Volunteering in Vietnam
Vietnam is a great destination in South Asia for volunteers who wish to help people that are still suffering the effects of a war that took place more than 30 years ago. Recovering from such event has not been completed yet, as there is still poverty, and social and health-related problems.
CWAbroad’s partner organization located in Hanoi, started functioning in 2005 and has not stopped growing since then. They are now in charge of arranging a variety of volunteering projects.
Being a volunteer in Vietnam will give you the gratification of improving the lives of a number of people who have little access to healthcare and educational and economic opportunities. They will be totally grateful and eager to welcome you to their community, culture and lifestyle.
Our local partner in Vietnam will guide and support you throughout your volunteering journey. Your work may include teaching orphaned children, improving poor women’s living situation, promoting education concerning environmental conservation and bio-diversity, and eco-tourism in national parks. This NGO is also working on renovating schools, housing and orphanages, and they are currently improving their own center for disabled children.
What’s included in our fair-cost policy?
All our programs include a fixed price Registration Fee of US$249 and a Program Fee that varies according to the duration of the program and the services included.
The Registration Fee covers the costs of all that Connecting Worlds has to do in order to organise the experience in an efficient manner and offer each participant a quality program. These costs include marketing, staff salaries, travel costs of staff who visit and inspect each of the programs on offer and Connecting Worlds’ solidarity fund among others. We need this fee just to sustain the organization.
The Program Fee is the total cost of everything related to the services that the volunteer will be able to take advantage of upon arrival to the destination of their choice. For example, accommodation, meals, transfers, the donation made to the volunteer project, welcome orientation and constant 24/7 support. The payment for this fee goes directly to the country in which the volunteer will be stationed, directly benefiting the local community. It’s a fee which helps organisations that work in the country associated with the program at hand to move forwards with their projects and generate work opportunities for the local community.
Thanks to our fair-cost policy, the volunteer benefits from not having to pay high fees and our local partners benefit from being able to invest in their projects and keep things moving forwards. Connecting Worlds also benefits from keeping the costs of its programs as low as possible because we get the opportunity to support local communities and make a difference in our own small but important way.
War in Vietnam has ended many years ago, but its effects are still ongoing and especially affect the child population. Locals are in need of volunteers who want to have the chance to looking after children in childcare institutions or orphanages, or taking care of disabled children in schools, hospitals or community clinics.
Volunteers’ tasks in these locations are varied depending on the institution. Yet, some of the expected activities include helping locals to provide rehabilitation exercises and therapy to children, educating children through games and arts, assisting with some renovation and fundraising initiatives, teaching English to the local workers and more. All of this helps the organization ensure that they will have the necessary funds to keep on working for the children.
CW Abroad offers Medical volunteering experiences in Ho Chi Minh, with the help of our local partners. In every case, each intern will work together with a full-time professional doctor or nurse on daily shifts in hospitals that focus on Orthopedics and Rehabilitation.
Volunteers will be able to experience working in a Vietnamese hospital first-hard, but their tasks will vary depending on their qualifications and experience. You may observe surgeries, help with basic procedures, and interact with patients before or after an operation. However, it is crucial to point out that volunteers only observe or assist with small tasks. The local health professionals are also interested in learning about medical work in your country, so it’s great that you can share your insight!
Bear in mind that a volunteer may be part of this program for at least 2 weeks (including Orientation), and they will be charged US$ 25 for each week they stay, which pays for the training and resources that they used during the program. The Program Fee that CW Abroad quotes for you will include this surcharge. As volunteers will deal with delicate health issues in this program, they will have to submit a copy of their qualifications in a relevant medical field to our partner organization in Vietnam.
Most volunteers who take part in this project teach English to tourism students at college in Ho Chi Minh. These students usually have a beginner to intermediate level of English, so they need help to improve their language skills. Although its availability is limited, there is English-teaching work to do in local Vietnamese educational and health-related institutions and community centers. Many schools do not have enough English teachers, so it is great indeed that English-speaking volunteers can offer such help to these students.
Most volunteers in this program will mostly help students to improve their speaking and listening skills, but also their vocabulary and spelling. Volunteers should follow a syllabus and assist local teachers in classroom management, and organizing other activities in class. You do not need to be qualified or experienced to be part of this program, but we encourage you to be prepared by obtaining a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate, or taking some relevant TEFL course.
To be part of a volunteer project you must be 18 years-old or over. You’ll be required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and to provide a criminal background check to CW’s local team on arrival in Ho Chi Minh City.
Medical volunteers need to be in training or qualified in a relevant medical field, therefore, volunteers are required to present a copy of their qualifications and certificates to our partner organization on arrival in Vietnam.
The programs taking place in Ho Chi Minh may begin any week; volunteers will be picked up at the airport between Monday at 10am to Tuesday at 6am. If you choose a project in Hanoi, they start on the first and third Monday of each month. Volunteers are also collected from the airport, but on Sunday at any time. The duration of every program may be from one week to six months; if you wish to make your stay longer, you should arrange this with our local partner.
New volunteers need an introduction to life in Vietnam and living in the local neighborhood. This Orientation includes knowing about Vietnamese culture, such as what is accepted or not by locals, and learning a bit of Vietnamese language.
Accommodation for our volunteers in Hanoi is located at our partner’s main center. It is 1h away from the center of the city. The dorms have between 4 to 12 bunk beds and include Wi-Fi connection. There is a comfortable common room with a TV and there are shared bathrooms. All programs include breakfast and dinner, and lunch is available depending on the project, all made by a cook who has been highly praised by previous volunteers. If lunch is not included, it will be possible to eat for little cost at local eating places. Volunteers who go to Ho Chi Minh are accommodated in a Volunteer House where they share their bedrooms. They will be offered three meals per day in all programs. Volunteers who take part in programs located in other areas of Vietnam will be welcomed by host families.
One of the most popular things Vietnam is known for is its food. The most famous one is Pho, which contains noodles, and is spicy and has a delicious smell. It can also be called Pho Bo, which is a soup that includes beef, and Pho Ga, another soup that includes chicken. Another specialty is Com, or green rice, which is commonly presented in a lotus leaf. The Vietnamese New Year is a very special time of the year, when amazing food is prepared. Giò, a snack with banana aroma; and Chung cakes, rice cakes with pork; are some examples. Many incredible restaurants are found in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh as well!
You must keep in mind that volunteers are depended on for very important tasks and though they can occasionally take a day off (with dew previous notice to the staff), having chosen to be part of a volunteer program implies responsibility.
On a regular weekday volunteers have breakfast in the house at 7.30 am and at 8:00 they are taken to their project placement where they’ll take part in the different tasks involved in that particular project from 8:30 to 5 pm. There’s usually a morning tea break and a lunch break.
Work and timetables may vary at each placement depending on the projects, but work usually ends at 5:00 in the afternoon and then volunteers are free to do what they want for the rest of the day.
Some will go to do some shopping or sightseeing, go back to their accommodation to rest.
-Vietnam is a thin and long country that borders China in the south.
-This country is a one-party authoritarian state, and is the home of 85 million people.
-The official language of Vietnam is Vietnamese. Its words have been heavily influenced by Chinese languages.
-Most people learn English in school, but their proficiency is generally poor.
-Prices are widely advertised in US dollars, but payment is often expected in dong only.
-The main productions in the country are oil, tea, coffee and rubber.
-Tipping is not expected in Vietnam, with exception of high end hotels.
-85% of people identify themselves as Buddhists.
For more information, visit the following link:http://www.cwabroad.org/vietnam-p-53.html
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-The Medical project has a surchage of USD 25 per week (excluding the first week) for training provided and resources used on this project.
*Please note: All Volunteer programs in Vietnam attract a refundable* Registration Fee of USD 249 on top of the program Fee. A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.You can calculate the value of your currency in US dollar using this currency convertor.
*Please read our refund policy.
What do my fees pay for?
Registration Fee: Discounted program fees, Support and guidance from CW staff, program marketing costs, staff salary, pre-departure assistance, CW Solidarity Fund, administration costs, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers.
Program Fee: Accommodation in a guest house, 3 meals per day from Monday to Friday, 2 meals per day during the weekends, airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs.
What’s no included: Air tickets, Vaccinations, Certificate of Good conduct, Visa, Local travels, transfer back to the airport at conclusion of program, Personal expenses and International Insurance against sickness, accident and 3er party liability. In addition to providing health insurance, the plan must cover medical evacuation and repatriation. Our participants in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, generally find USD 30 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.