Hoa Mai Children Home

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Coordinator | Viet
Coordinator | Viet


The enormous satisfaction of helping the disadvantaged.
Gain an insight into community education in a developing nation
Gain new skills, increased confidence, independence, improved cultural understanding, personal and professional development.
Learn about Vietnamese culture.
And best of all, new friends sharing an unforgettable experience!
Hoa Mai Children Home is based in Mekong Delta and it is the home for 50 abandoned children aged from 4 to 18. Volunteers are needed to teach and play with the children. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Due to the limited funding, the home has been going with only two care-givers who look after the children. Many young children aged between 4 to 6 are too young to look after themselves and having many diseases due to low personal hygiene. Volunteers help the children with bathing, dressing, cleaning face teeth and teach them other personal hygiene lessons. You can also teach them some basic English, arts, crafts and other life skills if you know. 

In the evening, volunteers assist with a Vietnamese English teacher to teach English vocabularies, phrases and basic conversation. The program focus on correct pronunciation and building their confidence in speaking English. Sometimes you take the role of an English guest speaker in the class as a model for the children to learn. 

Every month, we organize some outing trips for the children to the community which the children play soccer in a soccer filed or swim in a swimming pool. Volunteers help mange the children, teach them how to swim or play soccer with them. 

Volunteers also help the children and care-givers with cleaning and tiding bedroom, play yard and garden 

Volunteers will work in a team with our local staff and other volunteers to carry out the above activities.On your arrival, our team will give you a few days of orientation and training. We will help you to plan activities and lessons and accompany you to the placement sites to conduct the activities. 

Volunteers are encouraged to teach games and sports to the children. 

Typical day

  • Morning session starts at around 8:00 AM. Volunteers will work with the young children aged 4 to 6 until 11:30 AM 
  • Lunch time : you will come back to the volunteer house to have lunch with other volunteer and have a little nap
  • Afternoon session start at around 2:00 PM . Volunteers come back to the home and continue to work with the young children or help teach English to the older children. Some afternoon, you help with taking the children out for outing trips. 
  • Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evening session start at around 6:30 PM. Volunteers assist with our Vietnamese English teacher to teach English to the older children. 
  • Sometimes you spend morning and afternoon helping cleaning and tiding. 

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. The city is surrounded by many villages and the landscape is made up of rivers, lakes, and fruit gardens. Some free time activities we recommend are: 

o   Biking along the rivers and through the villages to discover many beautiful photo opportunities.

o   Hang out at cafes along the river. Here you can interact with local people who are eager to practice English and learn about you.

o   Volunteer Vietnam can arrange a local tutor to teach Vietnamese language and culture. These lessons cost about $10USD per hour.

o   The volunteer house is located near a large shopping center, Vincom Plaza. Here volunteers can have a coffee or see a movie at the cinema.

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:

 o   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.

o   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!

o   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)
Education Requirements
Teaching, healthcare and social work at University or Highschool level
Required Documents
Volunteer Vietnam Application Form/ Copy of passport/ Copies of Education Certificates.Volunteers should send us the documents at around 30 days before the starting dates. We will arrange a visa approval letter based on the documents.
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
  • Pre-departure support. This includes program information and visa approval arrangement. 
  • Pick up and training on arrival ( culture and language training/ city tour/ work guidance and team building) 
  • Accommodation ( volunteer house/ shared rooms ) 
  • Meals ( 03 meals per day from Monday to Friday/ breakfast for Saturday morning) 
  • Transportation to work  
  • Support staff 24/7 who always accompany with you to placement sites to help with translation work and activities.
  • 5% of fee is used to buy needed materials and supplies for the activities 
  • Completion Certificate 
  • Meals with other volunteers and local friends which gives you a deeper taste inside Vietnamese culture and language 
  • Guidance and support for sightseeing during the free time
Airport Pickup at Can Tho Airport
  • Volunteers let us know the arrival details such as: date and time/ flight, train numbers 02 weeks before arrival at the latest 
  • During their travel if there are any changes to their arrival they need to message us via Whatsapp or FB Messenger to update their arrival details 
  • We are easily recognized at the airport as we hold up a Volunteer Vietnam name sign at the arrival gate
  • Volunteers are picked up by our staff and go by volunteer car. The volunteer house is 35 km from the Can Tho International Airport and it takes around 45 minutes to go between the two places. 
We accommodate volunteers in a volunteer house . The house is located in 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. 
Dorm Room
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 

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)
$ 1,070
5 weeks
$ 1,354
6 weeks
$ 1,488
7 weeks
$ 1,621
8 weeks
$ 1,755
9 weeks
$ 1,889
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,140
Average fees
$ 223 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteer Vietnam 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 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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Hoa Mai Children Home

Hoa Mai Children Home is based in Mekong Delta and it is the home for 50 abandoned children aged from 4 to 18. Volunteers are needed to teach and play with the children.


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