Care and physiotherapy for children and adults

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founded in 2004
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Coordinator | Viet
Coordinator | Viet

High­lights

Meeting and working with friendly people who make you feel at home
Gain professional knowledge and experience at volunteer work
Contribution to the development of care and treatment for disadvantaged people
Learn about Vietnamese language and culture
And best of all, new friends sharing an unforgettable experience!
Volunteers assist with providing physiotherapy, occupational therapy and social care for disabled children and adults at Social Support Centers in Da Nang, Vietnam. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Volunteers work at three centers in Da Nang – the Social Support Center, the Red Cross Children Home and the Rehabilitation and Education Center for Children with disabilities. The children and adults suffer from Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Attention Deficit Disorder, Learning difficulties, Paralysis and Deafness. 

Childcare: There are 30 abandoned babies at the centers. There are only 04 care-givers who look after the children 24/7. You will help by holding the babies, playing with them, cleaning, changing nappies and teaching them how to sit, craw, stand if possible. 

Physiotherapy and occupational therapy : You will assist with local physiotherapist and occupational therapist  to conduct the care and treatment to around 50 disabled people. You will help with positioning, movement, standing, etc...or developing the recover helping the patients with daily basic activities. You can also help with the speech therapy by helping the patients to make sound or singing. 

Education for children with special needs: You will assist with local teachers to provide education to around 10 children with special needs. As per the teachers`s instruction, you work one by one with a child and give necessary education and training needed for their development of physic and emotion. 

Activities for disabled people: You will assist with our staff and local social workers to provide enrichment activities for around 50 disabled people. This includes dancing, singing, playing sports with the patients. Sometimes, you assist with taking them out for outdoor activities in the community such as swimming in a pool or visiting temples, market, park, etc...

In general, you do not need any special qualification and skills to work for this program. However, it would be excellent if you could have some experience in nursing or caring sector, but it is not essential. It is essential that you have patience are willing to learn and understand the local perspective in handling disabilities. 

We provide a support staff team to work with you during your stay. Here you can see a short overview of our team:

Viet: Founder and director of Volunteer Vietnam since 2004

Vy: Coordinator and Head of Therapeutic/Physiotherapy

Ly: Social worker and all rounder 

Hiem: Interpreters and planners 

Co Hai: Cooker

Typical day

Volunteers work from Monday to Friday morning and have a long weekend from Friday afternoon to explore Da Nang city and the nearby areas.

Here is the schedule for a typical day

  • Morning session starts at around 8:00 AM: Volunteers assist our staff and social workers at the Social Support Center with physiotherapy, occupational therapy, sport activities, education for special needs to the disabled children and patients.
  • Lunch time: You come back to the volunteer house to have lunch with other volunteers and have a little nap 
  • Afternoon session starts at around 2:00 PM; Volunteers assist our staff and social workers at the Red Cross Children Home and the Rehabilitation and Education Center to give childcare and do activities with the disabled children. 
  • Evening session: most of evening is free for volunteers to relax or go out to explore the city. Some evenings, volunteers have a meeting with our staff to plan lessons or activities for the next day. 
  • Some mornings or afternoons: Volunteers assist our staff and social workers to take the children and patients for outing trips such as playing soccer, swimming in a pool or at the beach, taking the old people to the park, to dance with them or just spending time to pray at a Buddhist temple.


Free-time activities

During the weekday, volunteers will have some free time in the evening and this can be filled up with the following activities: 

  • Hanging out at cafes near the Green House to see the local way of life
  • Visiting the Da Nang's city center, e.g. Dragon Bridge (including fire shows on the weekends), Asia Adventure Park, or booking a night tour boat on the river
  • See some of the famous beaches in Da Nang and grabing a coconut
  • Shopping at the local night market & sampling Vietnamese foods 
  • Having movie nights with other volunteers in the Green House living room
  • Planning lessons and activities for the next days with volunteers and staff 

On the weekends: 

  • Volunteers love to explore the many attractions in and around Da Nang such as: Marble Mountain, Lady Buddha Temple, Han Market, Dragon Bridge, Ba Na Hills and the beaches. 
  • Daily motorbike trip at the Son Tra Mountain, known as the monkey mountain
  • Make the short drive to Hoi An, a preserved port town recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hoi An is perfect for a relaxing weekend getaway where volunteers get clothes tailor-made in the day and explore the lantern-filled city at night.
  • Take the 2-hour train ride up to Hue, another UNESCO world heritage site and former imperial city. The train ride takes you along the coast and through the mountains of the Hai Van Pass.

 

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
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 volunteer with us. You just need to have 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
We are a non-profit organization ( NPO). We do not receive any funding from the government or donors to run our programs. We solely rely on volunteer placement fees to operate. By paying our fees, you will help us to carry out our mission in helping the people of Vietnam. Your fees are for:
- Volunteer house/ meals/ transportation to work for you during your stay
- Support staff team ( 24/7) to give pre-departure information support/ pick up and training on arrival/ 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
- 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 and meals on the weekend.  

Airport Pickup at Da Nang International Airport

Here are the steps for pick up: 

  • 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 while holding up a Volunteer Vietnam name sign at the arrival gate 

Accommodation

We accommodate volunteers in a volunteer house called the Green House. The house is located 04 km from the city center. It is nearby the placement sites Social Support Center, the kindergarten schools and the school for the special needs children. It is a three storey house and there are 05 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 Mrs. Hai. You’ll have a chance to   enjoy   both   Western   and Vietnamese   cuisines   in volunteer house kitchen.  You  should budget   for   all   other   meals during  the  weekend.  We  will recommend  some  local  restaurants  near  the  Green  House  where  they  serve  Vietnamese food which is delicious. 

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 Da Nang International Airport (DAD) in Da Nang. 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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Care and physiotherapy for children and adults

Volunteers assist with providing physiotherapy, occupational therapy and social care for disabled children and adults at Social Support Centers in Da Nang, Vietnam.

$223/week

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