal: depends on the site

Age range: 20 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $470 US)

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 300 Euro)/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Eco-tourism and educational projects with a minority community in Thai Nguyen province
Thai Nguyen       2 - 12 months

Volunteer project: This project is in support of the poor and minority people in Thai Hai village in Thai Nguyen province. The volunteers will work on eco-tourism and educational projects for the benefit of the local population.

The volunteers will help disadvantaged children improve their English and computer skills, will teach the children living skills, will organize activities with children, will guide local staff on developing eco-tourism in the area, will manage the website and organize culture exchange activities with the local community.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2-12 months

Accommodation: Simple accommodation and meals are provided by the villagers. Sleeping bag is needed.

Location: Thai Hai village, Thai Nguyen province

Terminal: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $470 US)

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 300 Euro)/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Leisure activities program for disabled children in Hai Duong
Hai Duong       2 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The center for disabled and disadvantaged children in Hai Duong was established more than 30 years ago. It is the biggest center of its kind in the north of Vietnam. About 1000 mentally and physically disabled and disadvantaged children from different parts of Hai Duong province live and study here. The center aims to provide compulsory education and vocational training courses to create employment opportunities for the teenagers. The center has a wide variety of courses for children ranging from 6 to 18 years old. For example, children between the ages of 6 to 12 are provided with educational courses, and the older children are able to attend vocational training courses at the center.

Volunteers are expected to organize activities with the children and support the local staff. Volunteers will play games with the children, take care of infant orphans and organize activities such as fun games, group activities, singing, drawing, painting and performing plays. The volunteers will also help the staff to prepare lunch for the children and will learn how to prepare Vietnamese food. Cultural exchange with the local people is also part of the program.
The voluntary work at the center is quite hard and it requires high motivation and patience from volunteers. So volunteers need to be well prepared before starting this project.

The aim of the volunteer project is to encourage the disabled children to integrate into the community and communicate with other people, to help them become more self-confident thanks to the work with volunteers, and to provide fun and relaxed time for the children after classes.

Special requirements: Knowing how to deal with problems of disabled people is an asset as the interaction with the kids can be very difficult. Volunteers need to have a high level of motivation and patience.

Leisure activities: There are famous tourist places near the center so volunteers can discover them at weekends and in the free time. It is also easy to get to Hanoi from Hai Duong by bus.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2-12 months

Accommodation: Volunteers will live in a host family. Sleeping bag is needed.

Location: Hai Duong, Hai Duong province (50 km from Hanoi)

Terminal: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $470 US)

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 300 Euro)/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Providing care, therapy and organized activities for sick and autistic children in Hanoi
Hanoi       2 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The volunteers in this project will interact with patients and autistic children in the National hospital of Acupuncture and a Children's Center in Hanoi.

The volunteers will take care of children, provide massage therapy and organize leisure activities for young patients in the hospital in order to help them to follow the school program. In the Children's Center, volunteers will encourage children to communicate and complete daily activities in class, and will organize performances, sports, games for them every day.

Special requirements: Volunteers should be enthusiastic, patient, optimistic, creative and full of energy and ready to work with children with different levels of disability. Working experience with disadvantaged kids is an advantage.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2-12 months

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay with a local host family which also provides an opportunity for cultural exchange. Please, bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Hanoi

Terminal: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $470 US)

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 300 Euro)/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Teaching English and organizing activities for underprivileged children
Ha Long, Hai Phong, Phu Yen       2 - 12 months

Volunteer project: International volunteers are needed to teach English, organize leisure and outdoor activities for children, guide them on how to use a computer, prepare performances with the children for special events and encourage them to speak English by daily active communication.

Special requirements: Volunteers should be enthusiastic, patient, optimistic, creative and full of energy and ready to work with children. Working experience with kids is an advantage.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2-12 months

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a volunteer’s house. Please, bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Ha Long, Hai Phong, Phu Yen

Terminal: depends on the site

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $470 US)

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 300 Euro)/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Teaching English to high school students in Phu Yen
Phu Yen       2 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The volunteer will support the English teaching program in a high school in Tuy Hoa, the capital city of Phu Yen Province.

Volunteers' duties include: teaching English to the children; organizing leisure activities for them; organizing some training courses or seminars to support the teaching methods of Vietnamese teachers of English.

Special requirements: Volunteers need to be enthusiastic, full of energy and to have strong English writing skills. Experience in teaching is preferred.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2-12 months

Accommodation: Accommodation and meals are provided by the School. Sleeping bag is needed.

Location: Tuy Hoa, the capital city of Phu Yen Province in south-central Vietnam

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN)

Age range: 20 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $470 US)

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 300 Euro)/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Environmental protection and awareness activities in Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve
Can Gio       2 - 12 months

Volunteer project: This volunteer placement is in Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve. The volunteers will work in the lab of the site; will organize trainings and English classes for the staff of the park to improve their English skills; will raise awareness of the local people about protecting the environment through different workshops; will participate in the elaboration of books gathering information about the ecosystem of the site.

Special requirements: This project is suitable for nature lovers and those who are interested in manual work.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2-12 months

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in the volunteer house inside the site with basic and simple facilities. Meals are provided at the canteen. Sleeping bag is needed.

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

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International airport (SGN)

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $470 US)

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 300 Euro)/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Supporting social projects in Vietnam
Vietnam       2 - 12 months

Volunteer project: In this project, volunteers will have the opportunity to work with local NGOs in different provinces in Vietnam. At the beginning of the project, participants will learn about the operation of a local NGO in the social field. Then they will support the organization's activities in terms of administration, marketing, communication, fundraising, and translating. The specific tasks will depend on the experiences and skills of each participant. Volunteers are also welcome to organize small workshops, to have more interaction with local staff as well as to get a better understanding of different ways of working, even in the same field.

Special requirements: The volunteers should be enthusiastic, optimistic, and ready to deal with differences. They need to adapt quickly with new environment both in nature and lifestyle. Volunteers are expected to have management skills.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2-12 months

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay with a local host family which also provides an opportunity for cultural exchange. Please, bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Different provinces in Vietnam

Terminal: depends on the site

Age range: 20 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $470 US)

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 300 Euro)/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Promotion, management and creative support for a Center for disabled youth in Hanoi
Hanoi       3 - 12 months

Volunteer project: This project is in support of a center for young disabled people in Hanoi. Because of their disability and disadvantaged position in society, it is difficult for these people to find work. The center conducts training courses and provides paid work once training is completed. Products produced by the center include lacquer paintings, embroidered fabrics, souvenirs and postcards and are exported to many countries. The proceeds of the sale of these products are directed back to the salaries and daily needs of the disabled people.

The center needs volunteers with specific skills to join this project. Firstly, volunteers will need to assist the center with website management, social media and PR activities to promote the center. It is useful to have more relationships with the same kind of organizations in foreign countries in order to learn from them; the center hopes volunteers can help them in establishing new partnerships.

The center also requires creative assistance in designing new samples to be produced at the centre. This is a very important way that the center can gain an advantage and provide more opportunities for the disadvantaged youngsters. Volunteers will find this project very interesting and rewarding.

Special requirements: Volunteers at this project need to be patient, enthusiastic and hardworking during their time at the center. Experience in PR and design is necessary.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 3-12 months

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay with a local host family which also provides an opportunity for cultural exchange. Please, bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Tu Liem district, Ha Noi

Terminal: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)

Age range: 20 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $470 US)

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 300 Euro)/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Teaching English and hospitality skills to disadvantaged youth
Ha Long       2 - 12 months

Volunteer project: Based in the city of Ha Long, 160 km away from Hanoi, the Center for Disabled People has been operating for several years. All the people residing at the center have a permanent disability that impedes their ability to have a normal life, which in turn hinders their chances to make adequate earnings to cover their basic needs. Their children, all of whom are badly malnourished and illiterate, also have to live in poverty. In addition to disability and poverty, the people at the Disabled Center also experience social issues such as lack of education about environmental issues and sustainability.
Currently, the people at the Center create and sell handicrafts to make a living; take advantage of forestry and agriculture on their land; and repair the extensive damage to their accommodation and classrooms following the devastating typhoons of 2012 and 2013.

The volunteers will spend time at the restaurant as well as in the training centre to observe and teach trainees how to interact with customers in English, and will help them to improve their skills in hospitality management.

Special requirements: The volunteer should be enthusiastic, optimistic, and ready to deal with differences. They need to adapt quickly with new environment both in nature and lifestyle. Volunteers are expected to have management skills.

Leisure activities: Volunteers have to opportunity to go on weekend trips to discover one of the world’s most beautiful world heritage sites, Ha Long Bay, recently named one of the 7 new wonders of the world. Volunteers who join this project will be a meager 5 km away from this paradise.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2-12 months

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a host family or a volunteer house. They need to bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Ha Long

Terminal: Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)

Age range: 20 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $470 US)

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 300 Euro)/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Teaching English to disadvantaged children in South Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City       1 - 12 months

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

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

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

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

Number of participants: Maximum 4 volunteers at a time

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1-12 months

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

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

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $470 US)

Extra fee: 440 Euro for the first month plus 80 Euro per extra week
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Teaching English conversation skills to students
Ho Chi Minh City       1 - 12 months

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

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

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

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

Number of participants: Maximum 6 volunteers at a time

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1-12 months

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

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

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $470 US)

Extra fee: 440 Euro for the first month plus 80 Euro per extra week
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Teaching English community classes in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City       1 - 12 months

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

Many different wards in different districts of Ho Chi Minh City have community classes that can help poorer families who struggle to pay for school fees for their children. Local officials select the children who attend these classes. Volunteers in this project will work at the community class in Ward 9 of Phu Nhuan District. It offers free education to local children who are 90% living in the nearby area (Ward 9). Originally, they come to the class when their families are too poor to send them to any public school or there may be no one to look after them at all. Although they are not living in an orphanage, many of them don’t receive proper care from their families due to the poverty and various complicated backgrounds, some of them even orphans. There are currently 20 disadvantaged boys and girls studying at this class, though not all of them study English. The class only offers children the primary education, focusing on literacy and numeracy. Children have only started to learn English since teaching volunteers joined the program in 2009. Now children also have the chance to study vocational skills, such as making handmade stuffs to get better income by themselves, study computing and other skills. There have been 4 students from the class who went to university in 2015.
There are currently two classes
Class 1: 8 students (from 10 -13 years old): Basic English Level
The students are very active and cheeky sometimes, they like learning English through playing games and being involved in different activities.
Class 2: 8 students (from 6 – 7 years old): Beginner
They are still small and it is good to help them pronounce correctly individual basic English words. Speaking slowly and repeating sometimes will be helpful for this group. They like coloring pictures and playing simple games.

Volunteer work: Volunteers will be responsible for taking control of the English class. Volunteers will work as the sole teacher with the support of a Vietnamese volunteer to assist in translation and maintaining the class. You will be required to make a teaching plan with lesson plans using the learning materials provided to ensure continuity in learning from the teachers before and after you.
Although most of the students have studied English in the past, it is unlikely they know how to speak and listen properly. Due to this, volunteer’s work should be concentrated on helping students with speaking and listening. However, developing writing skill is also essential for the younger students in class 1.
Remember to be their friend too. They have been through a lot and having fun with them through games and similar exercises will make it much more rewarding for them and for you.
With permission from the head teacher of the school, volunteers may also arrange their own activities for the children to join and have fun together.
Volunteers are also encouraged to try and raise money for scholarships, special events and restoration of the school if possible.
The timetable will be given on arrival with volunteers working 3 mornings per week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Working hours from 9:00am to 10:30am on Monday and Wednesday (Class 1) and 9:00am to 10:00am on Friday (Class 2). Volunteers will work around 3 - 4 hours per week at the class and will use the rest of their time between other projects and classes that require voluntary assistance.

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

Number of participants: Maximum 2 volunteers at a time

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1-12 months

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

Location: The community class is located in Ward 9, Phu Nhuan District, HCM City. Travelling by bus the journey from the dorm is around 1 hour but can be shorter or longer depending on traffic.

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $470 US)

Extra fee: 440 Euro for the first month plus 80 Euro per extra week
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Teaching English in a Buddhist temple school
Ho Chi Minh City       1 - 12 months

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

The school is located inside a Buddhist temple in Go Vap district, Ho Chi Minh City. It was established in 2005 to help educate 70-80 children from poor, undeveloped and immigrant families living near the pagoda. Some local teachers teach the children Vietnamese.
Volunteers usually teach one or two English classes in the morning. In the class, there may be students of different ages. The students' English skill level can also vary but the age does not reflect their level of English. The younger students may be better in English than the older ones.
Most of the children don't know English well so you can start with the basics, then move to teaching numbers, colors, body parts, etc. Volunteers will try to encourage the children to speak in English, play games, sing songs, draw….

Volunteer work: Volunteers will be responsible for taking control of the English class. Volunteers will work as the sole teacher in the class. You will be required to make a teaching plan with lesson plans using the learning materials provided to ensure continuity in learning from the teachers before and after you.
Although most of the students have studied English in the past, it is unlikely they know how to speak and listen properly. Due to this, volunteer’s work should be concentrated on helping students with speaking and listening. However, developing writing skill is also essential for the younger students in class.
Remember to be their friend too. They have been through a lot and having fun with them through games and similar exercises will make it much more rewarding for them and for you.
With permission from the principle of the school, volunteers may also arrange their own activities for the children to join and have fun together.
The timetable will be given on arrival with volunteers working schedule from Monday to Friday and working hours from 09:00am to 10:45am. Volunteers will work around 4 - 7 hours per week at the class and will use the rest of their time between other projects and classes that require voluntary assistance.

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

Number of participants: Maximum 4 volunteers at a time

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1-12 months

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

Location: The school is located in Go Vap district of Ho Chi Minh City. It is around 1 hour and a half by bus from the dorm, but the time can vary depending on traffic.

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $470 US)

Extra fee: 440 Euro for the first month plus 80 Euro per extra week
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Short-term projects in Vietnam