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Volunteer in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
We are delighted that you are interested to give time, energy and enthusiasm to those in need in Vietnam. Vietnam is a wonderful place to do your volunteer abroad program. We have some wonderful projects available in Vietnam such as volunteer in an orphanage, work with street children and help in a soup kitchen. The projects are located in Ho Chi Minh City. Our programs in allow you to take part in meaningful volunteering work whilst discovering the people and the culture of Vietnam.
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Start Dates: Start every Sunday throughout the year
Duration: From 1 week up to 12 weeks
Arrival and Departure : Ho Chi Minh City, Tan Son Nhat International Airport (on Sunday)
Our volunteer program in Vietnam based in Ho Chi Minh City has received fantastic feedback from our volunteers. We have several projects available and with our program you are able to get involved in different projects. This will give you a unique and worthwhile experience during your program. You can also be placed in one project if you want, just let us know.
We offer great flexibility to our volunteers. Our program in Vietnam starts every Sunday throughout the year. This will give you a lot of flexibility in organizing your trip and will allow you to find the best prices flight. You need to arrive on Sunday. The volunteering is from Monday to Friday with the weekend off to explore Ho Chi Minh City. You will stay in a single room with a private bathroom in a guesthouse.
You can join the program from 1 week up to 12 weeks. Your schedule will be individually organized and we offer flexibility if you want to make changes whilst you are in Vietnam. Just let your coordinator know of anything you need and she will be happy to help.
I have just returned from Vietnam where I had my first experience of volunteering.
In the 3 weeks I was there I met some amazing people and would thoroughly
recommend the experience to everybody. Mrs. Hang and her family were wonderful
and gave us the opportunity to experience the local culture which also involved working at
several different projects. The Vietnamese people we met were welcoming and friendly and
the time spent there will always be remembered by me fondly. I look forward to returning in the future.
Chereyne Colby (Australia)
I had AN AMAZING time - it was a wonderful and rewarding experience. I even enjoyed 'peeling vegetables' at the Soup Kitchen! I was made to feel so wanted and welcome from absolutely everybody. Ms Hang was fabulous. I got on with her exceptionally well. And what a joy and privilege to help out with the disabled children at the orphanage - one little boy could hardly move and was obviously in some pain BUT he had the biggest smile ever. The books, pencils, crayons etc I took out were gratefully received and some of the children drew me amazing pictures! Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity and I will definitely do it again!
Sheila Kleinmann (UK)
My daughter, Demi, and her friend Amy and I all travelled to Vietnam to spend two weeks volunteering with WLS. We had the most wonderful young girls, both recently graduated from college (as did my girls) who work for Ms. Hang, guide us through Ho Chi Minh City, to our volunteer sites. Ms. Trang and Ms. Ngoc were excellent guides, and after two weeks, we were sharing dinners together, and looking forward to meeting again, having become friends. The volunteering was mind expanding, and rewarding. We met dozens of Vietnamese men and women who were volunteers at our various stops, very few of whom spoke any English, but language wasn't necessary. We were all there for one reason, compassion and caring. We spoke through our eyes and with laughter. The Vietnamese are the most friendly and welcoming people I have met anywhere in the world. Most rewarding was our time spent at the Orphanage. The experiences we had with these special children was unlike anything we had ever undertaken in our lives. We spent two days at a school for the deaf, and enjoyed being with a group of teens, who again, without language, we communicated with in many creative ways, through games and gesture. A special group to be sure. This was an incredible time of our lives, and to have shared it with my daughter and her friend was amazing. We will cherish our memories. Thank you WLS, and Trang and Ngoc!
Lynn Gagliardi (USA)
You will stay in a guesthouse in the center of Ho Chi Minh City in a single room. Each room has an air conditioner, cable TV, private bathroom and toilet.
The minimum age for joining the program is 17. There are no specific qualifications needed to join the program in Vietnam. However, volunteers are expected to be flexible and patient as well as possess a passion and love for children.
There are different activities available for our volunteers at our projects. You can focus on one type of volunteering activity or combine activities such as taking care of children and working at the soup kitchen for example.
Working with Disabled Children : Volunteers can talk/play with the children, help the physiotherapists when they do the therapies for the children, help feed the children and take them on their wheel chairs for a walk in the orphanage’s front garden.
Soup Kitchen : You will help in the food preparation and the cutting of vegetables. You can also join the delivery of the food to the poor. The volunteers at the project prepare around 2000 meals per day and deliver them by hand to poor people around the city.
Taking Care of Children in an orphanage : Volunteers offer valuable support and education to the children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. You will offer support to the children whilst being a positive role model for the children. You can also become involved in a variety of activities including outdoor activities, helping with their homework and playing with the children.
Teaching English : One of the activities is teaching English. The level of English of the children is mostly basic to lower intermediate so no teaching experience is required.
No teaching experience is needed. The main requirements needed are flexibility, enthusiasm and a willingness to help.
Our program in Vietnam is a unique experience! During the program you will be able to get involved in different projects during your time in Vietnam. We have different projects available :
Shelter for street children
This is a shelter for street children in the center of Ho Chi Minh City. The charity provides accommodation, education, recreational activities and opportunities for street children and orphaned children.
The orphanage is part of a Buddhist temple and is located inside the Buddhist Temple. There are 120 orphaned children in the orphanage. About half of the children are disabled.
This is a charity in Ho Chi Minh City which provides free food to poor people at hospitals for cancer patients. They prepare and distribute up to 2000 meals per day.
Charity for pregnant women
This is a charity providing shelter, food and career support for misfortune pregnant girls who can stay at this project until they give birth to their child.
School for deaf children
This school helps and provides education to deaf children in Ho Chi Minh City. The school has about 130 deaf students from 3-22 years old.
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The WLS International Country Manager in Vietnam is Ms Hang. Together with the coordinators Ms Ngoc and Ms Trang they take care of our volunteers in Vietnam.