Volunteer Vietnam

Hoa Mai Home of Affection

Vi Thanh City, Viet Nam show on map
Non-profit
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founded in 2001
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Coordinator | Viet
Coordinator | Viet
At Hoa Mai Home of Affection volunteers have the opportunity to work with 70 orphans from 4 to 18 years old in Mekong Delta, Vietnam. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

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!

Hoa Mai Home of Affection is located in southern Vietnam in the heart of the Mekong Delta. This is home to 70 local children aged 4 – 18 who are from disadvantaged families in the area and need a place to grow in a better environment. Although many have heartbreaking stories, they remain joyful and eager to learn.Due to under-funding the home has problems providing adequate care and education to these children – and that’s where Volunteer Vietnam comes in! With this program volunteers provide a variety of educational and enrichment activities to the kids, including:

o   Educating the children about personal and environmental hygiene

o   Assisting the young children during meal times

o   General tidying up and improvement projects at the center

o   Teaching basic English classes to the children

o   Organizing recreational activities and games for the kids

o   Teaching art, music, and sports workshops

You will work in a team with our local staff and other volunteers to carry out the above activities. Our program encourages feedback and ideas from volunteers, so if there is a special class you would like to lead or a skill you can share just let us know! On your arrival, our team will give you a few days of orientation and training. Our onsite staff will plan activities and lessons together with you and accompany you to the placement sites to conduct the activities. 

Typical day

Volunteers work from Monday to Friday morning and have a long weekend from Friday afternoon to explore Mekong Delta and nearby areas.

·       Here is the schedule for a typical day

·       ▪       7:30: Breakfast, coffee and some work meeting

·       ▪       8:15: Leaving for work

·       ▪       12:00: Back to the volunteer house for lunch

·       ▪       13:30: Leaving for work

·       ▪       17:00: Back to the Volunteer House for dinner

·       ▪       Some evenings we may schedule additional activities for volunteers

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 

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.

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

Program 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)
Criminal Background Check
required
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

Included Services

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Before your journey

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On-site services

Services by Volunteer Vietnam
  • Placement arrangements: volunteer permit/ visa approval/ preparation for accommodation and support staff
  • Pre-departure information support: emails/ Skype conversation/ Phone 
  • 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 ( volunteer car/taxi) 
  • 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. 
Accommodation
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 Halfway 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 House of Affection 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 Viet Nam.
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 Viet Nam provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Viet Nam you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Viet Nam.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,220
5 weeks
$ 1,354
6 weeks
$ 1,488
7 weeks
$ 1,621
8 weeks
$ 1,755
9 weeks
$ 1,889
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,290
Average fees
$ 248 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Vi Thanh City/Viet Nam between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. 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.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Viet Nam.
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.
  Asia South-Eastern Asia Viet Nam  Vi Thanh City, Vincom Plaza

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