Volunteer in Vietnam


Teaching English in schools in South Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City       1 to 12 months

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

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

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

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

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

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

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

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

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 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.

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Sports education program
Ho Chi Minh City       1 to 12 months

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

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

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

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

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

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

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

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

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 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.

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Care program for children with special needs
Ho Chi Minh City       1 to 12 months

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

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

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

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

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

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

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

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 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.

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Care program for disadvantaged children
Ho Chi Minh City       1 to 12 months

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

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

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

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

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

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

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 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.

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Care program for kindergarten children
Ho Chi Minh City       1 to 12 months

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

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

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

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

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

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

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 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.

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Help prepare meals for the poor in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City       1 to 12 months

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

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

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

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

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

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

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

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

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

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 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.

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Animal rescue and care program
Ho Chi Minh City       1 to 12 months

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

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

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

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

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

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

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

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 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.

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Developing an organic garden in a Buddhist pagoda
Ho Chi Minh City       1 to 12 months

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

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

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

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

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

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

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

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 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.

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Organic farming program
Ho Chi Minh City       1 to 12 months

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

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

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

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

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

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

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

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

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 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.

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Capacity building support for organizations in Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City       2 to 12 months

Volunteer project: Working with a local NGO, social enterprise or company can be a rewarding and valuable experience for anyone who would like to learn how different projects are organized, managed and supervised. There are many small, locally-run non-governmental organizations in Vietnam. They contribute to the cause of development and peace in both urban and rural areas. These local organizations, mostly being new, are often in shortage of funds, human resources and experience. There is thus a need to build up their capacity through different approaches.

A motivated and resourceful international volunteer in the office would help improve their communication skills, working competencies, and assist in creating a bridge between local NGOs and new partners worldwide. The volunteer placements are in local organizations in the following sectors: public health, community development, sustainable development and nature conservation. Typical duties can include: writing proposals and reports, improving staff's English language proficiency and communication skills, assisting with fundraising initiatives and networking with international partners. Volunteer’s role may vary depending on the type of organization they will be working with.

In order to do this program, volunteers must already have some experience in the field in which they wish to work. This can either be university studies (a degree is not required) or relevant working experience. Additionally, volunteers need to bring their laptop.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2 to 12 months. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

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

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

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

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

Age range: 22 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 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.

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Medical internship program
Ho Chi Minh City       1 to 12 months

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

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

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

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

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

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

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

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

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

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 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.

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Physiotherapy internship program
Ho Chi Minh City       1 to 12 months

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

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

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

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

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

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

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

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 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.

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Mangrove reforestation in Can Gio Biosphere Reserve
Ho Chi Minh City       1 to 12 months

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

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

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

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

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

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

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

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 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.

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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 $510 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.

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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 $510 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.

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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 $510 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.

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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 $510 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.

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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 $510 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.

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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 $510 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.

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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 $510 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.

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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 $510 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.

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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 $510 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.

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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 $510 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.

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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 $510 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.

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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 $510 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.

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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 $510 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.

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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 $510 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.

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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 $510 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.

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