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Working with Special Needs Children

This project aims to bring volunteers to some of the most underfunded communities in Ho Chi Minh City.

The project

This project aims to bring volunteers to some of the most underfunded communities in Ho Chi Minh City. Working with disadvantage populations, the project offers hope and education to many people that are in great need. From working with special needs children and orphans to helping out a public hospital, there is always work to be done. Through cultural exchanges, the project gives opportunities to people who can benefit most.

This project is divided into several categories, all designed to provide security to the members of this impoverished community. If you are interested in one of the other categories, please have a look at the programs Working at a Children's Orphanage, Supporting Campus Life and Working at a Food Shop.

Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam, and it attracts a large number of tourists yearly. When you walk around the city you find various beautiful buildings representing the city's past through Vietnamese, Chinese, and European designs and styles. Modern structures stand next to pagodas, and street-food stands create a sizzling energy.

Our volunteers

Working with Special Needs Children: There are about 12 children with special needs living at this home because their families cannot afford to properly care for them. Your main role will be to comfort and care for children while engaging them in fun activities, arts and crafts, singing, dancing and games, all with the aim of improving their quality of life. You will also help them improve their speech and muscular capacity with the assistance of the staff. 

Suitable for


Typical day

A typical day: You will have breakfast at 7:30am and then head to your project around 8am so that you can begin working by 9am. You will work until 11:30am at which point you will head back to the residence for lunch. From 2pm - 4:30pm you will work at the project again and dinner will be available at 6pm.

Please note that this is only a guide and things at the project can change at any time. If you are working with children, you schedule will follow the typical school day.  

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)
Criminal Background Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Good level of English
Motivation to work with children and meet new cultures
Able to work in hot and humid climate
Immunizations (please consult your doctor)
Police Clearance is required
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:30 - 16:30

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

Free-time activities

Culture Week (Highly Recommended, Not Included)
For an additional fee you can extend your stay for a week, with a program designed to introduce you to Ho Chi Minh and Vietnamese culture, as well as give you time to get to know the other volunteers. During the week you will visit some of Vietnam's iconic landmarks, market places and even go to a traditional water puppet show. You’ll take cooking and language lessons, learn about traditional jewelry techniques and get an understanding of Vietnam’s past, present and future.


Included Services

What's included?
  • Accommodations: Shared rooms at student accommodation
  • Food:  Three meals a day
  • Airport Transfers: Airport pickup
  • Insurance: Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
  • Support: Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support
Airport Pickup at Tan Son Nhat International

Airport pickup included on arrival day.


You will stay in the dormitories of a college campus. There is an air- conditioner in every room. Rooms are single gender, basic but comfortable, with bunk beds. There are 8 shared showers - 4 hot and 4 cold - and a western-style toilet in each room. There are several common areas, including a terrace overlooking the city, a cafe and a creative corner with paint and guitars. Volunteers are required to follow campus regulations, including a 23:30 curfew. Room size: 6-10 people/ room

There is WiFi in the rooms as well as internet cafes nearby.

Cheap laundry service is available close by.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Three meals a day are included and served at a restaurant on campus. Meals are typically Vietnamese, but also include some Western dishes (sandwiches, spaghetti, etc.).

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.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Ho Chi Minh City/Viet Nam between 4 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco 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 GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Viet Nam

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Viet Nam. Please check the visa regulations for Viet Nam.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Viet Nam and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Viet Nam.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Viet Nam.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Tan Son Nhat International (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.
Vaccine Checker
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.
What can you do in leisure-time in Viet Nam while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
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