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VVCD

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Hà Nội, Viet Nam

NGO | VVCD

VVCD has experience in volunteer placements. There are several options available to volunteers: Individual Programs, Workcamp Programs, Charity trips

OUR BACKGROUND:

Volunteer in Vietnam for Community Development (VVCD) is a Vietnamese social enterprise which is legally registered in 2015. VVCD is addressing development issues in Vietnam with particular focuses on children support through social inclusion, youth development through international exchange, women empowerment through sustainable livelihood support and non-formal education.
VVCD will contribute and play a small role in the development of the disadvantaged people of the world through the unique programs that it offers to those who have a true compassion to help others, a compassion that only comes with sincere thought.

OUR MISSION:
Our mission is to promote voluntary work and to attract international and local volunteers, with the primary aim of nurturing cultural and educational exchange, friendship while caring for disadvantaged people. We offer opportunities for people to share their skills with those who are most in need, and in doing so, we provide a platform for the exchange of cultures, and caring. As more and more people join us, we desire to create a multi-national community with a passion to serve, to learn, to understand, to teach, to inspire, and to be inspired.

OUR VALUES:
Contribution: We believe in helping where help is needed, even in far-away places, whether it is needed by an individual, an organization, or an entire community; we respond to need as effectively as we can with our abilities and our resources. 
Community: We believe that our colleagues, our volunteers, and our partners, who make up our multi-national community, determine our success. We recognize that each individual has a unique ability to contribute, which we must nurture. 
Culture: We believe in the value of cultural exchange between people from different communities; such exchange helps to create a world with greater mutual respect and understanding.

OUR WORKPLACE:

 Hanoi and the North of Vietnam

  • Bo De orphanage, Long Bien district, Hanoi (in the downtown)
  • Thuy An disabiity children and older nourishing center, Ba Vi district, Hanoi (50 km from the downtown- available accommodation for volunteers near this center)
  • Mai Chau district, Hoa Binh province (Homestay)
  • Many meaningful charity tour to many areas in Vietnam to help vulnerable people.

WE WANT VOLUNTEERS HAVE:

+ Affordability:
VVCD has developed a reputation as the leader in affordable volunteer travel in Vietnam. By working directly with local organizations in the country where our programs are based, we are able to keep our fees low and ensure these go towards meaningful community projects and local employment.

+ Experience:
VVCD is the most trusted and experienced volunteer travel provider in Vietnam. Our Director and staff have traveled to our program destinations to experience our programs first-hand. We have lived in the accommodation and we have experienced the hospitality that our volunteers are offered. We have visited the placements and inspected the projects that our volunteers contribute to. We have helped many volunteers to prepare for their trips and we understand what it is like to travel to a new country for the first time. Our in-depth knowledge and experience means we can provide outstanding service, support and advice to a lot of volunteers every year.

+ Quality:
VVCD is renowned for providing the leading range of affordable volunteer programs, and we pride ourselves on the superior programs and support services we provide to our volunteers. VVCD teams are passionate about facilitating rewarding travel experiences and as a result, we are consistently rated as one of the top volunteer travel providers on independent review sites.

+ Responsibility:
Quality and responsibility go hand in hand. At VVCD we are dedicated to ensuring our volunteer programs are responsibly run and have a positive impact that is sustainable over time. We set tough standards for Responsible Volunteer Travel and we work closely with our partners to ensure our programs meet all of our expectations. VVCD volunteers are also briefed about our standards for responsible volunteering before they begin a program, and they are required to adhere to these standards at all times, particularly in relation to interacting with children. We measure the long-term impact of our programs and we work with community stakeholders to understand how specific projects support local needs.

+ Support:
From your first point of contact with VVCD until the time you finish your volunteer program, you will receive dedicated support and service from us. Once you become a registered VVCD volunteer, you will have our professional and timely support to help you prepare for your trip. Our General Officer is directly responsible for making your program arrangements and helping you to prepare for your experience. Once you reach your program destination, our local team will become your main point of contact until the day you depart your program. While our General Officer becomes a secondary layer of support at this stage, we will remain in touch with you via email and will be accessible should you require any assistance. Once you’ve completed your volunteer program, we’ll get back in touch to hear how you got on, and to say a big "thank you"

+ Safety:
Volunteer safety is a top priority of VVCD which is reflected in our outstanding safety record. We have clear standards for risk management which we enforce on each program and our volunteers are placed with trustworthy institutions, organizations and families that have all been screened by our local teams. VVCD staff members conduct regular audits of every program to ensure risks are appropriately mitigated and to confirm that we are meeting our duty of care for volunteer safety and security. We also have a big focus on supporting volunteers to keep themselves safe while abroad, and we provide this support and advice through pioneering volunteer training tools and through face-to-face briefings delivered by our local teams. 

+ Friendship: 
In addition to forming life-long friendships with host families and the people they assist while volunteering, our volunteers also form strong bonds with their fellow volunteers. Although they come from vastly different cultures and backgrounds, the experiences that volunteers share forge strong ties that can last a lifetime.

+ Need:
VVCD actively seeks local teams that offer quality projects in genuine need of volunteer assistance. Whether your stay is a short or a long one, our partner organizations will ensure that you make a valuable contribution to support the long-term development goals of your host community.

+ Loyalty:
Loyalty is one of the foundations that VVCD has been built on. We make your registration fee refundable so if you change your mind (no later than 15 days before your program start date), you will receive your money back. We also reward our returning volunteers with 10% registration fee refunds. We show strong loyalty to the communities in which we work through setting up long-term partnerships with local organizations and institutions. This allows us to make a long-term contribution to the social needs and economic prosperity of the communities where our volunteers are placed.

+ Enjoyment:
At VVCD we recognize that there is more to an awesome volunteer travel experience than simply volunteering. While we maintain a strong focus on providing top quality programs, we also understand that many VVCD volunteers are first-time travelers and want to make time for sightseeing and exploring. To ensure that you get the most our of your VVCD experience, our local teams have established partnerships with local travel companies to provide our volunteers with access to trustworthy travel and tour activities. 

And: TOGETHER WE SHARE LOVE

Typical day

TYPE OF WORK FOR VOLUNTEERS:

  • Caring for kids: Washing, feeding, change nappy, playing with them (Orphan babies)
  • Teaching for kids (3- 4 year olds): English language, writing, counting, coloring, drawing, singing and outdoor activities.
  • Environment Protection: Collect the garbage on the beach (Summer), planting trees, raising awareness for local people in communities to save energy, protect water source, collect the household garbage.
  • Internship program: For students want to research and practice in communities in Vietnam.

Free-time activities

Out of the work-time volunteers can go to discover Vietnamese culture such as: watching the water puppet show (Rural traditional art), meuseum (Women museum, ethnic group people museum, Hoa Lo prison, Ho Chi Minh museum,...), gardening or havesting with families household, fishing, meal with all members family, cimbing, picnic together.
Sometime we are going to the bar and have city tour or karaoke.
Besides, we have some social events currently for volunteers:
1. Gifting to homeless people (water, milk, old clothes, …) and touring Long Bien flea market
2. Visiting Thuy An Disability Children and Older Nourishing Center, Ba Vi, Hanoi and Ba Vi National Park tour
3. Cooking for homeless people and orphan kids
4. Bat Trang ceramic tour
5. Collecting the garpage on the beach

Swimming
Concert/Music
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports

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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Social sciences, social work, community development, doctor, women studies,... at High school level
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Dancing, drawing, sport,...
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

Any questions? Just ask. We at VVCD are happy to help you.

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Services by VVCD

- Registration Fee (refundable if you choose not to go*): Ongoing support from VVCD staff, program marketing costs, information pack, administration costs, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers.
- Program Fee: Project distribution, airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs.
- Accommodation fee (Dormitory room, homestay)

Airport Pickup at Noi Bai International Airport

We only pick up the volunteers from Airport to accommodation (one way)

Accommodation

The Dorm room around 30 m2 with 6 single beds: Blanket, pillow, air conditional, wifi, one bathroom
- Near workplace
- In the downtown
- Easy for travel

The volunteer live at the hotel or homestay with Vietnamese families, include:
+ Bathroom (have heater water)
+ Air conditional, electric fan
+ Television
+ Refrigerator
+ Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )

Dorm Room Guest Family
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. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) in Hanoi. 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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$600.00
5 weeks
$750.00
6 weeks
$900.00
7 weeks
$1,050.00
8 weeks
$1,200.00
9 weeks
$1,350.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,800.00
Average fees
$150.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Hà Nội/Viet Nam between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. VVCD will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Viet Nam.
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 must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.
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