Care for children and elderly people in Vi Thanh

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Coordinator | Viet
Coordinator | Viet
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Having opportunity to help one of the most disadvantaged community in Vietnam
Living in one of the most beautiful country side area of Mekong Delta with many sight seeing and culture opportunities.
Living in a safe, comfortable and friendly volunteer house ( Orange House) with other volunteers from around the world.
Meeting and helping many beautiful children and elderly people
And best of all, new friends sharing an unforgettable experience!
Volunteers are needed to assist with caring and teaching the underprivileged children and women at the children home, school and social support center in Mekong Delta. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Volunteers sssist with care to children and adults with mental, physical and emotional disabilities in Vi Thanh city. Volunteers will work with a Volunteer Vietnam team member in healthcare activities at various times during the week at the Hoa Mai Half Way Children’s Home, the Social Support Center and the Primary School. You will be working in the care program for approximately 16 hours per week with a Volunteer Vietnam team member. When you are not working in the care program, you will be helping out with the other programs, such as the physiotherapy program and teaching program.

Volunteers are given a weekly schedule of their work times and activities.  Volunteers will have a meeting each day with the Volunteer Vietnam care team member to discuss the activities planned for the following day.  

Care programs take place at 3 sites:

o   The Hoa Mai Half Way Children’s Home

o   Social Support Center

o   The Primary School 

Care programs include personel hygiene, exercise, yoga, dancing, games, and outdoor activites such as swimming, playing soccer, and going to the park.  

Typical day

The day starts at 7.30 am with breakfast at the volunteer house.  At 8 am you will travel to your work place by car, driven by a Volunteer Vietnam team member.  You work from 8:30 am to 10:30 am.  You return to the volunteer  house for lunch around 11 am.  Your lunch time is from 11am to 2 pm.  This time is your free time to do whatever you like.  At 2 pm you will travel to your work place and finish at 4:30 pm.  Dinner is served at the volunteer house at 5 pm.  Some evenings you have free time.  Some options are going out for coffee, going downtown, or getting a massage.

 Evening care sessions happen at the Hoa Mai Half Way Children’s Home in the evening three times a week, combined with the teaching program there.  Times are from 6 pm to 8 pm.  

Free-time activities

Vi Thanh city is a small city with a population of about 60,000 and is the capital of the Hau Giang province. It is in the heart of Mekong Delta and surrounded by many villages and the landscape is made up of rivers,channels, lakes, and fruit gardens. Some free time activities we recommend are: 

  • Biking around the city to see the nature landscape such as rivers, channels, lakes or War Museum, beautiful church and pagodas. 
  • Having a boat trip around the rivers and channels 
  • Visiting many local markets with many local products such as garden fruits, local arts and crafts 
  • Spending time at a swimming pool in a hotel nearby the volunteer house 
  • Shopping a shopping mall in the city center and watching a movie in cinema inside the shopping mall 
  • Hangout at Lotus Lake cafe which is the most popular place in the evening
  • Relaxing on the rooftop of the volunteer house 
Weekend activities: Your weekends are from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. On weekends volunteers can stay in Vi Thanh or have a travel weekend. Our onsite staff are happy to help arrange trips for you. There is less staff at the volunteer house during the weekends and meals are only served through Saturday morning, giving volunteers more freedom to explore. However, there is still some staff onsite who can help arrange trips or give advice about local restaurants and activities. Travel activities we recommend are: 

  • Can Tho City: Can Tho is the capital of Mekong Delta and is one hour away from the volunteer house by car or bus. There you can explore floating markets and the traditional Mekong Delta lifestyle. There are many tours available in this area.
  • Phu Quoc Islands: Phu Quoc is an island paradise known for beautiful white sand beaches. Volunteers can take a 1 hour bus ride to Rach Gia Harbor, and from there catch a speed boat to the islands. This area is highly recommended during your stay in southern Vietnam!
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Volunteers can spend weekends in the city taking either a 3 hour bus ride or by catching a flight from nearby Can Tho airport. Ho Chi Minh is a large, vibrant Vietnamese city with many activities for volunteers to enjoy. Spend a weekend away shopping in markets, enjoying a wide array of dining options, or visiting cultural &historical landmarks.

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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 (basic level)
Required Documents
Volunteer Application Form/ A copy of passport
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers do not need any special skills to work for this program. You just need a passion in helping others in need.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 16:30

What's Included

Services by Volunteer Vietnam
- Placement arrangement and needed paper work for the volunteer placement 
- Pre-departure information support 
- Pick up on arrival 
- A two day orientation training about the program on volunteers` arrival 
- Accommodation in volunteer house/ 03 meals per day / transportation to work. 
- Support staff team who accompany with you to the placement sites to carry out activities
- Donation to the needed materials and supplies for the centers and schools we support
- Language and cultural activities and local sightseeing for you during your stay
- 24/7 Emergency support in medical health and safety
In general, the fees will cover most of your needs a daily life when you are with us. You only need to budget for your personal expenses and travels to explore the country.
Airport Pickup at Can Tho Airport
  • Volunteers are expected to arrive at Can Tho International Airport ( VCA). The airport is 40 km from the volunteer house. We pick up you by volunteer car and drive you to the volunteer house. The trip takes around one hour. 
  • We are easily recognized at the airport as we hold up a Volunteer Vietnam name sign at the arrival gates. 
  • You need to let us know date and expected arrival time, flight numbers. 
  • At the Western Region Bus Station in Ho Chi Minh, there are many daily buses from Ho Chi Minh city to Vi Thanh city ( where the program is based). The bus takes 05 hours to get to Vi Thanh city. When you get to Vi Thanh city, please take a taxi to the volunteer house ( 05 km away). The volunteer house address is 695 Tran Hung Dao street, Vi Thanh city. 
  • If you arrive in Ho Chi Minh airport and would like to take a private car to get to the volunteer house, we are able to arrange a private car and driver to serve you this. It costs around USD 100 for this service. 
  • Ms Suong - The Program Manager 
  • Phone and Whatsapp: +84 96 572 57 24
  • Volunteer House add: 695 Tran Hung Dao street, Vi Thanh city, Hau Giang province, Vietnam 
We accommodate volunteers in a volunteer house called Orange House. The house is located near the  heart of the city center. It is nearby the placement sites Hoa Mai Children Home and Bui Thi Xuan primary school. It is a three storey house and there are 03 bedrooms equipped with AC, private toilets and bathrooms. Downstairs, there is a  living room and kitchen area where the volunteers have meetings and meals. There is wifi internet, cable TV and laundry facilities. Some of our staff live in the house and are available to help you fix things or give necessary guidance. 
Food & Beverages
Volunteers   are   provided   03 meals per day from Monday to Friday  plus breakfast on Saturday morning by our cook . You’ll have a chance to   enjoy   both   Western   and Vietnamese   cuisines   in   the house kitchen.  You  should budget   for   all   other   meals during  the  weekend.  We  will recommend  some  local  restaurants  near  the  volunteer house where  they  serve  Vietnamese food which is delicious.We provide safe transportation to go to work. We will provide each volunteer a bicycle. For the closest placement site, Hoa Mai Children Home volunteers will bike together with our staff. For the primary school, we will provide a volunteer car, as it is farther away from the volunteer house. 
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 Can Tho Airport (VCA) in Can Tho. 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

The program is available around the year: 

  • The preferred start dates are on the 1st and 15th of a month ( volunteers can come around those dates) 
  • Due to Tet holiday, there are no start dates during the first half of February 

This program is paused due to COVID-19 and reopens May 2022. Apply Now!

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$296 /week

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

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Care for children and elderly people in Vi Thanh

Volunteers are needed to assist with caring and teaching the underprivileged children and women at the children home, school and social support center in Mekong Delta.


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