Teaching English & Cultural Exchange

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Coordinator | Haylee
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The chance to meet new people and make friends. The opportunity to help others
A meaningful fun experience.
Work and life experience. Live abroad, Learn new skills, Impact the lives of others. Higher self-confidence.
Explore a beautiful country and discover the rich cultures
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Building Community through teaching English, exchanging cultures and giving charity with VCV Vietnam. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

At VCV we believe that education is fundamental to sustainable development, therefore our aim is to create an open and fair learning environment for all our students. At many universities in Vietnam, students learn a lot of English grammar but rarely learn to correctly engage in real conversation. Once they graduate, they have difficulties finding employment in the best paying jobs, because these jobs often require high English language skills.

VCV offers projects in  Hanoi center. Every year, hundreds of volunteers join our projects in teaching English and joining outdoor activities and make an unforgettable experience volunteering, cultural exchange, cuisine exploring and charity for homeless. We are proud of the positive impact that we have on enhancing the lives of both the volunteers and the students who learn English with us.

We are welcoming and enjoy helping Volunteers anytime in our volunteer home. Our students will become your tour guide. You will have lots of meaningful time to meet many amazing people, discovering Vietnamese culture, traditions all whilst sampling traditional Vietnamese foods. This will be a great chance for you to integrate into local people’s lives and traditions

1. Help with teaching English in our non-profit classes in Hanoi center.

     1.1. Teach English to kid in Hanoi centre.

  • Age: 5-15 years old.
  • Class size: 6-20.
  • Material: detailed lesson plan, list of games, whiteboard, flash cards (4-8 years old).
  • Throughout your class, our Vietnamese-speaking assistant will be on hand to help you explain lesson plans to the children. 
  • The children are very nice, enthusiastic and eager to learn.
  • They have some experience with learning English previously.

     1.2. Teach English to adult in Hanoi centre and University - Help for at least 3 months and the volunteers must be over 22 years old

  • Age: 16+ years old.
  • Class size: 6-30.
  • Material: general lesson plan, list of games, whiteboard and computer.
  • Throughout your class, our Vietnamese teaching-assistant will be on hand to help you explain lesson plans to the beginner students. 
  •  Help with pronunciation, speaking, listening.
  •  The students are enthusiastic learners, very friendly and always eager to help out our volunteers.

2.      Help students practicing English with FREE activities surrounds in Hanoi.

Besides teaching students inside the class we aim to increase their confidence, conversational abilities and skills in the workplace. This is done by having a cultural exchange between volunteers and students, including kids and adults on Sundays (which are optional for volunteers to attend). We focus on activities such as free talk, picnic, team building, day trip, charity, food tour, etc. This is a great way to share experience, explore Vietnam and participate in cultural exchanges through the local people, foods, and customs. It is also the perfect opportunity if you have any work experiences/skills to share with the students. They also are happy to share with your local culture.


Typical day

Our teaching schedule arranges in the morning, afternoon and evening. Each of classroom is from 45 minutes, 90 minutes or 120 minutes. However, the volunteer does not teach all these classes per day. You only have 2-3 morning classroom or/and 1-2 afternoon classrooms and/or 3-4 evening classrooms in randomly. Typically, you have 1-3 classes per day, 5 days per week and the volunteer no work more than 20 hours per week. Time preparing for your classes and making lesson plans is not included within this time. The time it takes you to prepare is outside those hours, which usually takes approximately an additional hour a day. Every week, you have 2 days off to explore Hanoi or relax. Sometime, we arrange 2-3 days off in a line and the volunteer is able to travel other areas.

We also host an optional outing once - twice per week with the adult students to encourage casual conversation and friendships. In your spare time, you can explore the city and surround Hanoi.


Free-time activities

In our safe area, you can get almost everything you want and you also have lots of free time to explore Hanoian Cultures as well as others famous places, such as Halong Bay, Cat Ba island, Ninh Binh, Sapa, Moc Chau, Mai Chau, etc. Surrounding our area are lots of gyms, yoga center, bowling, a swimming pool, etc.

There are two nice cinemas ($3.5 for a ticket), restaurants, and lovely coffee shops with different styles ($1-2 per a drink).

Only a 5 minute walk to the bus station to get to Old Town and around Hanoi ($0.4 for a ticket), or 20-minute walk to the bus station to catch the bus/car to travel around Vietnam. 30 minutes by motorbike or 60 minutes by bus to the Old Quarter and around Hanoi.

Close to the National Sports Stadium (My Dinh stadium). Nearby is Hanoi museum and National Convention Center.


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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)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High school level
Required Documents
You attach your CV to apply, You fill out our volunteer application form after receiving it, You send us your own video recording, We arrange a video call, We reject your application or make an offer, You send your passport's photo, We send our acceptance letter with a stamp to your email and Done
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
VCV seeks English speaking volunteers from all over the world who are social, friendly, funny and responsible. We also would like volunteers who are easy going, and talkative to help create a friendly family-like environment around the dinner table.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 14:30 - 20:30

What's Included

Airport Pickup at Noi Bai International Airport

After receiving the detail of your arrival, include flight number. We would like to arrange a taxi driver to pick you up at the airport. You will pay for the driver directly (~12 US dollars)  

Where will I live?

All volunteers will live in the volunteer apartment/house in exchange for teaching. The apartment/house is located in the Nam Từ Liêm district of Hanoi. It is outside the old busy city centre, but within Hanoi new centre. It is a quiet area of town.

The apartment is located in a very safe complex with a big courtyard surrounded by a lot of cafes and a corner store. Within a 5-10 min walk are: a local park, banks, grocery stores, a local market, clinic, pharmacy, malls, gym, yoga centre, movie theatre, bowling, swimming pool, bus stop, etc. The VCV Community Classroom is in the volunteer's apartment/house.

The house is located in a safe and quiet area too. There are three different floors. The first floor uses for coffee which runs by our partner. The cost is from 1.0-2.0 USA dollars per tea/coffee/smoothies, juice, etc. The second floor uses for teaching/watching TV/preparing lesson plan/ etc,... The third floor uses for sleeping with three bedrooms. 

What amenities will be made available?

The apartment comes with WiFi, laundry, hot water, AC, & TV. The volunteer apartment is co-ed and will have three to four volunteers per room, with a maximum of twelve people (including volunteers and Vietnamese) living in the apartment/house. Each volunteer will get their own bed with blankets and pillows. There are two washrooms with showers and toilets.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

In our apartment, we have a chef and she cooks for volunteers. In our house, we provide stipends based on the cost of food in this area. 

Volunteers get two main meals a day: lunch and dinner. Breakfast is usually light — coffee, tea, eggs & fruits. Lunch & dinner will be served family style for all of the volunteers, together in VCV's apartment. Meals are mainly local foods like; noodles, spring rolls, fried rice, curries, soups, stir fried meats and veggies. We are accommodating for vegetarians, vegans or those with food allergies.

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

Please ask us, we would like to provide you which dates are available. It would better if you could arrive at our volunteer apartment on Friday, Saturdays or Sundays. We would like to help you with the transport information before you arriving. ·  Arrival time: 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM (by Vietnam time, UTC/GMT +7 hours)

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4 - 26 weeks

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