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Working at a Local Food Shop

Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam show on map

Agency | Global Nomadic

Work in a local NGO preparing and serving food to those in need. It's a flexible placement, tailored according to your interests and abilities.

The project

A large number of Ho Chi Minh’s population live in poverty and this project aims at providing support to those who can’t afford to support themselves, by cooking and serving them meals.

This food shop, run by an NGO together with local people, has been helping poor people by providing them affordable lunch for more than three years now. The food shop is self-funded and relies on donations and local people who work to cook and serve the meals. By joining the project, you will have an opportunity to prepare and serve cheap, high-quality and hygienic meals to more than 500 people among which are students, children, old people, workers and disabled people. Everyone who is in need is welcome and nobody is discriminated against.

Fill your heart and the plates of people in need!

The location

Vietnam is not only one of the most populated countries in the world but it is also a dynamically developing one where roads are being renovated, new buildings are being erected and cities are changing. Vietnam has not been influenced as much by Western culture as Thailand and Cambodia and it has a unique identity, which manifests in many ways including its delicious traditional food. Vietnam's fast-growing economy is boosted by tourism which is led by the growing interest for the country's fascinating history and breathtaking sights such as its beaches, the beautiful countryside in the north and the typical rice fields. Having put their painful past behind them, the Vietnamese are proud of their heritage and they embrace life with determination and enthusiasm. The largest city in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, was formerly named Saigon and was the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina. Today it is a bustling city where the new and the ever-present old merge at a dizzying speed.

Typical day

The daily schedule on the project starts with breakfast and continues at the food shop where you will assist in the preparation of the food including cooking, cleaning and serving. After you have lunch you will head back to the accommodation and will enjoy your free time in the afternoon.

Details on Arrival

Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start each Monday

Free-time activities

The highlight of any trip to Vietnam is to learn about their recent history, and experience life as a Vietcon in the Cu Chi tunnels. There are also plenty of beaches and culture to soak in.


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 (intermediate level)
Required Documents
Necessary vaccinations; Necessary flight & visas; Full travel & medical insurance.
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Passion and enthusiasm to get to know the country, lots of energy and creativity, and not scared to get your hands dirty!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for


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On-site services

Services by Global Nomadic
  • food
  • accommodation
  • airport pickup from Siem Reap
  • orientation
  • in-country support
  • project activities.
Airport Pickup at Tan Son Nhat International Airport
Upon arrival you will be met at the airport by a project representative and taken to the project HQ.

During your placement you will stay in rooms specifically reserved for project participants in an on-campus college dorm. There are single-gender rooms that you will share with 8 to 16 people as well as showers and western-style toilets. In the common areas, such as the terrace overlooking the city or the “office” room with books and magazines, you can enjoy some quiet time. You can also hang out in the café on the same floor where you can buy smoothies and sodas, play pool or just sit at a desk or table. If you are feeling creative, you can paint, make crafts, play the piano or the guitar. An on-site pool and gym are also available on campus. Private rooms are available for an additional £100 per week.

The dorms have wifi; however, its quality depends on the weather conditions.

You can find anything that you need In the city and there are many ATMs and taxis around campus.

Arrival is on a Sunday and departure/check-out is on Saturday before 12:00 pm during the last week of your program.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Three meals per day are served in the on-campus restaurant and you can enjoy mainly typical Vietnamese food as well as some Western dishes.
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.
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)
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
8 weeks
16 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Ho Chi Minh City/Viet Nam between 2 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Global Nomadic 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 Global Nomadic 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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