Teaching of underprivileged people

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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!
The Volunteer Vietnam program gives volunteers the opportunity to teach English, Arts, and Sports to the children and English conversation to local teachers in Da Nang. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Teaching English is one of the most common jobs for expats in SE Asia, and teaching with Volunteer Vietnam is an excellent introduction to the role. Because we don’t require prior experience, volunteers won’t be leading classes on their own unless specifically requested. You will be paired with other volunteers and VV staff to give lessons and provide conversational practice. These placements are also a great opportunity for trained teachers to develop their skills in a new setting. Volunteers are pleasantly surprised by how attentive Vietnamese students are – they are eager to learn and show off their English skills.

Volunteer Vietnam has three English teaching placements:

  • Teaching simple vocab to kindergarteners aged 4 – 6
  • Teaching basic conversational English to teachers and social workers at our partner centers
  • Teaching basic vocab and conversational English to teachers and students at the school for children with special needs

Kindergarten Placement:

Volunteer Vietnam works with 2 local kindergartens: Hong Nhung and Hoa Sua. Together these two schools serve 200 students from disadvantaged areas. Due to limited funding and resources, these schools have no English teachers on staff. Our program meets that need and provides vital access to education with a focus on simple vocabulary and short phrases. Volunteers really enjoy this placement working with the kids and seeing their confidence soar.

Local Teachers and Social Workers:

We also provide English lessons to teachers and social workers at the Social Support Center. The program for teachers and social workers focuses heavily on conversational practice and effective pronunciation. Many of these individuals at our partner centers work hard to improve their communities, though they themselves have had little access to English education. We bridge that gap by providing English lessons and encouraging practice with our volunteers. This enriches the experience for volunteers and center staff alike.

School for Children with Special Needs:

Volunteers will provide English lessons to teachers and the students in this school.  The students have a wide range of disabilities, such as being blind or deaf or having Down Syndrome, autism, brain injury, Cerebral Palsy.  Teaching focuses on conversational English for the teachers and vocabulary and pronunciation for the students.  The teachers at the school and the Volunteer Vietnam team will help you in preparing lessons for the students, giving you advice on how and what to teach the disabled students.  The students are eager to meet volunteers and enjoy practicing their English.  

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

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

▪       8:00: Leaving for work

▪       11:30: Back to the Green House for lunch

▪       13:45: Leaving for work

▪       17:00: Back to the Green House for dinner

▪       Evenings can be free, or we may arrange some activities.

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 city center’s many beautiful sites, including the Dragon Bridge which breathes fire on weekend nights
  • 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 Da Nang such as: the Marble Mountains, Lady Buddha Temple, Han Market, Dragon Bridge, Ba Na Hills and the many world-renowned beaches. 
  • Make the short drive down 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
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
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
English, art, music, sport and computer teaching at University or College level
Required Documents
• Volunteer Vietnam Application Form/ Copy of passport/ Copies of Education Certificates.Volunteers should send us the documents at around 45 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.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 16:30

Included 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
  • 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 
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 a Volunteer Vietnam name sign at the arrival gate 
  • Volunteers are picked up by our staff and go by volunteer car 

Accommodation

We accommodate volunteers in a volunteer house called 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 school for children with special needs. It is a three storey house and there are 05 bedrooms equiped 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   the 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 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.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

The program is mostly available around the year: 

  • The preferred start dates for each month: 1st and 15th ( volunteers can book to come around these dates of a month) 
  • Due to Tet holiday, there is no start date 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)
$ 1,120
5 weeks
$ 1,354
6 weeks
$ 1,488
7 weeks
$ 1,621
8 weeks
$ 1,755
9 weeks
$ 1,889
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,190
Average fees
$ 231 /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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