Love Volunteers

Childcare and Development Assistance

Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam show on map
Help with day-to-day tasks like playing, teaching, cleaning or cooking, while caring for the vulnerable, local children. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

The program

This amazing program will warm the heart of any international volunteer with a love for working with children and helping those in true need. Volunteers on this project will be based in the largest city in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, a bustling metropolis jam-packed with culture and sights. From street food vendors selling local fare (all travellers must try the delicious ‘pho’) to historic war sights and museums, this city truly is an amazing place to visit, however, it is also one that neglects the most vulnerable in its society. Ho Chi Minh’s children are suffering and international volunteers are needed to provide support. As a developing nation, poverty levels are high, and children suffer from many ills, such as a lack of nutrition, to low levels of education and health. Due to poverty, many children are unable to be cared for by parents and wander the streets, vulnerable to abuse and other harms including human traffickers. Volunteers on this project will supply at risk children with quality care and education, and supply much-needed labor to support these children and provide the attention they deserve.

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide quality childcare to the vulnerable children of Ho Chi Minh
  • Improve the future prospects of local children through academic, social and emotional support
  • Provide a basic education to those in need
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both children and international volunteers alike

How you can help

Volunteers play an essential role in helping Ho Chi Minh’s disadvantaged children through this wonderful program. Participants will spend their time taking care of children and will assist the local staff as needed. Volunteers will be busy working with the children by providing care essentials, playing games with them and are encouraged to use their skills and interests to develop fun things for the children to do. Participants may also wish to teach the children basic English and other subjects. Volunteers’ tasks will be varied and could differ day to day, however tasks may include helping at meal times with cooking, cleaning and feeding the children or helping the program with administrative functions. Regardless of the task, volunteers will relish this opportunity to provide care and compassion to some of Ho Chi Minh’s must vulnerable children and to provide a safe and happy environment for them to thrive.

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Helping to teach children
  • Attending to and interacting with the children
  • Creating activities and entertaining the children with games and songs
  • Teaching basic English and hygiene practices
  • Help with feeding and cleaning duties where required

Typical day

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

7:30am Breakfast at the Volunteer House

8:30am Travel to the project site

8:45am Pre-start meeting with the program supervisor

9:00am Volunteering duties start

12:30pm Lunch and afternoon break

Volunteers have a packed lunch at the placement and have free time to relax, prepare for the afternoon or explore.

2:00pm Volunteering duties resume

4:00pm De-brief with the program supervisor. Preparation for the following days tasks.

5:00pm Volunteering duties end

Return to the Volunteer House for tea, coffee and a time to relax after a busy day.

7:00pm Dinner at the Volunteer House.

Details on Arrival

This project is available year-round and programs start every MONDAY. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

Free-time activities

Volunteers on this important program are fortunate enough to be based in vibrant Ho Chi Minh City. 

Having risen from the ashes of a turbulent past this former French colony, still known colloquially as Sai Gon, is storming into the future with panache. Visitors will be swept up in the excitement and awed by the evident extremes: modern vs traditional, past vs future and luxury vs simplicity. Ho Chi Minh has so much to offer the international traveler. 

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
at High School, University level
Required Documents
Emergency Contact
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers with suitable education, qualifications or experience are highly sought after. Regardless, a volunteer’s individual role can often be tailored to suit their particular skills and interests. Importantly, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Love Volunteers (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Airport pick-up on arrival & return airport transfer
  • Orientation & full safety briefing
  • Accommodation
  • Food & Meals
  • 24/7 local support network
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Registration fee included
Airport Pickup at Tan Son Nhat International Airport

Volunteers are met on arrival into Ho Chi Minh and taken to the volunteer house where they can meet with their hosts and fellow volunteers. An orientation session is held on Tuesday to introduce volunteers to the programs and their new environment. The session will cover safety, transportation, basic culture and history and is a chance to get to know other volunteers and the local team and ask any questions you may have. 

  • Arrival Day: MONDAY, anytime after 10AM
  • Departure Day: SUNDAY 8PM to MONDAY 10AM.
  • Arrival Airport: Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (Code: SGN)

Accommodation

Volunteers on this wonderful program are accommodated in a Volunteer House conveniently located close to public transport and within easy reach of the programs in Ho Chi Minh city.

Rooms are shared by up to 4 volunteers and split by gender. Bathrooms have western style facilities and hot showers and bed linen is provided so volunteer need only bring personal toiletries and towels. Easy!

WiFi is available in the Volunteer House as are kitchen and laundry facilities and communal areas for relaxing and socializing with fellow volunteers. A great way place to stay in this fascinating city!

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Volunteers in Hi Chi Minh are provided with 3 meals per day at the Volunteer House and the food is varied and delicious. Volunteers are also welcome to explore the city and eat out at the many local restaurants and cafes serving traditional and international fare.

Vietnamese food focuses on fresh ingredients – especially fruit, herbs and vegetables. The famous noodle broth (pho) is a must try and sticky rice is another staple. 

Please note that all meals provided in the volunteer house are included in the program fees. When eating out it is the volunteer’s responsibility to cover the costs.

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 Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) in Ho Chi Minh City. 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)
$ 1,746
5 weeks
$ 1,976
6 weeks
$ 2,206
7 weeks
$ 2,424
8 weeks
$ 2,654
9 weeks
$ 2,930
10 weeks
$ 3,206
11 weeks
$ 3,471
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,747
Average fees
$ 374 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Ho Chi Minh City/Viet Nam between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers 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 will be agreed with Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Asia South-Eastern Asia Viet Nam  Ho Chi Minh City, N/A

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