English Teaching and Cultural Exchange

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Coordinator | Lauren
Coordinator | Lauren
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Teach English conversational skills, writing, reading, drawing, through fun activities
Enjoy this cultural exchange and learn about each others different lifestyles
Make new friends, whilst gaining more confidence in the classroom
Lead or your own class or alongside a teacher or other volunteer
Help increase the students chances of going onto further education
You'll be teaching university students aged 18-24 who are very eager to learn from you. Help assist local teachers in teaching conversational skills. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
You will be teaching English to college students who attend the local university in Phan Thiet, a fishing village on the Southeast coast of Vietnam. The students are aged from 18 to 24 years, with most having a beginner level of English. The students are very eager to learn and improve their English, which can greatly help with their future education and career prospects. Your advanced level of English is very welcome to the students, who can learn clear and proper pronunciations from you.

The primary aim of your teaching will be to interact with the students through conversation, helping to improve their English speaking ability. You will join part of their usual English classes for about 45 minutes as a guest-lecturer. The local staff will establish the grammar and basic foundations. You will help them to form questions and answer them correctly, through use of examples and engaging them in conversation.

The Vietnamese teachers will be there to guide you through the process. One technique is to write basic conversations on the board and to practice these with the class. Another method is to have one-to-one conversations with a student in front of the class, which you regularly rotate. This provides real life examples for the students, making it easier for them to understand. You will also help students with their pronunciation and sentence building. You will regularly attend the classes and have continuous interaction with the students throughout the day.

At beginner level, most subjects you’ll teach will include, age, hobbies, family and travel. You can share information about your culture and learn about theirs too. Gradually the student’s ability levels will advance, and so will the topics you teach. Practicing conversational speaking with them, will help overcome their shyness and fear of public speaking, and you will help the students build confidence with their English skills.

Vietnamese students are generally very excited to meet people from other countries and will welcome you to explore all aspects of their culture with them. This is a great cultural exchange opportunity to make friends with the local students, who will want to show you around their local town.

*This program is replaced by an english camp during school holidays

Phan Thiet, is beach town and relatively undisturbed fishing area which is also the capital of the Binh Thuan province. Located approx 175km’s north of Ho Chi Minh, the city encompasses 57km’s of coastline with heaps of different beaches, local markets, cultural sites, restaurants and night life. It’s an interesting destination for international visitors seeking a more local experience as the area is geared mostly to Vietnamese tourism. As with many rural towns and cities there are many needs in the areas of poverty management, english teaching, infrastructure works, food kitchens etc and volunteers play a key role in this regard.

We also run a similar program in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), home to some 6 million people, most of whom you will see at some point during your stay as they whiz around town on their motorbikes. The city’s Tan Son Nhat Airport lies 7km north west of the city centre and is the most popular arrival point in Vietnam for international travellers. As well as long haul arrivals there are many flights to HCMC from within Asia, especially from Bangkok and Hong Kong.

Project Tasks
  • Help university students improve their English language skills and employment opportunities
  • Gain valuable teaching experience, whilst assisting local staff
  • Interact with your new Vietnamese friends in this exciting cultural exchange opportunity

Typical day

  • Breakfast
  • During your first Monday of the project, you will spend time being introduced to the project. In the morning you will be shown around the school and facilities, meet the local teachers and students and have your role explained to you. This is a great opportunity to discuss what you are comfortable with and how you can best assist the teaching staff. Students will also be able to ask you questions about yourself and you can interact with them.
  • Lunch
  • Meet other classes and staff
  • Dinner
Tuesday to Friday
  • Breakfast
  • Two English classes of approximately 45 minutes each.
  • Lunch
  • Free time for relaxing or going to the beach
  • Two English classes of approximately 45 minutes each
  • Dinner
  • Free time

Free-time activities

Nha Trang
Nha Trang is a busy beach resort with a great nightlife, located along the South-central coast of Vietnam. There is a long stretch of white sand and palm tree lined beach, as well as many island hopping tours to gorgeous islands. This is a great place to go and enjoy some nightlife.

Hoi An
Hoi An, along the Centre of Vietnam’s coastline, is a very pretty town, known for its lanterns and its Japanese covered bridge. Although popular with tourists, the town still feels very authentic. There are many French architectural buildings, markets, nearby beaches and colourful lantern stalls to explore. This lively town also has a very relaxed and romantic vibe.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
A UNESCO Heritage Site in central Vietnam, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park hosts the largest cave in the world (Son Doong). There are also many other stunning caves to explore, on top of lush jungle, mountains, lakes and native wildlife. This is an adventure lover’s paradise, with the views you can get here being absolutely stunning.

Hue Ancient city
There are plenty of things to do in beautiful Hue, central Vietnam. This is a great place to explore temples, as there are many around. A Visit to the Tombs of the Ancient Emperors will take you around 19th and 20th century tombs, statues and carvings, with stunning backdrops of the countryside. Other popular places to visit are the Citadel, the Imperial City and the To Mieu Temple complex, all colourful and intricate temples.

Hanoi (Capital City)
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, has a rich culture and is known for its Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influence, as well as it’s antient architecture. Located in the North of Vietnam, you can explore the old quarter, watch a traditional water puppet show, wander through the maze of streets or visit some of the many museums.

Halong bay
Easily done as a day trip from Hanoi, Halong Bay is known for its emerald green waters and giant limestone imposing cliffs. Hire out a traditional junk boat and cruise through the beautiful scenery. Or hire a kayak and explore the many different and colourful caves as you go!

Sapa is a stunningly beautiful part of Vietnam, popular with trekkers. For miles you will see green rolling hills, mountains and rice paddies. Explore this beautiful area, stopping in the small villages as you go for an authentic experience. You can reach Sapa by an overnight train from Hanoi, taking 8 hours (or 6 hours by direct bus).

Ninh Binh
Ninh Binh’s surrounding countryside is absolutely stunning and a great place for those who love the outdoors. Take a trip to Tam Coc, which is similar to Halong Bay. Drift through big limestone cliffs and bright yellow and green rice paddies. There are many things to do in this area from the Mua Cave, Bich Dong Pagoda, Bai Dinh Temple, a nature reserve and boat trips.
Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Involvement Volunteers IVI
3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
1 day orientation
Daily transportation to project
In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
Fundraising support
University course credits (where applicable)
Certificate of Completion
Airport Pickup at Tan Son Nhat International Airport
SGN (Tan Son Nhat International Airport)

Pickup Window
Arrive on Saturday or Sunday between 06:00 - 22:00 to be met upon landing by our team. Flight arrivals after 22:00 will incur an additional fee for pickup. Saturday arrivals need to book one extra night at our accommodation.

In Phan Thiet, the accommodation is comfortable and clean and situated on a university campus and also very close to the beach! The large rooms sleep up to 6 volunteers per room and with air conditioning, fans, hot water, bed linen, laundry facilities and private separate gender bathrooms & showers. WIFI is included in the cost but please note the quality can depend on local weather conditions. Many volunteers opt to buy a local data SIM for use in their devices. It is also located close to a local supermarket, restaurants and beaches.

In Ho Chi Minh City, the accommodation is in a volunteer centre which is located on a college campus. You will share the rooms with fellow participants, but be in close proximity with local students. This allows a really nice cultural exchange and bonding. Rooms are dorm-style with 4-6 people per room. Rooms are well equipped with air conditioning, and fans and good sized single gender bathrooms, clean and functional. Internet access is available at the accommodation and there are various internet cafe’s nearby.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
3 good meals are provided every weekday during your project, with 2 meals on the weekends (breakfast & dinner). Bottled water is easily available in Vietnam and volunteers should budget approx US$1 per day.  There is also filtered water available at the campus.

You will be eating local Vietnamese dishes, with predominantly rice at most meals. The Vietnamese cuisine is known for its fresh flavours, soups and stir-fries. There may also be some western dishes such as spaghetti and sandwiches.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) in Ho Chi Minh City. We assist you to find cheap flights to Vietnam.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Vietnam provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Vietnam you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Vietnam.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Program starts every Monday. Arrivals on Sat/ Sun. If arriving on Sat, an extra night is charged.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 20 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks
20 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$246 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Involvement Volunteers IVI will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Involvement Volunteers IVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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