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Volunteer projects 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: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 260 Euro)/month

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

                                                                                                         

 

Organizing 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: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 260 Euro)/month

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

                                                                                                         

 

Teaching English and organizing 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: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 260 Euro)/month

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 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: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 260 Euro)/month

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

                                                                                                         

 

Support the Management Boards of UNESCO Protected Sites in Vietnam
Vietnam          2 - 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: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 260 Euro)/month

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

                                                                                                         

 

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: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 260 Euro)/month

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

                                                                                                         

 

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: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 260 Euro)/month

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

                                                                                                         

 

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

Volunteer project: Hai Duong welfare center was established in March 1982 and has about 1000 mentally and physically disabled and disadvantaged children coming from many parts of Hai Duong province. 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: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 260 Euro)/month

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

                                                                                                         

 


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