Teach underprivileged children in Mekong Delta

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founded in 2004
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High­lights

Having an opportunity to help one of the most disadvantaged community in Vietnam
Living in one of the most beautiful country side area of Mekong Delta with many sight seeing and culture opportunities.
Living in a safe, comfortable and friendly volunteer house ( Orange House) with other volunteers from around the world.
Meeting and helping many beautiful children
And best of all, new friends sharing an unforgettable experience!
Volunteers assist with teaching English, hygiene, arts, music and sports to the underprivileged children in Vi Thanh city, in Vietnam. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Volunteers assist with teaching English, arts, crafts, music, hygiene and sports to the underprivileged children in The Hoa Mai Half Way Children’s Home and The Primary School in Vi Thanh city.  During the week, volunteers and a Volunteer Vietnam team member will teach approximately 16 hours per week.  When you are not working in the teaching program, you will be helping out with the other programs, such as the physiotherapy program and care program.

Volunteers are given a weekly schedule of their work times and activities.  Volunteers will have a meeting each day with a Volunteer Vietnam team member to plan for the next day’s activities and to make lesson plans for teaching. Volunteer Vietnam has many teaching resources on site to help with your lesson planning.  If you have experience in teaching, the Volunteer Vietnam team is always eager to hear your ideas.  If you have no experience in teaching, the Volunteer Vietnam team will show you how to write a lesson plan. You are always accompanied by a team member in the classroom; you are never left alone to teach a class!  

Volunteers teach at the Primary School every morning, accompanied by Volunteer Vietnam team members.  There are 4 grades at this school – kindergarten and grades 1 to 4.  The Volunteer Vietnam team members will always accompany you in the classroom and act as a translator when needed.  

Teaching at the Hoa Mai Half Way Children’s Home takes place in the evening three times a week, from 6 pm to 8 pm.  You will be working with a Volunteer Vietnam team member and a local English teacher.

Typical day

The day starts at 7.30 am with breakfast at the volunteer house.  At 8 am you will travel to your work place by car, driven by a Volunteer Vietnam team member.  You work from 8:30 am to 10:30 am.  You return to the volunteer  house for lunch around 11 am.  Your lunch time is from 11am to 2 pm.  This time is your free time to do whatever you like.  At 2 pm you will travel to your work place and finish at 4:30 pm.  Dinner is served at the volunteer house at 5 pm.  In the evening your time is free.  Some options are going out for coffee, going downtown, or getting a massage.The volunteer's weekly work schedule is approximately 5 hours per day from Monday to Thursday and 3 hours on Friday.

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. It is in the heart of Mekong Delta and surrounded by many villages and the landscape is made up of rivers,channels, lakes, and fruit gardens. Some free time activities we recommend are: 

  • Biking around the city to see the nature landscape such as rivers, channels, lakes or War Museum, beautiful church and pagodas. 
  • Having a boat trip around the rivers and channels 
  • Visiting many local markets with many local products such as garden fruits, local arts and crafts 
  • Spending time at a swimming pool in a hotel nearby the volunteer house 
  • Shopping a shopping mall in the city center and watching a movie in cinema inside the shopping mall 
  • Hangout at Lotus Lake cafe which is the most popular place in the evening
  • Relaxing on the rooftop of the volunteer house 

Weekend activities: Your weekends are from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. 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
Concert/
Music
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)
Education Requirements
English teaching, Arts, physical education, health science, etc.. We welcome people with other majors as well at High school graduation, College or University Degree 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
Any skills that are suitable for educating young children aged from 4 to 11 years old and building their knowledge about the surrounding world and making them feel confident about their future.
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 offer a full package of logistic, safety and programs to volunteers while they are volunteering with us. Your fees are for:
PRE-DEPARTURE SUPPORT TO VOLUNTEERS: Once you have confirmed your placement by paying the deposit, we will start making necessary preparation for your arrival. This includes getting volunteer permit and visa approval for your trip. Our staff are available to give the prompt information support to you to help you well prepare for your trip. 
PICK UP AND TRAINING ON ARRIVAL: We will pick up on your arrival to the cities you will work and give you a 02 day training programs: 
  • Day 1: A tour around the city you live and work. Program information session. Some language and culture instruction hours 
  • Day 2: Showing you around the placement sites and this includes an observation session about the work
ACCOMMODATION/ MEALS AND TRANSPORTATION: We accommodate you in either volunteer house or room in a hotel nearby the volunteer house. Our cooks  provide you 03 meals per day from Monday to Friday and Saturday breakfast. We transport you to work by safe transport such as volunteer care or taxi. 
LOCAL SUPPORT STAFF: Our local staff team speak excellent English and they are available to help you work on the program. They are also willing to give you guidance in free time activities. Some of them live the volunteer house with you, so they can give you 24/7 support. 
DONATION TO THE PROGRAM: 5 % of your fees will be used for extra food for the children and old people. 

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 while holding 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 called Orange house. The house is located on the side of Xa No channel which is the biggest channel in the city and it is 02 km from the city center. It is three store house and there are 04 bedrooms equiped with AC, private toilets and bathrooms. Volunteers share the bedroom with maximum of 02 other volunteers. There is big terrace area on the top floor where volunteers can sit and relax.  Downstairs, there are 02 living rooms where volunteers can have work meeting or watch TV. There are table computer and printer in one living room. Internet wifi is in the whole house. There is a laundry area in the house. 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 local  dining  room.  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 Home of Affection, volunteers will bike together with our staff. For the further placement site, the primary school, we will provide a volunteer car. 

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 

This program is paused due to COVID-19 and reopens October 2020. Apply Now!

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)
$1,231
5 weeks
$1,354
6 weeks
$1,488
7 weeks
$1,621
8 weeks
$1,755
9 weeks
$1,889
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,350
Average fees
$252 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. 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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Teach underprivileged children in Mekong Delta

Volunteers assist with teaching English, hygiene, arts, music and sports to the underprivileged children in Vi Thanh city, in Vietnam.

$252/week

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