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Ho Chi Minh City – Social projects

Price From. 720 GBP

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  • 2-24 Weeks Travel

Vietnam offers beaches, waterfalls, rainforests and city life. The country is border to China, Laos and Cambodia and has recently become a popular tourist destination. You will find unique culture, good cuisine and friendly people in Vietnam.

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Project fee from 1,040

Your role as a volunteer

As a volunteer in Vietnam, you can choose between working on several exciting projects! You will work approximately 5-7 hours per day and your volunteerwork are in two different projects, one in the morning and after lunch you go to another project. When in Vietnam, you will visit each of the locations and choose what you would like to participate in when there. You can select from the following:

  • Elderly Care
  • Orphanages
  • Caring for HIV-suffering children
  • Working with children with disabilities
  • Teaching

 Elderly Care

You will help the elderly people at the center with their everyday life. These people need to be stimulated to improve their quality of life. Some have physical or mental disabilities and might need help with eating or go for walks. You will also help out with other things that might occur at the centre, such as cleaning. You will work both individually and in groups.

Tasks and assignments as a volunteer at the center can be:

  • Assist staff in daily routines
  • Helping those who need assistance in daily activities
  • Go for walks together with the elderly
  • Teach in about health-related questions
  • Assist with cleaning of the center

Orphanages

At the orphanage, you can make a big difference. The children are either orphans or come from poor families, who can’t take care of them. You will get a big responsibility and can make a big different for these children. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who want to give the children a securer existence. Besides playing and socializing with the kids, you will also help out with homework and teaching English and mathematics.

Tasks and assignments as a volunteer at the orphanage can be:

  • Assist staff in their daily activities
  • Assisting kids to do their homework
  • Playing games and do outdoor activities with the kids
  • Teaching English and Mathematics
  • General care of the children

Care and support to HIV-suffering children

The children at the Mat Tam Shelter are HIV positive. Many of them are orphans. They are in great need of volunteers who are willing to take care of the kids and improve their everyday life. The volunteer are especially needed to socialize and provide security for the kids, but you will also help with tuition.

Tasks and assignments as a volunteer at the center can be:

  • Assist staff in daily activities
  • Assist with the preparation of food
  • Teaching English / help with homework
  • Games and outdoor activities
  • Spending time with kids

Working with children with disabilities

We are looking for volunteers who are willing and passionate about helping children with disabilities at the center. It is important that you are patient and can work both in groups and by yourself. The children have different physical and mental disabilities and cannot go to regular school. They have different needs, but may need help with things such as going for walks and eat.

Tasks and assignments as a volunteer at the center can be:

  • Help and support the kids to do some activities
  • Help them eat and walk around
  • Find activities for children
  • Changing diapers on the youngest children
  • Teach them health and hygiene
  • Assist with activities such as drawing and arts

Teaching

You will participate in and plan lessons for children in public schools. You will receive materials and guide lines that will help you plan the lessons. If you are passionate about a specific subject, such as music, history, etc., you can of course include that in your teaching. The material you provide will help you to find creative and interactive teaching methods.  In addition to teaching you are also expected to participate in other activities such as play games with the children, sport activities and education in health.

Examples of tasks:

  • Teach English, mathematics and social skills
  • Games and sports activities
  • Teach motivation and training
  • Children attendance tracking

The Project’s Mission

The Volunteer trip to Vietnam gives you a chance to get to know the country at a deeper level. You get to work with people from other parts of the world, which can be a challenge when you are in a new environment. But like all challenges, the person who adopts them gets much in return. The program also gives you new perspective in how you are as a person in the light of a different culture. The aim is to promote a cultural exchange.

Local Partners

The projects are run in collaboration with our Vietnamese partner. They have received volunteers since 2002 and thanks to their cooperation with Volunteer Travels; we can offer you a well-organized and safe experience as a volunteer.

Our partner has great experience in welcoming participants to their programme in Vietnam and can with confidence assure that they have happy travellers every week on their project placements. Their dedication to give the best experience for their participants is refected in the Complete Satisfaction Garantee that they offer to support each and every volunteer with comfort and quality.

 

How do I book a trip?

You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on [email protected] When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.

Your everyday

Introduction

When you arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, you will be met by staff from our partner organization at the airport. They will take you to the Volunteer Accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City for introduction days, where you will, among other things, get general information about Vietnam, the project and about your role as a volunteer. You will also get the opportunity to make trips around the country.

Accommodation and food

During the introduction week you will stay in the volunteer accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City. You will get three meals a day at the accommodation and there is also wi-fi access to and TV. Depending on how many volunteers there are, you could share a room with other volunteers. Please note that lunch and dinner are not included when on weekend trips. You can choose if you want to stay at the volunteer accommodation or in a host family after your introduction week.

Tours and Workshops

You will work about 5-7 hours per day, monday – friday. On your free time that is mostly during weekends, you can explore the surroundings. During your introduction week you will have the opportunity to make excursions to eg Mekong Delta, a beautiful river region and Mui Ne, a beach resort located east of Ho Chi Minh City. You can also participate in workshops eg Vietnamese cooking.

You can take a trip to the White Sundue in Vietnam. This destination is well worth visiting!

About the country

Vietnam is situated in Southeast Asia and borders to China, Cambodia and Laos. The country consists of 75% mountains and the main religion is Buddhism. Vietnam is best known for the stunning scenery and of course the Vietnam War. You can still see the reflections from the war in many ways, especially in Ho Chi Minh City, previously called Saigon.

In the capital, Hanoi, you can visit the famous Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and several museums. If you are in central Vietnam, take the opportunity to visit Hue, the old imperial city, with graves from the Nguyen Dynasty. Vietnam’s history has been influenced a lot from China. The country belonged to China until year 938. Ho Chi Minh City has the war fresh in mind and you can visit places like the Reunification Palace, where you can see the devastating consequences the war had on the Vietnamese. And outside of the city, you can visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels. If you want to take it easy and relax, it’s recommended to take a quiet stroll in the city’s botanical garden. Of course, the city also offers you a big variation of shopping centers, restaurants and nightclubs. The Vietnamese cuisine is very reminiscent of Thai cuisine. The food is not as spicy as Thai food, but very aromatic. It is characterized by flavors like lemongrass, ginger, mint, Thai basil and star anise. Do not miss the Vietnamese spring rolls or Nuoc mam – a Vietnamese fish sauce that is widely used in many dishes.

Practical Information

Insurance

You are responsible for your insurance covers, such as sickness, damage and theft while working as a volunteer. You can get the travel insurance from your ticketing agent who will be able to suggest the best options, regarding the type of travel insurance that you need. However, included in the tour price is liability insurance, covering you for times when you as an individual are required to pay for damages, if you have unintentionally hurt someone or damaged someone else’s property.

Visas

It is the volunteers responsibility to acquire the right visa for the trip. Different visa rules may apply depending on your nationality. Visit the embassy web page of your destination to find out what the visa terms are between your country and that destination.

Flight

Your flight tickets are not included in the tour price. Either you can purchase them from any of your local travel agents or an agent of your choice, or Volunteer Travel partners with Tranas travel agent. When you book your trip you will receive a travel suggestion for a ticket via email. If you are interested in their proposals, get back to them. Remember to book return flights Ho Chi Minh City.

For 2018!
Please book your ticket so that you arrive in Ho Chi Minh City on a Monday from 10 am the same day as the project start, until 6 am on Tuesday, second day of project.
If you want to go home right after the end of the project, you should book a trip home from Sunday midnight until Monday 11:59pm, after the number of weeks you have chosen to work as a volunteer.
Be sure to check that the arrival and departure dates on the tickets are right and that your names are spelled correctly. Tell us your arrival time and flight number as soon as you have them.

Vaccinations

Please contact your nearest vaccination centre or general doctor regarding questions about vaccinations need to travel to Vietnam. Volunteer Travels recommends that you get Hepatitis A and B, as well as tetanus for traveling abroad.

 

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