Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's largest city and major river port. It is also a jumping off point for many other cities in Vietnam and also throughout South East Asia. A lively and expanding city, and once the "Paris of Asia" known for the wide boulevards lined with trees and French villas, now offers a mix of tea-houses, night life, local palaces, street cafes and beautiful pagodas.
With this growing population comes growing social inequalities. There is real poverty in Vietnam, especially on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, where many wary countryside villagers end up in search of a better life. Rural poor people generally have small plots of low-quality land or are landless, and opportunities for off-farm employment are scarce. As they came into the city looking for opportunities they end of living on the streets, begging to make a living and supporting their families. Poor households tend to include more dependants, especially children.
Our programs focus on orphan and abandoned children. Access to love, food and education can change the life of Vietnamese children. It allows them to break the vicious poverty cycle that they would otherwise be destined for. Through education they can gain invaluable skills that can further assist in the development of the community and themselves.
Ho Chi Minh can be visited year round, but expect heavy rain (May-November). Dry season is from December thru April.
- Project length: From 2 week to 8 weeks
- Arrival Airport: Ho Chi Minh (code: SGN)
- Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 5-8 hours per day
- Requirements: Tourist Visa
- Age Limits: Minimum 18 yrs or older for solo travelers.
- Minimum Age: 12 to 16 yrs if traveling with parents
- Airlines: United, Korean Air, China Airlines, Delyta, Qatar, Air France, Qantas
- Vaccinations: Typhoid and Hep A wwwnc.cdc.gov
- Accommodation: Guest House or onsite dorm room
- Meals: 2 Meals a day (stipend)
- Arrival: Airport meet and greet by ABV Staff
- Orientation: Project Overview and Orientation
- Support: Pre-trip written guide, In-country ABV staff available 24/7
- Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer
- Flights to Vietnam. Entry Visa. Departure taxes. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet