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Coordinator | Viet

High­lights

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!
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+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Hoa Mai Children Home is the half way home for 50 abandoned children. Their families are broken due to divorce or financial difficulties. The home takes them in and gives them accommodation, food and arranges for them to go to school for general education. There are only two care-givers who look after the children and they are burdened with the task of providing care and life skills for the children. Volunteers are expected to help with the following programs: 

  • Helping the youngest children aged 4 to 6 years old with daily life activities such as : bathing, dressing, cleaning face, teeth 
  • Assisting with cleaning and tidying the bedrooms and living environment 
  • Assisting our Vietnamese English teacher to teach basic English, arts, crafts, music and sports 
  • Assisting with taking the children for outing trips for sports and entertainment 
  • Teaching other life skills 
Bui Thi Xuan Primary School is a daily boarding school for 100 underprivileged children from Vi Tan village. Due to the financial needs, their parents have to move to the big cities to work. The children are left behind with their relatives such as grandparents, aunts and uncles. The children attend the school for an education illiteracy program but many subjects are left out, especially English, arts, crafts and sports. Volunteers are expected to help with the following programs: 
  • Assisting our staff to teach basic English, personal hygiene 
  • Teaching arts, crafts and sports 
  • Teaching games and  life skills 
Social Support Center is the home for 200 homeless people. They suffer from physical and mental disabilities and are abandoned by their families. Volunteers help with a Women Empowerment Program for 50 disabled women aged from 18 to 60 years old. Volunteers are expected to help with the following programs: 
  • Assisting with a physiotherapy and occupational therapy 
  • Assisting with teaching English, social skills and games 
  • Assisting with teaching hygiene
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. 

Our Team: Our capacity for teamwork has a high priority at our program. Here you can see a short overview of our team:

Viet: Founder and director of Volunteer Vietnam since 2004

Suong: Coordinator and planners

Thuy : English teacher

Dung: Physiotherapist 

Typical day

Every week, volunteers work from Monday morning to Friday morning and have a long weekend from Friday afternoon. You will spend time working at different placement sites in a day. Here is a typical schedule: 
  • 7:30: Having breakfast at the volunteer house
  • 8:30: Teaching at Bui Thi Xuan primary school OR helping at Social Support Center 
  • 12:00: Having lunch at the volunteer house 
  • 14:00: Teaching at Hoa Mai Children Home OR helping at Social Support Center 
  • 18:00: Having dinner at the volunteer house 
  • 19:00: Some evenings teaching at Hoa Mai Children Home 
During a week, volunteers help our staff to do activities with the children or women such as: taking children for outdoor activities, playing games with the women. These activities will be chipped in the schedule. 

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: 

  • Biking along the rivers and through the villages to discover many beautiful photo opportunities. 
  • Hang out at cafes along the river. Here you can interact with local people who are eager to practice English and learn about you.
  • 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.
  • We can help arrange for you to take a boat trip in the delta to see the surrounding area.

Your weekends start from Friday afternoon every week and if you would like an away weekend and travel, our onsite staff are happy to help arrange trips for you. 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!
  • Da Lat city: Da Lat is a mountainous city known for the beautiful landscape, flowers and cool weather. It is one hour flight from Can Tho International airport. There are daily flights between these two places. Our staff can help arrange this trip for you. 
  • 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.

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

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
AIRPORT PICK UP
  • 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. 
ARRIVE BY BUS OR PRIVATE CAR FROM HO CHI MINH CITY 
  • 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. 
PICK UP CONTACT DETAILS 
  • 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 
Accommodation
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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD 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 

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
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%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
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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General Children and Women Supporter

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.

$223/week

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