Volunteer in Vietnam, For many Vietnam will forever be associated with the horrors of war and economic repression. But there are other scenes to be found. The green lush scenery and colorful hill tribes, floating markets of the Mekong Delta, and miles of white sandy beaches, draw thousands of visitors to Vietnam each year. Vietnam has become a favorite destination of more and more tourists to Asia.
The country has a vibrant legacy from different cultures evident in the character of its towns, as well as in the architecture and food. Despite recent economic gains, Vietnam remains a low-income country. A significant proportion of Vietnamese people live just above the poverty line. More than three quarters of the population, and 90 per cent of poor people overall, live in rural areas, mainly near river deltas. Almost 80 per cent of the country's poor people depend on agriculture for their livelihood.
Our programs allow you to take part in meaningful community service work, while discovering the wonders of this fascinating country.
- Project length:From 2 week to 8 weeks
- Project Date:Year Round
- Arrival airports:Da Nang International Airport (DAD) , Long Thanh International Airport (Vi Thanh)
- Accommodation:Volunteer Hostel
- Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily (Vietnamese food)
- Vaccinations:There are no compulsory vaccinations for Vietnam required by law for travelers from Western Countries to gain entry. However vaccinations for all travelers to Vietnam are strongly recommended: Poliomyelitis, Tetanus, Hep-A, Typhoid cdc.gov
Volunteer Opportunities in Da Nang
The volunteer will assist with providing physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy to children and adults with mental and physical disabilities in the Social Support Center in Da Nang City. The volunteer will work closely with the Volunteer Vietnam physiotherapist program leader and will learn the therapy exercises. The volunteer will spend approximately 12 hours per week in this program. When not working in the physiotherapy program, the volunteer will be helping out with the other two programs -
the teaching program and the care program.
The volunteer will assist with teaching English, hygiene, arts and crafts, music and sports to underprivileged children at two kindergarten schools in Da Nang City. Also there will be English classes for the social workers and horticulture students at the Social Support Center. The volunteer will teach approximately 12 hours per week. When not working in the teaching program, the volunteer will be helping out with the other two programs – the physiotherapy program and the care program.
Closed all month of February
Child Care Program
The volunteer will care for children and adults with mental, physical and emotional disabilities in Da Nang City at the Children’s Home, Social Support Center and School for Disabled Children. The care program consists of the following activities:
- Children’s Home – caring for babies, playing with toddlers and caring for disabled children
- Social Support Center – exercises and activities for the elderly, dance and yoga classes, working with the disabled young adults, playing soccer with the residents, taking residents on an outdoor activity such as swimming, going to the park or the pagoda
- School for Disabled Children – outdoor sessions to motivate teamwork and encourage physical activity, classroom educational activities
The volunteer will work in this program approximately 12 hours per week. When not working in the care program, the volunteer will be helping out with the other two programs – the physiotherapy program and the teaching program.
Volunteer Opportunities in Vietnam Vi Thanh
The volunteer will assist with giving physiotherapy and occupational therapy for homeless people with mental, physical and emotional therapy at the Social Support Center in Vi Thanh city. We work with around 50 women at the center, accompanied by the Volunteer Vietnam physiotherapist and two Social Support Center physiotherapists. The volunteer will be taught physiotherapy methods and how to the use the various types of physiotherapy and occupational therapy equipment. Approximately 12 hours per week is spent in the physiotherapy program. When not working in this program, the volunteer will be helping out with the other two programs – the teaching program and the care program.
The volunteer will assist with teaching English, hygiene, arts and crafts, music and sports
to the underprivileged children at the Half Way Children’s Home (ages 4 to 18) and the Primary School in Vi Thanh City. Volunteers teach at the Children’s Home in the evening, three times a week from 6 pm to 8 pm, accompanied by a local English teacher and the Volunteer Vietnam teaching program leader. Volunteers teach at the Primary School every morning. There are four grades at this school – kindergarten and grades 1 to 4. The volunteer will always be accompanied by the Volunteer Vietnam teaching program leader who acts as a translator as well. The volunteer is never left alone in the classroom.
The volunteer will spend approximately 16 hours per work in the teaching program. When not working in this program, the volunteer will be helping out with the other two programs – the physiotherapy program and the care program.
Closed all month of February
Child Care Program
The volunteer will assist with the care of children and adults with mental, physical and emotional disabilities in Vi Thanh City. Volunteers will work at care activities at the Children’s Home, the Social Support Center and the Primary School. Care activities include personal hygiene, exercise, yoga, dancing, games and outdoor activities such as swimming, playing soccer and going to the park. The volunteer will spend approximately 12 hours per week in the care program. When not working in this program, the volunteer will be helping out with the other two programs – the physiotherapy program and the teaching program.
Da Nang is a coastal city in central Vietnam known for its sandy beaches and history as a French colonial port. It's a popular base for visiting the inland Bà Nà hills to the west of the city. Here the hillside Hải Vân Pass has views of Da Nang Bay and the Marble Mountains. These 5 limestone outcrops are topped with pagodas and hide caves containing Buddhist shrines.
VISA STEPS TO FOLLOW:
Volunteers are required to obtain a volunteer visa to volunteer with us. We will help volunteers to obtain this kind of visa. Here are the steps for getting the volunteer visa:
- Da Nang program: Volunteers need to submit a copy of their passport and a copy of educational degree ( high school graduation certificate OR a diploma in something OR college or university degree certificate OR a student ID) at around 45 days before their arrival
- Vi Thanh program: Volunteers need to submit a copy of their passport at around 30 days before their arrival (no copy of educational degree required for Vi Thanh program as province requirements are different)
- Travel details: Once volunteers have submitted their documents, they can start booking their flights at this time. Once they have booked their flights they need to let us know their travel dates in Vietnam right away. This includes arrival and departure dates. It will help us to get the visa approval suitable for their stay.
- Getting the visa:
a. If a volunteer stays in the country for less than 4 weeks 28 days. They are eligible to apply for an E Visa online. Therefore, once they have submitted the required documents to us and booked their flights, they can go ahead to apply for an E Visa online. Here are some steps on getting the E Visa:
- Go to the website: https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/en_US/web/guest/khai-thi- thuc-dien-tu/cap-thi-thuc-dien-tu
- Complete the application according to the information below
- Purchase of entry: we will provide this once you are confirmed in the program
- Inviting/guarantee organization: we will provide this once you are confirmed in the program
- Address: we will provide this once you are confirmed in the program
- Once completed with application and payment, they will send an E Visa (Volunteer Visa) to the volunteers by email a few days later
b. If a volunteer stays in the country for more than 28 days, we will help them obtain the volunteer visa by getting a visa approval letter from the Vietnamese immigration for them. Once she/he has submitted the documents, they need to book flights and let us know their travel dates in Vietnam. Based on those, we will process a visa approval letter for them. This takes a few weeks and this letter will be ready for the volunteer at around 02 weeks before their departure. With the visa approval letter from us, volunteers can obtain a volunteer visa on their arrival at the airport or other borders.
Check visa options here: Ivisa.com
What is the best time of year in Vietnam
Here are some average weather facts we collected from our historical climate data:
During the month of January and December you are most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures that fall between 20 degrees Celsius (68°F) and 25 degrees Celsius (77°F).
- On average, the temperatures are always high.
- A lot of rain (rainy season) falls in the month: September, October, November and December.
- On average, the warmest month is August.
- On average, the coolest month is January.
- October is the wettest month. This month should be avoided if you are not a big fan of rain.
- March is the driest month.
Welcome to Vietnam. Our names are Viet, Leslie, and we are your ABV coordinators while you are staying in Vietnam in Da Nang or Vi Tranh. Our country has one big city, Hanoi. But you will be working in different areas depending of your program. We will be ready for support 24/7 in case you need to contact me urgently. I will introduce you to your volunteer location and staff.
You are most welcome to seek my assistance and don’t hesitate to ask me questions while in country.
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Prices for Vietnam
Since A Broader View Volunteers is a 501c(3) charitable organization, You can fundraise (optional) for the expenses of the trip after you get confirmed in our programs. Prices are per person and in US dollars (US$).
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- Accommodation: Beach Front Guest / Homestay
- Meals: week 3 meals a day, weekend only breakfast Saturday
- Arrival: Airport meet and greet by ABV Staff
- Orientation: Project Overview and city tour on arrival
- Support: Pre-trip written guide, In-country ABV staff available 24/7
- Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer
Extra costs: Flights. Entry Visa (if applicable). Departure taxes. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Background Check, Travel & Health Insurance (US$53 Premium plan). Laundry and Internet (US$10-15)
Tour and weekend trips
Once in country our local coordinator can help you find the most reliable and safe tour agencies for weekend trips, you can pay in cash or in most locations with a credit card. These tours are not part of the ABV fees.
Can Tho City: Can Tho is the capital of Mekong Delta and is one hour away from the volunteer house by car or bus. There you can explore floating markets and the traditional Mekong Delta lifestyle. There are many tours available in this area.
- Phu Quoc Islands: Phu Quoc is an island paradise known for beautiful white sand beaches. Volunteers can take a 1 hour bus ride to Rach Gia Harbor, and from there catch a speed boat to the islands. This area is highly recommended during your stay in southern Vietnam!
- Da Lat city: Da Lat is a mountainous city known for the beautiful landscape, flowers and cool weather. It is one hour flight from Can Tho International airport. There are daily flights between these two places. Our staff can help arrange this trip for you.
- Ho Chi Minh City: Volunteers can spend weekends in the city taking either a 3 hour bus ride or by catching a flight from nearby Can Tho airport. Ho Chi Minh is a large, vibrant Vietnamese city with many activities for volunteers to enjoy. Spend a weekend away shopping in markets, enjoying a wide array of dining options, or visiting cultural & historical landmarks.