Volunteering in Vietnam

VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS IN VIETNAM

What better way to get to know a country than to volunteer in Vietnam, help and get to know all the beauties that a volunteer destination like Vietnam offers you at the same time?

Volunteering in Vietnam is the perfect combination for that trip you’re looking for. Its delicious food, famous beaches and stunning rivers, all that and more in this slim country on the east coast of Asia. You will have the perfect opportunity to meet and share with the people, communities, children and youth of the project and country.

SOUP KITCHEN IN VIETNAM

Get to know this project and get closer to the most disadvantaged people and families in the community. Contribute to their daily food and attend this program giving the best of you.

In this program you will help prepare lunches and serve meals to a group of about 500 people (elderly, local workers, differently abled people, students and girls) who come every day for low cost, good quality and well prepared meals.

This program is likely to be one of the most challenging, engaging and sometimes one of the most exhausting things you will ever do, where you will enjoy every minute of it.

Since 2012, The Smile Food store was opened to help people by providing low-cost lunches for only 2000 VND per meal (about 10 cents). The store is run by an NGO together with passionate locals and your efforts will also be greatly appreciated.

You can collaborate from 1 week and it is open all year round. You will be collaborating from Monday to Friday, approximately 4 to 5 hours a day.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: None
  • Copy of resume required: No
  • Qualifications required: Comprehension skills, practical cooking experience and an idea of food preparation is also required.
  • Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Fluency in English is important

WEEKSCOST2735€3980€Additional245€
COST
2585€
3810€
Additional230€

WHAT DOES VOLUNTEERING IN VIETNAM OFFER?

  • Welcome at the airport according to your arrival time
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • 3 meals during your volunteering period and two on weekends.
  • Water and tea
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Program monitoring and evaluation
  • Orientation and induction to the project
  • Certificate of weeks volunteered
  • Tax certificate
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the program
  • RC and accident insurance

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN VIETNAM?

  • Flight to Vietnam
  • Visa, if required
  • Internal transportation or excursions
  • Travel within or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Beverages, diets and special meals
  • Bottled water


CHILD CARE IN VIETNAM

In this project you will discover the smallest of Vietnam, these children need a reinforcement in their education, both in school reinforcement and in instilling values and affection to their day to day.

In the local childcare center you will assist with the daily tasks required to care for local children from 3 to 6 years old. You will work in a well-organized and well-managed kindergarten in one of the 4 available classrooms and assist the teaching staff.

Most classes have between 10 and 15 children.

In the morning you will pick up the children, play some games and maybe sing some songs in the schoolyard and then take them to their classroom. Once they have settled in, you can engage with the children in different learning activities that may include teaching English and helping them practice writing in their notebooks. You can even use other creative and fun ways to help them learn basic tasks through songs, dances or games.

At lunchtime, you’ll help put out the lunch, after lunch the children go to bed for a nap.

Afternoon fun and learning activities will begin at 2:00 pm once the children have woken up and continue until the end of the day at 5:00 pm when they are returned to their parents.

Weather permitting, some of these activities can be held outdoors so that the children have space to run and play.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: None
  • Copy of resume required: No
  • Qualifications required: Certificate of criminal offenses and fluency in English.
  • Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The project will be open all year round. The project starts every Monday where your presentation will take place. With a collaboration from Monday to Friday from 4 to 5 hours a day.

WEEKSCOST
27355€
3980€
Additional245€

WHAT DOES VOLUNTEERING IN VIETNAM OFFER?

  • Welcome at the airport according to your arrival time.
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • 3 meals during your volunteering period and two on weekends.
  • Water and tea
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Program monitoring and evaluation
  • Orientation and induction to the project
  • Certificate of weeks volunteered
  • Tax certificate
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the program
  • RC and accident insurance

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN VIETNAM?

  • Flight to Vietnam
  • Visa, if required
  • Internal transportation or excursions
  • Travel within or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Beverages, diets and special meals
  • Bottled water


DIFFERENT CAPABILITIES IN VIETNAM

In this project you will be with children with special needs. The work of the volunteer is very important, since in less developed countries such as Vietnam the personalized needs of these children are not so well attended. So your performance will improve their day to day life.

This program seeks to help children with functional diversity or different abilities who come from poor families who do not have the means to provide care for their children, so participants will be able to make a difference by helping to feed these children, making them feel comfortable, and organizing games and activities to make the children more active and develop their social skills.

Please note that the project is open all year round. You can participate as early as one week. Your schedule will be Monday through Friday with approximately 4 to 5 hours during the day.

The project starts every Monday where your presentation will take place.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: None
  • Copy of resume required: No
  • Required Qualifications: Sex Offense Certificate and fluent English.
  • Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

WEEKSCOST
2585€
3810€
Additional230€

WHAT DOES VOLUNTEERING IN VIETNAM OFFER?

  • Welcome at the airport according to your arrival time
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • 3 meals during your volunteering period and two on weekends.
  • Water and tea
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Program monitoring and evaluation
  • Orientation and induction to the project
  • Certificate of weeks volunteered
  • Tax certificate
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the program
  • RC and accident insurance

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN VIETNAM?

  • Flight to Vietnam
  • Visa, if required
  • Internal transportation or excursions
  • Travel within or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Beverages, diets and special meals
  • Bottled water

MEDICAL CENTER IN VIETNAM

In this medical program the volunteer will learn first hand about the needs of the population. You will help on a day-to-day basis, and you will learn about the different areas in which you can get involved.

In a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. This program is ideal for people currently working or studying in the medical field.

Put on your gown for this rare opportunity to shadow local medical professionals and gain insight into the Vietnamese healthcare system. You will experience a new culture and a new working environment as they guide you through different tasks and activities.

It is important to note that these institutions are subject to government regulations and cannot allow international participants to perform tasks independently.

You will have the opportunity to observe nurses, doctors and therapists. Depending on your choice and availability, your daily tasks may consist of medication preparation, blood pressure measurement, basic triage and wound care.

The hospital has different rooms where you will develop your skills.

The project starts every Monday where your presentation and an introduction will be given, on Tuesday you will get to know the hospital. Your collaboration will be from Monday to Friday with approximately 4 to 5 hours spread throughout the day.

The project is open all year round.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Minimum English level: High
  • Medical knowledge required (medical student or graduate).
  • Resume required
  • This project is best suited for pre-medical or medical students who hope to learn more about the Vietnamese healthcare system

It is important to note that the English level of the placement staff differs, however, they will always be supported by an English-speaking coordinator from the local team. Participants can get involved in medical problems and ask questions to the staff without forgetting in any case that they are in support and cannot impose their knowledge in front of the Vietnamese system.

WEEKSCOST
2630€
3895€
Additional265€

WHAT DOES VOLUNTEERING IN VIETNAM OFFER?

  • Welcome at the airport according to your arrival time.
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • 3 meals during your volunteering period and two on weekends.
  • Water and tea
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Program monitoring and evaluation
  • Orientation and induction to the project
  • Certificate of weeks volunteered
  • Tax certificate
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the program
  • CR and accident insurance

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN VIETNAM?

  • Flight to Vietnam
  • Visa, if required
  • Internal transportation or excursions
  • Travel within or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Beverages, diets and special meals
  • Bottled water


What are the requirements to volunteer in Vietnam?

For all Vietnam projects you will need:

  • International medical insurance
  • English language skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Adaptability and respect for the culture
  • Team work
  • Flight to and from your home country
  • Passport and necessary vaccinations

Where will I be while volunteering in Vietnam?

City full of energy, innovation and traffic. Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is the economic heart of Vietnam and the main center of the southern region. Cosmopolitan and carefree metropolis, the dynamic urban landscape the old and the new Vietnam in the most compact spaces, representing both the past and the future of the city.

For more information, questions or assistance with a colleague of our team you can contact us via phone or Whatsapp here.

The steps to follow to register are as follows:

  • Fill out the form to reserve your volunteering.
  • Wait for our confirmation of availability.
  • Make a 1st donation for the registration to the Adventure Volunteer association.
  • You will receive an email with the volunteer agreement to be completed by you.
  • You will return to us by email all the requested information and you will be able to purchase the flight.
  • A few weeks before you start you will receive information from the local organization.
  • Now you only have to pack your suitcase, you have a whole team that will make everything easier for you and you will be in contact at all times, so you don’t have to worry.

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

To be part of the volunteer programs in Sri Lanka, it is not necessary any specific training and it is only required:

  • To be of legal age (possibility minor with guardian or parents).
  • To be a participative and committed person.
  • Be respectful of people, culture and customs.
  • To know how to adapt and work in a team.
  • Criminal record certificate for social work.
  • Sign cooperation agreement and interview with our team.
  • Appropriate clothing for the destination.
  • Knowledge of English.

ACCOMMODATION ON UNIVERSITY CAMPUS

The volunteer house is located on a university campus in the center of Ho Chi Minh City. Rooms are shared (4 to 6 people).

Volunteer accommodation in Vietnam

What does volunteer housing offer?

  • WiFi.
  • Free water and beverages such as coffee or tea.
  • Bathroom in each room.
  • Air conditioning.
  • Bed linens.
  • Safety box.
  • Three meals a day from Monday to Friday and two meals a day on weekends.

WHAT WILL THE ARRIVAL AT THE DESTINATION BE LIKE?

You will be welcomed at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, which is located in the most developed city, Ho Chi Minh City, where you will be taken to your accommodation and, according to your arrival time, you will be introduced to the project and your volunteer destination.

VISA TO ENTER VIETNAM

For travelers from Europe such as Spain, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom, you can apply for a 3-month visa. The requirements to obtain a visa while volunteering in Vietnam are:

  • To have a passport with at least 6 months of validity.
  • A passport photo.
  • Fill in a form with your data.
  • Pay the visa fee, which can range from 30 to 60 euros depending on how, where and for how long you do it.

SECURITY IN VIETNAM

In general, Vietnam is considered a fairly safe country, especially in its tourist areas, but we still recommend you to keep these tips in mind:

  • Notify your coordinator, in case you are going on an excursion, so that he/she can warn you about the places where you will be going.
  • Have your coordinator’s phone number and the address where you are staying available in case you need it.
  • Avoid giving out information about where you are staying, the project and your fellow volunteers for safety reasons.
  • Do not take anyone who is not from the organization to the volunteer’s house.
  • Avoid risky areas in every place you visit.
  • Travel frugally in your daily transfers and excursions.
  • Avoid drawing attention to yourself with jewelry and accessories.
  • If possible, avoid taking out your cell phone in public places.
  • Try to use safe transportation services in the country or services such as Uber or cabs.
  • Avoid walking alone on unfamiliar streets at night.
  • Never take someone you do not know in an unfamiliar vehicle or in your own vehicle.
  • Do not drink any beverage whose origin you do not know.

The financial contribution is divided into two parts:

  1. The registration 245€ that you will give as a donation to the Adventure Volunteer association. This contribution has a tax benefit of 80% that you will be able to deduct in your income tax return.
  2. The remaining part of the cost of the program will go to the partner organization that we will send on your behalf as a substitute or you can deliver it directly to the project.
WEEKSDOCTORDINING ROOM AND CHILDREN
2 805€735€
3 1080€980€
Additional week280€245€

WHAT DOES VOLUNTEERING IN VIETNAM OFFER?

  • Welcome at the airport depending on arrival time
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • 3 meals during your volunteering period and two on weekends.
  • Water and tea
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Program monitoring and evaluation
  • Orientation and induction to the project
  • Certificate of weeks volunteered
  • Tax certificate
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the program
  • RC and accident insurance

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN VIETNAM?

  • Flight to Vietnam
  • Visa, if required
  • Internal transportation or excursions
  • Travel within or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Beverages, diets and special meals
  • Bottled water

How to participate in the volunteering in Vietnam?

STEP 1

Once you fill in the form we will verify and confirm your place within 24 hours.

STEP 2

The registration fee must be paid within 7 days, then your place will be guaranteed and you will be part of the family.

STEP 3

We send you the volunteer guide, compulsory insurances and the international volunteer agreement.

VOLUNTEERING IN VIETNAM

Vietnam is a country in Southeast Asia bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northeast and Cambodia to the southwest. Its capital, Hanoi, has a population of 6,699,600 known for paying tribute to its leader Ho Chi Minh.

Its largest city is Ho Chi Minh, found in the south of Vietnam which contains a great French essence with museums from the Vietnam War that occurred in 1975. In this city is the famous Vietnamese Notre Dame Cathedral.

This country is well known for its food, its markets with national food are a SUCCESS. On the other hand, its beaches such as the islands Con Dao and  Phu Quoc have crystal clear waters. Finally its beautiful culture and nature, with festivals such as the Tet festival for the Vietnamese New Year or the Hoi An Lantern festival.

CLIMATE

Vietnam is a mostly tropical country with a general temperature of 26 ° C (78.8º F) and is characterized by having two seasons, one dry with low temperatures and one with rain and high temperatures. It’s perfect for volunteering in Vietnam.

Although this also goes hand in hand with which part of the country you are in:

  • The temperatures in northern Vietnam are quite low in the months of December to February but it is regulated in the months of April, which is the driest season. 
  • In the south of Vietnam, from November to April the weather is quite pleasant and without rain; and from May to October a fairly hot climate with a high probability of rain.

CURRENCY

The official currency is  Dong (VND).

1 euro is = 26,000 dongs and to the dollar:  1 US dollar = 23,000 dongs.

Vietnam is not listed outside the country but it can be done through an online currency exchange company. When making the currency exchange at a Vietnamese ATM there will be a commission of approximately 3%, plus the commission from your home bank.

FLIGHT

Your flight must be destined for Tan Son Nhat International Airport. 

There is no airline that makes a direct flight from Spain to Vietnam, but with layovers these are some of the airlines with trips to Vietnam: Qatar Airways, Air France, Emirates and more.

  • Flights range between € 500 and € 700 approximately.
  • You can find good flight deals on google flights or skyscanner.

SITES

Halong Bay

The islands in the northeast of Vietnam where the water is emerald color full of tropical landscapes, it is known for its kayaking, diving, rock climbing and hiking, particularly in the mountainous Cát Bà National Park.

Imperial city of Hue

It was ruled by the emperors of the Nguyen dynasty from 1802 to 1945. The place was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993.

Cu Chi Tunnels

These tunnels are located 40 kilometers (24.8 miles) from Ho Chi Minh, It was built by the Vietnamese Communists during the Vietnam War. Today they are a great attraction for tourists.

Dragon bridge

Bridge over the River Han in Da Nang in the shape of a dragon and is lit up at night creating a dragon shape.

Sa pa

Mountainous area of ​​the province of Lao Ca, 5 hours from the capital and is 1600 meters high, where you can find the longest cable car in the world to see this beautiful landscape from afar and it goes from the Muong Hoa valley to the mountain by Fansipan. 

What language is spoken in the Volunteering in Vietnam?

In Vietnam,is officially spoken Vietnamese. If you are not fluent in the local language, you can communicate in English during your volunteering in Vietnam.

Here are some key phrases to start a conversation in Vietnamese: 

  • Xin chao – Hello
  • Cam on ban – Thank you
  • Vang – Si
  • Khong – No
  • Toi Ten La… – My name is…

Is Vietnam safe during the Volunteering in Vietnam?

Vietnam is considered a country fairly safe for tourists. As in any destination, you must be careful and keep your belongings in sight.

During your volunteer in Vietnam it is important to take into account and be very careful with the traffic and the crowds of motorcycles and cars in the large cities.

Can I use my credit cards in the Volunteering in Vietnam?

In Vietnam, most credit cards are accepted such as: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, etc.

The ease of paying with a card is a benefit when traveling but there are certain places where paying with a card is not very acceptable / recommended.

  • Halong Bay: Local shops and attractions don’t accept a lot of credit cards.
  • Monuments and tourist attractions ticket offices: no tourist attraction accepts credit card, it is recommended to bring about 110,000 Vietnamese dong.
  • Taxi: Taxis in Vietnam do not accept cards.
  • Street stalls: street stalls, whether for food or clothing, are paid in cash.

How frequent can I find wifi in the Volunteering in Vietnam?

It is quite common in places like hotels and cafes to have Wi-Fi, but not very common in public areas where tourists usually go, so it is advisable to buy a sim card that can go from 50,000 dong onwards.

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