International Development Internship

Projects Abroad
Ask A Question
Coordinator | Bethany
Coordinator | Bethany
Book with Flex Option! Choose new departure dates or change to a different volunteer program at no extra costs.


Work with local and international NGOs, tackling issues like drug abuse, prostitution and disabled people’s rights
Fundraise for your NGO, teach English to local staff and members of the community, and support self-help groups
Assist in conducting research and gathering data, as well as marketing and admin tasks
Hanoi is a bustling city situated along the Red River, and is one of the most ancient capitals in the world
The countryside, with its emerald rice paddies stretching to the horizon, provides the perfect escape from the busy capital
Live in Hanoi and work with local NGOs to support vulnerable communities This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

You’ll gain International Development work experience in Vietnam at a local NGO. Your role there will depend on your level of experience. Here are some of the activities you could get involved in:

  • Take part in workshops and campaigns to raise awareness and remove stigma
  • Conduct research on various social issues affecting communities in Vietnam
  • Teach English to staff at the NGO and people from local communities
  • Help with marketing and admin at your placement

Your work will focus on the following areas:

Take part in workshops and campaigns to raise awareness and remove stigma

Various workshops and campaigns are held in local communities to help raise awareness and remove stigmas. You will be involved in the planning, structuring, and running of these workshops and campaigns.

These workshops and campaigns aim to make locals aware of issues such as:

  • Drug abuse
  • Sexual health
  • Prostitution
  • Disabled people’s rights
  • General health problems

We also provide counselling.

Campaigns take place at central points in the city and aim to reach as many people as possible, in order to get important messages across to the public. You will be expected to hand out flyers and brochures, and to engage with the public on current issues.

Conduct research on various social issues

Some of your time on this placement will be spent at the Projects Abroad office, organising and analysing the data you have collected in the field. You will also conduct research on the various challenges faced by local communities, which you will compile into reports.

You will also be expected to help with the writing of proposals for funds and projects, as well as proofing and editing project proposals and reports written by others.

Teach English to staff and local communities

You may need to assist with teaching English to local staff, so that they are able to better communicate with NGOs and Projects Abroad. Local staff often act as an important middle ground between local communities and NGOs.

You will be expected to plan structured lessons, and to cover areas such as grammar, pronunciation, and conversation.

Help with marketing and admin

Besides conducting research, you may also be involved in various marketing activities. These could include:

  • Keeping the website up to date
  • Editing newsletters
  • Uploading photos of activities
  • Making flyers and brochures
  • Organising local events

Typical day

Your day will begin early, with breakfast with your host family or fellow interns at your shared accommodation. You will then take public transport to the Projects Abroad offices, where you will be told what you will be doing for the day.

On your first day on the project, you will be shown the easiest way to get to our offices. You will also be introduced to the staff who will be able to support and guide you throughout your internship.

Your working hours will generally be from 8am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. You will have evenings and weekends off, unless you need to be available to help with a specific project after hours.

You will spend some of your time at the offices, conducting research and planning workshops, and some of your time out in the field doing outreach work.

Throughout this placement, you are expected to be punctual, professional, and hard-working.

Free-time activities

Vietnam offers a mix of bustling cities and picturesque countrysides. With so many different activities and tourist sites, you’re bound to find plenty of ways to spend your free time.

For a glimpse into the country’s history, you can spend an afternoon exploring the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology or the National Museum of Vietnamese History. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is also a major historic site, located in Hanoi.

If you’re looking to buy some souvenirs, there are many markets with locally made products on sale. Evenings in Hanoi are filled with excitement and bright, colourful lights. You can watch street performers and then head to a nearby restaurant for a taste of local cuisine.

The countryside, with its emerald rice paddies stretching to the horizon, provides the perfect escape from the busy capital.

We run many different projects in Vietnam, so there will likely be other volunteers in-country with you. This makes travelling as a group easy to arrange. However, you’re welcome to explore independently if you prefer. 



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 University Graduate 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 from 08:00 - 17:30

What's Included

Services by Projects Abroad
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • A cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

Airport Pickup at Noi Bai International Airport

You’ll arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN. A Projects Abroad driver will welcome you at the main arrivals area. They’ll be wearing a Projects Abroad t-shirt and have ID with them.

After arriving at the airport, our driver will take you to your accommodation. This is about a 40 minute journey from the airport to just outside Hanoi’s city centre. Our Projects Abroad office is located near to the center of Hanoi, and is about 45 minutes from the airport, depending on traffic. We cover the cost of all transfers to and from the airport.

When you get to your accommodation, another Projects Abroad staff member will be waiting for you. If you arrive in the evening, a staff member will contact you on your arrival to ensure that your transfer to your accommodation happened smoothly.

Even if you are volunteering in a rural area outside of Hanoi, like Thuy An, you will follow the same arrival procedures as volunteers staying in Hanoi. You’ll travel to your project location the day after your induction in Hanoi.


You'll stay with a host family in Hanoi. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Vietnam and have a truly unique experience.

We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.

We also have shared accommodation where you can stay with other Projects Abroad volunteers and interns.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Your programme fee includes three meals a day.
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 Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) in Hanoi. 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

Our International Development placements in Vietnam run throughout the year, and you can join at any time for a minimum of four weeks. 

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
11 weeks
19 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$527 /week

The organization charges its fees in GBP. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Projects Abroad 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 Projects Abroad during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Why book with Volunteer World

Extra security layer by Volunteer World
Volunteer World is the world's leading comparison platform for international volunteer opportunities. We guide you through a safe and easy application process - including all necessary payments. Planning your next meaningful trip with Volunteer World gives you free access to our:
Quality Assurance
High ethical standards & transparent social impact
Flex Option
Change your reservation at no extra costs
Refund Guarantee
We refund your fees if Projects Abroad cancels your trip
Support & Mediation
We cover your back no matter what happens
Our services are free of charge!
All program fees are charged directly by Projects Abroad.

What are people saying about Volunteer World?

International Development Internship

Live in Hanoi and work with local NGOs to support vulnerable communities


You might be also interested in

English Teacher & After School Activity Assistant Heredia, Costa Rica Projects Abroad
Improve the English language skills of primary school students and inspire local teachers with new teaching techniques
Medical Department Internships Hanoi, Vietnam Projects Abroad
Gain medical work experience by learning directly from skilled doctors in a hospital department of your choice
Animal Caretaker in a Shelter Ambergris Caye, Belize Projects Abroad
Work at a shelter and help local staff care for stray animals and prepare them for adoption
Medical Internship in Hospital & Community Cebu Island, Philippines Projects Abroad
Learn directly from doctors in professional medical settings while experiencing life in the Philippines
Medical Work Internship Western Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Projects Abroad
Gain medical work experience learning directly from doctors in hospitals and doing health checks
Football Coaching Assistant Accra, Ghana Projects Abroad
Live in West Africa and get coaching experience by helping local children improve their football skills

Why am I seeing this?

You requested a page that doesn't exist on this site any more. This could be caused by a link you followed that was out of date, by a typing in the wrong address in the address bar, or simply because the post has been deleted.

Take Me Home